Updates from BCIA

Member Roundtable Discussions
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The BCIA Educator Committee will be hosting monthly informal member roundtable discussion calls open to any BCIA member who would like to participate. The aim is to discuss relevant industry topics and connect with fellow industry members in an educational and cooperative capacity. The 6th call is scheduled for Tues June 19th at 11pm-12am eastern (10pm-11pm central) Facilitated by Angelique Geehan (BCIA Educator Committee) Call in details: Industry Roundtable Discussion #6 Tue, Jun 19, 2018 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM … Read More

2018 Safety Brochure Sponsorship Opportunity
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We are doing another print run of our popular Babywearing Safety Brochure in the UK, Australia, as well as a Spanish language print run in the USA. These brochures are free to whomever requests them and delivers valuable safety information to consumers. This program is made possible because of the generous sponsorship of our industry members. Sponsorship is your business logo on the back of the brochures (limit 4 per brochure print run). Details are as follows: US print run … Read More

Product Registration Partnership: Registria
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Product Registration Service Update In our efforts to continually improve our programs and services, we are pleased to roll out some exciting improvements to our Product Registration Service (PRS). As of April 1, we will be partnering with Registria, the leader in the product ownership experience, to manage our product registration program. We chose Registria as our registration services partner given their expertise not only in product registration but also because of their technological expertise in providing consumers a better … Read More

In Memoriam: Vesta Garcia
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Vesta Garcia (Hartman) It is with the deepest sadness that we mourn the passing of Vesta Garcia who died after living with ALS for four years on March 16, 2018. Vesta was a mother, wife, friend. Entrepreneur, creator, advisor. Vesta was the founding Executive Director of the BCIA and in many ways, one of the mothers of our industry as we recognize it now. Before she led the BCIA, Vesta ran Peppermint.com, one of the first online retail options for … Read More

Industry Roundtable Recap March-April 2018
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Industry roundtable sessions have continued monthly since January now. Here’s a quick recap of what’s been discussed as well as call in details for the next roundtable discussion. March 5 members joined the call to discuss our various business ventures with a specific focus on current challenges. We discussed member management, the logistics of moving a non-profit overseas, how to connect with qualified people to fulfill an organization’s mission, and the line between volunteer vs paid work while establishing space … Read More

Competing With Big Box: SEO Webinar
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BCIA and myheartcreative bring you — Competing With Big Box! Ever feel like small business gets lost online? You don’t have to. Get the tools to win the web. SEO is more than packing keywords into your website; it requires careful monitoring, planning, and analysis. When done correctly, SEO will increase your ranking in search engine results and expand your customer base. People rarely look beyond page 1 of their search results. Think about how often you search beyond the … Read More

How To: Product Registration Cards
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The first post in our “How To: Compliance” series- Product Registration Cards. Both the labs and our card processing partner have identified a number of areas where manufacturers and distributors sometimes overlook key details when preparing these cards. Follow through our straightforward (with pictures!) tutorial to make sure you are meeting this regulatory requirement correctly. Product registration is a legal requirement for all carriers sold into the US. It is not required in other countries though you can certainly attach … Read More

2017-18 Annual Report
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The BCIA 2017-18 Annual Report is now available for download. A heartfelt thank you to the myheartcreative team for their excellent work in putting this together for us once again. BCIA 2017-18 Annual Report Please give it a read through, take a look at where our industry organization has been and where we’re going. We are planning a Virtual Annual General Meeting for mid-November where you will have ample opportunity to discuss and bring questions back to us.

Webinar: Level Up Your Design
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Have you ever wanted advice from an experienced designer? Here is your chance to have a one-on-one chat about your website or print design. Amy Samuel will provide valuable insight and expertise to help you understand how to take your designs to the next level. Wednesday October 24th at 2:00pm Central Registration Form About Amy Amy Samuel is a true creative. She earned her BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma and began working as an Art Director of an … Read More

How To: Managing Off-Label Product Use
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Wrap Manufacturer’s, this one’s for you! This is the second in our ongoing series “How To: Compliance.” Recently, a series of questions from some of our manufacturer members brought up and excellent discussion about off-label product use and how does that impact manufacturer liability, as well as foreseeable misuse and liability. We consulted with BCIA legal counsel to determine the best course of action. Any identifying details in the following scenarios have been changed.  First, let’s define foreseeable misuse. Foreseeable … Read More

2018 BCIA Virtual Annual General Meeting
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Please join us for our 2018 BCIA Annual General Meeting Wed, Nov 28, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST For the first time, we will be doing this meeting virtually so that a broader audience can attend. We hope you’ll join us! You’ll be able to join via computer (video optional), smart device or by phone. Agenda 1. Introduction of new and returning board members 2. Brief speech from our Executive Director: what we’ve done in 2018, where we’re … Read More

Tug Testing Baby Carriers
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Pulling or “Tug Testing” Baby Carriers It has recently come to the attention of the BCIA that people have been “tug testing” their carriers and/or recommending to others that this is a way to “test” your carrier’s construction at home. The BCIA consulted with 2 industrial engineers, a US testing lab representative, a UK consumer product safety consultant and a number of baby carrier manufacturers and asked for their expertise on this subject. Before using your carrier: Visually inspect your … Read More

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