Product Safety

Orbus Now a Participating Supplier of PromoStandards
November 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, Woodridge, Ill., announced that it is now a participating supplier of PromoStandards. PromoStandards is a set of standards created specifically for the promotional products industry by promotional professionals, meant to streamline business between distributors and suppliers within the industry. Orbus' participation in PromoStandards improves its customer experience for promotional product…

David Clifton to Speak on Brand Safety at ProcureCon Marketing 2019
November 7, 2019 at 11:35 am

David Clifton, chief marketing officer for QCA-accredited supplier alphabroder and president of the QCA board of directors, has been invited to be a featured panelist for the discussion “Cleaning Up The Marketing Supply Chain: Tools You Need For Brand Safety” at ProcureCon Marketing 2019. Held Nov. 18-20 in Austin, Texas, ProcureCon Marketing is the only…

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...

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…

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…

Rationalizing Your Way Out of Responsible Promo Sourcing
May 30, 2019 at 2:03 pm

To justify taking the easy way out and not having the harder, more educational conversations with their customers, both suppliers and distributors tell themselves all kinds of lies: “My customers aren’t asking for it,” “My competitors aren’t doing it,” “It’s too expensive” and “No one has been caught.” What they may not realize is that these lies are costing them business...

One Promo Supplier's Product Partnerships Show Why It Pays to Give Back (and Why Corporate Social Responsibility Is Here to Stay)
May 14, 2019 at 10:14 am

On the first day of exhibits at PPAI Expo 2019, a crowd had gathered in front of the Compass Industries booth. The show floor had opened a few hours before, and the early rush had dispersed into a modest flow of traffic that would build slowly to peak capacity later in the day. Yet here was a throng of people gathered around a small tub full of water, elbowing their way in to get a look...

Signet Inc. Returns to QCA Advisory Council
May 6, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has expanded its Advocacy Council with the addition of Memphis, Tennessee-based Signet Inc. The Advocacy Council (previously known as the Distributor Advocacy Council) is comprised of industry advocates who are leading the way for brand safety through the responsible sourcing of promotional products. ADvocates recognize QCA as the standard by…