RFID: The Silent Warrior in the Battle Against Counterfeiting

Aug 24, 2023

In a world where counterfeiting has become increasingly severe, brands seek ways to protect their products and reputation. One technology proving to be a game-changer in this battle is RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). This technology transforms the fight against counterfeiting and redefines supply chain transparency for brands worldwide.

RFID sticker on a hangtag


The Rising Tide of Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is a mounting problem globally, affecting various sectors, from luxury goods to pharmaceuticals. In the U.S., counterfeit products have infiltrated luxury retail shop floors, causing alarm among brands and consumers alike.


RFID: The Shield Against Counterfeiters

RFID technology dates back to the Second World War and is now a modern-day weapon in the fight against counterfeiting. By assigning a unique identifier to each product, RFID tags make it easier to spot counterfeits and more challenging for them to increase.  

Moreover, RFID provides brands with complete visibility into their supply chain. Brands can track their products from production to purchase, ensuring they remain genuine. This level of transparency fosters greater consumer trust, as customers are assured they're buying authentic products.


Trimco Group on Authenticity with RFID  

At Trimco Group, we strongly believe in the cause of combating counterfeits using RFID technology because of the robust defense mechanism it offers against counterfeiting for apparel and footwear brands.

A study released by AAFA found that counterfeit apparel, footwear, and accessories threaten American consumers' health and safety. The study showed that over one-third of the counterfeit products tested contained dangerous levels of arsenic, cadmium, phthalates, lead, and more. Even small amounts of these chemicals can pose significant health risks. This finding underscores the importance of purchasing authentic products. Trimco Group supports brands adopting RFID-based solutions that will protect their products and enhance customer experience. By giving consumers the tools to verify product authenticity quickly, brands can bolster customer confidence and loyalty. Counterfeit fashion goods pose an additional risk.  

Thus, Trimco Group supports the use of RFID solutions to align and back up the proposed Shop Safe Act in the U.S., aiming to create a safer marketplace for brands and consumers.  

The Future of Anti-Counterfeiting

In the ongoing war against counterfeiting, RFID technology is proving to be a formidable ally. While RFID technology has already made significant strides in the fight against counterfeiting, the journey continues. As counterfeiting tactics evolve, so must our defenses. At Trimco Group, we stay updated with the latest innovations and technologies that can support brands in combating counterfeiting.

How about consumers?

Alternative technologies are available for consumers to ensure that the products they purchase are authentic. By combining RFID with technologies such as NFC or QR Codes, you can enable end-consumers to authenticate their purchase with a simple tap of an NFC tag, or scan of a QR Code, offering information about the product they have just purchased, and assuring them with their purchase, offering information for the entire product lifecycle.

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