California Retailers Association Signs with CERTIFIED to Protect Retailers and Customers

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CERTIFIED, Inc. (madeinusa.net),
the nation’s only independent, non-governmental organization (NGO)
certification company for Country of Origin claims, reported today that
the CALIFORNIA RETAILERS ASSOCIATION (“CRA”)
has signed agreements aimed at assisting California retailers with the
certification of their goods as Made in USA CERTIFIED®, Product of
USA CERTIFIED®, or Grown in USA CERTIFIED
®. With a full supply chain
audit completed, and certification earned, retailers who sell products
labeled as “Made in USA,” can be protected from any false country of
origin claims. In light of the many ongoing California class action
suits targeting false “Made in USA” labels, the timing for this
association could not be better.

“For more than 80 years CRA has been working with, advocating for and in
any way possible helping the California retail industry and nearly
415,000 retail establishments with sales of over $571 billion,” stated
CRA Membership Director Jill Tanis Rulon, “and now with our agreement
with CERTIFIED, we can help our members ensure that their products that
are labeled as ‘Made in the USA’ are certified independently and
professionally. Providing service, value, and protection to our retailer
members have always been of paramount concern to us, and our agreement
with CERTIFIED will help our members to protect themselves from
litigation as well as ensure brand integrity.”

CALIFORNIA RETAILERS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER COMPANIES

Walgreens
Company
, 7-Eleven,
DART
Container Corp
, Darden,
AT&T,
Lowe’s,
Raley’s,
CVS
Health
, PepsiCo,
Best
Buy
, PG&E,
PetSmart,
Walmart
Stores
, Yum!
Brands
, UPS,
Macy’s
Inc.
, Target,
Sears
Holdings
Company
, BD,
Rite
Aid Corporation
, AutoZone,
rePlanet,
JC Penney
, DIAGEO,
Kohls
Department Stores
, Altria,
Safeway
Inc.

ABOUT CERTIFIED, INC.

CERTIFIED, Inc. is the United States’ Non-Governmental
Organization (NGO) and independent 3rd party Certification Source for
“Made in USA, Product of USA – Country of Origin Claims.” The CERTIFIED
Technology teams are experienced professionals with extensive,
pioneering backgrounds in systems integration, software development,
encryption, load balancing, electronic signatures, data collections and
national analysis… all on a worldwide scale who have developed a
proprietary system of certification authentication, big data recovery
and analysis. For more information, please contact Mr. Robert Lowry at
+1(561) 279-2855 or robert@usa-c.com

About CRA

The California Retailers Association is the only statewide trade
association representing all segments of the retail industry including
general merchandise, department stores, mass merchandisers, restaurants,
convenience stores, supermarkets and grocery stores, chain drug, and
specialty retail such as auto, vision, jewelry, hardware and home
stores. CRA works on behalf of California’s retail industry, which
currently operates over 418,840 retail establishments with a gross
domestic product of $330 billion annually and employs 3,211,805
people—one fourth of California’s total employment.

Contacts

CERTIFIED, Inc.
Mr. Robert Lowry, 1-561-279-2855
robert@usa-c.com