Chapter 465 The Emergence of Counterfeit Products
At Southlake Corporation’s branch office in Enies, Willow had a glum expression on her face.
“Why do you look so down, honey?” Caspian asked, not sure what was bothering his wife.
Willow pursed her lips and said, “Southlake Corporation’s business is doing too well now, hubby.”
Ever since Rebecca came forward to help Southlake Corporation solve the crisis, Southlake Corporation was overwhelmed by demand in just the span of a few days. They couldn’t supply in time to meet the demands of the market.
“Shouldn’t you be happy instead? Why are you sad?” Caspian asked with a smile.
“It’s precisely because business is too good that I am worried. We aren’t able to meet the market’s demand. Our manufacturing division in Southlake City is already working overtime.
“What if we aren’t able to supply the products in time? We’ve just managed to dominate the market, and now we might even lose our foothold,” Willow said with a sigh..
It was a real dilemma.
Whether business was good or not, there would always be a reason to fret.
Now that Southlake Corporation was gaining momentum, Willow wanted to strike while the. iron was hot. She didn’t want the company to face a supply shortage.
“And here I was worried that there was a big problem! This is no big deal. We can just build a factory here, and all the problems will be solved,” Caspian said as he pinched Willow’s cheeks.
As long as Southlake Corporation could set up a factory in Dhord City, their products wouldn’t have to be transported all the way from Southlake City. This could also be cost–saving.
“I’ve also thought about this before, but it would be too hard to build a factory in Dhord City as the land is too expensive. It would take at least half a year.
“But now, the problem is urgent. We can’t afford to wait any longer!” Willow said with her brows knitted together.
Setting up a new factory was too time–consuming. Southlake Corporation couldn’t afford to
“It’s easy. I’ll handle it for you,” Caspian said, patting his chest.
“What?” Willow asked as she looked at Caspian.
Even though he was a brilliant man, how would he be able to find a factory within such a short period of time?
They would also have to recruit workers. The list of problems was never–ending!
Meanwhile, at the outskirts of Dhord City, a large factory covering an area of 1,000 acres was pumping out dozens of imitations of Southlake Corporation’s products.
“Mr. Kane, as per your instructions, a large number of Southlake Corporation’s products has been replicated,” the factory manager said as he handed the finished counterfeit product to
Matteo compared the imitation to the genuine product from Southlake Corporation.
On the surface, they looked almost identical. Only a professional appraiser would be able to tell them apart.
Matteo nodded and said, “Not bad. We need to speed up the progress and have these counterfeit products on the shelves within five days.”
“Yes, Mr. Kane!!
As Matteo watched the plant manager leave, he smiled menacingly and said, “I’m going to destroy you this time, Southlake Corporation!”
The humming and buzzing sounds of the factory sounded as they worked overtime pumping out the counterfeit products.
With the appearance of the fake and shoddy products on the market, the negative impact it had on Southlake Corporation was huge.
Panic was setting in at the Southlake Corporation’s branch office.
“Something’s wrong, Ms. Stewart!” Landon said as he rushed inside.
“What’s wrong?” Willow asked.
“Take a look at this,” Landon said as he handed two items to Willow.
Willow scrutinized the two products in her hands. She discovered that both were very similar, with only the slightest differences. The disparity was so small that most people wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.
“This…” Willow was confused.
“Ms. Stewart, there are counterfeit copies of our products on the market! One of these is the imitation! I didn’t expect the counterfeit products to appear so quickly. These people are really unethical!” Landon said through gritted teeth.
Landon had tried his best to be vigilant, but in the end, a lot of the counterfeit products still made their way to the market.
“This level of imitation is so detailed that even our workers might not be able to tell them apart. Our customers would definitely miss it!” Landon said in a serious tone.
Willow was feeling the pressure. The orders for Southlake Corporation’s products kept coming
With the sudden influx of counterfeit products, Southlake Corporation was plunged into a precarious situation.
“Someone’s trying to mess with us again,” Caspian said calmly.
“Mr. Lynch, we’re unable to find out where these imitations are coming from. What should we do now? If we let them ruin our reputation, it’ll be difficult for us to dominate the market,” Landon said urgently.
“He’s right! If it really is our products‘ problem, we’d willingly take the blame for it. This is
clearly an attempt to frame us,” Willow said with a look of dismay on her face.
Southlake Corporation was facing one difficulty after another in its endeavor to expand into
the north market.
It was obvious from their scheme that their objective wasn’t monetary but that they were trying to bring Southlake Corporation down.
Whoever it was, the intention they were harboring was too malicious.
“Don’t worry. This is not a big deal. I’ll have it resolved in no time,” Caspian said calmly.
Willow and Landon were really worried. However, after seeing how calm Caspian was, they could only choose to place their faith in him.
The issue of the imitation garnered a lot of attention.
Customers were afraid of accidentally buying fake products as they were unable to distinguish the imitations from the genuine products.
Southlake Corporation immediately notified the police and issued a statement to fight the counterfeit products to the end.
Meanwhile, there were more than a dozen people kneeling on the ground and begging.
“Mr. Lynch, it’s got nothing to do with us!”
“Yeah! We really don’t know anything about it, Mr. Lynch!”
“Mr. Lynch, you can’t do this to us…
Caspian looked at the people and said, “You’re all franchisees of Southlake Corporation. We agreed to grant you the franchise because we trusted you. But now…”
Halfway through his words, Caspian suddenly became serious.
“There are imitations among the products that are circulating within the market, and it’s connected to your stores. Are you trying to shift the blame now?” Caspian asked.
Once he heard about the counterfeit products, he had Landon screen the stores.
The counterfeit products had appeared in the franchise stores.
Caspian sprung into action right away and had Sylvia bring the people here.
“That’s enough. I don’t like wasting time talking nonsense. Unless you want me to pry your mouth open, you’d better come clean and tell me where these imitations came from,” Caspian said coldly.
In order to help Southlake Corporation get through this crisis, he had to find out where the counterfeit products were coming from.
All the people looked at each other. No one dared to say anything.
If they were to admit that they were selling counterfeit products, then Southlake Corporation would definitely end their contract,
The products of Southlake Corporation were extremely popular at that moment. Currently, their daily profit exceeded their weekly profits in the past.
Every single one of them wanted to take this chance to make a huge profit.
“I guess you’re all set on being tight–lipped, huh? Well, you’d better not blame me then,” Caspian sneered.
“Do what you have to do, Sylvia,” Caspian said to Sylvia.
Caspian had brought them here. The evidence was already in his hands.
Even if they refused to speak, Caspian had a way.
“Yes, Caspian! I’ll make them answer you.” Sylvia nodded.