QCA EXPANDS DISTRIBUTOR ADVOCACY COUNCIL WITH BLINK MARKETING

The Council is now comprised of 11 companies, which represent more than $1.6 billion in annual promotional products sales.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 9, 2017) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has expanded its Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC) with the addition of Franklin, Tennessee-based Blink Marketing, Inc.

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. Together, the DAC and QCA Accredited Companies are forming a new level of collaboration in this industry-changing effort, which is effectively the only way to ensure supply chain transparency and control.

Blink Marketing provides clients with an all-in approach to promotional marketing that includes awards and recognition, apparel and uniforms, custom packaging, fulfillment, merchandise, paper products, signs and displays, webstores and ecommerce. It was named the 2015 Distributor of the Year by Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS), and it was awarded the designation of 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 Magazine 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.”

By joining the DAC, Blink Marketing connects with the other like-minded distributors who are passionate about furthering the cause of our industry’s responsibility to protect client brands.

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

For more information about Blink Marketing, visit http://www.blinkmarketing.com.

For more information about the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council, visit http://www.qcalliance.org/distributor-advocacy-council/.

About QCA:

Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. QCA Accreditation is granted to companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices that are recognized for their strength and effectiveness by QCA Accredited companies, the promotional products industry and end-user clients.

In May 2012, the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council Charter was created to formalize the relationship the organization has with distributors who understand the value compliance programs have in building stronger relationships with suppliers, creating competitive advantage in the marketplace and building loyalty with their end-buyer clients. It is currently comprised of 11 companies, which represent more than $1.6 billion in annual promotional products sales.

Tim Brown, MAS is QCA’s executive director – operations. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance.

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Media Contact:
Lisa Horn, CAS
214-674-8400
lisa@lisakhorn.com

Company Contact:
Tim Brown, MAS
513-755-1152
tbrown@qcalliance.org