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Get ahead of the latest industry trends in snow removal.
John Janes | Landscaping Marketing Manager
A new year means plenty of new trends that can impact your snow removal business. We explore the 2023 snow and ice industry trends to be on the lookout for this year.
Practicing more sustainable snow removal will be a big 2023 snow and ice industry trend. Salt usage in snow removal has grown in recent years, which isn’t great news for the environment. Rock salt has the potential to seep into ground water and contaminate drinking water, as well as harm animals and plants where it’s placed. Many areas have limits on the amount of salt snow removal companies can use, so it is a good idea to look for alternatives and ways to use less salt in your business. Physical removal methods should be part of your arsenal, and practicing proper stormwater management on your jobs can help reduce the amount of salt that ends up in our water.
As large-scale winter weather events like the snowstorms of late 2022 in Buffalo showed, it’s important to have a natural disaster preparedness plan so you can respond quickly. As weather patterns become more extreme, it’s likely we’ll see more large-scale storms like this that call for all hands on deck. Have a plan for how your snow removal business will respond. Do you need to partner with another company or agency to respond effectively? Learning more about meteorology can help you better predict where your resources will be needed, and training your crew ahead of time will reduce the number of safety concerns on the job during crunch time.
Another 2023 snow and ice industry trend is the use of fleet management to be more efficient on your jobsites. Telematics data can give you a sense of where you’re seeing idle time and where you might shift resources to improve productivity. This is especially helpful when you’re dealing with a winter storm and need to allot your equipment to the sites that need it most.
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Landscaping Marketing Manager
John Janes has been bringing his diversified expertise to sales and marketing initiatives at Caterpillar for more than a decade. Not only does he hold an LIC certification from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), CSP and ASM certifications from the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), but Janes also serves as an American Concrete Institute (ACI)-certified concrete flatwork technician.
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