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Track and Trace

Don’t Forget the Glue!

In the July 2022 issue of Tax Stamp & Traceability News™, Dr Marietta Ulrich-Horn of Securikett stated that her company had always maintained a strong focus on tamper-evident solutions for tax stamps, because if a genuine stamp can be transferred to another product for reuse, it’s as if that stamp were actually a fake, whatever the number of security features it was carrying.

Free - August 25, 2022 midnight

Emerging Technologies – Digital Printing

At the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum™ in May 2022, I presented a paper on the emerging technologies that I believe will have significant impact on the tax stamp business sector. From this came an article in Tax Stamp & Traceability News™ in June summarising the threats and opportunities from these. The aim of this article is to take a deeper look into one of these technologies – digital printing.

Technology - August 25, 2022 midnight

On the Record with Panama General Directorate of Revenue

During the last Tax Stamp and Traceability Forum™, held in Malta in May of this year, Tax Stamp & Traceability News™ was able to interview Milagro J Mendoza, a Panamanian lawyer who specialises in tax-related issues in her country and who works for the General Directorate of Revenue (DGI – or Dirección General de Ingresos) in Panama.

Interviews - August 25, 2022 midnight

Anti-Counterfeiting Strength Through Randomness

In the past ten years or so, quantum materials have become increasingly interesting to scientists looking for properties not usually exhibited by classical structures. While most solids display varying degrees of repeatability in the array of atoms from which they are formed, when you get down to the atomic level, where quantum effects are most pronounced, materials display unique attributes due to their randomness.

Authentication - August 25, 2022 midnight

Overview of Illicit Seeds – Recent Developments, Traceability and Blockchain

The menace of illicit seeds continues to haunt farmers across the globe. And when it’s the festive season, the problem starts mushrooming in almost all countries and continents, irrespective of whether it is India in Asia, Ecuador in South America, Georgia in Europe, or Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, and Tanzania in Africa.

Illicit Trade - August 25, 2022 midnight

Stamping Down on Illicit Alcohol

The consumption of alcoholic beverages is deeply embedded in many societies worldwide. According to Statista, global consumption in 2019 generated $1.53 trillion in legally registered sales (recorded alcohol), equating to total volume sales of more than 296 billion litres.

Illicit Trade - July 29, 2022 midnight

SICPA’s New Platform for Mobilising Excise Revenue

After more than 15 years’ experience in developing and operating SICPATRACE® – a leading product authentication and traceability solution for government authorities – SICPA has launched its latest technology platform: SICPATRACE® Evo.

Organisations - June 29, 2022 midnight

Love Me Tender

In the world of public tenders, the acronyms RFI and RFP, as well as some others, are used on a regular basis by government institutions all over the world, as well as their authorised suppliers and, of course, the media. But does everyone really know what they stand for? And what their usage is, or should be?

Free - June 29, 2022 midnight

Compliance and Beyond: Tax Stamps and Marks in High-Speed Production Markets

Optel Group was a welcome addition to the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum™ this year as it brought a different emphasis to the table when it comes to tax stamp solution delivery. Dr Foued Barouni, Solutions Manager, presented a paper explaining how high-speed production conditions affect the way tax stamp compliance could be delivered.

Case Studies - June 29, 2022 midnight

Emerging Technologies – Threats and Opportunities

First presented at the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum in May 2022, in this article Dr Alan Hodgson considers emerging technologies and developments that are likely to have an impact on the tax stamp and traceability industry.

Technology - June 29, 2022 midnight

Dow to Provide New EU Common Fuel Marker

The European Commission has appointed NYSE-listed Dow (one of the three largest chemical producers in the world) to supply the new common fiscal marker for tax rebated fuels in the European Union.

Fuel Marking - June 6, 2022 midnight

Overview of Tax Stamps in India

While globally, most tax stamps are used on tobacco products at federal level, the situation is somewhat different in India, where almost all tax stamps in circulation are used on alcoholic beverages at individual state level.

Country Profiles - June 6, 2022 midnight