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Tesco prepares for snow with winter logistics training

By: Laura Nineham
24 November 2010

Tesco has announced that their staff will receive winter logistics training in a bid to avoid the chaos caused by last year's snow fall.

Over 350 employees across the country will be given specific winter weather training. They'll be taught how to use newly acquired Honda quad ploughs which will remove snow from the car parks.

"When the freezing weather kicks in, our responsibility is to make sure shopping at our stores is safe and convenient for customers," explained David Potts, UK Operations and Logistics Director at Tesco.

"Last year our staff showed amazing commitment to try and ensure customers could get what they needed despite the weather," he added. "Dozens of staff were out in the car parks helping to clear snow and grit the paths."

Mr Potts concluded: "This year we want to be even more prepared and give our staff the tools they need to help customers shop in the snow."

Retail Gazette reports that the snow at the start of 2010 was blamed for the sluggish sales seen by a number of retailers, so this year retailers are expected to offer training to staff who might get caught up in snow.

Earlier this week the Met Office claimed that snow showers were becoming increasingly likely across eastern Scotland and north-east England.

As reported by Retail Gazette, Tesco spent £1.3m on preparing for the winter, including buying 150 ploughs and 3,000 tonnes of salt.


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