COVID-19 Leaves Laundry Owners Short on Coins

The coronavirus crisis has sparked a nationwide coin shortage that has left retailers scrambling, including some laundromat owners who have found themselves short of the quarters needed to replenish changers. The Federal Reserve recently revealed that the pandemic had...

On the Money

Securing Economic Relief During These Difficult Times According to a recent Coin Laundry Association survey, nearly 40 percent of the laundromat owners who responded indicated that they had applied for federal funding assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Store...

Planning for a New Normal

Key Considerations for Laundry Owners in the Post-COVID-19 World These days, I find myself spending a good chunk of my time thinking about my laundry business – not necessarily about what to do with my PPP stimulus money or how to run my operation in the middle of...

Make 2020 Count

“The more people, the more dirty clothes.” – Ancient laundromat wisdom Time flies, as do the decades. Despite the ongoing pandemic and economic concerns, there’s a headcount to be made in 2020. The original constitutional edict from the framers comes to life in the...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

Beyond Washers and Dryers

Originally posted - Jun 10, 2013 For the last 20 years, multi-store owner Bob Meuschke has averaged an additional 17 percent to 20 percent over and above his gross laundry sales, thanks to his operation's ancillary profit centers. "I am very much pro-ancillary profit...

Buyer Beware

Originally posted - Jan 25, 2013 George Morgan has seen it before. "A lot of people fall in love with the idea of being a laundry owner," said the president of Best Laundry Brokers, headquartered in Grass Valley, Calif. "They get so enamored with this feeling. They...

Cutting Costs….Without Cutting Corners

Originally posted - Mar 11, 2013 As a self-service laundry owner, you're no doubt always looking for new ways to bring in more business, to grow your market and to increase your profits. Of course, a great way to boost profits is by cutting expenses. After all, even...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Competing

Originally posted - Sep issue/2012 How to Respond When a New Laundromat Enters Your Market When the closest competitor to one of Brian Brunckhorst's coin laundries in northern California lost its lease, the multi-store owner was understandably overjoyed – and his...

Think Like an Entrepreneur

Originally posted - Feb issue/2012 Cliff Michaels is a writer, speaker, strategist and entrepreneur. For more than 20 years, he has built companies in real estate, technology, publishing and consulting. He also is the former president and a board member of the Young...

Vital Signs

Neglect Your Store's Signage at Your Own Risk Because a laundromat is a self-service business, there is the tendency among some owners to have a "build-it-and-they-will-wash" attitude toward their stores. In other words, the focus is primarily on the equipment offered...

At Your Service: What Laundry Customers Really Want

Orginally posted - Sep 11, 2013 Attracting and retaining more customers are the keys to any successful business. As a result, figuring out just what it is your laundry customers really want or need to spend their money on – and then giving it to them – is the "holy...

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PL Magazine July 2020

This Month's Issue

  • On the Money: Securing Economic Relief During These Difficult Times
  • Digital Marketing: Customer Service in Today’s Turbulent, Information Driven World. 
  • The Business Mind: How Your Psychological Makeup Impacts Your Financial Decisions
  • Up Close: An Interview with Multi-Store Owner Daniel Marrazzo
  • And more…

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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...

Speed Queen Honors Its Distributor of the Year

PWS Recognized for Service and Sales Excellence Speed Queen has named PWS - The Laundry Company as its 2014 Distributor of the Year. "We are honored to name PWS the 2014 Distributor of the Year," said Dan Bowe, Speed Queen North American sales manager. "Not only have...

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