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Are You Guilty Of Undue Influence?

Part of my job over the past few years has been to navigate the ever-changing laws pertaining to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Prop 65, and others, and communicate the information to our employees. Most employees lose interest in these educational conversations once I mention the word “compliance” or “third-party testing.” Getting their attention back is easy—all I need to do is promise that my lab connections will make sure that all products pass regardless of what supplier they choose. I am able to make these promises because I assure my lab contacts that they will get all of our business if they pass products for me, and if they don’t, I threaten to pull our company business and go to another lab. I can do that, I have the power … or so I thought. It turns out that threatening these lab employees to pass our required tests is an example of exerting undue influence. Read More »

Protect Your Client’s Brand

Protect Your Client’s Brand

Why It’s Your First Responsibility To Your Client Read More »

Golden Opportunity

Golden Opportunity

Over the past few years much has been written about product safety, the impact it has on our industry and the liability issues should an incident occur. Some industry suppliers have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars establishing processes and protocols, testing products, auditing their supply chains and, in some cases, seeking third-party accreditation for their efforts. So why all the fuss, especially when a vast majority of industry members still do not seem to grasp the relevance or recognize how it applies to them? Read More »

So Happy Together?

So Happy Together?

Supplier-distributor agreements: Happy marriage vows or ruthless prenuptial agreements? Read More »

Who Is Responsible For Safe Products?

Who Is Responsible For Safe Products?

You may be surprised to learn it’s you. Read More »

Bringing American-Made Into The European Market

Bringing American-Made Into The European Market

For many American companies, the European Union (EU) market is an interesting opportunity, despite its current economic crisis. Marketing in general and promotional products in particular remain challenging, especially in terms of the business-to-consumer market. Read More »

Nailed By A Bounty Hunter-A California Prop 65 Violation Can Cost Your Company

Nailed By A Bounty Hunter-A California Prop 65 Violation Can Cost Your Company

In the November 2012 issue, Michele continued her ongoing challenges as a newbie compliance manager. We felt her pain as she conducted her first product safety recall of a huge order of kids’ golf visors because they contained too much lead and violated the Lead Paint Rule of the CPSIA. Read More »

Safety Champion

Safety Champion

The decision to create a new position within an organization is a difficult one. It often comes down to cost versus benefit. What will this position bring to our company? Will it boost the bottom line? Will it add to the quality of our products or services? Will it give us a leg up on the competition? Then add in the time and energy you’ll spend to develop the job description, search for candidates, conduct interviews, research salary and plan training—will it be worth it? Read More »

How The CPSC Views Our Industry

How The CPSC Views Our Industry

Ever since the early years of our industry there haven’t been many promotional products distributors who would describe themselves as manufacturers. But under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the majority of promotional products distributors—at least those who buy blank apparel from a wholesaler and then send it out to have it decorated—are just that, manufacturers in the eyes of the law. Read More »

Yikes! A Product Recall?

Yikes! A Product Recall?

In the September issue of PPB, we witnessed an important milestone in Michelle’s learning curve as a novice compliance manager for Golfster Promo as she successfully managed a pre-shipment quality inspection of a large order for an important client. In this issue, we catch up with Michelle as she learns the horrible, heart-stopping news about a huge order of defective promotional golf visors for children. Read More »

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