In today’s vastly competitive marketplace, it is not a surprise that companies are going above and beyond to gain the business of prospective clients. Warehousing companies will bellow out the words clients want to hear to gain trust and in turn hopefully gain long term business with those prospective clients: “Our company works hard every day to provide the best services in our marketplace, which in turn gives our clients what they need in the most efficient and cost effective way, and we do all of this while caring about our employees’ needs and safety in the workplace.”
The issue with this eager marketplace is that it makes the decision making process rather difficult. How is a manager supposed to choose the best warehousing company? Which companies truly have the reputation to back up all the promises that have been guaranteed?
The best way to tell if a warehousing company is going to follow through with those high caliber promises is to evaluate the different warehousing companies’ AIB Rating.
“The AIB International Consolidated Standards for Inspection are privately maintained standards that are not publicly benchmarked. Consequently, formal certification cannot be provided. the inspection process is a collaborative and guiding one, based upon a collective responsibility held between auditor and client. Only AIB International inspectors, who are all AIB International employees and highly trained, can conduct an AIB International GMP inspection. For facilities that pass the inspection, recognition documents are issued based upon the score received at the time of the inspection.” 
“Scoring well on an AIB Inspection shows that a supplier is committed to doing all they can to provide clean, safe products and is a source of pride that provides a competitive advantage. Sharing audit inspection scores with potential customers is a way to demonstrate dedication to providing safe, superior products.” 
According to AIB International:
Comprehensive Inspections evaluate the adequacy of:
- Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
- Maintenance for Food Safety
- Cleaning Practices
- Integrated Pest Management
- Adequacy of Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs
The AIB International Superior Rating for a warehousing company is the highest level of recognition one can receive. In achieving the AIB Superior Rating FW Warehousing is ranked in the top one percent of all food grade warehousing facilities in the world when it comes to cleanliness and food safety.
In the United States there is federal and state level food regulations. At the federal level, there are two main bodies that regulate food; The Food safety Inspection Services (FSIS), which is part of the US Department of Agriculture, and the FDA. The FSIS is responsible for the safety of meat, poultry and eggs. The FDA is responsible for regulations for all other food items.
In 1998 FW Warehousing went from Excellent to Superior, and since that time, FW Warehousing has maintained the Superior rating with AIB.
With that information FW Warehousing guarantees exceptional operational methods and personnel practices, the highest quality maintenance for food safety, cleaning practices and pest management within the warehouses and adequacy of prerequisite and food safety programs.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include general warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage and product distribution and fulfillment. FW Warehousing has more than 60 years of experience in third-party logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics Magazine.
2. GMP Inspections (AIB International) http://www.aibonline.org/aibOnline/EN/aib-inspections.aspx