2019: The Year in Review

Laundromat Industry Experts Review the Past 12 Months – And Share Thoughts on What May Lie Ahead It’s impossible to recap the past year in the laundromat business without acknowledging the clear-cut success of the Clean Show, which attracted more than 11,000 attendees...

PT. Triton Internasional, Maytag Commercial Laundry Team Up to Launch Equipment Showroom in Indonesia

PT. Triton Internasional has opened its first Center of Excellence in the Asia Pacific market, in collaboration with Maytag Commercial Laundry. The new showroom – in Jakarta, Indonesia – exhibits Maytag Commercial’s latest innovations, and the location increases the...

‘AMP’ Up Your Business Marketing!

An Interview with American Marketing & Publishing Co-Founder Joline Staeheli Joline Staeheli is a co-founder of American Marketing & Publishing and has spent two decades in a range of operations, technology and marketing roles. Today, Joline leads AMP’s client...

New York Governor, National Grid Announce Lifting of Gas Service Moratorium

New York City laundromat operators and potential investors – as well as other small-business owners and area residents – have an extra reason to give thanks this holiday week. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced an agreement with National Grid to...
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The X Factor

Originally posted - Dec 26, 2013 Detergent. Besides water, natural gas and electricity, it's perhaps the hottest commodity at your self-service laundry. Whether you sell it in your vending machine or over the counter, or simply prefer to let your customers bring in...

Less is More: The Greening of an Industry

Originally posted - Jun 26, 2014 Morgan Gary recently received an MBA in sustainable business. Not coincidentally, she also just opened her very own sustainable business – Spin Laundry Lounge, which is described as an eco-friendly laundromat within a "retro-mod" café...

Where Are They Now?

Originally posted - Mar 28, 2014 Nearly every month since its inception, this magazine has provided readers with enlightening, behind-the-scenes glimpses at self-service laundry businesses across the United States. From new investors to veteran operators, sole...


‘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,...

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...

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This Month's Issue

  • CLA Member of the Year: An Interview with Multi-Store Owner Michael Finkelstein
  • Industry Report: The Year in Review
  • Owner’s Manual: Keys to Optimum Dryer Care
  • The Business Mind: Eliminating Friction Points Within Your Laundromat
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Industry News

Continental Appoints New Regional Sales Manager

Wesley Kraemer To Oversee Central U.S. Markets Continental Girbau Inc. has promoted Wesley Kraemer to regional sales manager - Central U.S. Kraemer joined the company in 2010 as a management trainee - a role in which he fielded customer and distributor calls, gained...

Darling’s Sales & Service Celebrates 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary for Darling's Sales & Service Co., a full-service vended and on-premise laundry equipment distributor in Blaine, Minn. "I started the business by doing service work out of my garage," said company founder Ralph Darling. "I...

PWS Hosts Free Service Schools

More Than 250 Laundry Owners Attended the Educational Events PWS recently held service schools at all three of its California offices, which are based in Los Angeles, Redwood City and San Diego. More than 250 laundry owners attended these educational events, which...

Laundry Owners Warehouse Expands Parts Division

Laundry Owners Warehouse, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently expanded its facility to accommodate an inventory of more than 10,000 new and used parts. "Our new showroom and warehouse represent our commitment to providing store owners coast-to-coast the...



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