Compliance Chat

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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