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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2014: The Year in Review

Originally posted - Nov 26, 2014 It's that time of year again – a time to reminisce about the 365 days gone by… and to try to predict what the next 365 have in store. Everyone does it – from the largest television networks to the most niche bloggers. This month, we...

Taking Care of Business

Originally posted - Jan issue/2012 Here's How Four Laundry Owners Diversified Their Operations with Commercial Accounts In the laundry business, an idle machine is a missed chance to gain needed revenue – and it's an opportunity that can never be recovered. Perhaps no...

Taking Care of Business

Originally posted - Jan issue/2012 Here's How Four Laundry Owners Diversified Their Operations with Commercial Accounts In the laundry business, an idle machine is a missed chance to gain needed revenue – and it's an opportunity that can never be recovered. Perhaps no...

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Be Your Own Competition

Originally posted - Sept issue/2012 "I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it." – Walt Disney Next to vend price, there isn't a more combustible topic of conversation among laundry owners than competition. In my...

‘Tapping’ into Today’s Technology

Orignally posted - Dec 01, 2014 For the most part, our industry is the same throughout from store to store. Each laundromat features basically the same setup: washers and dryers for a set price, folding tables, carts, maybe some vending machines and possibly an...

Less is More

Originally posted - Oct 04, 2012 All five of my laundromats are strictly self-service operations – no wash-dry-fold service, no commercial accounts, no coffee shop. I do just one thing… and strive to do it very well. As small-business owners, we get offered all types...

Seeing the Light

Originally posted - Feb 26, 2014 An energy-efficient retrofit from T8 fluorescent lighting to state-of-the-art LED tubes at Holmen Coin Laundry in Holmen, Wis., will deliver savings on the owner's electric bill of more than 60 percent. Owner Karl Maas operates 31...

Less is More

Originally posted - Oct 04, 2012 All five of my laundromats are strictly self-service operations – no wash-dry-fold service, no commercial accounts, no coffee shop. I do just one thing… and strive to do it very well. As small-business owners, we get offered all types...

Making a Name for Ourselves

Originally posted - Mar 27, 2012 What is our industry's brand? I'm fond of the following motto that I derived from the insightful consumer research conducted by the Coin Laundry Association: Our customers want time-savings and convenience in a clean, safe environment...

Take Notes – And Then Take Action

Originally posted - Aug 15, 2012 Each year, one of the most valuable things a self-service laundry owner can do is attend distributor shows. And please notice that I didn't just say "your distributor show." The reason for this is because I personally go to several...

Open for Business

Originally posted - Jan issue/2012 You've searched far and wide for that perfect laundry location or undervalued existing laundromat. You've met with every distributor and examined each manufacturer's spec sheets with a fine-toothed comb before selecting your new...

A Time to Reflect A Time to Move Forward

Originally posted - Dec issue/2012 As I write this column in late October, it seems to be more of a time of positive activity than a time of reflection. I just recently returned from the Coin Laundry Association's Excellence in Laundry Conference in Palm Springs. And,...

‘Face’ the Facts

Originally posted - Mar 25, 2013 If you are like me, a small-business owner, you most likely have heard of Facebook. You may even have a Facebook page for your business, but you may be wondering how to use Facebook practically to promote your business. I say...

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WashClub NYC Celebrates Earth Day

App-Based Laundry Service Will Plant a Tree for Every Customer Order Received in April In honor of Earth Day on April 22, WashClub NYC has announced that it will plant a tree for every customer order received this month. "We are an Earth-conscious company that...

Continental Welcomes New Vended Laundry Distributor

Manufacturer Announces Partnership with Equipment Marketers Continental Girbau Inc. has partnered with a new vended laundry distributor – Equipment Marketers, based in Cherry Hill, N.J. The distributorship will represent the ExpressWash, ExpressDry, L-Series washer,...

Eastern Funding Names New COO

Financing Company Promotes Stephen Gramaglia Eastern Funding, LLC has promoted Stephen Gramaglia to the position of chief operating officer. Formerly the company's executive vice president, Gramaglia will oversee credit operations, along with a number of the company's...

ADC to Host Service School

Educational Sessions To Be Held June 2-4 at the Company's Offices in Fall River, Mass. American Dryer Corp. has announced a new free education initiative aimed at helping self-service laundry owners and OPL operators. To be held over three days in June, ADC's service...

CLA Salutes Laundry Industry Leaders

Trade Association Announces 2015 Award Winners The Coin Laundry Association's Awards Committee has announced the 2015 recipients of the CLA Industry Awards. The committee recognizes the top volunteers in the self-service laundry industry every two years. All awards...

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