More than 350 Tesco employees across the UK and Republic of Ireland will be given specific winter training as the grocer prepares for the predicted heavy snowfall this year.
Selected staff will be taught how to use newly acquired Honda quad ploughs, which have been bought to help clear snow from Tesco car parks, make shopping safer and stores more accessible.
Tesco has invested £1.3 million in preparing for the cold snap, which includes the purchase of 150 ploughs and 3,000 tonnes of salt.
David Potts, UK Operations and Logistics Director at the supermarket group, said: “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.”
Heavy snow hit the UK in January, and Office for National Statistics data showed that retail sales dropped 1.8 per cent during the course of the month.
A number of retailers, including Homebase and Argos’s parent company Home Retail Group, blamed the poor weather during the month for sluggish sales results at the start of 2010.