Product Safety

Senate Closes Legal Loophole, Bans Importing Items from Slave Labor
February 15, 2016 at 6:47 pm

The U.S. Senate voted last Thursday to close a loophole in the Tariff Act of 1930, which prohibited importing goods made by convict, forced or indentured labor, in an effort to minimize slave labor in the global supply chain. According to…

CPSC Clarifies Rule on Component Part Testing
February 11, 2016 at 6:12 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule amending two rules on component part testing and lead in textile products in October 2015. The rule has been effective since January, but the CPSC recently provided clarification on the two rules. 1. Clarification on Component Part Testing (16 CFR 1109): In order to reduce burden…

Warwick Publishing Co. Achieves Idealliance G7 Master Qualification
February 11, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Warwick Publishing Co., St. Charles, Ill., an industry supplier of desk calendars and paper products, has achieved G7 Master Qualification for the second year in a row. Idealliance, a nonprofit industry group dedicated to guiding print production best practices, specifications and standards, awarded the certification. Warwick Publishing Co., which is celebrating its 90th year in business,…

Microsoft Recalls AC Power Cords
February 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., is recalling AC power cords for its Surface Pro devices sold in Canada due to fire and shock hazard. The recall involves AC power cords sold with the Microsoft Surface…

Major Fire at Bangladesh Sweater Factory Raises Questions About Safety Concerns
February 3, 2016 at 6:06 pm

A massive fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Bangladeshi sweater factory that supplies Western retailers H&M and J.C. Penney. The conflagration injured at least four people, but according to global labor rights advocates, barely escaped inflicting tragedy on a much deeper scale: Most of the factory’s more than 6,000 workers had not yet showed…

PPEF 2016 Scholarship Period Now Open
January 29, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF), Irving, Texas, announced that the 2016 PPEF scholarship program is taking applications for the 2016-17 school year with $150,000 in scholarships available. Since its inception in 1989, PPEF has awarded approximately $1.4 million in financial assistance. Funded by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and donations from the promotional products industry,…

LocknCharge Technologies Recalls Charging Stations
January 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced yesterday that LocknCharge Technologies, Madison, Wis., is recalling its iQ10 charging stations due to a defective USB charging hubs that can cause an electrical shock to users. The charging stations are 16x16x12.5" white metal cubes with two black…

Microsoft Enters Licensing Agreement With High-end Wearable Maker Olio Devices
January 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Microsoft said that it has just entered a new patent licensing agreement with high-end smartwatch-maker Olio Devices LLC. Made possible through Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC, the company's arm for its IP licensing program, the agreement is said to cover "wearable devices" and other undisclosed details.

Video: 10 Awesome Products from PPAI Expo 2016
January 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

It’s been two weeks since the 2016 PPAI Expo, and we’re still thinking about our favorite products and moments from Las Vegas. From finding a new pet dog to getting a relaxing massage and even meeting Donald Trump, the Promo Marketing team saw and did a lot of awesome things at this year’s convention. Didn’t…

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Recalls Infant Pajamas
January 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is recalling infant bodysuits due to a choking hazard. The Darth Vader Infant Bodysuits were sold in five sizes: 3M, 6M, 12M, 18M and 24M. The 100 percent cotton garment…