QCA Announces New Participation Model

New Plan Expands Engagement With Distributors And End Buyers CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 14, 2019) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe and responsibly sourced products, launched a restructured participation model and fee structure that is more engaging and inclusive with distributors, suppliers and end-buyers.   While the organization’s overall mission and standards remain the same, this broader structure will give more companies the resources they need to meet buyers’ demands for brand safety, social responsibility and sustainability. “We realized there is considerable opportunity for brand safety to have greater relevance and meet buyer demands through expanded participation on both the supplier and distributor sides,” said Tim Brown, MAS, QCA’s executive director of operations.   The new participation model consists of four categories: End-Buyer Users, Distributor Advocates, Certified Distributors and Decorators, and Accredited Suppliers. The inclusion of direct end-buyer engagement will allow for organizations of all sizes to publicly communicate their expectations to our industry.   QCA has created a fee structure that requires a modest investment from its new group of distributor advocates that will symbolize their commitment to responsible sourcing and send a clear message to industry suppliers about their expectations for transparency and accountability.   Under the new structure, distributors are empowered to collectively have a greater say in their supplier expectations for brand safety and responsible sourcing. Currently, small distributors lack the voice to push suppliers to go above and beyond. However, the new participation model allows a greater number of smaller distributors to collectively have a voice while at the same time enabling distributors and decorators of all sizes to be held to a higher standard through more accountability via certification. “For suppliers to have a robust compliance program, certain costs are simply a part of the deal regardless of if they work with an organization or go it alone,” Brown said. “Realizing this, QCA is working with distributor advocates to help lessen the burden on suppliers. The result is a robust program that not only meets the industry and end-buyer demands but also is affordable and attainable. Getting involved will have more to do with a willingness to do what is right rather than a cost to participate.” “For us to live out our mission and values, it’s essential that we adapt. That’s what this new participation model is all about,”...

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O Canada! PPPC Suppliers Can Now Apply For QCA Accreditation

O Canada! PPPC Suppliers Can Now Apply For QCA Accreditation

We have some excellent news for our friends up North. The Board of Directors for the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) has revised our bylaws to include supplier members of the Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). Here’s how it went down: We had a request from PPPC to include them in addition to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) as a criterion, it made sense and the board voted to revise the bylaws to include them. Boom! This allows QCA to be even more inclusive and continue living out our mission to serve the entire industry. While applicants must still be incorporated in the United States, now they can be members of either PPAI or PPPC as a part of the qualification process. What has not changed is that applicants must meet the definition of “supplier:” A promotional products company that manufactures, imports, converts, imprints or otherwise produces or processes promotional products offered for sale through promotional consultants (distributors). What does this change mean to you? Well, it broadens the number of suppliers who are eligible to apply; more accredited suppliers gives distributors more verifiably responsible resources and this, in turn, offers buyers a more comprehensive selection of safe and responsibly sourced products such as tuques (that’s Canadian for a knit hat for all of you lower than the 49th parallel). Moreover, that’s good for everyone’s bottom...

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Compliance & Risks Announced As An Official QCA Partner

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (September 13, 2018) – Compliance & Risks, an end-to-end regulatory solutions provider for companies in the technology, consumer and industrial goods, retail and life-sciences sectors, has been announced by the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) as one of their official compliance solutions partners.   Compliance & Risks is part of a recent round of new QCA partnerships intended to increase access to responsible sourcing and compliance resources for promotional products industry professionals, particularly those affiliated with QCA via its Supplier Compliance Accreditation Program and the Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC).   Serving the promotional products industry since July of 2008, as the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-profit organization dedicated to validating industry suppliers’ compliance efforts, QCA has been working tirelessly to improve the standards by which industry responsible sourcing practices are judged and accepted by users of the medium.   With advanced capabilities in assessing the risks and opportunities in proposed legislation, Compliance & Risks provides extensive experience and guidance with legal, regulatory, and compliance issues to optimize business’ regulatory processes for maximum ROI.   Joe Skulski, CEO of Compliance & Risks commented, ”As businesses evolve their product offerings, their regulatory compliance burden from product safety to labeling, and packaging to chemicals, also increases. We are delighted to partner with QCA to support their client base in delivering safer, cleaner, compliant products to market.” For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   For more information about Compliance & Risks, visit: https://www.complianceandrisks.com/.           About QCA: Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms 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.   About Compliance & Risks: Compliance & Risks helps manufacturers, retailers and their supply chain partners monitor and manage requirements, regulations and standards for a cleaner, safer and better world. They create business advantages for clients by providing reliable legislative information, insights and actions through C2P, our knowledge management software platform, consulting, market access, managed services and other solutions.   Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, they also have offices...

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Chameleon like, Inc. acquires The Platform Group Gallery

Gilroy, CA Supplier of journals expands into custom packaging and presentation boxes by acquiring all assets of Houston, TX based The Platform Group Gallery. Houston, TX — Chameleon like, Inc. (aka Chameleon Books & Journals – asi/44558 – PPAI 209189) is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Platform Group Gallery (TPGG – asi/78708- PPAI 216134). The transaction closed on 7/18/18 and is part of Chameleon like, Inc’s vision to expand into the custom packaging space, as well as establishing a manufacturing facility in Houston, TX. “For years, customers have asked us for packaging solutions, but our first goal has always been to create a strong process around our existing custom journal business, then scale that into relevant categories – we’re ready now and the need for quick to market custom packaging is here” said Pierre Martichoux, founder and President of Chameleon like, Inc. “When Allison Gower and Jeremy Konko (founders of TPGG) contacted us, we thought this would be a great opportunity for our team to develop the know-how as well as equipment to expand into this category” 2 Allison Gower, who established TPGG in 1997 added: “I cannot imagine a better home for the GalleryBoard packaging line than at Chameleon like. I designed the GalleryBoard line to be high-style, ecologically conscious, and made in the USA with highly trained employees. Pierre and his team at Chameleon like share these values and I am confident that the GalleryBoard packaging line will thrive and grow with Chameleon like production, service and sales team members”. As part of the transaction, The Platform Group Gallery is relocating into larger manufacturing space in Houston, TX with the Chameleon like team taking over customer service and production in the near future. ### Chameleon like, Inc. (est. 1998) is a manufacturer and supplier of journals, folders, and various desk accessories. Its main offices and manufacturing facility are located in Gilroy, CA. The company has established itself as one of the leading suppliers in its product category, blending creative and custom capabilities with excellent customer service and process. Manufacturing 75% of its products from scratch in the USA, Chameleon like is also QCA accredited. The Platform Group Gallery was established in 1997 and has accumulated numerous industry awards. Manufacturing from its Houston, TX facility, it specializes in lower volume, high quality custom gift boxes, portfolios, and binders. For more information on Product: www.chameleonlike.com...

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AsiaInspection And QCA Re-Affirm Brand Safety Partnership

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (August 6, 2018) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) reaffirms its collaborative partnership with AsiaInspection (AI), its longest-tenured collaborative partner, as part of last month’s ten-year anniversary commemoration.   The partnership, initially with ANSECO Group – who was purchased by AI – launched in 2012 with a QCA-sponsored Ink Testing Initiative which saves participating companies thousands of dollars. QCA affiliated companies (applicant, member, DAC) also receive a myriad of additional benefits, guidance, and support beyond the ink-testing program.   “Being a long-standing partner of the QCA, AI is proud to have contributed to the organization’s valuable work towards higher standards for all stakeholders of the promotional products industry,” said Karolyn Helda, the Managing Director of AI’s laboratory in Buffalo, New York. “We look forward to further supporting QCA accredited companies, applicants and Distributor Advocacy Council in reaching their quality, safety and compliance goals with our dedicated resources and industry expertise.”   “As QCA grows and matures as an organization, partnerships with well-respected organizations that share our brand safety goals and add value to our affiliated companies only serves to enhance the QCA brand. AI has been a valuable, loyal and supportive partner from the onset, and we look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come,” Tim Brown, MAS, Executive Director of Operations for QCA.   For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, visit www.qcalliance.org.   For more information about AsiaInspection services, visit: www.AsiaInspection.com or call 716-635-1180.   About QCA: Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms 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.   About AsiaInspection: AsiaInspection is a full-service provider of quality assurance and quality control services, product testing, inspection and auditing services. They operate in over 85 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America with 17 offices (HK, SZ, HZ, New Delhi, Madrid, Paris, Canada, Columbia,...

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QCA Authorizes UL As Accreditation Program Audit Provider

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 17, 2018) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) announces the qualification of UL as an authorized audit provider for their Accreditation Program.   With this achievement, UL joins Bureau Veritas to become only the second authorized audit provider. Also, to better serve QCA’s clients, both providers will now offer Accredited Suppliers the opportunity to schedule and complete future SMETA 4-Pillar audits at the same time QCA audits are requested for completion.   As a leading brand safety advocate, QCA is the promotional products industry’s only independent, non-profit accrediting organization dedicated to validating industry manufacturing and sourcing processes.   For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   About QCA: Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms 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...

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