Amazon Project Zero has launched to support US-based brands tackle counterfeits on the US marketplace. The initiative uses a three-pronged approach that will see brands helping Amazon’s mission in removing fraudulent listings.
How Amazon Project Zero tackles fraudulent listings?
Amazon Project Zero enables brands to control the spread of fraudulent products on the marketplace. The initiative uses machine learning and knowledge that brands have of their own intellectual property and how best to detect counterfeits of their products. Amazon Project Zero tackles fraudulent listing through the use of the following three tools:
1. Automated protections
Amazon’s machine learning and automated protections continuously scan sellers’ stores and pro-actively remove suspected counterfeits. Sellers provide Amazon with their logos, trademarks, and other critical data about their brands, and Amazon scan more than 5 billion product listing updates every day to look for suspected counterfeits. Amazon have been testing these automated protections with a number of brands, and on average, their automated protections pro-actively stop 100 times more suspected counterfeit products as compared to what they reactively remove based on reports from brands.
2.A self-service counterfeit removal tool
Previously, Amazon Brands would need to contact Amazon to remove the fraudulent listings. Instead, they can do it now themselves using Amazon’s new self-service tool. This information also feeds into Amazon’s automated protections so they can catch potential counterfeit listings pro-actively in the future.
Product serialisation is a service that allows Amazon to individually scan and confirm the authenticity of every one of a brand’s products that are purchased in Amazon’s stores. The product serialisation service provides a unique code for every unit that is manufactured, and the brand puts these codes on its products as part of its manufacturing process. Every time a product uses the serialisation service is ordered in Amazon’s stores, Amazon scan and verify the authenticity of the purchase. With this product serialisation service, Amazon can now detect and stop counterfeiting for every product unit before it reaches a customer.
There is a cost to this service, but the benefits are 100% surety only genuine product is on Amazon regardless which channel it arrives their from.
“Amazon’s product serialization service has been a game changer for us. We are excited to have this self-service counterfeit removal tool for the US Marketplace and consider this to be an insurance policy.”
– Ken Minn, chief executive officer, Kenu
How to sign up for Amazon Project Zero?
Amazon said that the Amazon Project Zero is currently an invite-only experience, and they’re working on to get more brands on board. Brands can join a waitlist and Amazon will inform brands when they can enrol.
Amazon said that they aim to ensure customers always receive authentic goods when shopping on Amazon. They stated that the Amazon Project Zero builds on their long-standing work and investments in the area of tackling counterfeits. It allows brands to work with them, said Amazon, to leverage their combined strengths to move quickly and at scale to drive counterfeits to zero.
While this presents a good opportunity to tackle counterfeits, the question is will it increase instances of merchants having their products flagged as counterfeit when they are in fact genuine. Amazon say that they’ll be policing brands to ensure they don’t overstep the mark, but it only takes one false accusation for a merchant to get their account suspended.