Why Is ISO Certification Important?
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, promotes global standardization for specifications and requirements for materials, products, procedures, formats, information and quality management. Certification under ISO standards is an assurance that the ISO-required management of processes and documentation is in place. Business organizations use standards to regulate manufacturing, quality, and business practices in companies around the world. When businesses use the same practices, production controls, quality standards and management techniques, products and business processes conform, creating reliability. ISO procedures are important because they drive accurate, consistent, high-quality production across facilities, with a high level of documentation for all procedures.
IMS has an extensive warehousing/fulfillment operation 100% dedicated to merchandising materials. We have 8 facilities across the US and Canada with space covering nearly 1,750,000+ sq. ft. IMS facilities feature high cube storage in areas with efficient cost structure for labor and space. All IMS facilities leverage ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS to ensure on-time/in-full delivery of client goods. ISO 9001 focuses on quality management.
IMS leverages ISO certified processes across fulfillment centers, which ensures a triple check for accuracy prior to shipment. Ordering is automated via online websites so orders can be received during high volume periods. All of our facilities utilize ISO processes for receiving, shelf, and consolidations. Other important areas we implement ISO processes include the following:
- Visitor Check in—making sure only authorized folks are in the building, and that they are made aware of potential safety concerns when in warehouse.
- Severe Weather and Emergencies—includes evacuation plans, fire drill processes, areas for shelter during extreme weather, and Monthly Facility Safety Checklist which covers 27 safety areas which are reported on and graded monthly.
- Lock Out / Tag out—making equipment in need of service safe from “starting up” when being repaired. Also includes Daily Vehicle Checklists to make sure vehicles are in good operating condition.