Product Safety

BDA Achieves QCA Accreditation
March 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, Ill., has awarded QCA’s Distributor Certificate to Woodinville, Washington-based Bensussen Deutsch & Associates LLC (BDA). Built upon the existing Advocacy Council, the Distributor Certification Program is designed specifically for the needs of distributors and decorators, allowing them to further their commitment to brand safety and responsible sourcing. Like QCA’s Supplier…

Foamworx Achieves QCA Accreditation
February 25, 2020 at 10:34 am

Quality Certification Alliance, Chicago, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Foamworx, Calais, Maine. QCA Accredited companies endorse a self-certification, complete a rigorous self-assessment, and then submit their headquarters and their supply base to multiple third-party audits. The QCA board uses a scorecard representing the performance of the applicant and its supply chain on the third-party audits…

PCNA Recalls Power Bank Due to Fire Hazard
January 24, 2020 at 11:03 am

PCNA, Pittsburgh, announced the recall of the Spare 10,000 mAh Power Bank due to fire and burn hazards. In a press release, it said that the power bank's lithium ion battery could potentially overheat and ignite. The products were given out as promotional items from July 2019 to September 2019. The recall, via the Consumer…

WOV-IN Achieves QCA Accreditation
January 21, 2020 at 2:14 pm

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has awarded QCA accreditation to WOVIN Brands. Based in Jackson, Wisc., the company operates under the brands WOV-IN, Promopet and Footprints USA. QCA-accredited companies endorse a self-certification, complete a rigorous self-assessment, and then submit their headquarters and their supply base to multiple third-party audits. The QCA board uses a scorecard…

Delta Airlines Employees File Lawsuit Over Uniform Health Risks
January 3, 2020 at 2:06 pm

A group of 500 Delta Airlines employees is suing Lands' End with claims that their uniforms "pose an ongoing, unreasonable [risk] of physical harm." According to CNN, Delta employees reported that they noticed a wide range of symptoms, like vocal cord dysfunction, respiratory issues, skin blisters and rashes, blurred vision, nosebleeds, ringing ears, migraines and…

Blink Marketing Begins QCA Distributor Certification Program
December 11, 2019 at 1:27 pm

In order to continue meeting buyer demands for brand safety and responsible sourcing, Franklin, Tennessee-based Blink Marketing has applied to participate in the QCA Distributor Certification Program developed by Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). Built in response to demand from the Advocacy Council, the Distributor Certification Program is designed specifically for the needs of distributors and decorators, allowing…

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...