Product Safety

Spector & Co. Becomes First to Achieve QCA Accreditation in 2018
February 19, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Spector &Co. Spector & Co. becomes the first supplier in 2018 to achieve the esteemed accreditation for having met the rigorous qualifications necessary to receive the promotional products industry’s only certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship. Employing approx. 400 office…

Florida Man Says His Apple AirPods Exploded Mid-Workout
February 12, 2018 at 1:31 pm

Shopping for good headphones can be tough, and often filled with audiophile jargon that the common music listener doesn't fully understand. Do you want active noise canceling? Does it hit the highs you want? Does the driver provide enough bass? Does it explode in your ears? That last one is especially important, and you'd think…

U.K. Microbead Ban Goes Into Effect
January 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm

As of yesterday, cosmetics and personal care items in the U.K. can no longer include plastic microbeads. This ban only covers manufacturing at the time, but sale of products that include microbeads will take effect in July, according to The Guardian. The reasoning behind this is to prevent the plastic microbeads from making their way…

Molson Coors Canada Recalls 215K Promotional NHL Beer Glasses
January 2, 2018 at 12:17 pm

With the National Hockey League having recently concluded its centennial celebration, players, owners and fans should consider themselves very pleased with the state of their beloved sport, which this season has already produced some amazing results—come on, who, even with their geographic location, could have bet that the expansion Vegas Golden Knights would hold the…

Starline Inc. Receives QCA Accreditation
December 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide brand safety, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Starline Inc., Grand Island, N.Y. Starline becomes only the third supplier in 2017 to achieve Accreditation status as a result of meeting the rigorous qualifications of the promotional products…

Todd Snyder + Champion Sweatshirts Recalled
December 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced yesterday that it is recalling the Todd Snyder + Champion brand sweatshirts, manufactured by WS and Co. and distributed by Todd Snyder, after they did not meet federal flammability standards, posing a potential burn risk to customers. The company sold about 2,100…

Scientists Develop Lithium-Ion Battery That Holds Up to 'Extreme Conditions'
November 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

We've focused on the development of lithium-ion batteries, and for good reason. As technology evolves, and becomes an ever-growing presence in the promotional products industry, the science behind safer lithium-ion batteries is of high importance to promotional products distributors. Without a full understanding of the latest technology available, distributors and suppliers run the risk of…