QCA Accreditation Achieved But The Compliance Journey Continues
The road to accreditation begins when a QCA Applicant endorses a self-certification that indicates it is adhering to and promoting standards of compliance that would reasonably detect and deter nonconforming practices in the manufacture and importing of promotional products.
Next, each Applicant proceeds to the self-assessment step, a rigorous process that forces the organization to analyze all of its compliance processes to ensure it meets the common standards established by QCA. In this step, the company documents its processes and implements changes necessary to achieve compliance with the QCA standards as demonstrated through a third-party audit. Over four days, the third-party audit of an Applicants’s compliance-related practices is conducted by an accredited, independent organization that has not had any participation in nor any part in the self-assessment process. Each company has independent, third-party audits of its headquarters office as well as multiple factories within the supply chain.
After completion of the third-party audit, a scorecard is issued based on audit performance in the five measured areas. The QCA board uses the scorecard as the foundation for granting accreditation. Only those organizations achieving the highest (A or A+) assessments in their headquarters and across their supply base are awarded accreditation.
The following companies have achieved QCA Accreditation:
As the company name suggests, BAG MAKERS specializes in designing and printing paper, plastic and non-woven bags, producing more than 55 million bags each year through flexographic, hot stamping and screen-printing services.
Barton Nelson is known for its memo books, journals and line removable self-stick adhesive notes that feature multi-color printing, die cuts, cube shapes, bright papers, pastel options, raised printing and multiple imprints. The company also offers lenticular products, magnets, key chains and bag tags.
Bodek and Rhodes carries a comprehensive line of basic, fashion and private label brands such as Next Level, A4, New Balance, Boxercraft, Adidas, Bayside, Chouinard, Gildan, Anvil, Jerzees, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and over 30 more, including our own private label, the original private label: UltraClub.[hr]
Founded in 1919 as Broder Bros (now alphabroder) is the nation’s largest distributor of trade, private label and retail apparel brands and merchandise to the imprinting, embroidery and promotional product industries. alphabroder offers more than 43 brands including a broad selection of trade brands from Gildan, Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Jerzees and Bella + Canvas plus an extensive assortment of retail brands including Adidas Golf, Ashworth, Champion, Russell Athletic, alternative and Dickies. alphabroder also offers industry-leading private label brands including Devon & Jones, Chestnut Hill, and Harriton.[hr]
Bullet Line takes a unique approach to its product line, which includes a diverse range of bags and briefcases, clocks, coolers, desktop items, drinkware, flashlights, private-label headwear, key rings and tags, sports and fitness gear, tools, umbrellas and writing instruments.[hr]
Crown Products stocks more than 400 items in 15 categories such as automobile accessories, business and desk accessories, coolers, drinkware, gift sets, golf, keychains, padfolios, sports and recreation, travel and personal care, technology, tools and safety, totes and bags, and writing instruments. The company also offers a variety of imprinting methods, including silkscreen, pad, laser engraving, debossing, and color surge—a multi-color digital printing process.[hr]
Inspired by the golf lifestyle, Cutter & Buck provides men’s and women’s sportswear under the Cutter & Buck, Clique and New Wave brands. Offered in a wide range of colors, the garments feature classic styling combined with innovative fabrics and careful detailing to create a collection that appeals to an upscale consumer.
Design Resources specializes in developing, sourcing and importing apparel products such as caps, golf apparel, jackets and wind wear, knit and woven sportswear, and sport bags.[hr]
A family-owned business in operation for more than 48 years with two generations involved in the company, Garyline is a primary manufacturer with all aspects of production under one roof, giving the company the ability to produce large orders in any color with very short production time. Most products are union-made in USA, and more than 50 items are available with recycled content. Best sellers include automotive products, cheering accessories, clips & clipboards, first aid kits, flyers, stadium cups and sports bottles and stadium cups.[hr]
Gemline has grown its core product line—which consisted of portfolios, business accessories, backpacks, sport & travel, totes & coolers—to include gifts, writing instruments, and Eco-Choice, an earth-friendly line made with organic and recycled fabrics. In addition, the product line focuses on niche markets including women’s, all-weather and checkpoint-friendly products.[hr]
Gill Studios is known for its two most popular products: custom decals and bumper stickers, most of which are made of vinyl, transparent polyester and reflective materials. But the company also offers a number of fundamental items used by automotive, manufacturing and service businesses such as parking permits, lapel stickers, posters, magnets, SUNbuster auto shades, sticker sheets, a variety of plastic products as well as a growing line of computer related accessories such as mouse pads, CDs, and keyboard and monitor calendars. Its patented double-sided yard signs are a mainstay in the political market. A number of offset printed products are also available, including full-color magnetic memo boards, mouse pads, magnets, cards and hangers.[hr]
While drinkware—including biodegradable as well as stainless steel tumblers and water bottles—has been the centerpiece of the Gordon Sinclair product line, the company has expanded product offerings to include high-tech desk accessories (USB devices, MP3/MP4 players and digital photo frames), executive gift sets, clocks, pens and highlighters, sticky notes, pharmaceutical items and eco friendly products.[hr]
Hit Promotional Products Inc., with over 1400 employees, is a top 10 Promotional Products Industry Supplier. Hit seeks to be the industry leader in service, quality and value on the more than 1300 products that it offers occupying the value sector of 16 major promotional item categories including caps, bags, totes and cooler bags, writing instruments, drink ware, and leisure items as well as a recent emphasis on new lines of personal care and portable, on-the-go electronic items.
Journalbooks® specializes in decorating and imprinting journals and notebooks. It’s line of Made To Order journals features 100% Post Consumer Recycled paper and environmentally safe vegetable-based printing inks.[hr]
Known for its product innovation, Leed’s brings a contemporary retail look to a comprehensive line of awards, bags and totes, blankets, coolers, desktop items, drinkware, eco-friendly products, electronics, flashlights, health and wellness items, outdoor products, pens, safety goods, towels, travel gifts, watches and umbrellas.[hr]
Logomark is recognized for its distinctive collection of awards, bags, clocks, drinkware, eco-products, high-tech items, housewares, padfolios, pens, personal care products, recreation items, stationary, tools and watches.[hr]
MMI International Trade features a comprehensive line of computer laptop accessories, an exclusive collection of mini-sport radios and a unique selection of cellular accessories and light up key tags.[hr]
Norwood Promotional Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of BIC Graphic, Inc., offers more than 2,000 items in 15 product categories, including awards and recognition; bags; calendars, drinkware; flashlights, tools and auto accessories; fun items; golf products; health, wellness and safety; housewares; meeting items; office products; outdoor and leisure goods; technology items; travel merchandise; and writing instruments.
BIC Graphic USA is known for it’s pens and lighters made popular in the retail market. In addition to offering these goods to the promotional products industry, the company specializes in adhesive notes and cubes, nonadhesive cubes, drinkware, flashlights, magnets, mouse pads and notebooks.[hr]
Prime Resources Corp. offers hundreds of products in 17 categories including backpacks, coolers, drinkware, eco-products, office accessories, notebooks/jotters, stress relievers, totes and writing instruments.[hr]
SnugZ USA is known for its extensive line of lanyards, which include a number of materials including cotton (conventional or organic), polyester, bamboo, recycled PET, dye sublimated (recycled also available), reflective or neoprene as well as styles such as cell phone lanyards, badge reels, non-flip, dual use options, trade show organizers and neck wallets. The line is complemented with eyewear retainers, water bottle straps, wrist retainers, keychains, headbands, and pet leashes and collars. A line of personal care items are also available, including lip balm (organic, natural, and SPF 15), hand sanitizer (alcohol based and natural alcohol free), sunscreen, spot remover, bug spray, glass cleaner, soap sheets, lotion, zinc, aloe gel, muscle relief gel and gift packs.[hr]
For 35 years, Sweda has been providing innovative promotional products that include bags, drinkware, electronics, gift sets, stationery, watches and writing instruments. Most recently, the company added the Sweda Collection to its offering, which includes: Callaway Gifts and Accessories, London Fog Umbrellas, Leatherman Multi-Tools, Oakley Backpacks and Blue Lounge cable management products.[hr]
As its name suggests, Towel Specialties manufacturers a comprehensive line of beach towels in a full range of colors and fashion styles in both stock designs and custom options. Additionally, the company offers golf and sport towels, beach accessories, bags and totes, robes and spa gifts, and winter accessories.[hr]