Wash with Wally: Increasing Drying Capacity

I’m short on drying capacity at my store. During the weekends, I have customers waiting for the dryers. Should I add more 30-pound stack dryers, which are what I currently have? Or should I replace at least some of the 30-pounders with larger-capacity stack dryers? If...

SAMCO Announces Change in Leadership

SAMCO recently announced that Adrienne Gibbs and Melissa Roberts have assumed management of the company’s day-to-day operations, with future plans of total ownership of the distributor. Gibbs, who has been with the company since 2000, started out answering the phones...

On Camera

Surveillance Technology Continues to Improve – And It Provides Laundry Owners With More Benefits Than You May Think A recent PlanetLaundry cover story discussed the ins and outs of laundromat security, with a good portion of that article highlighting the importance of...

Staying Connected

The Best Way to Keep Up with Today’s Fast-Paced Online World The internet is different today than it was yesterday. And it will change again tomorrow. Just go check out your Facebook feed – or inbox! You’ve likely got a completely different look, and that’s just on...
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Money Talks

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...

Marketing Your Multi-Store Operation

Marketing Your Multi-Store Operation

To Grow Your Vended Laundry Business, Focus on Four Key Factors Here’s a fact that shouldn’t surprise you by now: More than half of all purchases are influenced by a digital presence. You, your neighbors and the strangers across town are all Googling (and maybe...

Time for a Grand Re-Opening?

Time for a Grand Re-Opening?

Spring Can Be the Ideal Season to Refresh Your Vended Laundry Business Traditionally, the months leading up to spring provide a perfect opportunity to refresh and brighten up your vended laundry. Most of us tend to experience a spike in business during spring and...

Headlines

Sales Tax Threat Heats Up in Connecticut

A tax threat for vended laundries has been heating up in Connecticut in recent months. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has unveiled his state budget plan, which includes an expansion of the sales tax base to include new services – including laundry services. As of...

Statewide Laundry Equipment Hosts Investment Seminars

Statewide Laundry Equipment recently wrapped up two successful investment seminars in the Atlanta area. These educational sessions featured more than 30 attendees and were held in order to present some key insights for those considering investing in and looking to...

Western State Design to Host Service Seminars

Western State Design will host four free service seminars developed to help vended laundry operators learn best practices for optimal operation and maintenance of Dexter Laundry equipment. These training sessions will be conducted by Dexter factory representatives and...

CSC ServiceWorks Adds Hawkinson, Graf to Board of Directors

CSC ServiceWorks, Inc. has appointed two new members to the company’s Board of Directors. They are Alex Hawkinson, founder and former CEO of SmartThings, the largest consumer Internet of Things platform in the world; and Rick Graf, president and CEO of Pinnacle, one...

Dexter Laundry Salutes Top-Producing Distributor

Western State Design, headquartered in Hayward, Calif., recently received Dexter Laundry’s 2018 “#1 in Dexter Sales Worldwide" Award at the manufacturer’s annual conference in Waikiki, Hawaii. It marked the 12th consecutive year that WSD has achieved this honor. The...

By the Numbers

Whether Selecting a New Laundry Site or Keeping an Established Store Thriving, Industry Experts Reveal the Data You Need to Know The age-old adage for retail success – which most certainly includes vended laundry businesses – has long and invariably been, “Location,...

Laundrylux Acquires Automated Laundry Systems

Laundrylux recently acquired Automated Laundry Systems, based in Jacksonville, Fla. The distributorship is led by Don and Kristen Packard. “We are delighted to partner with Don and Kristen, who are sophisticated business leaders aligned with our strategic vision,"...

CG West, Elite Business Investments to Host Pre-Clean Open House

Continental Girbau West and Elite Business Investments will co-host a Pre-Clean Preview Open House on Saturday, May 4, at CG West’s headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The event – scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – is open to all southern California vended...

Low Cost Manufacturing Names New VP

Low Cost Manufacturing Inc. has named Ken MacKay as the company’s new vice president of parts, sales and distribution. Prior to joining LCM, MacKay spent 12 years overseeing the parts department for a major machinery dealer in the laundry industry. He was responsible...

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GAO Study: Switching to $1 Coin Not Cost-Effective

A recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that replacing the $1 note with a $1 coin would likely result in a net loss to the government over 30 years. The GAO discovered that the government would incur a loss of about $611 million if notes were...

Sales Tax Threat Heats Up in Connecticut

A tax threat for vended laundries has been heating up in Connecticut in recent months. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has unveiled his state budget plan, which includes an expansion of the sales tax base to include new services – including laundry services. As of...

Statewide Laundry Equipment Hosts Investment Seminars

Statewide Laundry Equipment recently wrapped up two successful investment seminars in the Atlanta area. These educational sessions featured more than 30 attendees and were held in order to present some key insights for those considering investing in and looking to...

Western State Design to Host Service Seminars

Western State Design will host four free service seminars developed to help vended laundry operators learn best practices for optimal operation and maintenance of Dexter Laundry equipment. These training sessions will be conducted by Dexter factory representatives and...

CSC ServiceWorks Adds Hawkinson, Graf to Board of Directors

CSC ServiceWorks, Inc. has appointed two new members to the company’s Board of Directors. They are Alex Hawkinson, founder and former CEO of SmartThings, the largest consumer Internet of Things platform in the world; and Rick Graf, president and CEO of Pinnacle, one...

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W-D-F 2.0

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...

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The Business Mind

Let’s Get Creative

Let’s Get Creative

Strengthen Every Aspect of Your Laundry Business by Building Your Creativity “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." – Maya Angelou, American poet Where would we be without creativity? The answer very likely is some version of “nowhere."...

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Digital Marketing

Marketing Trends to Adopt in 2019

These Four Growing Technologies and Promotional Methods Deserve Your Attention The marketing industry is relentless, and it likes to think big. Every year, new technologies and marketing methods emerge that seek to make it easier for businesses like yours win new...

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Building Strong Connections

More meetings in more places for more people. This is the goal of the reinvented affiliate program and the new meeting concept that the Coin Laundry Association is excited to launch. In the May 2018 issue of PlanetLaundry, CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace wrote the...

Partners in Laundry

To say the least, business partnerships of any kind are always going to be challenging. In fact, the majority of partnerships I've ever seen have failed, rather than succeeded. What's the problem? I believe the issue is that a business partnership is much like a...

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