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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WOV-IN® Brands Embarks On QCA Compliance Accreditation Program

By applying to participate in the QCA Accreditation program, Universal Strap – more commonly known throughout the industry under their line names WOV-IN®, Promopet®, and Footprints USA™ – has joined other industry-leading suppliers by taking a hard look at their business models and compliance programs. The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to brand safety through “verified” responsible sourcing best practices.   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (June 4, 2018) – Users of branded merchandise are becoming increasingly more proficient at vetting their promotional products supply chains. Companies that do the best job of providing proactive, comprehensive compliance solutions can differentiate themselves in an industry where it is genuinely challenging to separate from the masses.   “As a third-generation family business doing things the right way is important to us. Moreover, as we continue to grow and regulations continue to change, we feel it’s beneficial for us to go through the QCA process,” said Jessie Johnson, Universal Strap President. “We want to continue to focus on compliance so that our customers are comfortable and confident working with us. This isn’t just about satisfying regulations; it is about improving as a company with the goal of taking care of our customers and our customers’ customers.”   For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, e-mail tbrown@qcalliance.org.   For more information about Universal Strap, visit http://www.usiwi.com/.   For more information about the Quality Certification Alliance, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   About QCA: Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is an independent, 501(c)6 accreditation organization. Its 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.   Tim Brown, MAS is QCA’s Executive Director – Operations. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as Executive Director – Compliance.   Like QCA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/QCAlliance and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/QCAlliance.     About Universal Strap: Custom manufacturer and decorator of promotional and retail products, including merchandise for college bookstores, Fortune 500 companies, the pet industry, and souvenir and gift...

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Shared Brand Safety Goals Seal Partnership For QCA And Recall Results

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 21, 2018) – To better serve their existing clients and continuously find ways to provide additional value and services Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) has partnered with Recall Results. The collaborative partnership provides companies on the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) with ready access to effective recall management solutions.   Tim Brown, MAS, Executive Director of Operations for QCA shared, “we pursued this partnership with Recall Results to provide a wider range of quality services to our most ardent supporters. Additionally, this partnership allows QCA to extend awareness of our accreditation program to areas where we currently have limited access to potential end-buyer stakeholders.”   Both organizations have in-depth knowledge and expertise in their fields. This, along with similar brand safety goals make partnering together a logical solution. Together, this partnership enables both organizations to expand their audience and broaden offerings.   Tom Brockhaus, VP of Business Development and Client Services for Recall Results stated, “we are honored to have this association with QCA, an organization focused on product quality, safety and high social and environmental standards. We look forward to working more closely together and supporting common goals relating to consumer safety.     For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   For more information about Recall Results services, visit: www.RecallResults.com or call 888-263-6569.           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 Recall Results: Recall Results is an outsourced product recall services firm based in St. Louis, Missouri. Recall Results has experience and expertise extending across the recall landscape and has performed recall and safety programs for many leading corporations spanning multiple products, industries and regulatory...

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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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