Laundry Literacy Coalition Unveils Read, Play & Learn Kits

The Laundry Literacy Coalition – comprised of the LaundryCares Foundation and Too Small to Fail – has partnered with Lakeshore Learning and Scholastic to offer new Family Read, Play & Learn kits, developed specifically for vended laundries. The kits are uniquely...

Huebsch Honors Gulf States Laundry Machinery with Industry Benchmark Award

For the second consecutive year and fourth time overall, Huebsch has presented Gulf States Laundry Machinery Co., and its Houston and Atlanta branches, with the manufacturer’s highest honor – the 2018 Industry Benchmark Award (formerly known as the Distributor of the...

CLA Connect LIVE Hosts Midwest Events

Current and potential store owners, along with distributors and manufacturers, gathered in Beachwood, Ohio, on July 30 and in Bloomington, Minn., on July 31 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at two recent CLA Connect LIVE events. The...

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...
In the City

In the City

L.A. Laundry Owner Ronnie Morales Discusses Operating in a Dense, Urban Marketplace Ronnie Morales currently owns two Laundry 360 locations in Carson, Calif., which is located just outside of downtown Los Angeles. A former insurance agent for State Farm, Morales knew...

The ABCs of HVAC

The ABCs of HVAC

How to Keep Your System Efficient – And Your Laundry Customers Comfortable For today’s laundromat customers, comfort is a key. And store owners who provide temperature-controlled interiors – especially during the brutal dog days of summer – have a definite leg up on...

Due Diligence… Done Right

Due Diligence… Done Right

A Step-by-Step Look at Purchasing an Existing Laundromat When you build and open a brand new vended laundry, you take the calculated risk of throwing a party and potentially having nobody show up. However, when you buy an established laundry business and you believe...

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Aaxon Announces Upcoming Expo in Miami

Aaxon Laundry Systems will host the Future of Laundromats Tech Expo on September 18 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Miami Airport East in Miami. According to the company, this event will be “an immersive, day-long experience for laundromat owners to gain...

Maytag Hosts 60th Annual Meeting, Salutes Outstanding Customers

More than 200 individuals from 18 countries recently attended the 60th Maytag Commercial Laundry Annual Meeting and Awards Recognition at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The event included a look at the company’s new multi-load washer, product insights and...

Clean 2019: A Recap from New Orleans

Taking a Look Back at the Industry’s Trade Show and Convention Technology was center stage at this year’s Clean Show in New Orleans. “Technology is beginning to rapidly disrupt the vended laundry world,” noted Sharon Brinks, who owns The Laundry Station in Wichita,...

Wash with Wally: Tackling Dirty Football Uniforms

I own a self-service laundry, and one of my clients is our local high school. We wash the football team’s uniforms during the season. We’re located in “red dirt country,” which presents its own challenges when it comes to getting those uniforms clean. However, last...

LG Electronics Leads Funding Round for Washlava

LG Electronics will be the lead investor in a Series A equity financing for Washlava, a Tampa-based company that has brought its cashless mobile technology to the laundry industry. Terms of the financing, including how much will be invested, has not been disclosed....

Renovated Colorado Laundry Holds Grand Re-Opening

Evans Express Laundry Center in Evans, Colo., recently hosted a grand opening celebration – complete with wash and dry promotions, food, and giveaways. The store’s customers and local business owners attended this event, with the first 50 people through the door...

American Changer Purchases Assets of Triad Design Group

American Changer Corp. has finalized an asset purchase agreement with Triad Design Group Inc., a manufacturer of self-service money changers serving a variety of industries. Triad’s culture of providing high-quality products and services, as well as developing...

Caldwell & Gregory Announces Partnership with Equipment Marketers

Caldwell & Gregory – a provider of laundry service programs to the college market headquartered in Richmond, Va. – recently announced its partnership with Equipment Marketers, based in Cherry Hill, N.J. C&G, which has served the laundry market for nearly 30...

Laundrylux Acquires Direct Machinery Corp.

Laundrylux recently acquired Direct Machinery Corp., based in Hicksville, N.Y., and led by CEO Ron Hirsch. “Direct Machinery has represented Milnor and Chicago Dryer commercial laundry machinery with distinction for many years, serving diverse institutional customers...

The First Lady of Literacy in the Laundromat

An Interview with New York University’s Dr. Susan Neuman Dr. Susan B. Neuman is a professor of childhood and literacy development at New York University. Previously, she has been a professor at the University of Michigan and has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary...

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CLA Connect LIVE Hosts Midwest Events

Current and potential store owners, along with distributors and manufacturers, gathered in Beachwood, Ohio, on July 30 and in Bloomington, Minn., on July 31 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at two recent CLA Connect LIVE events. The...

Statewide Laundry Equipment Adds Two New Road Show Stops

Statewide Laundry Equipment – with locations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Smyrna, Ga. – has added two new stops in North Carolina and Georgia to the company’s series of Road Shows this October. In addition to two previously scheduled events in Florida,...

Aaxon Announces Upcoming Expo in Miami

Aaxon Laundry Systems will host the Future of Laundromats Tech Expo on September 18 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Miami Airport East in Miami. According to the company, this event will be “an immersive, day-long experience for laundromat owners to gain...

Maytag Hosts 60th Annual Meeting, Salutes Outstanding Customers

More than 200 individuals from 18 countries recently attended the 60th Maytag Commercial Laundry Annual Meeting and Awards Recognition at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The event included a look at the company’s new multi-load washer, product insights and...

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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

Going Beyond ‘Average’

Going Beyond ‘Average’

Here’s How to Separate Your Laundry Business from the Other Stores in Your Marketplace Of all the endeavors that people participate in, very few of their performances can realistically be described as “iconic.” That’s true in sports, business, professions, and tens of...

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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...

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...

Viewpoint

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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