Counterfeit Supply Chain

Sep 29, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Counterfeiting is on the rise, and projected to exceed $3 trillion in 2022

In a recent article published by The Wire China, I was interviewed on the challenges of e-commerce giant Amazon to contain counterfeit products on its website.  Counterfeit products are commonly thought to be a problem in niche industries, including luxury […]

Sep 23, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield on Amazon’s Struggle with Bad Business Practices in China

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains why quality control has become Amazon’s logistical downside with its suppliers in China. “Amazon’s whole business model is about distribution, not sourcing, so they never developed capabilities like auditing or […]

May 20, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Exposes the Underground Economy of Counterfeit Goods

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, breaks down how millions of fake goods ranging from laundry detergent to running shows make their way to Amazon shoppers. “Anywhere you can make a buck selling something at high volume […]

May 19, 2021

Is Amazon America’s Biggest Consumer Fraud?

Source: The Counterfeit Report Amazon’s global empire is in a crisis. The invasive, manipulative superpower which controls over 50% of online sales is flooded with fakes, scams, phony reviews, and fraud. The e-commerce sales explosion made it easy for criminals […]

Aug 24, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Counterfeit products are exploding on Amazon

A recent WSJ article highlighted a fact that confirms much of what we found in our study of counterfeit products in the supply chain a year ago:  if you’re buying on Amazon, beware of counterfeits.  Too cheap means too good […]

Sep 27, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Blockchain pilots can support technology diffusion

I was a panelist on the Zycus / BG Webinar on AI in procurement today, and enjoyed speaking with Jon Hansen from Procurement Insights, Sally Hughes from IACCM, and Jack Shaw from the American Blockchain Council.  Although the discussion was […]

Sep 26, 2018  |  Articles

Changing Executive Mindsets on Global Product Integrity: The Fight Against Counterfeiting Is Here to Stay

I recently interviewed the Director of Brand Protection at a large pharmaceutical company, who shared with me the timeline around how his company gradually shifted and changed its views on brand security, and built a business case around the need […]

Jun 5, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Homeland Security is Using Supply Chain Analytics to Go After Organized Crime and Traffickers

I had the pleasure of attending the Thomson Reuters Government Conference, and sat on a panel with Andy Russell, Lead Director, Department of Defense Programs. Prior to our panel session, I heard from some outstanding speakers on the topic of […]

Aug 1, 2017  |  Director's Blog

How Blockchain Could Impact Counterfeiting Across the Supply Chain

In today’s blogpost, Gavin Parnell from Go Supply Chain shares his opinions on how blockchain could impact counterfeiting across the supply chain, and introduces some applications that are being used and explored today. Blockchain is a relatively new technology that […]

Jun 8, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Insights from Counterfeit Roundtable at NC State Part 2: Interdiction and Block Chain

This past week we held a roundtable focused on “Combating Counterfeiting in the Supply Chain”.  This post is a continuation of an earlier post I wrote on this subject.  Counterfeiting is seen as a major problem facing major manufacturers as […]