Money Talks

A Decade Removed from the Credit Crunch of the Great Recession, Here’s What It Takes to Secure Financing in Today’s Economy Growing your laundry business without outside funding can make you feel as though you’re trapped in a perpetual catch-22. You need to hire...

W-D-F 2.0

What Does the Future Hold for the Wash-Dry-Fold Business? As I’ve been saying in this column for several years, the wash-dry-fold business continues to grow, morph and evolve into something new seemingly each time we look in a different direction. The future of...

Procter & Gamble Announces National Expansion of Tide Laundry Service

Procter & Gamble’s popular Tide brand is aggressively targeting today’s urban Millennial and Gen Z consumers, with the national expansion of its pickup-and-delivery laundry service. Tide plans to double its pickup locations to more than 2,000 by next year, after...

Are You Still Single?

Industry Experts and Veteran Laundry Operators Discuss the Continued Growth of the Multi-Store Ownership Model Michael Addison purchased his first laundromat in New York in 2016 – and he has opened a new location every year since. In southern California, owner Art...
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At the Breaking Point?

Originally posted - May issue/2012 Today's Industry Manufacturers Sound Off on a Balancing Act They All Face – The One Between Washability and Energy Efficiency Industry manufacturers have always faced the challenge of producing commercial equipment that would clean...

Marketing on a Shoestring

Originally posted - Oct 14, 2014 Whether you're a single-store laundry owner new to the business or a multi-store operator with years of industry experience under your belt, you both share the same dilemma – how to effectively market and promote your business on a...

Industry Showcase

Originally posted - June issue/2012 The Latest Products and Services from the Coin Laundry Industry's Leading Companies Alabama Bag Co. Alabama Bag Co., established in 1908 and is located in Talladega, Ala., provides high-quality canvas money bags for coins and...

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What Does My Gas Bill Mean?

Originally posted - Jan 27, 2012 To understand how our utilities affect our bottom lines, we've got to understand our utility bills. Since I'm often asked to do analyses on energy savings, I've gotten a lot of practice at reading natural gas bills. In this article,...

An Ounce of Prevention

Originally posted - Feb 03, 2014 Washers and dryers are the heart and soul of any self-service laundry business. They are your bread and butter. They are what drive paying customers through your doors. So, why are so many laundromats still inundated with out-of-order...

The Importance of an Employee Handbook

Originally posted - Aug issue/2012 Every business – and a self-service laundry is no exception – requires an employee handbook. After all, you've likely spent (or plan to spend) hundreds of thousands of dollars purchasing and/or building a new laundromat. So why in...

If You’re Not Looking at Your Business, Nobody Is!

Originally posted - Mar 14, 2013 I have a tremendous amount of respect for the small-business owner. As someone who has played on both sides of the fence, i.e. corporate executive and independent business owner, I have come to understand how small-business owners do...

What to Know Before You Sign on the Dotted Line

Originally posted - Jan 30, 2013 From our experience in brokering existing laundries and developing new ones, it is clear that now, more than ever, a building lease can determine the success or failure of a store. Over the last four years, we have had many store...

Overcoming Complacency

Originally posted - May 22, 2012 Complacency may well be the number-one enemy for self-service laundry owners – and the easiest to overcome. As I review the performance of my laundries and talk to other operators, it seems that we have become convinced that three...

An Ounce of Prevention

Originally posted - March issue/2012 How to Keep Your IPSO Washer-Extractors Running Efficiently Your car always seems to run better when it's clean. The same holds true for your IPSO washer-extractors. A clean, well-maintained machine shows your customers that you...

Paying with Plastic

Originally posted - Feb 27, 2012 One of the most exciting new developments in the self-service laundry industry is the concept of credit card acceptance for laundry services. Recently, many companies, both old and new, have announced products to help the laundry owner...

Paying with Plastic

Originally posted - Feb 27, 2012 One of the most exciting new developments in the self-service laundry industry is the concept of credit card acceptance for laundry services. Recently, many companies, both old and new, have announced products to help the laundry owner...

Decreasing Downtime

Orginally posted - Mar 18, 2013 Every laundromat owner has one thing in common – we all want to maximize the amount of turns per day on our equipment. To every customer, your laundromat never has enough machines for their needs, regardless of the size of the store,...

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WashClub NYC Announces Expansion Plans

WashClub NYC, a tech-based laundry and drycleaning company offering on-demand pickup and delivery, has announced plans to double its customer base in 2015 by launching its first app, expanding its service into Queens and licensing its patented software to...

Super Laundry Names Regional Vice President

Super Laundry has named industry veteran Bob Eisenberg as its new regional vice president. With more than 30 years of laundry business experience, Eisenberg will oversee the company's office in King Of Prussia, Pa. "Bob brings national and regional experience to Super...

Speed Queen Multi-Housing Names New Sales Manager

Alliance Laundry Systems has promoted Craig Madson to North American sales manager of Speed Queen Multi-Housing. Madson succeeds Chuck Melton, who will retire in 2015. "Craig has been a valuable asset to Alliance for many years, and his experience with sales and...

U.S. Mint: No Change to Coins

In December 2014, the U.S. Mint submitted its biennial report to Congress regarding its ongoing Alternative Metals Study. The report included a recommendation that no changes be made to the composition of circulating coins. The report goes on to summarize the Mint's...

Yankee Equipment Names COO

Yankee Equipment Systems, Inc., based in Barrington, N.H., has appointed Peter Limoncelli its chief operating officer. Limoncelli has held a variety of positions at Yankee throughout his 22-year career, ranging from field sales to sales management to executive-level...

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