Wash with Wally: Increasing Drying Capacity

I’m short on drying capacity at my store. During the weekends, I have customers waiting for the dryers. Should I add more 30-pound stack dryers, which are what I currently have? Or should I replace at least some of the 30-pounders with larger-capacity stack dryers? If...

SAMCO Announces Change in Leadership

SAMCO recently announced that Adrienne Gibbs and Melissa Roberts have assumed management of the company’s day-to-day operations, with future plans of total ownership of the distributor. Gibbs, who has been with the company since 2000, started out answering the phones...

On Camera

Surveillance Technology Continues to Improve – And It Provides Laundry Owners With More Benefits Than You May Think A recent PlanetLaundry cover story discussed the ins and outs of laundromat security, with a good portion of that article highlighting the importance of...

Staying Connected

The Best Way to Keep Up with Today’s Fast-Paced Online World The internet is different today than it was yesterday. And it will change again tomorrow. Just go check out your Facebook feed – or inbox! You’ve likely got a completely different look, and that’s just on...
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A Southern Gentleman

An Interview with Veteran Laundry Distributor Lamar ThomasLamar Thomas, president of T&L Equipment Sales Co., got his start in the laundry industry in 1954, delivering washers and dryers to coin laundries in the Charlotte, N.C. area. In 1967, he joined his father...

Language in the Laundromat

Store Owners Launch Early Childhood Literacy and Learning Program in the Chicago SuburbsLaundry operators Bill Norteman and Jim Cowen know what it's like to try to do the family laundry with children in tow. As the co-owners of JetXpress Laundry in Elgin, Ill., they...

Marketing, Technology And Making More Money

Boost Your Digital Marketing Success with Automation Techniques, Solid Analytics and a Retargeting ProgramTechnology is a game-changer.Since the year 2000, we've seen the invention, adoption, and removal of advancements like MySpace, multiple generations of...


Open for Business

For the grand opening of its Canadian flagship location, Lululemon – the popular yoga-inspired athletic apparel company – offered free merchandise to the first 30 people to run naked through its new retail outlet. As you can imagine, the media was all over this...

Building Your Dream Laundromat

What to Consider When Constructing Your First Laundry Business The key to getting through the buildout or construction phase of your vended laundry project can be quite simple. Just hire an experienced, licensed general contractor who already has a couple of...

Changing the Game

Today's Technology Can Reach Out to Potential Wash-Dry-Fold Customers Even Before They Realize They Have a Need for Your Laundry ServicesLast month, I used this space to discuss digital marketing and the need to develop an online presence in order to grow a...

Changing the Game

Today’s Technology Can Reach Out to Potential Wash-Dry-Fold Customers Even Before They Realize They Have a Need for Your Laundry Services Last month, I used this space to discuss digital marketing and the need to develop an online presence in order to grow a...

Whirlpool Corporation Showcases Renovated Manufacturing Facility

Company Rolls Out New Line of Maytag Multi-Load Washers Geared Toward Vended, OPL Markets Whirlpool Corp. Commercial Laundry leadership recently took Maytag Commercial Laundry customers, several Massachusetts government officials and members of the media on a...

Unilever Confronts the ‘Chairdrobe’

Marketers at consumer goods giant Unilever are focused on what they’re calling the “chairdrobe.” It’s that heap of lightly worn clothes draped over chairs in more and more bedrooms these days, often crumpling people’s “go-to garments.” It’s a familiar sight in the...

Eastern Funding Hosts Laundry Improvement Workshops

Eastern Funding recently hosted two laundromat improvement workshops in Los Angeles and Anaheim. More than 90 industry participants, consisting mainly of laundry owners and prospective investors, spent time discussing various topics impacting the industry, including...

Huebsch Names Store Owner of the Quarter

Huebsch has named multi-laundry operator Michael Finkelstein its Store Owner of the Quarter. Finkelstein's newest Laundry Land location in Portsmouth, Va., delivers a level of excellence that rises above others in his market, which has been Michael's commitment since...

True Enough!

Seven Business (and Non-Business) Truisms That Can Be Applied Directly to Your Laundry Operation Virtually everyone you run into knows something you don’t. Think about that for a moment. With more than 300 million people in the United States, there are literally...

Building Strong Connections

More meetings in more places for more people. This is the goal of the reinvented affiliate program and the new meeting concept that the Coin Laundry Association is excited to launch. In the May 2018 issue of PlanetLaundry, CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace wrote the...

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Industry News

TLC Tri-State Opens New Distribution Facility

TLC Tri-State Laundry Companies has opened a new, state-of-the-art, 101,000-square-foot distribution facility in Valdosta, Ga. The company recently moved from its previous headquarters in Waycross, Ga., which had occupied a series of smaller buildings totaling...

Aaxon Holds Successful Autumn Expo

Aaxon Laundry Systems, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently hosted its 2018 Aaxon Autumn Expo, which drew laundry owners from across the state. Representatives from Huebsch – including Senior Regional Sales Manager Jason Fleck – presented the manufacturer's newest...

Statewide Laundry Hosts Fall Expos

Statewide Laundry - with offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami - recently completed a three-day series of Laundry Improvement Expos. The company kicked off the 2018 shows on September 18 at an all-new venue, the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center...

Two New Opportunities for CLA Members

The Coin Laundry Association has announced two new opportunities for its members to become involved – as speakers and sponsors – with the organization’s upcoming CLA Connect LIVE events in 2019. All members are invited to share their expertise and...

Teeters to Host Open House

Teeters Products will hold its annual open house on November 14 at the company's headquarters in Fletcher, Ohio. This theme of this year's event is "Taking Your Laundromat to the Next Level"- with a focus on next level product performance, efficiency, engineering,...



The Laundry Doctor

WDF 101: Back to Basics

Here's What to Consider Before Launching Your Wash-Dry-Fold Service[This is the first in a series of columns on running a successful wash-dry-fold business.]I've been receiving a lot of phone calls lately from new laundry operators just getting into the industry –...

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The Business Mind

Tell Your Story

How to Grow Your Laundry Business Through the Art of Storytelling "Great stories happen to those who can tell them." - Ira Glass, American radio personality There are many strategies that you can use to attract new customers. But have you ever thought of allowing...

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Retooling: The Gateway to a Stronger Industry

For the past year or so, I’ve been traveling the country giving presentations on how to become a better, more successful laundry operator. I’ve been talking to store owners, distributors… basically, anyone who will listen. I’ve gone to Coin...

Reimagining Our Future Potential

Welcome to 2017! I’m honored to be serving as your Chairman of the Board for what I envision will be a historic year for the Coin Laundry Association. For the first time, we are embarking on a comprehensive process to reimagine the future potential of our trade...


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