Product Safety

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…

Recalled Promotional Fitness Trackers Might Have Come Through Alibaba
September 26, 2018 at 2:02 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Provata Health Inc., a subsidiary of the StayWell Company, is recalling a promotional fitness tracker it distributed from August 2017 to July 2018. The firm received 13 reports of the tracker overheating during use and while charging, posing a fire/burn hazard. Three of the reports included burns to…

Compliance and Risks Announced as Official QCA Partner
September 14, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Compliance and Risks, an end-to-end regulatory solutions provider for companies in the technology, consumer and industrial goods, retail and life-sciences sectors, has been announced by the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) as one of its official compliance solutions partners. Compliance and Risks is part of a recent round of new QCA partnerships intended to increase access…

Padres Recall Promotional Beach Hats After Bugs Found in Packaging
September 4, 2018 at 10:50 am

The San Diego Padres were forced to recall giveaway beach hats last weekend after the organization found grain beetles in some of the items' packaging. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, fans at Petco Park received a voucher to get a replacement (and hopefully bug-free) beach hat mailed to their home. The team unfortunately already handed the items out before realizing the mistake, but ushers came around in the third inning with plastic bags to collect them...

Electronic Fidget Spinner Charging in Car Causes Vehicle Fire
August 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

A car was left scorched in Harrisburg, Pa., after an electronic fidget spinner burst into flames while it was charging inside it. The fidget spinner, which doubled as a Bluetooth speaker, was left on the passenger seat of the car when it combusted. The owner of the vehicle was able to extinguish most of the…