CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (July 10, 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 Quincy, Massachusetts-based Stran Promotional Solutions.

The DAC mission is to elevate the standards by which firms that import and manufacture products are consistently delivering safe, high quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise, and its affiliates 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 an ideal way to ensure supply chain transparency and control.

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 team at Stran has always taken the role of protecting our client’s brand seriously,” says Andy Shape, President. “We focus on all aspects of brand protection from meeting brand guidelines on every product that we source to exceeding all product safety and testing standards. Joining such an elite group of forward-thinking companies on the Distributor Advocacy Council will allow us to continue to share best practices and help drive greater compliance across our industry.”

“The end buyers of promotional products – those with the most to lose – expect to receive safe and compliant products from our industry,” says Tim Brown, MAS, QCA executive director – operations. “Stran understands this and their commitment to doing things the right way is what QCA is all about and looks for in a partner. We welcome Stran into the QCA family and look forward to growing QCA together through end buyer awareness, documented processes, and increasing the accredited supplier base.”

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