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In July, it was announced that the high-end supermarket chain Booths had been forced to call in accountants to conduct a review of the business due to financial pressures.

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Booths Supermarkets has 28 retail locations in the North of England. One of the locations is the Supermarket at Kirkby Lonsdale, which they were forced to close due to flooding in their store warehouse, causing the company an estimate of £35,000 pounds. We present this brief case-study to highlight the imperative advance-measures that similar instances can take.
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Roofs require a formalised approach to maintenance, with programmed inspections and timely repairs. Facilities Managers seldom seem to have access to a digitised application with all relevant roofing documentation and easy to use analytics. Furthermore, Facilities Managers are infrequently making use of Thermal Imagery to identify roof leaks. Processing of weather data also affords opportunities for improved and pro-active roof maintenance. Failure to have a data led roof management programme will result in additional financial costs to the Property Owner.

Data led approach to preventitive roof maintenance
Data led approach to preventitive roof maintenance

 

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Drainage systems are vital to the operations of large retails stores. Failures to maintain drainage systems increase risks of surface water incidents with direct financial consequences. A data driven approach to drainage provides immediate opportunities for Retailers to reduce risk. Opportunities to use technology in the planning and conduct of drainage maintenance should be pursued.

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Retail represents 41% of all Commercial Property assets in the UK and Supermarkets are the majority retail user. All Supermarkets have common factors of numerous sites across all of the United Kingdom, with differing levels of flood and extreme weather risk. In recent years, there has been a growing incidence of increased torrential rainfall and subsequent surface water flooding. There are plenty of opportunities for Supermarkets to be pro-active to manage the risks of flooding and extreme weather events. This article articulates some recommendations established from Stonehaven Technology's experience of working with UK retailers.

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Potential Location of Deployable Flood Defences at a UK Supermarket

Potential Location of Deployable Flood Defences at a UK Supermarket