Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), an independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping promotional products companies provide safe products, has expanded its Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) with the addition of Franklin, Tennessee-based Blink Marketing, Inc. (PPAI 242202).

The DAC mission is to elevate the standards by which firms that import and/or manufacture products are consistently delivering safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise, and its affiliates recognize QCA as the industry standard.

Blink Marketing provides clients with awards and recognition, apparel and uniforms, custom packaging, fulfillment, merchandise, paper products, signs and displays, web stores and ecommerce. It was named the 2015 Distributor of the Year by Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS), and it was recognized as the fourth fastest-growing promotional products distributor in the country by Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI). Additionally, the company has been featured on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company list and holds Best Place To Work titles from PPB and Nashville Business Journal.

“Blink Marketing is passionate about responsible sourcing and has worked tirelessly over the last few years to ensure we are doing all we can to maintain the highest level of product safety for our clients,” says Daniel Gardner, managing partner. “Being a part of the Distributor Advocacy Council gives us an even greater insight into compliance, safety and supplier transparency. We look forward to having a wider scope of supply chain visibility along with a contributing voice when it comes to current product safety and future compliance policies.”

Tim Brown, MAS, QCA executive director – operations, adds, “Whether stated or not, end buyers expect to receive safe and compliant products from our industry. Distributors such as Blink elevate the professionalism of our industry by promoting the value of accredited supply chain processes through independent third-party auditors.”