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INFO | SERVICE PROVIDER PROFILE St. Pancras International Rentokil Initial Since its completion in 1868, St. Pancras International has undergone many alterations. Today, St. Pancras is the last stop for Great Britain’s only high-speed rail service. Every day, 300,000 Rentokil and Initial – founded in 1920 and 1903, respectively, in people arrive and depart from here – cleanliness and hygiene are Great Britain – merged in 1996. The company’s headquarters are therefore top priorities. Following the opening of a new ticketing area in Crawley, just outside London. Worldwide, the group is represented in 2009, the station now covers a total of more than 8,000 square in 56 countries and employs just over 66,000 people. Rentokil Initial meters and includes numerous shops and restaurants. is one of the world’s largest service companies in the areas of pest control, facility management and textile & hygiene services. It is Professional look, profitable operations also listed on the London Stock Exchange. Annual sales total just The main reason for choosing Rubbermaid, Rentokil Initial says, over GBP 2.7 billion, or about EUR 3.2 billion. was the quality of the products and especially the pleasing yet Rentokil Initial’s German office in Cologne coordinates services for functional trolley design. The trolleys can carry up to four color- 28 locations nationwide with a total of 1,600 staff. In 2012, the coded buckets and they feature several different waste and litter company generated a total of EUR 161.6 million in sales in Germany, containers. of which 73 percent were attributed to Initial’s activities and 27 to Rentokil is very happy to report that only very rarely do they have Rentokil’s. issues with the trolleys, which goes to show how robust they are and also ensures that the staff is always ready for work in any cleaning performance not only makes for safer floors, but also situation. The Rubbermaid equipment is also in alignment with means less resource consumption and less pollution. Rubbish Rentokil’s own hygiene protocols since the color-coded system for sorting and disposal was also a key consideration. The way they are microfiber textiles provides a simple but effective way of reducing designed, the new trolleys make it easy to separate litter, so that the risk of cross-contamination. specific materials can be collected for recycling – an environmental With the new cleaning trolleys, Rentokil’s crews are able to keep aspect that was very important to the service provider. all the necessary products and gear on hand on their rounds. In Paul McLean only has praise for his new equipment supplier: “Our addition, the carts offer loads of stowage room, which adds another account manager at Rubbermaid came to see us here at the station notch to efficiency and increases the time available for actual and provided us with in-depth training on the equipment. That cleaning. “Since we began using Rubbermaid products, we’ve been way, he was able to precisely determine our needs and propose able to raise productivity by about 25 percent,” McLean confirms. the right solutions to meet them.” Overall, the cleaning equipment not only improves the cleaning The supplier’s knowledge and experience were also key reasons for performance. It also projects a professional image of the cleaning selecting the supplier. Adds McLean, “Rubbermaid invested much services provider and, in the process, valorizes the cleaning time in showing us on-site how the company’s products actually profession. The new products are not just outstanding from a work. I had the clear impression that this wasn’t about flogging as quality standpoint, but also a refreshing and eye-catching change many products as possible, but about making sure we had the from other solutions on the market. right solutions to our cleaning issues.” The Pulse microfiber floor mopping system contributes to the Such a strong and positive partnership between supplier and general safety of train station visitors as well. With Pulse, no need service provider is really the best guarantee for ensuring that to use as much water and chemicals as with conventional systems. St. Pancras International always makes a gleaming first impression This means the floors dry more quickly, minimizing the risk of of London. slipping. Whereas floor surfaces that have been cleaned with Source: Rubbermaid | markus.targiel@holzmann-medien.de conventional mops take upwards of ten minutes to dry, using the Pulse microfiber mops brings that down to 90 seconds. This dramatically lowers the risk of accidents, should people not Read GLOBAL CLEANING notice the sign and inadvertently walk over freshly cleaned areas. It also dramatically shortens the time specific areas have to cordoned off for cleaning purposes – a key aspect in a busy train station like St. Pancras. On your tablet – Environmental responsibility is a commitment Everytime and everywhere. Environmental responsibility, a core element of Rentokil’s philosophy, was also a factor in going with Rubbermaid’s new Now available in your App Store. cleaning equipment system. The fact that the Pulse microfiber mops require less water and chemicals without compromising on GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014   51


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