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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QCA Milestone: 10-Years Of Going Above And Beyond For Brand Safety

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 10, 2018) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), has reached a milestone this July, commemorating ten-years as the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-profit accrediting organization dedicated to validating industry manufacturing and sourcing processes. QCA has grown from a group of fourteen forward-looking companies in search of a comprehensive industry standard for compliance – to the industry model for world-class brand safety through responsible sourcing of branded merchandise.   “Board President, David Clifton of alphabroder remarked, “QCA has added immeasurable value to our industry over the last ten years and remains a shining example of what’s possible through collaboration around doing what’s right, fair and responsible.”   When asked what prompted his organization to become a founding company of the QCA, Immediate-Past President, Larry Whitney with Polyconcept, noted, “we had a good compliance program, but it was difficult to get that point across to customers and end-users without a frame of reference. There were, and still are, no comparable organizations that evaluate an organization on their ability to meet a variety of compliance-related criteria. Encouraging an independent third-party organization like QCA was in the best interests of our industry.”   QCA’s continued enhancement of protocols and standards reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to delivering innovative, powerful, and robust solutions for brand safety through the responsible sourcing and manufacturing of promotional products. Jeff Lederer, CEO of Primeline, another founding company asserts, “QCA has become the pre-emanate industry organization in product quality and safety, and for ten years there is no match – which shows the vision of this innovative group of founding companies. The longevity of QCA shows that the importance of ensuring this industry has the proper standards of compliance is critical.” As the QCA accredited supplier base has expanded during its ten-year history, the organization recently turned its attention to generating more end-buyer brand safety awareness. For nearly the past two years, QCA has been engaging directly with brands and trade associations across the country to promote brand safety. The message is simple, “if your brand is significant enough to promote, then it is significant enough to protect.”   For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   Like QCA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/QCAlliance Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/QCAlliance Check us out on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/quality-certification-alliance/ . You can also click here to sign up...

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QCA Honors D. (Denise) Fenton For 10 Years As Head Of Compliance

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (June 10, 2018) – As the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) embarks on its ten-year anniversary (July 10, 2018), the organization and its Board of Directors recognized Denise Fenton – Executive Director of Compliance for her role in establishing and maintaining QCA’s Accreditation program.   For more than 20 years, D. (Denise) Fenton has worked in international manufacture-for-export. At QCA, she administers all compliance aspects for QCA and is responsible for the ongoing evolution of the QCA Accreditation Program.   Prior to joining QCA, Fenton spent three years as Director of Corporate Compliance for Walmart, where in early 2000, she oversaw the design and implementation of the Walmart Factory Compliance system, a program focused on identifying and addressing root causes of non-compliance through operations-based solutions. She brought those skills, her experience working with organizations based in Taiwan, Sri Lanka and, China, and her fluency in Mandarin to QCA when creating the industry’s only independent, non-profit organization dedicated to developing and validating responsible sourcing best practices.   Current QCA president, David Clifton lauded Fenton as, “the glue that has held QCA together over the last decade. Her expertise, leadership and continuity have provided the foundation for QCA’s success and contribution to our overall industry.”   Clifton’s predecessor, Larry Whitney, added, “Dee Fenton’s hire by QCA in 2008 was critical to the successes of the organization. Her unparalleled knowledge in compliance matters, from her time at Wal-Mart, and from living in China, have been key to the development of QCA’s rigorous audit program. While the founding companies supported QCA financially in the beginning, it was Dee’s hard work over the past ten years that has helped QCA thrive.”     QCA’s “trademarked” Accreditation Program is the only one of its kind and was established specifically with the promotional products industry in mind.     For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   Like QCA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/QCAlliance and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/QCAlliance and LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/quality-certification-alliance/. You can also click here to sign up to receive QCA News.   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...

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