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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eCompanyStore, LLC., Joins QCA’s Distributor Advocacy Council

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional products industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization, announces today that eCompanyStore, LLC. 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 eCompanyStore, a long-time member of the ASI Best Places to Work list, represents another step towards the DAC’s awareness goals. “We are honored to join the ranks of the Distributor Advocacy Council and stand shoulder to shoulder with companies that share our strong commitment to safety and compliance. Together we can change the way all distributors source products, improve the level of safety and quality in the industry and protect the world class brands that we are proud to call our customers.” said Craig Callaway, eCompanyStore CEO.   Jeff Jacobs, QCA executive director, added, “The addition of eCompanyStore, with their relationships with Fortune 500 end-user clients, further compliments the membership and mission of the DAC. They represent the new level of commitment by both suppliers and distributors to mutually raise the bar, it is effectively the only way to ensure supply chain transparency and control.”   About eCompanyStore: eCompanyStore, LLC. is a top promotional products distributor, specializing in custom merchandise, special orders and the creation of world-class company stores for our corporate clients. Though headquartered in Alpharetta, GA, our team of dedicated corporate branding experts extends across the U.S. to our West Coast office in Bellevue, WA. Since 1998, when eCompanyStore was founded, we’ve had the honor of being included on the ASI Power 50 and ASI Best Places to Work lists, we’ve been named the #1 Promotional Merchandise Distributor in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and we’ve been assigned Microsoft Premier Vendor status. It is our mission to be brand building experts, utilizing our 16+...

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Clouser Group Joins QCA’s Distributor Advocacy Council

Clouser Group Joins QCA’s Distributor Advocacy Council– Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional products industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization, announces today that The Clouser Group, located in Hershey, PA., has joined the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council. The Clouser Group, founded in 2010, is a client-focused, marketing and promotional consulting firm whose mission is to help clients achieve outstanding results for their marketing and brand-building efforts. Clouser now joins a core group of 13 leading promotional products distributors focused on furthering THE industry standard which ensures suppliers are ascribing to a proactive, comprehensive, compliance solution. “The Clouser staff, with extensive industry experience, strives to build trust, respect and long-term relationships with the companies they serve, with an ultimate goal of inspiring performance within these organizations” said Clouser president Ralph Clouser. “We are equipped to be a strategic marketing partner, and are continually providing our customers with innovative ideas and products in the marketplace.” Jeff Jacobs, QCA executive director, added, “The addition of The Clouser Group continues the comprehensive restructuring of the membership of the DAC we started last year. With a new level of commitment by both suppliers and distributors to mutually raise the bar, it is effectively the only way to ensure supply chain transparency and control.” 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. Jeffrey P. Jacobs is QCA’s executive director. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance. Like QCA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/QCAlliance, and follow it on Twitter at http://twitter.com/QCAlliance. Stay up-to-date by reading the blog http://qcalliance.org/blog.   For more information, visit...

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QCA Accredits Impex International

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: QCA ACCREDITS IMPEX INTERNATIONAL 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 (March 12, 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 Cherry Hill, NJ-based Impex International Inc. To achieve QCA Accreditation, Impex 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. Randy Chen, president of Impex and its group of companies, recognizes the importance of ensuring product quality, safety and social compliance. “I know it was a good business decision to dedicate the resources necessary to complete the challenging QCA Accreditation Program. This process challenges us to “do better than most” with sourcing and importing products from all over the world.” Added Jeff Jacobs, QCA’s executive director, “We know that Impex takes customer relationships seriously, and this proves it- they are interested in doing the right thing for them. We knew they took the necessary, proactive steps to provide safe and compliant product.” About Impex: Since 1996, Impex International has grown to become a valuable source for industry suppliers in the promotional products marketplace, offering overseas sourcing and domestic stock. Our N.J. warehouse provides greater flexibility in fulfilling customers’ more time-sensitive needs with low-quantity minimums on immediately available items. With its overseas presence, Impex has staff dedicated to minimizing costs through quality control and freight consolidation. The company is highly committed to customer satisfaction and offers a 100% guarantee of its products.   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 clients.   Jeffrey...

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