Think This Can't Happen to You? The Reality of CPSIA
How many other manufacturers may be doing this? If these numbers are placed with the client's logo, without clear notification, how many orders will be rejected?
I would have to assume that any proofs to be approved prior to production would need to show these numbers. At that point, what happens when the client says "no" to their imprint being changed?
Vendors who start arbitrarily putting these CPSIA numbers on products will run into problems. Most clients are not going to appreciate their brand image being compromised with these numbers.
Below is the response from the supplier:
"In response to your inquiry regarding our compliance labeling efforts and I would like to address some of your questions. I'd like to apologize for any unexpected results our customer encountered as a result of out labeling efforts and completely understand your desire for more information regarding this matter. I have included our summary statement, which gives an overview of our position as well as a list of items that 'our company' has included in our CPSIA labeling effort.
"Basically, we need to include tracking information on all products that could be considered a children's product under the CPSIA mandate. We include that info on approximately 475 products, many of which lend themselves to being labeled less obtrusively than the item that you ordered for your customer (bags have stitched in labels for instance). There are a handful of products that require some fine tuning with regard to the placement of the tracking info—the key tag you ordered being one of them. Keep in mind that we had to institute this pretty rapidly which deprived us of the ability to fine tune the placement on each item—we are in the process of doing so and expect the tracking to become somewhat less obtrusive with each iteration.