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...

California-Based Laundry Service Receives $10,000 Grant

Royal Quality Laundry, a full-service laundry company based in Malibu, Calif., has been awarded a $10,000 grant to help rebuild the business after last year’s wildfires devastated a good portion of L.A. County. “We lost about 80 percent of our business after the...

Genuine Parts Marks Safety Milestone

The Alliance Laundry Systems Genuine Parts warehouse in Ripon, Wis., is celebrating five years with no lost-time accidents. The facility sends out 134,000 shipments per year, or 670,000 shipments over that five-year period, according to the company. “One year with...

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Register now to attend the following CLA Connect Live events planned for the next two weeks. The events are open to current and potential store owners, distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Kansas September 18 in Wichita, Kan. “Ideas to Generate...
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Turning Point

Originally posted - Jun 17, 2014 Erik Sparks has been a professional pilot for more than 20 years, having spent the last 18 of those years flying for a charter airline – Ryan International Airlines. Over the years, Sparks has flown a diverse list of operations. Those...

2013: The Year in Review

Originally posted - Dec 09, 2013 In odd-numbered years, nothing that happens in the self-service laundry business can top the spectacle of The Clean Show. And 2013 – with the industry's trade show and convention in New Orleans – was no exception. "One of the major...

Get in the Game

Originally posted - Aug 26, 2014 For many self-service laundry owners, the coin-operated amusement industry may be an untapped business opportunity. Games and other arcade-style machines offer outstanding profit potential for store operators who are willing to pursue...


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...

A Plan Comes Together

Originally posted - Jun 11, 2013 In past columns, I've discussed the value of networking and the ideas I've picked up at industry events – ideas that have helped me save and make more money at my stores. A perfect example of this occurred last October, when I was in...

Be Aware, Be Prepared, Be Safe

Originally posted - Feb 14, 2012 How far do we need to go to protect our businesses, our customers, our property and, most importantly, our lives? As a former law enforcement officer and now a commercial laundry equipment distributor, I have combined my past...

Don’t Be the ‘Fall Guy’

Orignially posted - Oct 23, 2013 Slips, trips and falls can cost you much more than money. They can rob you of public trust and damage your brand. And, according the National Safety Council, more than 9 million disabling slips and falls occur each year, costing an...

Now Trending…

Originally posted Dec.issue/2012 Eight Trends and Issues Sure to Impact Your Business Life in 2013 "I don't set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them." – Dick Clark Yes, your small-business world can change quickly. And, yes, outside forces and new...

Is the Price Right?

Originally posted - March issue/2012 Accurately Calculating What Your Vend Prices Should Be Goes Well Beyond Figuring Out the Cost of a Wash and Dry It's not uncommon for newcomers to the industry to ask how to accurately calculate the cost of a wash and a dry to help...

Can You Accept EBT Cards at Your Store?

Originally posted - Dec 28, 2012 The subject of EBT, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, acceptance has been a topic of discussion that is increasing in frequency among today's self-service laundry owners. The question of whether this new form of benefits payment can be...

So Many Reasons for Optimism

Originally posted - Jan 26, 2012 Despite all of the economic gloom and doom we've endured in recent years, I'm seeing some strong reasons for optimism in 2012, especially for coin laundry owners. And the best reason to be optimistic is because most of you reading this...

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,...

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Industry News

Historic Sales Tax Victory in Iowa

ISSLA-Sponsored Bill Sails Through Both Houses of State Legislature A bill sponsored by the Iowa Self-Service Laundry Association to repeal the existing sales tax on coin-operated laundry recently passed unanimously in the Iowa Senate and is now on its way to Gov....

Great Lakes Commercial Sales Hosts Successful Spring Events

More Than 200 Attend Midwestern Product Expos and Service Schools Great Lakes Commercial Sales, Inc. welcomed more than 200 laundry owners and potential investors to its annual product expos, which were held throughout the Midwest during April and May. The events -...

Texas Laundry Offering Relief for Flood Victims

Wash Day Laundry – through Project Laundry Love – is now offering free laundry services for those affected by the devastating floods in Wimberley, Texas, located southwest of Austin. Until June 5, 2015, volunteers will wash, dry, fold and bag laundry with a 24-hour...

Aaxon Names Multi-Housing Account Executive

Bill Brown to Oversee the Central Florida Market Aaxon Laundry Systems recently appointed Bill Brown to the position of multi-housing account executive for the central Florida market. "I'm honored and excited to be part of the Aaxon family," said Brown, who will be...

Berkshire Hills Acquires Firestone Financial

Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. has announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of privately held Firestone Financial Corp. as an operating subsidiary of Berkshire Bank. Based in Needham, Mass., Firestone is a nationwide commercial specialty...



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