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Premium BrandsMay 1, 2020

Over $1M Dollars in Perfume Confiscated

Just in time for Mother’s Day, more than 60,000 bottle of counterfeit perfume was confiscated in Miami with a retail price of the lot totaling over $1.7 million dollars. Brands such as Christian Dior and CHANEL were among the lot officers seized deeming the fake perfume to be a threat to America’s economy as well as people’s health and safety, not to mention an infringement on protected trademarks.

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Premium BrandsMarch 16, 2020

COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc on Global Supply Chains

Initially the supply chain fears were originating in China where production facilities were closing, but even with factories coming back online the rest of the world remains in distress. Roughly 20% of U.S. retailers’ supply chains are exposed to China, where companies like Steve Madden and Best buy have over 60% of goods sourced from China. There is an estimated loss of at least $700 million to U.S. retailers and companies like Gap that said its “Not Currently Possible” to quantify the hit companies will take in 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus.

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Premium BrandsFebruary 24, 2020

Counterfeit Items Suspected in Over Half Purchased from Major Online Retailers

Over 50% of items bought from AliExpress, Ebay, Amazon, and Walmart were suspected fakes in a recent online shopping experiment. In a study done by CBC it was found that after ordering dozens of name brand products that more than half were suspected to be counterfeit. Some items tested were Apple Airpods, Kylie Jenner Cosmetics, Crest Strips, Jerseys, Legos, and many more. The items were purchased from the various retailers and then brought to the respective manufacturer to verify authenticity, which were almost always shown to be fake. It is shown that the United states government had stopped over 99,500 shipments between 2015 and 2018 while Canada had searched 69. 

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Premium BrandsJanuary 14, 2020

Amazon’s Plan for Counterfeit Products

Amazon has now launched three wide-scale initiatives to remove unwanted counterfeit sellers from their site. After the release of Amazons Project Zero, a program to identify counterfeit products, Amazon continued to attack the counterfeit market by introducing Intellectual Property Accelerator and its Transparency program. Following the release and implementation of these programs, Fox generated a list containing Amazons most counterfeited brands, among the list are various tech, fashion, and automotive giants like Apple and Mercedes. It is urged that consumers practice safe buying habits like price comparison, being mindful of the seller, and reading consumer reviews.

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Premium BrandsJanuary 12, 2020

Counterfeit Makeup Seized in L.A. Worth $300K

Popular brands such as MAC and Kylie Cosmetics lip kits were among the brands of makeup seized in Los Angeles as counterfeits being sold. Makeup is becoming a frequent item found on the black market. Consumers reporting complaints of bumps and rashes after using the products prompted the search resulting in the confiscation.

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Premium BrandsDecember 2, 2019

Discount Retail Chains Selling Recalled Products

Major discount retailers Marshalls, TJ Maxx and HomeGoods were found to be selling products subject to recalls taking place between 2014 and 2019. In total, nineteen different recalled products were still being sold within these stores. Three products that are specifically under fire include a sleeper that was linked to infant deaths, a speaker that is known to explode, and a scarf that did not meet federal flammability standards. The three retailers own more than 4,000 stores in 9 countries, and it remains unknown if these companies will face fines or sanctions.

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Premium BrandsNovember 25, 2019

Holiday Shopping Prime Target for Counterfeit Goods

As the busiest time of year for shopping begins, federal agencies warn of increase in counterfeit goods. Everything from toys to jewelry and even beauty products have made the list. The Customs and Boarder Patrol have already made 1.4 billion seizures nationwide. Be familiar with best practices in shopping and identifying fake goods this holiday season.

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Premium BrandsOctober 9, 2019

Nike is the Recent Target of the Counterfeit Market

U.S customs and Border protection in L.A. have seized more than 14,000 pairs of counterfeit shoes of the popular Nike brand. The estimated cost is around 2.2 million dollars if sold at retail. The report had stated that the products were declared as napkins, before being searched and seized by officials and charged with “infringement on a Protected Trademark”. The director of border patrol stated “Intellectual property theft is a crime that leads to lost revenue for American industry, a loss of American jobs, and often poses a threat to public health and safety,” and according to Footwear news “the global market for counterfeit goods has ballooned into an estimated trillion-dollar industry.”.

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Premium BrandsOctober 3, 2019

Fashion Trade Group Calls for Five Amazon Sites to be Placed on “Notorious Markets” List

American Apparel & Footwear Association, representing over 1,000 brands including Versace, Calvin Klein and Under Armor, has requested that the U.S. government place a handful of Amazon sites on the annual Notorious Markets list. The sites mentioned include Amazon UK, Canada, Germany, France and India. The complaint comes from Amazons leniency with becoming a seller resulting in a confusing and misleading selling environment. A consumer can simply search for popular brands and notice they are sold for a fraction of the price represented in storefronts.  It is quoted that Amazon “relies heavily on algorithms and machine learning… leaving it vulnerable to bad actors who can game the system” which means Amazon consumers should be vigilant of 3rd party sellers for now.

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Premium BrandsJune 24, 2019

Millenials and GenZers Effects on Luxury Brands

Luxury brands have built their name and branding through creating a feeling or buying experience for its consumers. As the younger generation’s enter the marketplace as buyers the targeted messaging and e-commerce is going to be crucial for luxury brands to keep up with consumer wants and needs. Many luxury brands are rethinking their online purchasing positioning and refocusing their e-commerce sites to carefully manage their brand content.

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