Aaxon Now Scheduling In-Store Visits

Aaxon Laundry Systems, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has announced that it will be visiting laundromats this fall by appointment. As an alternative to the company’s annual fall shows, Aaxon will go directly to the owners – visiting stores in Orlando in...

‘In the Middle of Every Difficulty Lies Opportunity’

How to Stay Wired to Successfully Deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic Can I be completely honest with you? I certainly don’t in any way mean to minimize the very real human toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacted. However, I’m finding this whole coronavirus mess to be...

The Next Chapter

Laundry Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a First-Time Store Owner After more than 20 years of helping would-be laundromat owners finance their entrepreneurial dreams, Stephen Gramaglia has opened his own vended laundry business – CleanFresh...

The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat

A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs Natural gas futures collapsed to a 25-year low below $1.50 per MMBtu in late June, due in part to an ongoing supply glut made worse by the coronavirus-induced drop off in...

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On the Money

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...

Let the Buyer Beware

Let the Buyer Beware

What You Should Never Do When Looking to Purchase an Existing Laundromat In recent years, thanks in part to writing for this magazine, as well as getting the opportunity to speak to store owners through the Coin Laundry Association’s Connect LIVE program, I’ve been...

Staying Power

Staying Power

Looking Ahead to the Future of Laundromats The coronavirus outbreak has significantly impacted all of our lives in some way or another. Some of us have witnessed the dangers of this virus first-hand and the very real health concerns it presents. Many others have lost...

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Laundrylux Partners with Coin-O-Matic

Laundrylux recently announced a new distributor relationship with Coin-O-Matic – headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Alsip, Ill., and celebrating a century in business. “We’re excited to honor our 100-year anniversary in the laundry industry by providing a...

Understanding Our Economic Behavior

How Our Psychological Makeup Impacts Our Financial Decisions I’ve consulted with a great many laundromat owners over the years. And nearly all of them have been preoccupied with their financial decisions – either those that had been made in the past or those that the...

‘Adjusting Your Sails’

An Interview with Multi-Location Laundromat Owner and Serial Entrepreneur Daniel Marrazzo Daniel Marrazzo is a lifelong resident of Bucks County, Pa., who started his professional career in the construction industry, after graduating from Norwich University – The...

Building a New Relationship with Consumers

Customer Service in Today's Turbulent, Information-Driven World Let’s talk about where businesses are in the world right now. 2020 has been quite a year. And we’re only six months in, which makes everything that’s already happened seem just that much more dramatic....

SLE Holds Sales Meetings, Honors Top Performers

Statewide Laundry Equipment – with locations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Georgia – recently held all-day meetings for the company’s executive and sales teams at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Attendees were led through a recap of the...

Maytag Adds Superior Laundry to Distributor Network

Maytag Commercial Laundry has named Superior Laundry Equipment Co., headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y., a supporting distributor for Maytag and ADC commercial laundry products in southern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and select northern counties of...

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...

Aaxon to Represent Huebsch in North Florida

Huebsch recently expanded the territory of Aaxon Laundry Systems, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In addition to its current coverage area for Huebsch, the distributor also will now cover the northern region of Florida, up to Tallahassee, for the brand. “We are...

Florida Franchisor Looks to Expand National Footprint

WaveMAX Laundry – a vended laundry franchisor based in Jacksonville, Fla., currently with 16 laundromat locations across multiple states – is looking to aggressively boost its share of the market. The brand has an additional 24 locations under development and nearly...

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This Month's Issue

  • The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat:  A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs
  • Federal Reserve, U.S. Mint Team Up to Alleviate Coin Shortage
  • Wash-Dry-Fold: Independent Contractors vs. Store Employees
  • Up Close: Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a
    First-Time Store Owner
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Speed Queen Expands Hermes’ Sales Territory

Speed Queen has expanded the territory that is served by Hermes Commercial Laundry Equipment, headquartered in Bloomington, Ill. The distributor now serves customers in the Illinois counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Grundy, Jo Daviess, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam,...

Laundrylux Partners with Coin-O-Matic

Laundrylux recently announced a new distributor relationship with Coin-O-Matic – headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Alsip, Ill., and celebrating a century in business. “We’re excited to honor our 100-year anniversary in the laundry industry by providing a...

SLE Holds Sales Meetings, Honors Top Performers

Statewide Laundry Equipment – with locations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Georgia – recently held all-day meetings for the company’s executive and sales teams at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Attendees were led through a recap of the...

Maytag Adds Superior Laundry to Distributor Network

Maytag Commercial Laundry has named Superior Laundry Equipment Co., headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y., a supporting distributor for Maytag and ADC commercial laundry products in southern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and select northern counties of...

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...

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Serving in Uncertain Times

Serving in Uncertain Times

The Laundry Doctor Shares His Plan of Attack During the COVID-19 Outbreak What we’re all going through right now with the COVID-19 pandemic is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s a test of who we are as people – and what we are as a civilization. As laundry owners,...

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The Business Mind

Understanding Our Economic Behavior

Understanding Our Economic Behavior

How Our Psychological Makeup Impacts Our Financial Decisions I’ve consulted with a great many laundromat owners over the years. And nearly all of them have been preoccupied with their financial decisions – either those that had been made in the past or those that the...

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Digital Marketing

Traditional vs. Digital

What Marketing Methods are Right for Your Laundromat in 2020 and Beyond? Digital marketing is the future, right? As someone on the frontlines of digital marketing for the laundry industry, I certainly believe that to be true – but that doesn’t mean you should change...

Deconstructing the ‘App’

Three Types of Apps Any Business Can Use – Even Yours When you hear the word “app,” you probably think about something on your phone that has a pretty specific use. Something like the Facebook app or your bank app. They’re useful and handy – but, ultimately,...

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Stomping on the Front Lines

Many of us got into the laundromat business due to its simple nature and consistent characteristics. For most people, doing their laundry is a weekly demand. For all, it’s a basic necessity – not a luxury. And, for store owners, this provides a smooth and reliable...

United We Stand

We are all in uncharted territory these days. No doubt, the news regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) changes by the day, the hour… and sometimes the minute. As unsettling as this situation may sometimes seem, be assured that the Coin Laundry Association is...

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