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Track & Trace in the Consumer Goods Industry

Using serialization to prevent counterfeiting

Around the world, a large number of companies from a wide range of industries are suffering from product piracy. Online retail in particular makes it difficult for brand manufacturers and authorities to find and track down counterfeit products coming from countries such as China, and have them removed from platform providers. The end user often does not spot that the product is counterfeit at first glance.


Clients are subjected to poor quality and contents that are banned in the EU, among other things, while companies have to deal with significant sales losses and damage to their reputation. International counterfeiting operations no longer focus solely on brand name and luxury items; pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, automotive parts, toys, electronic products, and many other goods are increasingly being targeted by counterfeiters.

This is why IT solutions that deal with the serialization and tracking of goods are relevant for the consumer goods industry as well as the pharmaceutical sector. This development is largely driven by four factors:


  • Preventing counterfeiting
  • Regulatory standards
  • Proof of product origin
  • Inventory management
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Mandatory field

Preventing counterfeiting

Regulatory standards

Proof of product origin

Inventory management

Preventing counterfeiting

Counterfeit products represent a high risk and lost sales potential for brand manufacturers of consumer goods. The latest studies (such as EUIPO) show that the fashion sector alone, to name an example, loses around €23 billion annually in the EU. This makes preventing counterfeiting a very useful tool in avoiding these sorts of losses, especially in the sectors that are popular targets for it, namely fashion, cosmetics, electronics, spirits, replacement parts, and luxury goods.

Regulatory standards

New regulatory standards are being drawn up within the EU for an ever-increasing number of sectors in the consumer goods industry to increase consumer safety and to prevent counterfeiting altogether. The pharmaceutical and tobacco sectors are particular examples of this, but the food industry is also seeing a growing number of new regulatory standards. An increasing number of legal regulations are also coming into force in countries outside the EU, such as in Russia, that require products to be serialized and tracked while they are being shipped to consumers

Proof of product origin

In addition to the regulatory standards, it is also important for consumer goods manufacturers to know the exact origin of the products as well as their contents from manufacture to end user. The traceability of products is incredibly important in the food industry in particular as this is used to fulfill burden of proof obligations. This also means that recall processes can be carried out efficiently.

Inventory management

The ability to track individual products along the entire supply chain also allows inventory to be managed efficiently across the various distribution levels. Track & Trace also enables the significant potential of returns to be leveraged and potential counterfeit products to be identified during the return process.

Russia Makes It Compulsory for Several Industries to Serialize and Mark Products

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Anti-Counterfeiting Resolution 792-p came into force in Russia in January 2019. This resolution makes it compulsory for a large number of manufacturing companies to serialize their products by means of a unique code on the packaging. Any product manufactured in, or exported to, Russia can then be traced thanks to this unique code. The resolution currently defines the obligation for 12 industries, with more industries being added by 2024.

The legislation currently applies to the following industries: healthcare, tobacco, shoe, perfume, as well as certain product groups in terms of fashion items and foodstuffs. (As of March 2019) Further industries and product groups are expected to be added.


Four other states in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) – Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Belarus – will also bring the resolution into force.

Arvato Systems Is a Seasoned Partner with Experience in Implementing Track & Trace

The implementation of Russia’s Anti-Counterfeiting Resolution within your company is a complex project. The timelines set out by Russian operator CRPT (in Russian) are generally considered to be very tight and challenging, meaning extensive knowledge of Russia’s requirements for processes and reporting is an absolute must in order to implement the project successfully and within these tight timelines.


Arvato Systems provides IT and process consultation that makes your goods counterfeit-proof, regardless of industry.


In the healthcare segment, our serialization experts cover the entire end-to-end process chain with our own serialization solutions. Our portfolio contains solutions for companies ranging from SMEs to global companies. Arvato Systems has also been selected as a National Blueprint Service Provider by the European Medicines Verification Organization (EMVO). This allows us to provide the 28 EU countries as well as other non-EU states with a proven method to quickly, securely, and cost-efficiently implement all aspects of the EU Falsified Medicines Directive in the pharmaceutical industry. Our National Verification Systems have already been successfully put into operation in 17 EU states.


Find out how we use the expertise gained by our international teams from numerous projects to equip companies to meet the requirements in the area of medication protection with the Arvato CSDB serialization solution.

Benefit from Our Experience When It Comes to Successfully Implementing Healthcare Projects in the Russian Market

One of the market leaders in Europe for corporate solutions and national verification systems
Implementation experience: systems for 17 countries and over 70 pharmaceutical manufacturers
Projects completed in Russia
Proven serialization solution Arvato CSDB, which can be adapted to your business model
Can be customized to fit specific requirements
Integrated communication to Russian platforms
Comprehensive implementation of reporting requirements

References (extract)

Serialization

Aenova Group implements the requirements of the Falsified Medicines Directive with the help of the Arvato CSDB IT serialization solution

Counterfeit proof medicines

Implementation of Arvato CSDB - IT solution for successful drug serialization according to the Falsified Medicines Directive

Medication safety

Successful serialization in medicine production with the help of Arvato CSDB

Solution for Pharmaceutical Logistics

Arvato Systems uses logistics solution to fulfill FMD at Yusen Logistics.

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