Promoting Brand Safety
The mission of the Advocacy Council is to promote brand safety through responsible sourcing to end-buyer clients and to help suppliers of the promotional products industry understand that demonstrating control of the supply chain in providing safe and ethically made products is good for their businesses.
Advocate Council representatives actively support suppliers who invest in measurable compliance assurance processes as a demonstration of their commitment to this mission.
QCA participants at the Advocate level fulfill all basic participation requirements and is renewable on an annual basis. Advocates are encouraged to continue their compliance journey through training, including QCA provided, internal industry provided, and externally provided training. The hope is for all Advocates to eventually attain Certification.
Goals of the Distributor Advocacy Council
- To help QCA, and QCA Accredited suppliers, promote brand safety.
- To support companies that go above and beyond to protect and grow brands.
- To educate users of promotional products (end-buyers) of the value of brand safety through responsibly sourced branded merchandise.
- To point potential industry suppliers towards applying for accreditation.
As representatives on the advocacy council, these companies have formally committed to a new level of collaboration in this industry-changing initiative:
A Brand Company, LLC
A Brand Company, Inc. (“ABC”) is a North American business management organization and a founding member of the Distributor Advocacy Council under the Quality Certification Alliance (“QCA”) organization. Our mission is to curate practical, tangible, and valuable solutions for its clients through a talented portfolio of brands. The organization is structured to offer viable support for potential partners in the areas of financial support, logistics, warehousing and fulfillment, creative, purchasing, technology, and culture and recognition resources. These resources have helped A Brand Company to acquire, support, and leverage a diverse network of promotional marketing companies, which has created enduring benefits for all of our stakeholders. Within ABC’s current portfolio, the award-winning BrandAlliance group (BrandAlliance, LLC [Charlotte, NC USA] and BrandAlliance, Inc. [Mississauga, ON Canada]) consistently provides top-notch promotional marketing products services, custom branded merchandise and employee recognition/incentive programs to major U.S.-based and Canadian-based global brands.
Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, LLC (BDA)
Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, LLC (BDA), the premier Merchandise Agency™, provides marketing services and customized branded merchandise to Fortune 1000 enterprises, major sports leagues and global entertainment holding companies. Clients come to BDA to extend their reach through custom branded merchandise campaigns, integrated eCommerce marketing, and sports and entertainment sponsorship activation. Global brands such as AT&T, Bank of America, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, ExxonMobil, FedEx and Major League Baseball are but a few of the household names that rely on BDA to bring their marketing campaigns to life through merchandise. BDA attained the coveted Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification in 2008 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.
Blink Marketing, headquartered just outside of Nashville, TN, was established in 2002 by a brother-sister team and is a woman-owned small business. They are Blink Marketing because they are marketers…branded merchandise just happens to be their medium of choice. Blink believes branded merchandise should fit seamlessly within the overall marketing strategy and corporate brand. Their goal is to provide our client’s with an all-in approach to promotional marketing that will serve the needs of their brand for years to come. Blink Marketing was named the 2015 Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South Distributor of the Year. They were awarded the 4th fastest-growing promotional products distributor in the country by ASI, have been featured on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company list and hold numerous Best Place to Work titles from PPB Magazine, Nashville Business Journal and the Promotional Products Industry.
Founded in 1998, Caden Concepts has become a leader and go-to resource in the branded merchandising industry. Comprised of a dynamic group of individuals with diverse backgrounds, the Caden team is strategic, imaginative and on trend. Our Safety & Compliance specialists work with well-respected control and inspection services to ensure the projects are not only perfectly executed, but safe and conform to all state/federal requirements.
The Clouser Group
Established in 2010 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, The Clouser Group 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. With extensive industry experience, their staff brings knowledgeable, results-driven and detailed oriented work to the table. The Clouser Group strives to build trust, inspiration and long-term relationships with the organizations they serve. The Clouser Group is equipped to be a strategic marketing partner, and continually provides their clients with innovative products and services. The Clouser Group operates with the belief that their clients’ success is their core purpose!
Cotton Candy, Inc.
Cotton Candy Inc. is an award-winning promotional agency with a North American operational footprint and an international client base. Offering a comprehensive complement of ‘tangible marketing’ services, the company’s strengths include special order and online corporate program sales of branded merchandise, apparel and uniforms, reward and recognition, marketing and design, displays and brand presence, warehousing and fulfillment, and in-house product embellishment. In 2017, the company celebrated its twenty-fifth year in the brand enhancement business.
At Ethical Swag, we only work with suppliers that have passed strict audits related to social compliance, environmental impact, product safety, supply chain security and product quality. We look for sustainable goods which include recycled content/organic/biodegradable/etc., we watch carbon footprint when shipping and make sure there is no greenwashing with our suppliers.
For us, it’s not about more “stuff”. It is about buying what we need in a way that helps our businesses grow while making sure nobody suffers. Ethical Swag is providing an alternative to the promotional products that you are currently buying because we do know that a tangible branded product, especially in today’s virtual world, is a powerful marketing tool. We provide the sustainable choice so your brand can shine!
Halo Branded Solutions
An industry leader in promotional products for over 60 years, HALO Branded Solutions is centrally headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, in order to support a national client base. In addition to a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art distribution and processing center, HALO maintains 17 regional sales offices in key corporate markets including Orlando, Florida, Culver City, California and Houston, Texas. HALO employs 300 corporate service team members with decades of knowledge and experience who support the over 900 creative and resourceful Account Executives across the nation who focus on implementing effective marketing and branding solutions for over 40,000 satisfied clients.
Overture Premiums & Promotions
Established in 2001, Overture is a privately-held, certified women-owned business (WBE) that offers thousands of advertising specialties and promotional items from both domestic and international markets. Our management team consists of individuals who have more than 30 years of experience in the promotional products industry.
Overture has experienced tremendous growth over the years by continually investing in technology, rigorous quality assurance practices and also a full suite of in-house services. Overture offers enterprise level technology, warehousing, fulfillment, screen-printing, digital printing and embroidery all in-house. Overture has consistently been ranked as one of the Top 50 Distributors by Promo Marketing as well as one of the Best Places to Work by Counselor Magazine.
Quality Logo Products
Founded in Aurora, Illinois, in 2003, Quality Logo Products is an online promotional products distributor with an international client base. Its dedicated customer service representatives have used their experience and expertise to design branded giveaways for such high-profile clients as Grammy award-winning artists, major sport franchises, and several Fortune 500 companies.
QLP prides itself on its attention to detail and its commitment to innovation, qualities that have gained the company attention from inside and outside the promo product industry. Having been featured in such notable lists as Promo Marketing’s Top 50 Distributors, Counselor Magazine’s Best Places to Work, and Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing U.S. companies, QLP looks forward to helping even more customers meet their promotional product needs.
Shumsky/Boost Rewards is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise, founded in 1953 and headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. As a Top 50 Distributor, Shumsky excels at continual innovation in promotional product delivery, advanced technology platforms, and superior management tools to lower costs throughout the supply chain. Boost Rewards provides employee engagement solutions to drive business goals and improve culture from the time an employee is hired until they retire. Shumsky/Boost Rewards is known for creative focus, white-glove service and continuous innovation that delivers more than our clients expect. For more information, visit shumsky.com.
We create meaningful brand experiences using only the best suppliers, purposeful products, and best-in-class customer service. This dedication to our craft keeps our clients coming back for more.
Our dedicated employees work at the forefront of product branding. Their mission of service includes guiding some of the world’s most respected companies through the nuances of branding merchandise while adhering to product safety, compliance and brand standards. Our team is trained to ensure that maximum value is returned every time you place your promotional product in someone’s hand.
Stran Promotional Solutions
Stran Promotional Solutions was founded in 1994 and is a top 50 Distributor of promotional products in the US. Stran provides organizations with physical branded merchandise such as products, print, packaging, & point of sale while also providing the marketing vehicles to distribute that merchandise via eCompany stores, warehousing & fulfillment, kitting, & direct mail. Stran has also been named a “Best Places to Work” for three years running by Counselor Magazine. Stran is based just outside Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts with sales offices across the U.S. Stran utilizes multiple warehousing sites across North America and has partnerships for worldwide distribution capabilities.
The Image Group
The Image Group is a team of marketing and branding wizards committed to getting your organization seen and remembered—whatever it takes. We take pride in the full range of in-house services we provide, including promotional product offerings, creative design, website development and management, internal manufacturing, warehousing, and fulfillment services. Each of our imaginative account managers and decorating artists make it their personal mission to boost your visual identity—in print, online, and on merchandise—and give your brand a unique, memorable look and feel. The Image Group is an energetic, vibrant company, and our focus on detail and customer service makes us stand out in the marketplace.
UN Promotional Solutions
A comprehensive print services company, UN Communications Group Inc. provides expert knowledge, excellent service and exceptional printing, one customer and one job at a time. Founded in 1975, UN Communications Group Inc. has a 45 year history of innovation. We’ve been driven by a “customer service first” philosophy that continues to fuel our growth. Located in Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis we provide commercial, digital and wide format print services as well as a full range of mailing services.
At UN Communications Group we’re more than just printing. From brochures, catalogs and annual reports, to banners, vehicle wraps and tradeshow signage, we offer solutions and assistance as part of our comprehensive approach to quality customer service. At UNC Group Inc. we believe that integrity, passion and customer service are just as important as services and equipment. These guiding principles play out at every level of the process — from the sales representative to our delivery team.
UN Communications Group Inc. is proud to be a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. We are now embarking on a new venture, by starting another company called UN Promotional Solutions Inc. Even though we have done apparel and promotional products in the past we are now prepared to take branding and promotions to an elite level within the industry. This agency approach will allow us to server you like no other. From trademarked promotional merchandise, printed collateral, awards, incentives, decorated apparel, company webstores, warehousing, kitting and fulfillment. All this capability in our 30,000 + square foot office, showroom, production and warehouse facility. We will build your brand…To be remembered!