Traceability, authentication, serialization

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Packagers predict future trends

Consolidation/globalization, the shift to flexibles and system speed/automation top a list of emerging trends cited by packagers, according to new PMMI research.
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Illicit relabeling

Eight trade associations are banding together to develop model legislation to fight the problem of flea market vendors who sell outdated or stolen products whose packaging may be mislabeled or illegally altered.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Datalogic, Inc. (Scotts Valley, CA) entered a strategic partnership with Laetus am Sandberg (Alsbach, Germany), a div. of Romaco, Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ).
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Pallet unwrapper

MSK Covertech (Marietta, GA) has introduced the Defotech fully automatic pallet unwrap-ping machine. Designed for applications where large quantities of shrink or stretch film must be removed from pallets on a daily basis, the Defotech can unwrap up to 60 pallets/hr and then transfer the film to a baler or conveyor.
Along with counterfeit manuals (top row), Microsoft CD-ROM packaging has also been subject to fakes. The second row shows all c
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Countering counterfeiters

Congress wants to toughen criminal and civil penalties against product and package counterfeiting. Today, infrequent prosecutions and soft sentences drive the debate.
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P&G suit spawns countersuit

Last September, Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble took the unusual step of advertising in newspapers across the country to warn consumers away from counterfeit long-neck bottles of its flagship Head & Shoulders shampoo because the firm alleged the containers held fake product.
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Hewlett-Packard wins injunctions against counterfeiters

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, CA, announced Sept. 11 that its law suits against two distributors and sellers of counterfeit HP LaserJet printer toner cartridges have resulted in permanent injunctions prohibiting these companies from selling refilled toner cartridges as new HP products.
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P&G calls consumer attention to counterfeits

With more than 300 product brands, Procter & Gamble has had to take legal action over a dozen times in the past couple of years against those who would sell product in similar packaging, hoping to cash in on P&G's wealth of brand equity.
When the package emerges from the shrink tunnel, the clear glossy film is wrapped tightly around the box to provide a barrier to
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Microsoft says 'No!' to automation

World's largest software producer says "Yes" to more people involvement in packaging its leading software programs. The result is higher productivity and better looking packages.
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Smart labels fight counterfeiters and provide product assurance

The problem: In California earlier this year, a number of alert young mothers noticed something disturbingly different about the powdered infant formula they were giving their babies.

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