QCA ANNOUNCES RICK RAYL STEPPING DOWN AFTER 10 YEARS

Founding representative and instrumental contributor to the development of QCA, Rick Rayl, has stepped down from the QCA Board of Directors.   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 16, 2017) – After assisting in successfully guiding the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) for a decade, Rick Rayl, announced that he is stepping down from his position on the QCA Board of Directors where he also served as chair of the Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) Committee.   Mr. Rayl has served QCA for ten years, which includes its conceptualization and on the Board of Directors. He was one of the catalysts for the development of QCA and the creation of its founding documents. During his tenure, QCA became the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products.   “We thank and honor Rick for his dedicated service and commitment to responsible sourcing. He was instrumental in building QCA into an innovative, industry-leading organization and his valuable counsel has played a huge part in QCA’s growth and impact on the industry,” said Larry Whitney, QCA Board President. “Rick is leaving us in a strong position and gaining momentum as we are poised for significant growth over the next few years.” Rick thanked QCA and the board for the opportunity to serve on this groundbreaking initiative, and he commented that “QCA has achieved unparalleled success in the promotional products industry. Working with the finest leaders, both suppliers, and distributors, to build and grow the gold standard in compliance is an honor I will always cherish.” Rick will be honored with QCA’s first award for Innovation and Leadership.     About QCA: Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. QCA Accreditation is granted to companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices that are recognized for their strength and effectiveness by QCA Accredited companies, the promotional products industry and end-user clients.   QCA was formed in July 2008 when a group of industry thought leaders met to address the safety, compliance and social responsibility needs of the promotional products industry. By providing the tools required to help companies within...

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FEY INDUSTRIES, INC. ACHIEVES QCA ACCREDITATION

The company joins 31 other currently accredited companies that have met the rigorous qualifications to receive the promotional products industry’s only certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship.   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 9, 2017) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Edgerton, Minnesota-based Fey Industries, Inc. (dba: Fey Promotional Products Group). Brands include Fey Line, Magna-Tel by Fey, Mi Line by Fey, Reflectix by Fey.   The company specializes in products that keep you and your business organized. From exclusive Techfolios to their U.S.A. Made custom 3-ring binders, specialized holders, and Peel-n-Stick® calendar collection. Their Magna-Tel by line is a leader in promotional magnets, decals and exclusive tech-friendly products. Mi Line offers hundreds of clever everyday products that pack a promotional punch along with the industry favorite “World’s Best Pizza Cutter®” while Reflectix offers vibrant personal safety products with an exclusive prismatic reflective material.   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 as the foundation for granting accreditation.   “The QCA accreditation process created awareness to the much broader responsibilities with social accountability/compliance, supply chain security, and environmental stewardship. It exposed gaps we had and strengthened our protocols. We are in a much better state to avoid problems as we have procedures in place to ensure accuracy and compliance,” said Mike Fey, MAS, Fey Industries, Inc. president. “The process is an exhaustive one which involves dedication and diligence across the company. Additionally, we found it requires a willingness to see the “current state” of our internal processes in order to truly improve and advance our business forward. Only those companies who are genuinely committed to quality and compliance, as well as continuous improvement, should start the QCA journey.”   Fey Industries, Inc. joins the ranks of 31 other companies that have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—Admints & Zagabor; AlphaBroder; American Ad Bag; AZX Sport; Bag Makers, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Bic Graphic; Bullet Line LLC; Castelli; Chameleon Like, Inc.; Crown Products, Inc.; Cutter & Buck, Inc.; Design Resources, Inc.; Garyline; Gemline; Gordon Sinclair; Hit...

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PWS BEGINS QCA ACCREDITATION PROCESS

By applying to participate in the QCA Accreditation process, PWS has joined other industry leading practitioners taking a hard look at their business models and best practices. The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship.   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (April 25, 2017) – End-Buyers are becoming more proficient at vetting their promotional products supply chains, and companies that do the best job of providing proactive, comprehensive compliance solutions can differentiate themselves in an industry where it is truly challenging to differentiate. This type of delineation allows companies to better meet their Fortune 1000 client needs, which results in enhanced relationships, greater confidence, growing trust and reliance, and ultimately in increased revenues.   PWS has been diligently working through the accreditation process, which includes rigorous assessments and multiple third-party audits. The QCA board will use a scorecard representing the performance of the applicant and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.   “We have been talking about doing this since QCA’s inception, but wanted to wait and see how the market reacted to it. After listening to our customers and researching the QCA program, we determined that the accreditation program not only provides assurances to our customers, it ensures that PWS, all the way through the supply chain, meets standards today and into the future,” said Andrea Pennington, PWS VP of Customer Relations. “Our QCA rep, D.E. Fenton, not only guides us through the way we should be organizing and documenting processes and procedures, she makes us stop and think about the way we currently do things, and if there is a better way to do it. Because of this we are scrutinizing and thinking about every detail of the company and the factories with which we work. This process will ensure that we are training all of our people to the exact standards in how PWS is to operate.”   For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, e-mail tbrown@qcalliance.org.   For more information about PWS, visit http://gopwsproducts.com/Main/default/default.aspx .   For more information about the Quality Certification Alliance, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   About QCA: Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import...

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QCA Retains Juli Sinnett As Consultant To Distributor Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: QCA RETAINS JULI SINNETT AS CONSULTANT TO DISTRIBUTOR GROUP QCA hires former SwervePoint founder and principal as a consultant to the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council. Sinnett was retained to drive more collaboration between the distributor group and the accredited suppliers of QCA. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 18, 2016)   The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping suppliers provide safe products, has retained Juli Sinnett to coordinate with the QCA Board and continue to lead the DAC (Distributor Advocacy Council). QCA is committed to a higher level of collaboration with its distributor group, and this newly-created consultant position is the next step in that initiative. Sinnett left SwervePoint at the end of 2015, where she was co-founder and principal, while already heading the DAC leadership. Her responsibilities included business development, leading the sales organization and vendor relations. In addition to consulting for QCA, Sinnett will continue her work as a board member with the Center for Women and Enterprise, and as chair of the WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) Membership Committee. “I have always been very impressed with QCA as an organization, from the certified suppliers, to the Distributors on the Advocacy Council (DAC), and of course, the mission of QCA” said Sinnett. “The companies associated with QCA are raising their hands and saying “I make a difference. I walk the walk, and I want everyone to know it.” Sinnett continued, “QCA has been clear that the distributor is an important part of the equation. I will be working with the DAC to find out how we can provide more value to the distributors.” Added David Clifton, chief marketing officer at alphabroder, and QCA Board Member, “We thank Juli for her contributions and leadership on the DAC and want to congratulate her on this new role.”   About QCA: Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, non-governmental accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. QCA Accreditation is granted to companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices that are recognized for their strength and effectiveness by QCA Accredited companies, the promotional products industry and end-user...

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Quality Logo Products Joins QCA’s Distributor Advocacy Council

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional products industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization, announces today that Quality Logo Products (http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/) has joined the Distributor Advocacy Council.   QCA, founded in 2008, created the Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) in 2012 to recognize the fact that compliance solutions are best done as a collaborative effort between suppliers and distributors. QCA, in partnership with the DAC, is raising the bar for solutions to provide supply chain transparency, and answer the increasing amount of questions from Fortune 100 companies about product safety and quality.   Members of the DAC recognize the Quality Certification Alliance as a driving force towards transparency in our industry. They strive to uphold its mission of changing the way suppliers import and/or manufacture products, to ensure consistently high levels of safety, quality and environmental conscientiousness in the merchandise they produce.   The addition of Quality Logo Products, a Top 50 distributor and recognized on Inc. 5,000 fastest growing US companies, marks another step towards the DAC’s awareness goals. According to Bret Bonnet, founder and co-owner, “Quality Logo Products is committed to providing our customers with the best items and the best experience. So joining QCA and prompting safety just seemed like a natural extension of that mission.” Bonnet continued, “It’s our goal to use our new found membership and our sizeable reach/audience to continue to promote product safety with not only our customers, but also non-member industry companies. As a whole, there is still a lot of work to be done.”   Jeff Jacobs, QCA executive director, added, “The addition of Quality Logo Products brings the number of active DAC members to 14, and with their energy, collegial attitude and non-traditional approach to the industry, they further compliment the membership and mission of the DAC. They add to the new level of commitment by both suppliers and distributors to mutually raise the bar on safety in the promotional products industry.”   About Quality Logo Products: Quality Logo Products, Inc., is a promotional products distributor that provides personalized merchandise and branded items to customers around the world. Based in Aurora, Illinois, QLP (as it’s commonly known) was established in 2003 by two entrepreneurial college students, Bret Bonnet and Michael Wenger. Since then, the QLP team has grown to include over 90 employees, and the company has received numerous honors and accolades. QLP has recently been featured in Counselor Magazine’s list...

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QCA Accredits The Magnet Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: QCA ACCREDITS THE MAGNET GROUP The company has now met the rigorous qualifications to receive the promotional products industry’s only certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 26, 2015)   The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has granted QCA Accreditation to Washington, MO based The Magnet Group. To achieve QCA Accreditation, The Magnet Group completed a rigorous self-assessment and submitted its headquarters and supply base to multiple third –party audits. The QCA Board then used a scorecard representing the performance of the company and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation. The Magnet Group, which has been a Top 40 Supplier for the past 3 decades, brings the number of QCA-Accredited suppliers to 34. “It was extremely important for our customers, our company, and our collective peace of mind to achieve the QCA accreditation. The path was long and at times challenging, but the process and end result for our customers was worth every minute. We are thrilled!” said Bill Korowitz, CEO and owner of The Magnet Group. Zane Morton, Vice President of Quality and Compliance and executive team member for the company, was responsible for all facets of the installation and management of the process. “Coming from the aerospace business and manufacturing parts for F-18’s, my passion for quality and process runs deep. It was an honor and a pleasure working with a great team at QCA and at The Magnet Group to make this happen.” Added Jeffrey P. Jacobs, executive director of QCA, “We want to congratulate The Magnet Group on achieving QCA Certification. We were confident they took the necessary, proactive steps to provide safe and compliant product, and knew they’d see additional benefit in the process by smoothing out business processes, eliminating inefficiencies, and opening up new lines of internal communications. We know that The Magnet Group takes customer relationships very seriously, and the accreditation is independent third-party proof they are interested in doing the right thing for them.”   About The Magnet Group: Located in Washington Missouri, The Magnet Group, which was the ASI 2013 Supplier of the Year operates under several different brand names including Magnet, LLC; Innovations by Magnet, LLC; The Bag Factory; Benchmark Crystal and Clocks; The 1919...

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