Having an AIB International Superior Rating for a warehousing company is the highest level of recognition. It is like the Heisman Trophy or Gold Glove for warehousing. The five-part process of evaluation includes the following according to the AIB Consolidated Standards for Inspection:
- The Inspection: The Inspector observes operations on the facility floor to determine the effectiveness of programs, and reviews written programs to determine if there are gaps. A risk assessment of observations is made for each Category:
- Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
- Maintenance for Food Safety
- Cleaning Practices
- Integrated Pest Management
- Adequacy of Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs
- Determining Risk and Assigning Category Scores: The Inspector determines the most significant food safety observation(s) in each of the first 4 Categories.
- Evaluating Adequacy: Before the Inspector can assign the Total Score, the Adequacy of the Food Safety Programs must be assessed. Assigning Adequacy scores involves comparing written food safety programs to the results they produce in the facility. It is impossible to receive a perfect Adequacy score unless the written programs result in perfect scores for each Category evaluated in the facility.
- Total Score: After the Adequacy score is determined, it is added to the scores from the first four Categories to produce the total score.
- Recognition and Laudatory Terms: Data from facilities that receive AIB inspections will be collected from October 1 through September 30 each year and a statistical analysis of the data will determine the total score range for the top 25 percent of scores. This range will be the criteria for Recognition of High Achievement-Superior for the following calendar year.
- Recognition of High Achievement Superior will be awarded to facilities scoring within the statistically calculated total score range. A facility cannot receive a Recognition of High Achievement-Superior if there is a category score below 160, irrespective of the total score.
- Recognition of Accomplishment will be awarded to all facilities scoring between 700 and the required number of points to achieve a Recognition of High Achievement-Superior. A facility cannot receive a Recognition of Accomplishment if there is a category score below 140, irrespective of the total score.
According to the AIB website:
“Only those facilities whose score falls within the top 25% of all scores will receive a Recognition of High Achievement-Superior award. The score earned on an inspection is the true measure of achievement; however, AIB has for many years also awarded a laudatory term – Superior or Excellent – that described the score. The score earned on an inspection is the true measure of achievement; however, AIB has for many years also awarded a laudatory term – Superior or Excellent – that described the score.”
From 1992-1998 FW Warehousing had an Excellent rating with the AIB. In 1998, Mike Cusumano was named Safety & Compliance Officer at FW. Mike was charged with improving the facilities’ safety and compliance status at all FW facilities. Since that time, FW Warehousing has received a Superior rating with AIB, which is the highest rating in the industry. According to Mike, “We have maintained that rating ever since, due to the great processes and quality system that we have implemented throughout the company. We are very proud of our record and expect to maintain the AIB Superior rating for years to come.”
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics Magazine.