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...

Statewide Laundry Equipment Holds Grand Opening at Georgia Facility

Statewide Laundry Equipment – with locations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Smyrna, Ga. – recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest office in Smyrna. The open house event gave guests, including current laundry owners and potential investors, a...

Laundry Owners Warehouse Adds to Services Team

Laundry Owners Warehouse, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has named Robert Gonzalez its new foreman for growth and quality elevation in services. With more than 42 years of experience in delivering laundry equipment and supplies, Gonzalez is a perfect fit to spearhead...

‘It’s a Win-Win’

Texas Laundromat Teams with Local Elementary School on Childhood Literacy Program Wash It Kwik laundromat in Denton, Texas, is just a quarter-mile down the road from the Newton Rayzor Elementary School. Simply due to their close proximity to each other, the two...
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The Buyer’s Journey

How to Bring Back Laundry Customers Year-RoundLast year, retail sales topped $655 billion during the months of November and December, and that number is expected to grow. The end-of-year rush to spend money on friends and family is always a good time for businesses,...

2017: The Year in Review

Industry Insiders Examine the Past 12 Months – And Share Their Thoughts on What's Ahead for the Vended Laundry BusinessIt's impossible to recap the past year in the vended laundry business without acknowledging the success of the Clean Show, which celebrated its 40th...

2017: The Year in Review

Industry Insiders Examine the Past 12 Months – And Share Their Thoughts on What's Ahead for the Vended Laundry BusinessIt's impossible to recap the past year in the vended laundry business without acknowledging the success of the Clean Show, which celebrated its 40th...

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A Southern Gentleman

An Interview with Veteran Laundry Distributor Lamar ThomasLamar Thomas, president of T&L Equipment Sales Co., got his start in the laundry industry in 1954, delivering washers and dryers to coin laundries in the Charlotte, N.C. area. In 1967, he joined his father...

Language in the Laundromat

Store Owners Launch Early Childhood Literacy and Learning Program in the Chicago SuburbsLaundry operators Bill Norteman and Jim Cowen know what it's like to try to do the family laundry with children in tow. As the co-owners of JetXpress Laundry in Elgin, Ill., they...

Location! Location! Location!

Top Laundry Owners Weigh In on What Goes into a Successful Site Selection ProcessGet two (non-competing) laundry owners in a room and see how quickly the conversation turns to the new, potentially blockbuster laundry markets and store sites they're both currently...

Marketing, Technology And Making More Money

Boost Your Digital Marketing Success with Automation Techniques, Solid Analytics and a Retargeting ProgramTechnology is a game-changer.Since the year 2000, we've seen the invention, adoption, and removal of advancements like MySpace, multiple generations of...

Tell Your Story

How to Grow Your Laundry Business Through the Art of Storytelling "Great stories happen to those who can tell them." - Ira Glass, American radio personality There are many strategies that you can use to attract new customers. But have you ever thought of allowing...

WDF 101: Back to Basics, Part 3

Here's Why Choosing Your Detergent and Landing a Few Commercial Accounts Are Critical Factors for Your New Wash-Dry-Fold Business[This is the third and final installment in a series on running a successful wash-dry-fold service.]Thus far in this series on offering a...

Maytag Honors Outstanding Customer Achievements

More than 120 attendees from 16 countries recently attended Maytag Commercial Laundry's 59th Annual Meeting, held in Providence, R.I. The three-day event featured a look at Maytag's newest products, as well as offering insight into the brand's strategic approach for...

Martin-Ray Laundry Systems Hosts Women in Coin Laundry Event

As the vended laundry industry continues to draw entrepreneurs, increasingly, these new business owners and investors are women. With that in mind, Jodi Way, territory sales representative at Martin-Ray Laundry Systems, a Denver-based Speed Queen distributor,...

‘Common Sense Won Out’

CLA, Lobbying Group Intervene to Protect Laundry Owners' Sales Tax Exemption in Kentucky Laundry owners in Kentucky dodged a bullet this spring - a bullet aimed directly at their bottom line... in the form of a 6 percent sales tax. Due to the state's more than $50...

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CG West to Host Vended Laundry Service Seminar

Continental Girbau West will hold a vended laundry service school on November 7 at the company's headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. This free educational session, which is open to vended laundry owners and maintenance personnel, also will offer a one-day parts...

Business Publication Honors R&B Wire Products

The Orange County Business Journal recently presented R&B Wire Products with the publication's Family-Owned Business Award for companies with 31 to 100 employees. "It's a huge honor to be receiving this award on behalf of my family - specifically my father, Rick,...

Washlava Launches Cashless Laundromat in New York City

Washlava, a mobile technology startup that enables laundry customers to reserve and pay for machines from their smartphones, has opened its second cashless, exclusively app-enabled laundromat - this time in New York's Astoria neighborhood. "We have seen truly...

Exhibit Sales, Housing Now Open for Clean ’19

Exhibit sales are now open to all companies for Clean 2019, the textile care industry's premier trade show, which will be held June 20-23, 2019, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Hotel reservations for the show also are open through Connections...

Laundry One to Open Branch Office in Indianapolis

Laundry One – a commercial laundry distributor based just outside of Columbus, Ohio – has announced that it will open a branch office in Indianapolis next month. The company is an authorized Dexter Laundry dealer, serving the vended, on-premises and multi-housing...

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Growing Your Business by Serving Your Community

Seniors and Other Niche Market Segments May Be Perfect Opportunities to Build Your Wash-Dry-Fold Clientele In many ways, doing wash-dry-fold laundry for seniors in your community can almost be considered a public service commitment. At my store, I have about half a...

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The Business Mind

Going Off-Script

How to Raise Your Laundry Business Above and Beyond the CompetitionYou might assume – understandably so – that most customers select a specific laundry based essentially upon location, vend prices and hours of operation. But that just isn't so.Let me explain...

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Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Sanitizing Medical Laundry

I just landed a commercial account where I will be required to launder rags used to clean medical equipment. However, I'm unsure as to the specific water temperature needed to completely clean and sanitize these items. I heard somewhere that 140-degree water was...

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Mid-Year Report Card

I hope the first half of 2015 has been successful for you and your businesses. Recent surveys and economic indicators are all showing positive results, and it looks to stay that way for some time to come. In addition, the Coin Laundry Association accomplished some...

Avoiding Surprises

Running a small business is far from an exact science. And operating a self-service laundry – with all of the market-by-market idiosyncrasies this entails – at times can be even less of a sure thing. With PlanetLaundry's cover story in May focusing on industry myths...

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