QCA And ZOOMCatalog Announce Strategic “Brand Safety” Partnership

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 1, 2018) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) and ZOOMcatalog have partnered to help industry distributors easily search catalogs from suppliers with verified responsible sourcing best practices. ZOOMcatalog has created a page that allows distributors to refine their search results to only show catalogs from those suppliers that currently hold the honor of QCA Accreditation. As a bonus, distributors will be able to create custom catalogs for their clients that only contain products from accredited sources.   “Understanding the importance of product safety and overall responsible sourcing best practices in general, we are excited to make it even easier for our distributors to find products from suppliers accredited by QCA. Almost every QCA accredited supplier has their customizable catalogs and flyers available in our search engine, so allowing people to search across only those suppliers was a no-brainer” says Bryony Zasman, co-founder, and CPO of ZOOMcatalog.   “As industry distributors ramp up their responsible sourcing efforts, they are also seeking effective ways to manage all the compliance complexities better. As a result, suppliers that are “Accredited” by QCA are becoming the sought-after solution,” says Tim Brown, MAS, Executive Director of Operations at QCA. “Accredited supplier processes are routinely validated by independent third-parties to assure ethical and legal compliance throughout their supply chains. This gives distributors and end-buyers the assurances they are looking for while, at the same time, allowing them to focus less on regulation and more on growing their business. Partnering with ZOOMcatalog, now makes it even easier for distributors to locate products manufactured by suppliers with proven track records of going above and beyond the typical brand safety norms.”   For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   For more information about ZOOMcatalog, visit www.zoomcatalog.com or contact us at hello@zoomcatalog.com.       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 promotional products suppliers who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, that are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices recognized for their strength and effectiveness.   About ZOOMcatalog: Boulder, Colorado-based ZOOMcatalog is the Promotional Product Industry’s Hub for online catalogs, flyers...

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DistributorCentral and QCA Announce Strategic Partnership

    Gardner, Kansas— DistributorCentral and Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) have partnered to help distributors quickly and easily find products from companies who have QCA certified processes.  DistributorCentral has created a filter that allows distributors to narrow down their search results to only show products from suppliers with QCA accreditation with just one click. “We are excited to partner with DistributorCentral to further our mission of brand safety through responsible sourcing in the promotional products industry. DistributorCentral is giving free tools to distributors to make educated decisions about the products they are purchasing for their clients.” –Tim Brown, Executive Director of Operations at QCA The new QCA certified filter is now available to all distributors through DistributorCentral’s free product search.  Coming soon in 2018, DistributorCentral will be releasing to all distributors the ability to create custom catalogs on their website featuring QCA certified suppliers. “Product safety is one of the big threats to our industry.  By partnering with QCA to give distributors the tools to find products from suppliers whose processes have been certified by QCA, we show that we are committed to helping our customers combat those threats.” –Jason Nokes, President of DistributorCentral   About DistributorCentral DistributorCentral is an award-winning technology service provider for the promotional products industry, offering a range of cost-effective online resources, including: the industry’s fastest product search, eCommerce websites, order management, email blasts, and artwork services.  DistributorCentral offers a free-to-use product database for distributors.  Learn more about DistributorCentral at: www.distributorcentral.com.   About Quality Certification Alliance Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-profit organization dedicated to helping suppliers provide safe and compliant products. QCA’s sole purpose is to go above and beyond to certify the supplier processes involved in product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability, and environmental stewardship.  Companies interested in learning more about the Quality Certification Alliance accreditation are encouraged to contact Tim Brown, MAS – executive director, operations at...

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QCA Adds Pierre Martichoux To Board Of Directors

Pierre Martichoux, President of QCA Accredited Supplier Chameleon like, joins QCA’s Board of Directors.   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (March 12, 2018) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) welcomes Pierre Martichoux to its board of directors. Mr. Martichoux is the president of Chameleon like, a QCA Accredited Company since 2012. He has served as a volunteer on QCA’s finance committee and will continue in that role for the foreseeable future.   “It is an honor to welcome Pierre who joins other esteemed members of the board. His passion and a demonstrated commitment to growing QCA have been evident throughout his involvement on the finance committee,” said Tim Brown, MAS, executive director – operations. “His appointment will provide the organization with the insight and perspective of smaller suppliers. I cannot stress how important and valuable this is for the long-term growth initiatives of QCA,” continued Brown.   Established in 1998 in Northern California, Chameleon-Like, Inc. (formerly known as Chameleon Books & Journals) designs, produces and markets a comprehensive line of Journals, Notebooks, Binders, Folders and other Desk related products. From its humble entrepreneurial beginnings to date, the company has grown its revenue and expanded its operations every year (except for one) and continues to innovate in design and to provide customer service excellence. It produces the majority of its line in its Gilroy, CA factory and counts over 65 employees.   “The process that led Chameleon like to become QCA accredited was instrumental in preparing my company to double its size in less than five years, with minimal growing pains,” says Pierre Martichoux. “QCA is so much more than an independent organization that champions product quality and safety. I am honored to become the latest member of the QCA Board and share my experience and vision for the organization!”.   # # #             About QCA: Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is an independent, accreditation organization. QCA’s mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms import and/or manufacture promotional products. By providing safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise, QCA sets the guidelines for the industry. QCA Accreditation is granted to companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards. This is based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices recognized for their strength and effectiveness by QCA Accredited companies, the promotional products...

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QCA Creator and Founding Board Member Jay Deutsch Secedes Board Position

Woodinville, Wash—February 28, 2018— Jay Deutsch, creator of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) and cofounder and CEO of BDA Inc. has announced that he is stepping down from the QCA board. During Deutsch’s 10 years on the board, including eight as president, QCA grew to be the supply chain authority for quality, sustainability, and social responsibility of the promotional products industry.   “Jay was instrumental in creating industry standards for brand safety and ethical sourcing. Without his passion and vision, QCA would not exist today. He has been an integral part of 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 Tim Brown, MAS, QCA Executive Director – Operations. “Jay is leaving the board in a solid position and is passing the torch to the current and future leaders of QCA. The organization is poised for growth as end-buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of responsible sourcing processes that are independently validated.” The architect behind QCA’s creation, Deutsch provided vision, leadership and expertise in his role as president and member of the governance committee. He has also contributed time and support to several QCA committees and the formation of its Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC). Throughout his tenure, Deutsch was dedicated to creating the promotional product industry’s only independent non-profit accreditation organization, committed to brand safety through responsible sourcing.   “QCA would not exist without Jay’s 2008 vision of a product responsibility accreditation body for the promotional products industry,” said Larry Whitney, who replaced Deutsch as board president in 2016. “Jay’s contributions to the success of QCA are too numerous to count.” “Over the past decade, we’ve worked tirelessly to deliver a set of exacting quality standards to the promotional products industry. With more than twenty-five years of working in the Far East, BDA brought to the table our world class supply chain QC program and associated best practices as the foundation of QCA. This set a high bar for what is today QCA’s proprietary auditing protocols,” said Deutsch. “I’m really proud of the work that we accomplished, and the great suppliers that opened their doors to improve and certify their supply chain practices. There are many professional suppliers, working hard to protect both our clients’ brands and our overall industry. Thank you to them as well. Now it is time for...

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David Klatt Named CEO for BIC Graphic North America

David A. Klatt Jr., has been appointed CEO of BIC Graphic North America, effective February 12, 2018. David brings over 30 years of consumer product experience to BIC Graphic. Most recently, he served as CEO of AAMP Global, a leading Clearwater, FL-based manufacturer of consumer-focused vehicle aftermarket and OEM technology. Prior to that, David was with Newell Brands, where he served as President of both the Writing Segment and Specialty Business Segment, inclusive of promotional products, managing brands such as Sharpie, Paper Mate, uni-ball, Waterman, Parker and Expo. Klatt held previous leadership roles at Black & Decker and DeWalt, where he led the Consumer Group’s transformation of its Power Tools business. David received his bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. and his MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement from 2004 to 2014. “This is an exciting time to join such a dynamic organization and industry. BIC Graphic is clearly an industry leader, rooted in operational excellence and committed to its employees. They have made significant investments in service, innovation and technology and are well positioned for accelerated growth,” said Klatt. “I look forward to helping drive the business forward, collaboratively bringing new energy to our culture, strategy to the organization and innovation to our customers.” Emmanuel Bruno will remain as President, BIC Graphic North America. “We welcome David and continue to push BIC Graphic forward – faster,” said Bruno. “We are dedicated to making it easier to do business with us and will continue to evolve our business according to our distributors’ needs for a truly valued partner.” Offering everything from awards to writing instruments, BIC Graphic launches hundreds of products every year, including exclusive items available only from proprietary and partner brands. BIC Graphic’s diverse product portfolio and service-based approach provides endless solutions to distributor partners. “In an industry as diverse as promotional products, we are pleased to have someone on board that shares our singular vision of growth and speed,” adds Camilo Horvilleur, Managing Director, H.I.G. Capital. “David’s proven expertise and passion for delivering customer value and organizational growth will strengthen BIC Graphic’s position as a top promotional products supplier.” About BIC Graphic BIC Graphic is a leader in product safety, quality assurance, social responsibility, supply chain security and environmental stewardship. Nearly all product SKUs are Prop 65 compliant and do not require a...

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Spector & Co. Becomes The First To Achieve QCA Accreditation In 2018

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 13, 2018) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies advance Brand Safety, 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.   Spector and Co. is a leading North American supplier of promotional products for over 50 years. Employing approx. 400 office and factory staff, Spector & Co. ships from its modern 105,000 square foot facility and offers over 500 products; including writing instruments, journals, tech, travel and business accessories, along with its newest categories, Ashbury Bags and SpecFit. All promotional products are decorated with their state-of-the-art branding techniques.   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.   “We had a department that dealt with everyday compliance and quality processes and worked on our internal policies and procedures. It was a robust system, but there is always room for improvement, and the QCA process helped highlight our shortcomings, said Chris Pearson, Director of Compliance. “This is a big opportunity for us as a manufacturer and for our customers. It demonstrates to the industry how much we care about the compliance, responsible sourcing, and QC process. Also, it gives our customers confidence that we are doing all that we can to protect them and their customer’s brands. QCA Accreditation opens doors for new clients and brands that require QCA certified suppliers for all their orders.”   “Spector & Co. has a history of responsible sourcing best practices. However, like many other QCA Accredited suppliers, the process opened their eyes to a wider view of brand safety and more robust compliance best practices,” said Tim Brown, MAS, QCA executive director – operations. “The Accreditation offered to promotional products suppliers goes above and beyond the average compliance program. Compliance is more than testing for CPSIA and Prop 65 regulations. World class compliance is achievable through a comprehensive program that includes so much more.”  ...

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