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Raise Your Defenses

Raise Your Defenses

For businesses in the promotional products industry, the watchword is safety. But there’s one product that can never be effectively “recalled”—sensitive account or employee information that ends up in the hands of hackers or fraudsters. The Federal Trade Commission has practical suggestions for companies of any size and in every sector about what they can do to help protect themselves from the risks of data theft. Read More »

Lithium Batteries:  How To Keep From Getting “Burned”     

Lithium Batteries:  How To Keep From Getting “Burned”     

Samsung Electronics Co. announced in January that it had completed its investigation of explosive lithium-ion batteries that led it to recall nearly three million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, resulting in a $5 billion problem for the company. Samsung reportedly devoted more than 700 staff members to investigate why the battery packs overheated, caught fire or exploded. After months of investigation and tests of nearly 200,000 phones and 30,000 batteries, Samsung blamed the overheating batteries on two causes. Read More »

Testing Frequency

Testing Frequency

While most compliance efforts are heavily focused on children’s products due to the existence of many specific standards and the higher risk of selling to a young audience, suppliers would be remiss if they overlooked and didn’t impose applicable or analogous compliance requirements for products geared toward an adult or general audience. Read More »

Different Strokes For Different Folks

Different Strokes For Different Folks

When it comes to compliance and product safety policies, many customers like to reinvent the wheel. If you are facing this kind of situation with one or more customers, creating solid policies and a dynamic supply chain is the best way to manage. Read More »

Guest Viewpoint: From Best Practices To Industry Standards

Guest Viewpoint: From Best Practices To Industry Standards

As the industry’s first and only third-party validated compliance accreditation organization, the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) frequently receives inquiries from industry professionals concerned about standards, standards-development bodies and industry self-regulation. Confusion and misunderstandings often reside at the core of these questions. As industry peers, we would like to address some of the more common points raised. Read More »

The Cost Of Social Noncompliance

The Cost Of Social Noncompliance

When we as distributors or suppliers are presented with a project with limited spending capacity by the client, we try to find ways to drive the price down so we can win projects and maintain decent profitability. The issue becomes that when price is the factor that drives a sale, we forget that it trickles down to all aspects of the supply chain. Read More »

Duty Reductions

Duty Reductions

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) is legislation providing benefits to importers in the form of temporary duty reductions on qualifying goods. The MTB’s goal is to aid U.S. manufacturers by reducing duties on inputs (raw materials, parts, etc.), thereby cutting domestic production costs and increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. Read More »

It’s Not Only Your Vote That Matters

It’s Not Only Your Vote That Matters

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s election season. We would be the first to admit that you don’t often see articles about politics in PPB—and we promise this one doesn’t take sides. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is headed by five commissioners who create and enforce product safety rules for most of the consumer products in the U.S., including promotional products. How does your vote influence your company’s catalog? Read More »

The Case For Revisiting Product Safety

The Case For Revisiting Product Safety

Yikes! We’re barely past the halfway point of 2016 and already a whopping $25 million in civil penalties has been assessed against businesses this year for product safety violations. A civil penalty is a fine levied by a regulatory agency of the federal government—in this case, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency charged with protecting consumers against unsafe products. Read More »

Safe Products Sell

Safe Products Sell

Let’s talk about chemicals in your company’s products. Like all consumer products, promotional products are subject to two different but interwoven forces. On the one hand, both federal and state laws and regulations limit the quantities of certain chemicals and heavy metals permitted in your products. On the other hand, your company faces an increasingly significant phenomenon that can be called “retail regulation,” meaning that retailers react to what people think, whether this thinking is accurate or not. Read More »

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