Volume 6, 2012

"The Lodging Market Potential Index (L-MPI©) Ranking of Major Lodging Markets in the United States"
by A.J. Singh, Raymond S. Schmidgall, and Tunga Kiyak (Volume 6, Number 1, pp. 1-5, 2012)

Executive Briefing: The Lodging Market Potential Index (L-MPI©) as a systematic and formal analysis was developed as a joint project between The School of Hospitality Business, MSUCIBER, and globalEDGE to identify aggregate market potential and ranking for major lodging markets in the USA in 2009. Faculty researchers from The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University presented the index at the Midwest Lodging Investors Summit (MLIS) in Chicago, in July 2011. This article presents the complete index (L-MPI©), which covers the 25 largest market areas (as tracked by Smith Travel Research) that show the long term potential of lodging investments.

"Tamper-Evident Packaging in Brand Protection"
by John Spink (Volume 6, Number 2, pp. 1-3, 2012)

Executive Briefing: Tamper-evident (TE) and tamper-resistant (TR) packaging provide an opportunity for incremental actions which can provide a means to combat counterfeit products, product diversion, shoplifting, cargo theft, return and warranty fraud, and unauthorized refills. This backgrounder provides information on TE and TR packaging including their regulatory definitions, the current and likely future extent of their use, and their applications for brand protection.

"Product Counterfeiting in Michigan and the Expectations and Priorities for State and Local Law Enforcement: Assessing the Awareness of and Response to the Problem"
by John Spink and Justin Heinonen (Volume 6, Number 3, pp. 1-2, 2012)

Executive Briefing: The crime of product counterfeiting is growing in scope, scale, and threat. These threats impact Michigan residents, as they do others throughout the U.S. and the world. This Backgrounder presents results of a survey that questioned residents on their purchases of counterfeit products, their opinions on priorities for law enforcement, and their use of the Internet to purchase medicines.

"Chinese Anti-Counterfeit Efforts in China"
by John Spink and Gefan Li (Volume 6, Number 4, pp. 1-3, 2012)

Executive Briefing: Collaboration between Chinese and American scientists for research, teaching, and outreach on counterfeit product risk can enable more effective detection, and more important, deterrence.