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At AKW, we always endeavour to maintain impeccable operational standards, and when an audit from a regulator such as the British Retail Consortium is impending, it’s no exception. In 2017, the BRC introduced new standard measures for Storage and Distribution Issue 3 following last year’s audit, as well as a rigorous new grading system; the bar was raised, and the spotlight was shone on security which featured heavily in the key changes to the standard.
Preparation included ensuring the acclaimed quality and security standards of our 24/7 operation, which have won us favour with the BRC for the past three years, were strictly adhered to, despite rapid growth which included successfully securing three monumental blue-chip contracts in as many months in early 2017.
Our efforts paid off and we are delighted to have been awarded a ‘Grade A’ by the BRC for not only the storage capabilities of our half million square foot, COMAH approved, wet and dry bonded warehouses, but our distribution services to boot! The ‘A' grade also encompasses our contract packing department, which provides a wide range of value added services including gift set kitting, automatic labelling and sleeving, all from our clean-room, temperature controlled in house facility. Being the largest national Multi-User 3PL site to be awarded this status, we’re absolutely buzzing with Manchester pride!
AKW remain at the forefront of supply chain agility and we will continue to develop our bespoke capabilities including complete ecommerce fulfilment alongside other exciting projects in 2018. Watch this space!
Rebecca Davies, Managing Director, summarised “we work incredibly hard to uphold faultless quality and security measures; continuous improvement is at the epicentre of our business values. We’re delighted to have been awarded such an impressive ‘grade A’ from the BRC. It reinforces our high standards and proves that consistency and dedication is recognised appropriately in the industry, giving customers complete confidence in our veracity.”
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