Jeff Jacobs

Jeff Jacobs

Jeff is executive director of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). Prior to that, he was responsible for developing safe and compliant brand merchandise for Michelin. He has worked with brands in publishing, consumer products, broadcasting and film for over 30 years. Follow Jeff on Twitter, and QCA on Facebook.

The Exact Cause Was Never Determined

If you read what normally is in this space, you've seen a lot about the protocol it takes to manufacture safely and with social responsibility. You've heard about the changing regulations enacted to try to keep promotional products safe, and the fines, penalties and recalls enforced when they're not.

The Time is Now

There is no question that the subject of product safety and compliance has begun to be mainstream in the promotional products industry.

What's Your Biggest Business Threat?

We're beginning to craft the editorial content for the next QCAConnect, coming out in March. I hope you have enjoyed our supplements to Promo Marketing so far—but if you haven't yet had the opportunity to check it out, here's a link to the winter edition of QCAConnect. It's chock full of valuable information for your business and definitely worth the read, if I do say so myself.

Overlook the Delivery, It's the Message That Counts

Last weekend, you probably sat down with a record 114 million other people in the U.S. to watch the commercials and a Super Bowl broke out. For as long as I can remember, even if the game wasn’t competitive, you could always count on the commercials for entertainment.

A Step in the Right Direction

One of the most frequent points of discussion with distributors this past week during the course of the PPAI Expo was the perceived threat of Internet direct business.

See You At Expo!

If you’re like me, it’s been a whirlwind of activity over the course of the last few weeks. Getting ready to close the books and enjoy the holidays, then the New Year comes so quickly!

For Apple, It May Not Be the Money

You’ve probably heard the buzz created when Apple's attorneys contacted promotional products distributors last week. The issue is aftermarket charging cords and AC adapters sold that connect to iPads, iPhones and iPods, and Apple’s claim that they infringe on Apple patents.

The Rules for Beer Pong

There are lots of recyclables and choices on who takes what. With a little education you can still keep to your personal commitment to environmental sustainability. 

It's Tested, Right?

Trust, but verify. Three simple words that form the best advice I can offer when talking about sourcing safe product from suppliers in our industry.

Draw Your Attention to Drawstrings

I guess it has something to do with the time of year. The weather in much of the U.S. begins to turn cooler, and parents’ thoughts naturally turn to whether or not the kids’ sweatshirts and jackets from last year still fit.

Have We Met?

As you're reading this, I'm headed back from a great end-user event at Shumsky. The QCA Distributor Advocacy Council member gathered folks...

Let Me Google That For You

On more than one occasion I have taken the easy road and asked a question of a colleague rather than do a little simple work with a search engine to find the answer for myself. Sometimes I get a quick response to my question that looks more like alphabet soup; "LMGTFY: Let Me Google That For You."

If You See Something, Say Something: Even With Promo Products

It’s a phrase seen in airports, train stations and other public transport areas, as well as in neighborhoods, parks, public buildings and schools. Law enforcement and security teams urge people to pay attention, help out and report suspicious activity. If You See Something, Say Something—It’s a phrase that’s intended to alert and protect.

No, I Don't Need A Receipt

just when you think you're out of the woods on an issue, it pops up in a most unexpected place. As reported in a recent article in Naturally Savvy, research has found BPA in cash register receipts at many of your favorite supermarkets.