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Tesco prepares for whiteout winter

Tesco has invested £1.3 million to help its stores, dotcom operation and shoppers cope with the predicted freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall this winter.

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Tesco prepares for whiteout winter

Tesco has bought 150 Honda ‘quad ploughs’ to help clear snow from its car parks and spread salt, making shopping safer and more accessible in a whiteout winter. More than 350 selected Tesco staff across the UK and Republic of Ireland will be selected for Tesco’s special winter weather training whereby they will learn how to use the quads and best help customers access stores conveniently.

Planning for a winter almost as bad as last year, Tesco has ordered a total of 3000 tonnes of salt which will also be distributed across all UK and Ireland stores by the end of the month.

David Potts, UK Operations and Logistics Director, Tesco comments: “When the freezing weather kicks in, our responsibility is to make sure shopping at our stores is safe and convenient for customers. Last year our staff showed amazing commitment to try and ensure customers could get what they needed despite the weather. Dozens of staff where out in the car parks helping to clear snow and grit the paths. This year we want to be even more prepared and give our staff the tools they need to help customers shop in the snow!

Long term weather forecaster, Positive Weather Solutions, has already predicted that conditions will nearly be as harsh as last winter with blizzards, frosts and ice again bringing transport chaos.

Tesco will also, for the first time, be selling 12kg bags of salt in some of its bigger stores.

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