PICA Corporation started in Brand Protection in 1982. It pioneered an integrated approach to brand protection on four continents designing and managing global programs and brand protection for clients such as Limited Brands, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Oakley, Michael Kors, Gucci, HP, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Navistar, Briggs & Stratton, Hershey, Kraft, Philip Morris International, Stolichnaya, Bacardi, Cisco and Dish Network to name a few. It has partnered with product security and market survey firms to measure effectiveness of its program management. It has employed innovative technologies to combat evolving threats such as “The Dark Net” (Black Market Internet) and cyber-security and to protect supply chains and distribution channels.
PICA has delivered cost-effective partner auditing programs to include quality assurance, royalties, production and excess inventory and raw materials management. PICA offers a full range of brand protection services including supply chain and distribution channel management, anti-counterfeiting, anti-diversion and product sell-off management, loss prevention, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, integrity and risk management and strategies to combat Internet fraud. PICA takes a value-based approach through business partnership to increase client market share and deliver a measurable ROI, often working with marketing departments to penetrate new markets and increasing market share through elimination of unfair competition.
PICA SEIZES US$15M IN COUNTERFEIT IMAGING SUPPLIES PRODUCTS IN ARGENTINA
PICA, in conjunction with federal authorities, investigated and supported raids on multiple locations throughout Buenos Aires, and Argentina, to dismantle an international, organized criminal syndicate engaged in printing and assembling counterfeit packaging and products. This seizure impacted the sale of counterfeit imaging supplies in the entire Latin American Region. Through this action, Argentine authorities helped recover lost tax revenue, interdicted the funding of organized crime and resultant money laundering, protected Argentine jobs and foreign investment.
PICA UNCOVERS MASSIVE DISTRIBUTION FRAUD IN GLOBAL MEDICAL PRODUCTS
Through an investigation spanning the globe, PICA has revealed a fraud involving hundreds of “front companies” that were diverting famous-brand medical products from Third World markets to the US, Canada, and Europe. Aside from the impact on manufacturers, this fraud has created health and safety issues, due to improper storage and handling of goods, compromise of sterile products, use of expired goods and instructions, and recall issues.
PICA UNMASKS INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY RING TARGETING YOUNG CHILDREN
Piercing the corporate veil of anonymity of an Internet-based porn provider, that was using images of cartoon characters to distribute porn to minors, PICA was able to identify the wrongdoers in Asia, Europe, and the US, and initiate prosecutions in these venues. These images were not only being used to draw young children to pornography but were also lures for pedophiles seeking young victims through the Internet.
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