Snow removal industry beginning to see shift to Uber model of on-demand services

In this day and age of ridesharing services such as Uber, within the last several years, multiple businesses in the United States and Canada have launched applications that make the work of clearing a snow-covered sidewalk or driveway as effortless as pressing the button on a smartphone. One such company is Plowz and Mowz, a startup that launched its app in late 2014 and also strives to reduce other tedious household chores such as leaf removal and lawn mowing. Today, the organization is operating in 30 of the biggest markets in the U.S., including Denver, Minneapolis, Boston and Chicago, and covers a 30- to 40-mile radius on average in those markets. Users can request a plow truck to clear their driveway through the app, and within minutes, the assigned plow will arrive at the person’s property. However, completion time can be dependent on weather conditions or the volume of orders, Mahoney said. To receive confirmation that a job is a complete, customers receive a photo of the freshly plowed driveway.