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Counterfeiting: addressing mitigation and resilience in supply chains

Solange Mata Machado (Department of Operations Management, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Ely Laureano Paiva (Department of Operations Management, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Eliciane Maria da Silva (Department of Production Engineering, Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, Santa Barbara D’Oeste, Brazil)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 8 February 2018

Issue publication date: 28 February 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze how companies develop mitigation capabilities in their supply chains in order to reduce the negative impacts of counterfeiting.

Design/methodology/approach

Five cases with two types of supply chain are analyzed: B2B (clothing, footwear and toys) and B2C (automotive). Data gathering was based on interviews, while secondary data were obtained directly from trade associations.

Findings

Companies presented different levels of proactivity for counterfeiting resilience. Companies with a lower level of appetite for risk are more proactive and have a broad number of mitigation capabilities. These companies develop intelligence that is required for combating counterfeiting and the capabilities needed for addressing its ex ante and ex post phases.

Research limitations/implications

The research examines a complex and controversial subject about which there is limited information. The case studies are limited to Brazilian companies and the local subsidiaries of foreign companies. Therefore, the specific context may influence the study findings and reduce their generalizability.

Practical implications

Mitigation capabilities enable companies to minimize the negative impact of counterfeiting and make companies more resilient to counterfeiting activities. The findings indicate that when managers allocate resources in earlier phases of counterfeiting, losses are lower.

Originality/value

This study shows the development process of mitigation capabilities in the ex ante and post-disruption phases of counterfeiting.

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Citation

Machado, S.M., Paiva, E.L. and da Silva, E.M. (2018), "Counterfeiting: addressing mitigation and resilience in supply chains", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 48 No. 2, pp. 139-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-01-2017-0004

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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