Laws and Regulations

Ring Wanted to Trade Promotional Products for Vigilante Justice
August 16, 2019 at 12:20 pm

The old adage dictates that snitches get stitches. Ring, the home security company recently purchased by Amazon, was reportedly trying to change that saying to “snitches get swag.” The incentive program, which was laid out two years ago in a company presentation, would give users the chance to earn branded merchandise in exchange for reporting…

Are Promo Industry Firms So Desperate For Short-Term Gains That They’re Willing To Gamble Their Future?
August 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Taking the initiative to ensure safety and responsibility throughout the entire supply chain not only protects the brand equity of end-buyers, but also secures our livelihood in the promotional products industry. Sure, you could continue to gamble by ignoring product safety and responsible sourcing in order to achieve short-term gains, but the safe bet is to invest in the policies and procedures to protect the entire supply chain...

U.S. Delays Certain Additional 10% Tariffs Until Dec. 15, Including Some Promotional Products
August 13, 2019 at 11:24 am

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced today that certain additional 10 percent tariffs set to take effect Sept. 1 would be delayed until Dec. 15. Several promotional products or related items are on the list of delays. Other goods will be removed from the additional tariffs list altogether, for health or national security reasons, though the USTR has not yet specified which items will be included...

QCA Launches Certification Program For Distributors And Decorators
July 25, 2019 at 1:10 pm

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has expanded its services for distributors and apparel decorators by introducing a certification program. This builds upon the existing Advocacy Council, and allows distributors and decorators to further their commitment to brand safety and responsible sourcing. “Today, large companies are interested in vendors who not only understand the importance of…

Where Have All the Truckers Gone?
July 19, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Depending on who you ask, there's either a critical shortage of truck drivers or nothing to see here. Where does that leave promo businesses—and what can the industry do to guard against emerging issues and a changing ground-shipping landscape?...

Foamworx Begins QCA Accreditation Process
July 19, 2019 at 10:53 am

Buying promotional products shouldn't be a risky proposition. Unfortunately, it can be. That's why Fortune 1000 corporations and local organizations alike are more concerned than ever before about costly mistakes in this competitive economy. These buyers know that one wrong purchase could expose them to nasty headlines with claims that their brand merchandise was made…

Small Brewery Takes on Molson Coors Over Promotional T-shirts
July 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Summer should involve a number of ways to kick back and brush aside thoughts of all of the responsibilities that can weigh heavily on our hearts and minds. Some folks require fancy getaways as parts of their brain breaks, while others are just content to call on comforting furniture to help put everything into perspective.…

Promo Company President Sentenced for Price Fixing Scheme
June 28, 2019 at 11:14 am

Gennex Media LLC (aka Brandnex.com and PMGOA) pleaded guilty to price fixing in the promotional products industry. The company's president, Akil Kurji, was sentenced to eight months in custody, a $20,000 fine and three years of supervised release for his part in the scheme following his guilty plea in April. Additionally, Gennex was forced to…