Promo Kitchen Podcast

Join Tim Brown, MAS as he and Cliff Quicksell, MAS, Marketing and Business Consultant, Speaker and Author, sit down to have a “real-and-candid” conversation about product safety with the Chefs at PromoKitchen. Listen to the Podcast...

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FEY INDUSTRIES, INC. ACHIEVES QCA ACCREDITATION

The company joins 31 other currently accredited companies that have 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 9, 2017) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Edgerton, Minnesota-based Fey Industries, Inc. (dba: Fey Promotional Products Group). Brands include Fey Line, Magna-Tel by Fey, Mi Line by Fey, Reflectix by Fey.   The company specializes in products that keep you and your business organized. From exclusive Techfolios to their U.S.A. Made custom 3-ring binders, specialized holders, and Peel-n-Stick® calendar collection. Their Magna-Tel by line is a leader in promotional magnets, decals and exclusive tech-friendly products. Mi Line offers hundreds of clever everyday products that pack a promotional punch along with the industry favorite “World’s Best Pizza Cutter®” while Reflectix offers vibrant personal safety products with an exclusive prismatic reflective material.   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.   “The QCA accreditation process created awareness to the much broader responsibilities with social accountability/compliance, supply chain security, and environmental stewardship. It exposed gaps we had and strengthened our protocols. We are in a much better state to avoid problems as we have procedures in place to ensure accuracy and compliance,” said Mike Fey, MAS, Fey Industries, Inc. president. “The process is an exhaustive one which involves dedication and diligence across the company. Additionally, we found it requires a willingness to see the “current state” of our internal processes in order to truly improve and advance our business forward. Only those companies who are genuinely committed to quality and compliance, as well as continuous improvement, should start the QCA journey.”   Fey Industries, Inc. joins the ranks of 31 other companies that have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—Admints & Zagabor; AlphaBroder; American Ad Bag; AZX Sport; Bag Makers, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Bic Graphic; Bullet Line LLC; Castelli; Chameleon Like, Inc.; Crown Products, Inc.; Cutter & Buck, Inc.; Design Resources, Inc.; Garyline; Gemline; Gordon Sinclair; Hit...

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PWS BEGINS QCA ACCREDITATION PROCESS

By applying to participate in the QCA Accreditation process, PWS has joined other industry leading practitioners taking a hard look at their business models and best practices. The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship.   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (April 25, 2017) – End-Buyers are becoming more proficient at vetting their promotional products supply chains, and companies that do the best job of providing proactive, comprehensive compliance solutions can differentiate themselves in an industry where it is truly challenging to differentiate. This type of delineation allows companies to better meet their Fortune 1000 client needs, which results in enhanced relationships, greater confidence, growing trust and reliance, and ultimately in increased revenues.   PWS has been diligently working through the accreditation process, which includes rigorous assessments and multiple third-party audits. The QCA board will use a scorecard representing the performance of the applicant and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.   “We have been talking about doing this since QCA’s inception, but wanted to wait and see how the market reacted to it. After listening to our customers and researching the QCA program, we determined that the accreditation program not only provides assurances to our customers, it ensures that PWS, all the way through the supply chain, meets standards today and into the future,” said Andrea Pennington, PWS VP of Customer Relations. “Our QCA rep, D.E. Fenton, not only guides us through the way we should be organizing and documenting processes and procedures, she makes us stop and think about the way we currently do things, and if there is a better way to do it. Because of this we are scrutinizing and thinking about every detail of the company and the factories with which we work. This process will ensure that we are training all of our people to the exact standards in how PWS is to operate.”   For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, e-mail tbrown@qcalliance.org.   For more information about PWS, visit http://gopwsproducts.com/Main/default/default.aspx .   For more information about the Quality Certification Alliance, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/.   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...

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QCA’s Vision of the Future

Join Tim Brown, MAS and Kirby Hasseman for this episode of Delivering Marketing Joy, where Tim shares the vision for QCA’s future through end-buyer awareness. He examines the drivers behind what brands are unconsciously expecting of their promotional products providers and how QCA provides a...

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ADMINTS & ZAGABOR ACHIEVES QCA ACCREDITATION

The company joins 30 other currently accredited companies that have 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 (February 14, 2017) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Bellmawr, New Jersey-based Admints & Zagabor – a division of Hit Promotional Products. The company is a USA manufacturer of candy, mints, food gifts and personal care items such as lip balm and hand sanitizer—all made in strict adherence to FDA and Kosher guidelines. 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. “Achieving QCA Accreditation has been challenging, as we’ve had a busy year integrating with HIT Promotional Products and managing our continued growth within the industry. Yet our team was able to upgrade our systems and implement many operational improvements while reinvesting in new technology, product offerings, inventory and personnel,” said Brett Hersh, Admints & Zagabor president. “But the process has been extremely beneficial and rewarding. With so many different opinions and testing companies talking about product safety, quality assurance and social accountability, it became clear that achieving QCA Certification was the only way for us to meet the expectations of our customers and their end-user clients.” Admints & Zagabor joins the ranks of 30 other companies that have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—AlphaBroder; American Ad Bag; AZX Sport; Bag Makers, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Bic Graphic; Bullet Line LLC; Castelli; Chameleon Like, Inc.; Crown Products, Inc.; Cutter & Buck, Inc.; Design Resources, Inc.: Garyline; Gemline; Gordon Sinclair; Hit Promotional Products; iClick; Jetline; JournalBooks/TimePlanner Calendars; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; The Magnet Group; Perfect Line; Prime Resources Corp.; SanMar; Seville Gear; SnugZ USA; Sunscope; Sweda Company, LLC; and Vitronic. “Safety and social responsibility have long been at the forefront of Admints & Zagabor’s values, and I congratulate them on successfully completing the accreditation process,” said Tim Brown, MAS, QCA executive director – operations. “This accreditation further proves the company’s commitment to doing the right thing as it enhances their pre-existing...

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QCA EXPANDS DISTRIBUTOR ADVOCACY COUNCIL WITH BLINK MARKETING

The Council is now comprised of 11 companies, which represent more than $1.6 billion in annual promotional products sales. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 9, 2017) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has expanded its Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) with the addition of Franklin, Tennessee-based Blink Marketing, Inc. The DAC mission is to elevate the standards by which firms that import and/or manufacture products are consistently delivering safe, high quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise, and its representatives recognize QCA as the industry standard. Together, the DAC and QCA Accredited Companies are forming a new level of collaboration in this industry-changing effort, which is effectively the only way to ensure supply chain transparency and control. Blink Marketing provides clients with an all-in approach to promotional marketing that includes awards and recognition, apparel and uniforms, custom packaging, fulfillment, merchandise, paper products, signs and displays, webstores and ecommerce. It was named the 2015 Distributor of the Year by Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS), and it was awarded the designation of fourth fastest-growing promotional products distributor in the country by Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI). Additionally, the company has been featured on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company list and holds Best Place To Work titles from PPB Magazine and Nashville Business Journal. “Blink Marketing is passionate about responsible sourcing and has worked tirelessly over the last few years to ensure we are doing all we can to maintain the highest level of product safety for our clients,” says Daniel Gardner, managing partner. “Being a part of the Distributor Advocacy Council gives us an even greater insight into compliance, safety and supplier transparency. We look forward to having a wider scope of supply chain visibility along with a contributing voice when it comes to current product safety and future compliance policies.” By joining the DAC, Blink Marketing connects with the other like-minded distributors who are passionate about furthering the cause of our industry’s responsibility to protect client brands. “Whether stated or not, end buyers expect to receive safe and compliant products from our industry,” says Tim Brown, MAS, QCA executive director – operations. “Distributors such as Blink elevate the professionalism of our industry by promoting the value of accredited supply chain processes through independent third-party auditors.” For more information about Blink Marketing, visit...

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