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BRC Publishes Revised Global Standard for Storage and Distribution
BRC Global Standards has published the third issue of its internationally recognised BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution on 1 August 2016, and audits against Issue 3 will begin on 1 February 2017.
Originally introduced in 2006, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was developed by a multi-stakeholder group including industry representatives, certification bodies and retailers, to provide the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards and the end users; retailers and food service companies. The Standard is designed to ensure best practice in handling, storage and distribution of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices to ensure product safety, quality and legality. It also enables certification of a range of contracted services commonly operated by storage companies on behalf of their customers to take into account the often diverse operations and networks making up the distribution chain.
Issue 3 of this Standard has been developed by a multi-stakeholder group including retailers, food service companies, industry trade associations, independent experts and certification bodies, and builds upon the experience from the previous issue. In revising the Standard, the current requirements have been developed to ensure that they are robust enough to meet the industry needs. Where applicable, requirements have been aligned with those that feature in the other Global Standards to ensure consistency and confidence throughout the entire supply chain.
The development of Issue 3 followed a wide consultation to understand stakeholders' requirements. A review of emerging issues was also carried out in the logistics industry and the industries it serves. The information has been developed and reviewed by a working group composed of stakeholders representing different sectors of the logistics industry, retailers, brand owners, certification bodies and independent technical experts.
The focus for Issue 3 is:
* continuing to ensure consistency of the audit process * grading system to increase recognition for better performing companies unannounced options - full and 2 part to give even more confidence to customers that standards are constantly being applied * greater consistency with the requirements of the other BRC Global Standards vehicle and load security * more robust requirements for own-label wholesalers to reduce their exposure to fraud * increased supplier approval requirements * focus on companies providing contracted services in areas that have traditionally resulted in recalls and withdrawals (e.g. label and packing management)
Thomas Owen, BRC Global Standards Scheme Manager, said: "The development of Issue 3 has been based on the values of the previous issues while ensuring that the update reflects the latest best practices. The consultation with the users of the Standard set the main focus for the rewrite on improving product security and reducing vulnerabilities in the supply chain. A big thank you to all the members of the working group as well as those that provided feedback on the various drafts of the Standard."
The BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 3 will be available on BRC Participate, along with the Interpretation Guideline. BRC Participate offers immediate access to all documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. Printed copies and PDF downloads are also available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop.
Expansion in the home food delivery market and increased regulation in the pharmaceutical industry is driving demand for thermal blankets needed to protect cargo during transportation.
German company EcoCool relies on Walki for insulation material used in its thermal blankets and insulated shipping boxes. Ecocool’s customers include logistics companies who ship pharmaceuticals, online food deliveries and other temperature-sensitive cargo during long-distance flights.
The insulation material, Isohood 2L2, is a double-layer bubble film coated with aluminium. EcoCool’s thermal blankets reflect IR-radiation so they restore heat for transportation of sensitive chemicals during winter, and keep the heat out when shipping pharmaceuticals that need to be kept below a certain temperature.
Ever-tightening regulation in the pharmaceutical industry puts Ecocool under pressure. Walki does continuous R&D efforts to help Ecocool comply with regulations.
“We are very happy with the partnership with Walki. It plays a vital part in our success, supplying us with a constant stream of sample materials to test. ” says EcoCool’s Florian Siedenburg.
“This product is a good example of innovation and cooperation within the Walki group,” explains Steven Verheul, Sales Manager at Walki’s Haarlem plant in the Netherlands. The Valkeakoski plant in Finland makes the lacquered aluminium which is then combined with bubble film produced in Haarlem.
Logistics specialist LPR, a division of Euro Pool Group, is celebrating after becoming the first pallet pooling company to obtain CSR Gold status by EcoVadis, Europe’s leading provider of supplier sustainability ratings.
LPR was awarded the prestigious ranking in recognition of its sector-leading environmental and corporate social responsibility policies. This development means that LPR moves up from the Silver rating it achieved in 2013 and 2014, to the highest recognition ever assigned by EcoVadis to a company within the pallet pooling sector.
To obtain this rating, LPR was required to score highly (more than 62/100) in an audit that analysed four key themes: the environment, social issues, business ethics and sustainable procurement. Out of these four themes, which all saw continued improvement, LPR was judged to have made the most progress in its environmental practices.
Among the steps taken by LPR to achieve this rating, the organisation reduced the distance travelled from its transport hub by more than 170,000 miles, while simultaneously recording a 7% increase in the number of pallets per order. LPR worked closely with its wide portfolio of clients, including Nestlé and Coca-Cola, to reduce the mileage undertaken by its trucks, without compromising the efficient service for which it is known.
Adrian Fleming, regional manager for LPR UK and Ireland, said: “Being the first pallet pooling company to receive a Gold rating from EcoVadis is a fantastic testament to the CSR practices of LPR.
“Such success has been achieved through a collaborative working approach between LPR Europe and UK. For example, one particularly impressive result saw LPR France achieve a 56% reduction in its electricity usage by moving its headquarters to a low-energy consumption building in Balma, France.
“By gaining Gold accreditation, LPR is able to set the standards of industry best practice for the entire pallet pooling sector and lead the drive towards a more sustainable future.”
The EcoVadis Gold rating is the latest in a series of successes for LPR UK. The company has recently announced a number of new business wins with high profile blue chip FMCG manufacturers, including Kellogg’s and ARYZTA, and also opened a new depot in Dublin earlier this year to meet increased demand.