In its first audit, supply chain and distribution specialist Oakland International has secured a rating of ‘A’ in the British Retailers Consortium’s (BRC) quality audit for storage and distribution at its recently opened facility in Corby, Northamptonshire. Oakland’s Business Unit Director at Corby, Lee Whiting, commented: “Gaining an BRC ‘A’ rating is fantastic news for our Corby team and for our customers, with BRC accreditation providing positive acknowledgement that Oakland works to the highest industry standards.” Passing with flying colours, the clean audit followed a rigorous two days assessment of environmental standards, operating systems, traceability, layout and product flow and incorporates handling requirements of specified materials which offers a bench mark for best practice within the storage and distribution industry. Oakland’s proactive methods facilitate continuous improvement in all systems and processes using bespoke management systems to provide customer confidence that all products stored and distributed through Oakland International retain their inherent quality. As well as reflecting the standard’s best practise, Oakland’s BRC accreditation demonstrates consistency and care in the supply chain operation, a key factor in the firm’s popularity as a supply chain partner of choice. Oakland’s Quality Assurance Manager, Louise Smith, commented: “Our team’s continued dedication ensures attention to detail and our flexibility of service offer is maintained throughout, delivering positive results time after time. We are all delighted to receive such positive feedback, particularly as this was our first audit since operations began at Corby.” Oakland customers enjoy a seamless, fully controlled quality standard which suppliers and their retail and wholesale customers have the utmost confidence in. Oakland ensure that the highest standards of quality, safety and legality are being followed through all supply chain management solutions and support services including tempering, co-packing, multi-temperature distribution, distress load management and brand development support.