More than a dozen trade groups have launched a new coalition that aims to force e-commerce companies like Amazon to take stronger measures to combat the stolen or counterfeit goods sold on their platforms.
And announced Industry associations that represent stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, along with other companies, on Friday announced the creation of The Buy Safe America Coalition to support legislation requiring digital markets to verify information. For external dealers.
It is believed that the pressure from retailers will only add to the scrutiny that companies such as Amazon and EBay are facing over their role in allowing counterfeit products from bikes to jeans to be sold around the world. US lawmakers, President (Donald Trump) and companies have been exploring ways to curb the deluge of counterfeit goods online.
The goal is to “continue to raise awareness of counterfeit and stolen goods” among lawmakers in Washington and governments across the country, said Michael Hanson – Senior Executive Vice President for Public Affairs of the Retail Industry Pioneer Association and a founding member of the coalition. “Now, with more people buying online due to this epidemic, it seems like it’s getting worse.”
The new alliance was joined by the Toy Association, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association, and other industry groups.
An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement that the company “has developed many ways for sellers to share more about their business” with their customers.
Amazon and Apple have acknowledged the possibility of selling counterfeit goods on their platforms, but say they are investing in tools to identify counterfeits and support law enforcement in their investigations of fraudulent sellers. And Amazon announced last July that it would start displaying the names and addresses of commercial sellers on their profile pages, starting from September 1.