Mitie has won two large contracts with retailers Aldi and Matalan. This is to help them keep their businesses moving this winter as temperatures start to drop.
The company will clear snow and grit roads, car parks and other areas close to the retailers’ stores across the UK. This will ensure that employees and customers can come and go safely even when the weather turns icy.
Mitie has agreed winter maintenance work at 164 sites for Aldi across south Wales and the west of England. For Matalan, 61 sites and two distribution centres across the UK.
Mitie uses the latest technology to help customers stay ahead of the weather. A specialised five-day rolling forecast based on data from the Met Office’s weather prediction system gives Mitie an early sign of conditions.
These retailers and Mitie’s other customers can take advantage of the Go-Grit app to manage their winter services from any mobile device 24/7. Go-Grit uses an interactive mapping system of customer sites. This tracks the weather impact and high-risk areas in a real-time format.
The app allows customers to see a schedule of what sites are due gritting, allowing them to cancel or order a service at a moment’s notice.
Richard Hughes, general manager, Mitie Winter Maintenance, said:
“The weather may be mild now, but retailers like Aldi and Matalan are wisely planning ahead for winter. They are making sure that people will be able to visit their stores in safety whatever the weather throws at us. Our forecasting technology and convenience of our Go-Grit app means Mitie can help them stay one step ahead of the ice and snow.
“Recalling the disruption after the ‘Beast from the East’, it is critical to partner with a company with the scale and expertise to keep retail operations moving. Last year, Mitie’s winter maintenance team carried out almost 300,000 gritting visits and used 15,000 tonnes of salt over the winter.”