Companies On The Compliance Journey
There are many factors to consider when selecting vendors to meet their promotional products needs. Compliance with legislative, social and environmental requirements is a topic of increasing concern for everyone in the supply chain.
Because end buyers are mandating that the promotional products they purchase are safe, distributors have become more selective in determining their preferred suppliers. And consequently, suppliers are proactively taking steps to implement compliance programs that deter and detect unsafe products.
Compliance programs are a journey rather than a destination. Developing and implementing a comprehensive program takes a significant amount of commitment and time as companies integrate compliance expectations into their supply chains and the daily best practices of their organization.
The following suppliers have taken the first step in creating a comprehensive compliance program by applying to participate in the QCA Accreditation Program. These new QCA Applicants must successfully complete all aspects of the QCA Accreditation Program in order to become QCA Certified.
Admints & Zagabor
Admints & Zagabor is an award-winning leader in the promotional products industry with a focus on mints and candy, gourmet food gifts, lanyards and personal care items including lip balm and hand sanitizer. Quality, service and price are at the forefront of the company and doing business with Admints & Zagabor is “an experience, not a transaction.”
American Ad Bag
American Ad Bag manufacturers a complete line of short-run, custom-printed paper, plastic and non-woven bags in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors. Large quantity and imports are also available.
Calibre International, LLC
Calibre International, LLC markets its goods under the High Caliber Line that contains 23 product categories, including bags, drinkware, electronics, key chains, lip balm, office products, safety items, sports and recreation, tools, tradeshow materials and writing instruments.
Castelli North America, Inc.
Castelli North America, Inc. manufactures sophisticated and stylish appointment books, planners, journals, notebooks, padfolios and related accessories. It is a privately held corporation and division of Bergamo, Italy-based Lediberg S.p.A., which was founded in 1965 by Lindo and Maria Castelli. Today, the Lediberg Group’s subsidiaries produce more than 100 million diaries per year worldwide.
Chameleon like Inc.
Launched in the spring of 1998 by two young French-American entrepreneurs, Chameleon like, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets a contemporary, streamlined range of stationery products, such as journals, photo albums, artist portfolios and sketchpads. Sourcing most of the innovative raw materials from Europe (France, Italy, Austria), using quality US craftsmanship and continental modern designs, Chameleon has established its flexible and efficient manufacturing facility in Northern California. It has focused on bringing a line of reasonably priced stationery products with a fresh, eye-catching look to the promotional products market.
ETS Express focuses exclusively on drinkware, regularly introducing new styles in a broad range of categories, including custom-printed ceramic, glass, stainless steel, plastic and acrylic drinkware as well as h2go polycarbonate water bottles. The company’s proprietary designs are innovative with fashion-forward colors to stay current with end-buyer demands.
iClick is an award-winning supplier of USB drives and pens to the promotional products industry. With exceptional customer service and lightning-fast turnaround on quotes and virtual mockups, we’re here to make our distributors look good.
Impex International, Inc.
Impex International, Inc. offers a line of factory standard as well as custom designed promotional products in a wide range of categories including desk and office items, drinkware, electronics, golf accessories, health and beauty, tools, toys and games, travel accessories and writing instruments.
Moderne Glass Co., Inc.
Since 1968, Moderne Glass Co., Inc. has been custom decorating porcelains, ceramics, glassware, steel, acrylic and BPA-free drinking vessels within the promotional products industry under the Glass America line name. The company has received more than 60 awards for product decorating from its array of gold or platinum banding, decal printing, deep etching, icing, embossed gold, full-color sublimation, high-definition gold, 22kt gold embossing and bottom banding.
For more than 50 years, Otto International has been a manufacturer of quality headwear under the Otto Cap line name that services the embroidery, imprinting, uniforms, sportswear and promotional products markets. The company recently expanded its product offerings by adding apparel—such as cool comfort and pique knit sport shirts and jersey knit t-shirts—to its line.
Points of Light
A top promotional products supplier of MAG-Lite® flashlights, Points of Light is also known for its innovative collection of unique and design-patented product groups including the Swanky Pens©, the Goofy Group®, a full line of health and safety products, and many other fun and functional products.
Seville Gear specializes in products for the travel, sport and corporate lifestyles, including duffle bags, padfolios, coolers, totes and golf accessories. Additionally, the company carries Legacy Leather, an exclusive line of leather luggage and travel accessories.
Serving the promotional products industry since 1943, SUNSCOPE® specializes in large-volume orders produced primarily in one of its seven regional sourcing and quality control offices located down China’s Eastern seaboard. The company’s team of experienced product designers can take ideas from a concept to reality—from sketches, renderings and prototypes through engineering of unique designs, patenting, production and distribution. The result is a simple, cost-effective and problem-free solution for clients.
The Magnet Group
Founded in the mid 1980′s, perennial Top 40 Supplier, The Magnet Group, is also the 2013 ASI supplier of the year. The Magnet Group offers 5 brands to the promotional market: Magnet, LLC which is also the largest manufacturer of promotional magnets in the world; Innovations by Magnet, LLC; Benchmark Crystal and Clocks; The Bag Factory; and Perfect Promotional Products. The group boasts a 5-Star ASI supplier rating, A rating with Sage, and has been the ASI Distributor Choice award winner for the last 13 years in the Magnet category.
Note: several applicant companies have chosen to remain confidential and are not included in the above listing.
Why these suppliers applied:
“In early 2009, we realized the need to formally document our product safety best practices and decided to apply for the QCA Accreditation Program. The process has helped all our key employees, supervisors and factory workers embrace the concept and achieve the goal of becoming QCA Certified, which is one of the most important achievements in our company history.”
Founder / CEO
“The number of suppliers attaching a high priority to product safety, quality and compliance programs is a great step forward for our industry. The more confident end buyers are about our product offerings, the more our industry will continue to grow and thrive. QCA has established the gold standard in these pursuits by providing an independent assessment and certification of each supplier’s supply chain processes. We welcome all of our new applicants and look forward to the day that the vast majority of suppliers pursue QCA accreditation.”
Prime Resources Corp.
“The values of QCA—product safety, social compliance and environmental stewardship—are in line with our own values, and our commitment to them has been longstanding. They have been our own core business practices, and our QCA Accreditation is simply the natural next step in our evolution of differentiating ourselves in the marketplace.”
Chuck Sandford, CAS
BAG MAKERS, Inc.
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