Wash with Wally: Pricing Your Delivery Service, Installing an HVAC System, More…

I want to advertise my drop-off wash-dry-fold service, as well as the pickup-and-delivery option I offer with this full-service product. I currently charge an extra $10 for pickup and delivery, and this seems to be turning away some potential business. Should I change...

Please Advise…

Successful Laundry Owners Share the Best – And Worst – Business Advice They’ve Ever Received “In life, you need many more things besides talent. Things like good advice and common sense.” – Hack Wilson, Major League Baseball Player from 1923-1934 “No enemy is worse...

State Lawmakers Intensify Focus on Service Taxes

Here Are Some States to Watch… Along with Predictions for 2020 In 2019, state lawmakers across the country introduced 25 bills aimed at expanding their sales tax bases to services. Although just one of these proposals became law (a Washington Business and Occupation...

CLA Announces Four Upcoming Connect LIVE Events

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect LIVE events planned for the next two weeks. These events are open to current and potential store owners, as well as distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Georgia October 15 in Atlanta “Natural Gas...
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The New ‘Green’ Standard

The New ‘Green’ Standard

Running a Sustainable, Eco-Conscious Laundry Business is Good for the Planet – And Great for Your Bottom Line Sixty-two degrees. That was the average global temperature this past July, making it the hottest month on record, dating back to 1880. Last July also marked...

Forward Progress

Forward Progress

An Interview with 4WARD Energy Solutions President Chris Ward Chris Ward is the president and founder of 4WARD Energy Solutions, a national energy consultant firm in Houston.4WARD focuses on educating commercial and residential clients as to their options to...

Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough

What Makes a Laundry Ideal for a Successful Turnaround? There’s been a lot of talk about purchasing and retooling older, neglected laundromats. And, in recent years, it has proven to be a great strategy for many savvy laundry operators looking to grow their...

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CLA Offers Digital Marketing for Laundromats

The Coin Laundry Association has introduced a new membership benefit for digital marketing services, provided by American Marketing & Publishing, LLC. The CLA is collaborating with American Marketing & Publishing to bring store owners a new opportunity to...

CLA Launches Garment Care White Paper with Upcoming Webinar

The Coin Laundry Association will release a new white paper outlining proper garment care and stain removal for laundry professionals on October 16. “Garment Care and Stain Removal Basics for Laundry Owners” is part of the CLA’s Gold Book Research Series of resources...

By the Numbers

An Interview with Ideal Spot CEO Marc Smookler Marc Smookler has started five companies – three of which are market leaders in their respective spaces: a commercial real estate data platform, an online retailer and a unified communications provider. Mr. Smookler’s...

CLA Connect LIVE Announces Upcoming Events

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect LIVE events planned for the next two weeks. These upcoming events are open to current and potential laundry owners, as well as distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – North Carolina October 2 in Raleigh, N.C....

PWS Adds Payment Systems Specialist

In a move to solidify its place as a complete, full-service commercial laundry distributor, PWS has hired long-time industry veteran Alfredo Duque of AMD Card Solutions. AMD specializes in the installation and service of payment systems in the vended laundry and...

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...

Spynr Offers Free Websites for Laundry Owners

Spynr, Inc. – a leading marketing company serving the vended laundry industry – has announced that its team will be building free websites for laundromat owners. “Everyone needs a website these days, but for some it’s still hard to justify the cost,” said Spynr...

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 no...

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  • Please Advise…: Successful Laundry Owners Share the Best – And Worst – Business Advice They’ve Ever Received
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CLA Unveils New Membership Payment Options

The Coin Laundry Association now offers two different payment options and auto-renewals for annual membership dues for current and future store owners. The association launched new technology systems in early 2019 that feature various capabilities for membership...

Laundry Industry Veteran Retires

Laundry industry veteran Herald Birchfield recently announced his retirement after nearly 50 years in the business. Birchfield began his laundry career selling washers and dryers in the 1970s. He and his wife, Nancy, ran the Maytag Commercial Laundry Division of...

CLA Offers Digital Marketing for Laundromats

The Coin Laundry Association has introduced a new membership benefit for digital marketing services, provided by American Marketing & Publishing, LLC. The CLA is collaborating with American Marketing & Publishing to bring store owners a new opportunity to...

CLA Launches Garment Care White Paper with Upcoming Webinar

The Coin Laundry Association will release a new white paper outlining proper garment care and stain removal for laundry professionals on October 16. “Garment Care and Stain Removal Basics for Laundry Owners” is part of the CLA’s Gold Book Research Series of resources...

CLA Connect LIVE Announces Upcoming Events

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect LIVE events planned for the next two weeks. These upcoming events are open to current and potential laundry owners, as well as distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – North Carolina October 2 in Raleigh, N.C....

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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...

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The Business Mind

The Art of Self-Discipline

The Art of Self-Discipline

Master These Five Key Aspects of Your Entrepreneurial Life As once noted by a brilliant psychiatrist, “life is difficult – but once we realize it is so and accept that fact – it becomes much easier because we don’t expect otherwise.” What’s more, our most common,...

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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...

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...

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Open for Business

For the grand opening of its Canadian flagship location, Lululemon – the popular yoga-inspired athletic apparel company – offered free merchandise to the first 30 people to run naked through its new retail outlet. As you can imagine, the media was all over this...

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...

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