Product Safety

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…

Supplier Issues Voluntary Power Bank Recall
April 4, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Spector & Co., West Chazy, N.Y., announced that it has issued a voluntary recall of its T119 Elf power bank chargers due to a fire hazard. The power banks were given away at various trade shows and other events between May 2016 and January 2019. According to the CPSC, Spector & Co. received two reports…

Promo Buyers’ Expectations: Can You Meet Their New Demands?
March 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

What do promo buyers want? Like really want? That’s the $64,000 question. Since there’s no magic potion to drink so we can hear what others are thinking (that’s only on the silver screen, thankfully), we not only have to listen to what customers are saying, but we also must interpret their often unvocalized expectations. Case…

QCA’s Distributor Advocacy Council Expands With The Addition Of Ethical Swag
March 27, 2019 at 9:58 am

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has expanded its Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) with the addition of Sydney, Nova Scotia-based Ethical Swag Inc. The DAC is made up of industry advocates who are leading the way for brand safety through the responsible sourcing of promotional products. Distributor Advocates recognize QCA as the standard by which industry…

Beacon Promotions Receives SGIA Safety Recognition Award
March 6, 2019 at 11:12 am

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Fairfax, Va., has recognized Beacon Promotions and other member companies for their safety efforts throughout 2018. Companies receiving the award completed a number of self-inspection and verification processes that helped improve safety conditions in their workplaces, including attending safety webinars, creating safety committees, conducting bi-monthly safety checks and more.…

C-Slide Holdings Begins QCA Accreditation Process
February 26, 2019 at 10:31 am

More and more companies—from Fortune 1000 corporations to local organizations—are only interested in vendors who understand the importance of safety and compliance, and who insist on it as it relates to every component of the manufacturing and import process. Additionally, the public is demanding more accountability and greater positive impacts on society from the businesses…