The Road to Accreditation
The road to accreditation begins when a QCA Applicant endorses a self-certification that indicates it is adhering to and promoting standards of compliance that would reasonably detect and deter nonconforming practices in the manufacture and importing of promotional products.
Next, each Applicant proceeds to the self-assessment step, a rigorous process that requires the organization to analyze all of its manufacturing, compliance and responsible sourcing processes to ensure it meets the common standards established by QCA. In this step, the company documents its processes and implements changes necessary to achieve compliance with the QCA standards as demonstrated through a third-party audit. Over four days, the third-party audit of the Applicants' compliance-related practices is conducted by an accredited, independent organization that has not had any previous participation in the self-assessment process. Each company has independent, third-party audits of its headquarters office as well as multiple factories within the supply chain.
After completion of the third-party audit, a scorecard is issued based on audit performance in the five measured areas. The QCA board uses the scorecard as the foundation for granting accreditation. Only those organizations achieving the highest (A or A+) assessments in their headquarters and across their supply base are awarded accreditation.
QCA Accredited Organizations
Founded in 1919 as Broder Bros (now alphabroder) is the nation’s largest distributor of trade, private label and retail apparel brands and merchandise to the imprinting, embroidery and promotional product industries. alphabroder offers more than 43 brands including a broad selection of trade brands from Gildan, Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Jerzees and Bella + Canvas plus an extensive assortment of retail brands including Adidas Golf, Ashworth, Champion, Russell Athletic, alternative and Dickies. alphabroder also offers industry-leading private label brands including Devon & Jones, Chestnut Hill, and Harriton. Alphabroder is proud to be one of the fourteen founding companies that launched the non-profit Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) organization in support of the industry’s advanced quality assurance practices for importing products overseas.
Prime Line® (Founder)
Prime Resources Corp. offers hundreds of products in 17 categories including backpacks, coolers, drinkware, eco-products, office accessories, notebooks/jotters, stress relievers, totes and writing instruments. Prime was one of the fourteen founding companies that launched the non-profit Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) organization in support of the industry’s advanced quality assurance practices for importing products overseas.
American Ad Bag
For 26 years American Ad Bag has been DELIVERING SOLUTIONS by providing the best products and services and outperforming the competition with value and a superior customer experience. Every day our team knows that we need to earn your business. We recognize that our strength and our competitive advantage are, and will always be, people. People working together. We ship our reusable bags — washable Kraft paper bags, non-woven, cotton canvas, paper and plastic bags from either Illinois or Arizona. Our printing processes include dye sublimation, screen printing, foil stamping, flexo printing and full color heat transfers. Being QCA accredited validates our commitment to quality and safety delivered. Visit www.adbag.com to learn more.
Bag Makers Inc.
BAG MAKERS has been a leading printed-bag supplier in the promotional products industry for 40 years. We partner with distributors to sell more than 97 million bags annually. BAG MAKERS specializes in non-woven, PET non-woven, paper, plastic, polyester, laminated, cotton/jute, and mesh bags, as well as ribbon, bows and tissue. We offer a wide variety of creative bag styles and versatile imprint methods to meet customer needs. We also offer custom design capabilities, rush service, and outstanding on-time shipping performance. BAG MAKERS is honored to be a Counselor Top 40 Supplier, 5-Star Rated ASI Supplier, A+ Rated SAGE Supplier, Counselor Distributor Choice Award Winner, and PPAI Supplier Star Award Winner. We are also proud to be a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and Quality Certification Alliance Accredited Supplier. Learn more at www.bagmakersinc.com
BIC Graphic is a leader in product safety, quality assurance, social responsibility, supply chain security and environmental stewardship. Nearly all product SKUs are Prop 65 compliant and do not require a Prop 65 label when shipping to California. As one of the largest suppliers in the promotional products industry, BIC Graphic offers the most comprehensive product assortment with the widest variety of decoration methods. In addition to its well-known brands, such as BIC®, KOOZIE®, Atchison®, Triumph® and Souvenir®, they also have partnerships with prestigious retail brands such as myCharge®, Tervis®, HoMedics®, Titleist®, and Leatherman®. BIC Graphic operates five manufacturing facilities across the United States with three facilities in Florida and two facilities in Minnesota. The Company also operates a highly strategic product sourcing operation in Hong Kong and mainland China. Visit www.bicgraphic.com to learn more.
Chameleon Like Inc.
Established in 1998 in Northern California, Chameleon like, Inc. (formerly known as Chameleon Books & Journals) designs, produces, and markets a comprehensive line of Journals, Notebooks, Binders, Folders and other Desk related products. From its entrepreneurial humble beginnings to date, the company has grown its revenue and expanded its operations every year (except for one) and continues to innovate in design and to provide customer service excellence. It produces the majority of its line in its Gilroy, CA factory and counts over 65 employees.
Cutter & Buck, Inc.
Inspired by the golf lifestyle, Cutter & Buck provides men’s and women’s sportswear under the Cutter & Buck, Clique and New Wave brands. Offered in a wide range of colors, the garments feature classic styling combined with innovative fabrics and careful detailing to create a collection that appeals to an upscale consumer.
An industry leader for over 50 years and named 2017 “Family Business of the Year,” Fey specializes in products that keep you and your business organized. From exclusive Techfolios to our renowned U.S.A. Made custom 3-ring binders, specialized holders and Peel-n-Stick® calendar collection, we proudly offer a wide variety of industry leading business accessory products with the decoration capabilities to ensure your message stands out from the crowd.
Magna-Tel by Fey
Magna-Tel by Fey is a leader in promotional magnets, decals and exclusive tech-friendly products. Whether selecting from our comprehensive assortment of NoteKeeper® stock magnet shapes, Eco-friendly magnets, unique Techno-Skinz® decal designs or designing something custom, Magna-Tel offers best-in-class service and decoration capabilities, every time.
Mi Line by Fey
From spatulas to screwdrivers, nightlights and more, Mi Line by Fey offers hundreds of clever everyday products that pack a promotional punch. Makers of the industry favorite “World’s Best Pizza Cutter®,” we strive to place your client’s message into every home with practical products, offering premium exposure for every budget. Mi Line proudly manufactures many of our best-selling products in the U.S.A. and offers a wide variety of industry-leading decoration methods.
Reflectix by Fey
Be Safe Be Seen® with the Reflectix by Fey offering of vibrant personal safety products. Our exclusive prismatic reflective material enables visibility from 500 feet away; ensuring increased visibility for walkers, runners, joggers of all ages and pets too!
Manufacturing creatively since 1996, Foamworx is a family owned North American supplier and the industry leader in foam promotional products. The company offers over 1000 stock products and the ability to custom create unique items with low minimums or high volumes while providing quick turnaround times.
Gemline has grown its core product line—which consisted of portfolios, business accessories, backpacks, sport & travel, totes & coolers—to include gifts, writing instruments, and Eco-Choice, an earth-friendly line made with organic and recycled fabrics. In addition, the product line focuses on niche markets including women’s, all-weather and checkpoint-friendly products. Gemline was one of the fourteen founding companies that launched the non-profit Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) organization in support of the industry’s advanced quality assurance practices for importing products overseas.
Gordon Sinclair (Founder)
While drinkware—including biodegradable as well as stainless steel tumblers and water bottles—has been the centerpiece of the Gordon Sinclair product line, the company has expanded product offerings to include high-tech desk accessories (USB devices, MP3/MP4 players and digital photo frames), executive gift sets, clocks, pens and highlighters, sticky notes, pharmaceutical items and eco friendly products. Gordon Sinclair was one of the fourteen founding companies that launched the non-profit Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) organization in support of the industry’s advanced quality assurance practices for importing products overseas.
Hit Promotional Products, Inc.
Hit Promotional Products Inc., with over 1400 employees, is a top 10 Promotional Products Industry Supplier. Hit seeks to be the industry leader in service, quality and value on the more than 1300 products that it offers occupying the value sector of 16 major promotional item categories including caps, bags, totes and cooler bags, writing instruments, drink ware, and leisure items as well as a recent emphasis on new lines of personal care and portable, on-the-go electronic items.
Admints & Zagabor
Admints & Zagabor is a USA manufacturer of candy, mints, food gifts and personal care items such as lip balm and hand sanitizer.
Founded in 2001, iClick is a leading supplier of promotional products to the advertising specialty and promotional marketing industries. The iClick product offering consists of USB Flash drives, computer tech and accessories, mobile tech, mobile accessories and writing instruments. iClick was the recipient of the prestigious Supplier of the Year award in 2014 from Counselor Magazine and the Counselor Magazines Distributor’s Choice Award, 6 years in a row, in iClick’s product category for best customer service among suppliers.
Crown Products, Inc.
Crown Products stocks more than 400 items in 15 categories such as automobile accessories, business and desk accessories, coolers, drinkware, gift sets, golf, keychains, padfolios, sports and recreation, travel and personal care, technology, tools and safety, totes and bags, and writing instruments. The company also offers a variety of imprinting methods, including silkscreen, pad, laser engraving, debossing, and color surge—a multi-color digital printing process.
Vitronic, with over 100 years of experience, is a top 40 Promotional Products Industry Supplier. Vitronic focuses on 7 core categories:leather, totes and bags, plush, lifestyle products such as coolers and kits, headwear, umbrellas, business and calendars. The company is proud to represent the following brands: Coleman® Coolers, totes® Umbrellas, Isotoner® smarTouch® Gloves, Gund® Plush, Andrew Philips® Leather. The company offers a variety of imprinting methods including 4-color processing, screen print, Image Lock, embroidery, deboss, hot stamp , Glitz Rhinestones, neon, glitter and reflective. Visit www.vitronicpromotional.com to learn more.
Logomark, Inc. (Founder)
Logomark is recognized for its distinctive collection of awards, bags, clocks, drinkware, eco-products, high-tech items, housewares, padfolios, pens, personal care products, recreation items, stationary, tools and watches. Logomark is proud to be one of the fourteen founding companies that launched the non-profit Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) organization in support of the industry’s advanced quality assurance practices for importing products overseas.
Bullet Line, LLC
Bullet Line takes a unique approach to its product line, which includes a diverse range of bags and briefcases, clocks, coolers, desktop items, drinkware, flashlights, private-label headwear, key rings and tags, sports and fitness gear, tools, umbrellas and writing instruments.
Known for its product innovation, Leed’s brings a contemporary retail look to a comprehensive line of awards, bags and totes, blankets, coolers, desktop items, drinkware, eco-friendly products, electronics, flashlights, health and wellness items, outdoor products, pens, safety goods, towels, travel gifts, watches and umbrellas. Leed’s was one of the fourteen founding companies that launched the non-profit Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) organization in support of the industry’s advanced quality assurance practices for importing products overseas.
Journalbooks / Timeplanner Calendars
Journalbooks® specializes in decorating and imprinting journals and notebooks. It’s line of Made To Order journals features 100% Post Consumer Recycled paper and environmentally safe vegetable-based printing inks.
Family-owned and operated since 1971, Seattle-based SanMar is an award-winning supplier of nearly 20 retail, private label and mill brands. SanMar supplies apparel and accessories to screen printers, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, athletic dealers, industrial launderers and more – to outfit everyone from Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses to the local bowling team. Learn more at www.sanmar.com.
Spector And Co.
Spector and Co. is a leading North American supplier of promotional products for over 50 years. Employing approx. 400 office and factory staff, Spector & Co. ships from its modern 105,000 square foot facility and offers over 500 products; including writing instruments, journals, tech, travel and business accessories, along with its newest categories, Ashbury Bags and SpecFit. All promotional products are decorated with their state-of-the-art branding techniques.
Universal Strap/WOV-IN Brands
WOV-IN® is a third-generation family-owned and operated business that has been a fixture in the promotional products industry for over forty years. We are an award- winning supplier that specializes in over 200 custom woven products proudly made in the United States. Our high-quality, innovative woven products include lanyards, key fobs, patches, labels, travel accessories, apparel accessories, and more. It’s your image. It’s worth being WOV-IN®.
Promopet® is the first and only supplier in the promotional products industry to focus exclusively on pet-related products. It’s our mission to provide our customers with the very best selection of quality pet products in the industry. A few of our best sellers include pet bandannas, toys, dispensers, and bowls. Find out how Promopet® can help you unleash your potential!
FootprintsUSA® is an award-winning supplier of custom footwear, yoga and fitness gear, and marina accessories. We offer a fun assortment of flip flops for every occasion, as well as several unique product options and accessories for resorts, marinas, beaches, athletic groups, special events, and more. Make sure to leave your mark with our custom flip flops.