Kim R. Todora, PPAI
PPAI Introduces Promotional Products TurboTestTM A Vital Online Tool To Help Promotional Products Distributors And Suppliers Navigate Federal Product Safety Requirement Maze
TurboTestTM is the first online compliance tool designed exclusively for the promotional products industry.
IRVING, Tex., (August 16, 2011) – Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org), the not-for-profit association for more than 9,000 members of the $16.5 billion promotional products industry, today launched the PPAI Promotional Products TurboTestTM, a new online navigation tool that meets the industry’s demand for a comprehensive roadmap for complying with the regulatory requirements.
"Ensuring the quality and safety of promotional products is the top priority. The ultimate goal of our program is product integrity and regulatory compliance," said Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. "The Promotional Products TurboTest tool developed by PPAI moves us a step closer to reaching that goal."
PPAI, the leading authority on promotional products safety standards, developed TurboTest to help practitioners manage the ever-changing product safety compliance landscape. With just a few clicks, TurboTest tailors each regulatory review to the user’s specific needs, and puts data and tools on the desktop and into the hands of the promotional products professional. TurboTest resides on the PPAI member portal and is easily accessible from most computing platforms, requiring very little training and eliminating the need for software installation. TurboTest is a no-cost value-added member-only benefit of PPAI membership and is available for a test drive right now at www.ppai.org/turbotest with UPIC login and password.
"Working closely with industry experts, we saw firsthand the complexities of navigating safety compliance at a global level. TurboTest is a comprehensive tool that gives us confidence that quality and compliance will continue to be the cornerstone of the promotional products industry," said Anne Lardner-Stone, PPAI public affairs director. "This unique online tool allows distributors and suppliers to assess which products may need additional safety certification or testing. TurboTest lets us build in prompts that keep the safety compliance on track."
The TurboTest tool is an easy-to-use question-and-answer user interface exclusively designed with promotional products distributors and suppliers in mind. A task force of industry leaders, led by chair, Gene Geiger, MAS, of Geiger and Rick Brenner of Prime Resources, helped guide the development of the PPAI Promotional Products TurboTest online tool. Other members of the task force were Brandon Mackay, MAS, Snugz; Board Liaison, Randy Chen, Impex; Lee Cochran, Newton; Mary Curtin, 4imprint; Mel Ellis, Humphrey Line; Jonathan Isaacson, Gem Group; Chris Vernon, MAS, Vernon; Larry Whitney, Leeds; Gary Haley, Beacon Promotions; Tom Harney, Specialized Technology Resources; Ira Neaman, Vantage; and Bonni Sandy, Dard Products.
Geiger President and CEO, Gene Geiger, MAS, remarked, "With TurboTest, PPAI has created a unique and powerful solution to help every industry practitioner understand the myriad product safety rules we all face. We need a place to turn when confronted with customer questions and internal decisions."
About PPAI Since 1903, Promotional Products Association International, a not-for-profit, has been the standard-setting international trade association for the promotional products industry. PPAI offers education, tradeshows, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its members. Today, PPAI serves more than 9,000 global members who lead the $16.5-billion dollar industry. The multi-billion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or message. PPAI created and maintains the UPIC (Universal Promotional Identification Code), the industry’s only free identification system and universal company database. For information regarding PPAI or to learn more about the proven power of promotional products (including research and case studies), visit the PPAI website at www.ppai.org.
Editor’s Note: PPAI Promotional Products TTuurrbbooTTeessttTM online demonstrations available upon request.
PPAI Promotional Products TurboTestTM is a registered trademark of the Promotional Products Association International.