Supply chain distribution specialist, Oakland International, is delighted at attaining the highly prized and internationally recognised British Retailers Consortium’s (BRC) quality audit for storage and distribution for their Irish depot located in Ashbourne Co. Meath. Oakland’s general manager in Ireland, Richard Hill, stated: “BRC approval is a prestigious, global standard which provides positive recognition for our customers that we are ranked amongst the very best and highly rated as a supply chain partner. This is the first time we have applied, so we are therefore extremely delighted to secure the standard.” One of the first in their sector to achieve BRC standard for storage and distribution in the UK, Oakland is understandably pleased to now secure BRC accreditation for their Irish operation, as this now gives Oakland’s customers using both UK and Ireland depots, a seamlessly controlled quality standard allowing suppliers and their retail and wholesale customers confidence that the highest standards of quality safety and legality are being followed. As well as reflecting the standard’s best practise, BRC accreditation demonstrates consistency and care in Oakland’s supply chain operation which encompasses order picking and packing, a key factor in the firm’s popularity as an Irish supply chain operator of choice. Oakland’s quality assurance manager, Louise Smith, commented: “We are all absolutely thrilled at not only passing, but at coming through the audit with such positive feedback. Our team’s personal dedication continues to ensure attention to detail and flexibility of service offer, delivering confident results time after time to ensure we retain customer confidence and now BRC accreditation.” The rigorous daylong assessment of environmental standards, operating systems, traceability, layout and product flow also incorporates handling requirements of specified materials which provides a bench mark for best practice within the storage and distribution industry. Oakland’s proactive approach facilitates continuous improvement in all systems and processes through the use of tailored designed management systems, with the firm’s objective being to provide customer confidence that all products stored and distributed through Oakland International will retain their quality. An innovative sector player, Oakland’s supply chain management solution offers an expanding range of support services in Ireland and the UK, and since launching in 2009, Oakland International Ireland has continued to succeed regardless of challenging global trading conditions. Achieving BRC accreditation is viewed as a positive growth step for the future of the business.