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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Giving Back

Originally posted - Nov 19, 2013 Jeff Lindemann likes to say that he's probably not the best businessman. However, the facts are the facts. And the former police officer and his wife, Mandy, currently own and operate not one or two - but three - successful businesses...

Commercial Real Estate

Originally posted - Jun 27, 2013 Some of today's self-service laundry owners are multi-store operators who have studied and learned the real estate business thanks to a series of building purchases and retail storefront leases over the years. Others are real estate...

Fighting the Good Fight

Originally posted - May 01, 2013 The protection of the sales tax exemption for self-service laundries has been the Coin Laundry Association's leading legislative priority for more than 30 years. It's an issue the organization continually monitors – and, therefore,...

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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...

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...

The Future of Water

Originally posted - Apr 24, 2014 Water covers approximately 70 percent of the Earth's surface. However, less than 1 percent of that is available for human use – such as agricultural, domestic, commercial, industrial and environmental needs. To make matters even...

Dude, That’s a Totally Gnarly Laundromat!

Originally posted - Oct 11, 2013 Jason Dodge – who owns Milwaukee Laundry & Tanning in Milwaukee, Wis. – has been in the self-service laundry business since 2007. And, until recently, his store has looked pretty much like every other laundromat in town. However,...

Taking a New Route

Originally posted - May 28, 2014 Each year, billions of dollars go through apartment laundry rooms, which provide basically the same service your laundromat offers. And, although the target demographics for self-service laundries and apartment laundry rooms are...

The New Normal?

Originally - Sep 16, 2014 Technically, the Great Recession lasted from December 2007 to June 2009. That's what the economists and history books will tell you. However, some laundry professionals might have a slightly different timeline. It began with the bursting of...

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...

How Technology Has Changed the Laundry Business

Originally posted - Mar 06, 2014 Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives. Take a look around… it's impossible to miss how wired we all are. Thanks to the internet, virtually anything you desire can be delivered to your door in a matter of days. You can...

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...

Teamwork (Part 2)

Originally posted - Jul 23, 2014 [This is the second of a two-part series on ways to build a successful team of laundry attendants.] We recently reached out to a number of self-service laundry owners and asked them to briefly outline their team management practices...

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CG West to Host Spring Service Schools

During March and April, Continental Girbau West will hold several vended and on-premise laundry service schools at its headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. These service schools are free. The schedule is: • March 21 (9 a.m. to noon): The EH020 Service School will...

Electrolux Selected for UN Global Compact 100 Index

For the second consecutive year, Electrolux has been included as a constituent in the Global Compact 100, a stock index composed of companies that have signed the United Nations Global Compact. The GC 100 is composed of a representative group of companies with "strong...

CG West Announces New Vice President

Tod Sorensen has been named vice president of Continental Girbau West, a Continental Girbau subsidiary distributorship based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Sorensen – a laundry industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience related to distribution; management;...

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...

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