BIC GROUP COMPLETES STRATEGIC REVIEW

Bic Group, completes strategic review and announces an agreement to sell QCA Accredited promotional products supplier division, Bic Graphic North America, to an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a global U.S. private equity firm. Read the press release...

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QCA ANNOUNCES RICK RAYL STEPPING DOWN AFTER 10 YEARS

Founding representative and instrumental contributor to the development of QCA, Rick Rayl, has stepped down from the QCA Board of Directors.   CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 16, 2017) – After assisting in successfully guiding the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) for a decade, Rick Rayl, announced that he is stepping down from his position on the QCA Board of Directors where he also served as chair of the Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) Committee.   Mr. Rayl has served QCA for ten years, which includes its conceptualization and on the Board of Directors. He was one of the catalysts for the development of QCA and the creation of its founding documents. During his tenure, QCA became the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products.   “We thank and honor Rick for his dedicated service and commitment to responsible sourcing. He was instrumental in 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 Larry Whitney, QCA Board President. “Rick is leaving us in a strong position and gaining momentum as we are poised for significant growth over the next few years.” Rick thanked QCA and the board for the opportunity to serve on this groundbreaking initiative, and he commented that “QCA has achieved unparalleled success in the promotional products industry. Working with the finest leaders, both suppliers, and distributors, to build and grow the gold standard in compliance is an honor I will always cherish.” Rick will be honored with QCA’s first award for Innovation and Leadership.     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.   QCA was formed in July 2008 when a group of industry thought leaders met to address the safety, compliance and social responsibility needs of the promotional products industry. By providing the tools required to help companies within...

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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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