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HR in the Age of COVID-19

An Interview with Human Resources Expert Claudia St. John Claudia St. John is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring, recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement....

Laundromats Are Essential

CLA Releases New Video Highlighting Industry’s Response to the Challenge of COVID-19 The laundromat industry, led by owners and their employees, has stepped up to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing disinfecting procedures and applying new approaches...

Opening New Doors of Opportunity

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Adding Automatic Doors to Your Laundromat In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many laundromat owners are currently reevaluating every aspect of their stores’ operations. For many operators, this includes the potential addition of...

Are You Covered?

What Laundry Owners Need to Know About Their Business Insurance During These Difficult Times According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in the U.S. “are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.”...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

The Urban Laundromat Renewal

The Urban Laundromat Renewal

Maximizing Turnover, Revenue and Profit In many urban settings, utility, real estate and rent costs are on the rise, which makes doing business there tricky. Luckily, for the vended laundry owner, there are many concrete ways to effectively combat costs, while...

The New ‘Green’ Standard

The New ‘Green’ Standard

Running a Sustainable, Eco-Conscious Laundry Business is Good for the Planet – And Great for Your Bottom Line Sixty-two degrees. That was the average global temperature this past July, making it the hottest month on record, dating back to 1880. Last July also marked...

Forward Progress

Forward Progress

An Interview with 4WARD Energy Solutions President Chris Ward Chris Ward is the president and founder of 4WARD Energy Solutions, a national energy consultant firm in Houston.4WARD focuses on educating commercial and residential clients as to their options to...

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When Competition Moves In…

How to Respond When a New Laundry Business Enters Your Market Bill Gates has carved into his desk a quote by Andy Grove, one of the founders of Intel. It states: “Success breeds complacency… complacency breeds failure.” This may sound strange or surprising, but there...

Eastern Funding Hosts Women’s Business Leadership Conference

Eastern Funding recently hosted its inaugural Women’s Business Leadership Conference in New York City. The event, with a theme of “Empowered Leadership,” brought together academics, entrepreneurs and other business professionals with the goal of shining the spotlight...

Don’t Miss the Final CLA Connect LIVE Events of the Year

Register now to attend the last CLA Connect LIVE events planned for 2019. The events are open to current and potential store owners, as well as distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Ohio December 4 in Cincinnati “Top 10 Trends in Vended Laundry,”...

Free CLA Webinar: ‘AMP’ Up Your Digital Marketing Presence

The Coin Laundry Association, in collaboration with American Marketing & Publishing LLC, will present the webinar – “2020 Visibility for Your Laundry Online: A Powerful Web Presence to Start the New Year” – on December 3, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CST). Ashley...

TCATA Announces New Management Appointments

The Board of Directors of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association has named Leslie Schaeffer as the organization’s new chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2020. Schaeffer, TCATA’s current president, owns BPS Communications, which publishes National...

Huebsch Names Store Owners of the Quarter

Huebsch recently named Glenn Catlin and Rowena Garcia its Store Owners of the Quarter. The couple saved thousands of dollars revitalizing their Texas laundromat with energy-efficient washers and dryers. Catlin and Garcia own and operate Las Lavanderia, a...

Speed Queen Unveils Laundromat Franchise Program

Alliance Laundry Systems has announced that its subsidiary – Speed Queen Laundry Franchise, LLC – is now offering Speed Queen-branded laundromat franchises in nearly every state in the U.S. This opportunity is currently being offered through select distributors, as...

The Local Laundry Hub

For Many of Today’s Vended Laundry Owners, It’s No Longer a ‘Cash-at-All-Cost’ Business An exciting movement is taking hold within the vended laundry industry. More and more laundries are serving as community hubs, where giving back is as important as receiving....

Laundry Owners Warehouse Expands Facility

Laundry Owners Warehouse, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., recently expanded its facility to 18,000 square feet, marking the sixth expansion for the distributorship, and thus “paving way for more sustainable and centralized operations, as well as better solutions for...

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Untouchable ROI from Speed Queen®

Not all equipment upgrades are created equal. See what’s possible with technology specifically made to elevate your store experience and move the needle in revenue.

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Webinar: Why Choose the Laundry Business

Are you an entrepreneur looking for a new business venture? Join CLA for this panel discussion with expert laundry owners if you are considering opening a laundromat.

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This Month's Issue

  • Let the Buyer Beware: What You Should Never Do When Looking to Purchase an Existing Laundromat
  • Guest Feature: Looking Ahead to the Future of Laundromats
  • Up Close: HR in the Age of COVID-19
  • Insurance: What Owners Need to Know About Their Business Coverage
  • The Laundry Doctor: Planning for the New Normal
  • And more…

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[Video] The New CLA

“Change is inevitable; growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell Happy New Year! As we enter a new year and a new decade, the Coin Laundry Association is looking forward to celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. Video Of course, we’re understandably proud of this long...

CLA Connect LIVE: The Year in Review

Pictured above: The CLA would like to send a big thank you to its most loyal Connect LIVE attendee, King Lee (left) of Dexter Laundry Inc., who attended the most events in 2019! The new CLA Connect LIVE program officially launched this past January – with the goal of...

Oshkosh Express Laundry Center Donates to Breast Health Fund

Pictured above, from left: Kristi Williams, Oshkosh Express Laundry Center, manager; Molly Yatso-Butz, Aurora Health Care Foundation, North Region, foundation coordinator; and Liz Knoll, Oshkosh Express Laundry Center, assistant manager. Oshkosh Express Laundry...

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The Laundry Doctor

What’s Your Number?

[Knowing How Much Finished Laundry Your Staff Can Produce is Vital to the Health of Your Wash-Dry-Fold BusinessSeveral months ago in this column, I discussed the Japanese principle of Kaizen, which is a philosophy that embraces constant and continual improvement in...

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The Business Mind

Spread Your Wings – And Don’t Look Back

Spread Your Wings – And Don’t Look Back

It May Be Time to Give Your Vended Laundry Operation a Reboot “There ain’t no future living in the past" – George “Sparky" Anderson, former Major League Baseball manager Human organisms come equipped with memories for a good reason. One is to retain things learned,...

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Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Increasing Drying Capacity

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...

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Something New is Afoot

If you're reading this, you are – simply by virtue of doing so – among the cream of the crop. You are someone who is willing to dig deep to find every little nugget that can further reinforce your commitment to your chosen place in our industry. More importantly, it...

Attracting and Retaining Top Talent for Your Laundry Business

As any store owner will tell you, one of the toughest parts of running a vended laundry business is hiring – and then hanging onto – quality attendants. However, one of the ways some laundromat operators are overcoming this hurdle is by providing performance...

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