60 Years… And Counting

An Interview with Laundromat Owner Frank Lambing Frank Lambing is one of the laundromat industry’s true pioneers. He opened Lamb Launderette on his family’s farmland in Williamstown, N.J., in 1961. And he’s never looked back. Today, still in the very same location,...

In Your Face

Never Stop Looking for Creative Ways to Get Your Brand in Front of Your Customers – And Potential Customers If you’re a regular reader of PlanetLaundry, you know that my fellow columnists Stephen Bean and Dennis Diaz are always talking about the importance of your...

General Booth Sales Now Open for Clean 2022

General booth sales are now open for the upcoming edition of the Clean Show, which is scheduled for July 30 – August 2, 2022, in Atlanta. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. With pre-sales already underway for all 2019 Clean Show exhibitors, the...

Laundry’s Changing Landscape

From Branded Concept Stores to Franchise Opportunities, Laundromat Investors Have Never Had More Choices “I hate that word ‘franchise.’ It always makes me think of French fries.” – Sigourney Weaver French fries? Yes. Cheeseburgers? Definitely. Dirty laundry? Maybe not...

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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...

‘It’s a Win-Win’

‘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...

Headlines

Laundrylux Teams Up with REM Company Inc.

Laundrylux has partnered with REM Company Inc., a distributor of vended and on-premises laundry equipment based in Versailles, Ky. Founded in 1967 by Bob and Carol Moore, REM Company sells, installs, services and repairs commercial laundry equipment in Kentucky and...

Laundrylux Adds Laundry Services Company to Distributor Network

Laundrylux recently added Laundry Services Company, Inc. to its network of Wascomat distributors. “Laundry Services Company has a reputation for providing laundry solutions with exceptional service to our customers,” said Karl Keefer, president of Laundry Services...

The New ABCs of Worker Classification

Are Your Workers ‘Employees’ or ‘Independent Contractors?’ In 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles in which a new standard – commonly referred to as the “ABC Test” – will be used to...

Aaxon Hosts Annual Sales Meeting

Aaxon Laundry Systems recently held its annual sales meeting at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During this event, the company’s executives took part in recaps and upcoming plans surrounding marketing, finance, technology and sales “to position Aaxon as...

PayRange Provides Instant Cash Access During COVID-19 Crisis

PayRange, a provider of mobile payment options for unattended retail locations, has launched a new program that enables machine operators to instantly transfer their mobile payment settlements on demand to a debit card, 24 hours a day. The goal of this program is to...

Building a Winning Team

Finding, Attracting and Retaining Great Employees The numbers are sobering, if not downright depressing. Studies suggest that the annual turnover rate for hourly employees hovers around 50 percent. What’s more, these figures vary broadly by industry and by business....

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...

CCI Names National Retail Account Manager

Card Concepts Inc. – a provider of payment, marketing and management solutions to the vended laundry industry, headquartered in Addison, Ill. – has announced Michael Sokolowski as its new national retail account manager. Sokolowski will be responsible for new business...

Speed Queen Expands SLE’s Coverage to Southern Virginia

Speed Queen recently expanded the territory of Statewide Laundry Equipment, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The distributor will now represent the Speed Queen brand in the southern Virginia market. “We are thrilled to now be serving our incredible customers in...

HappyNest Adds New Atlanta Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Atlanta market. “Our strategy has been to build out the East Coast of the U.S., and Atlanta is another perfect market for HappyNest,” said company founder John MacKrell. “We discussed the platform...

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This Month's Issue

  • Laundry’s Changing Landscape: From Branded Concept Stores to Franchise Opportunities, Laundromat Investors Have Never Had More Choices
  • Digital Marketing: Investing in ‘Online Real Estate’
  • The Laundry Doctor:Creative Ways to Get Your Brand in Front of Customers 
  • A Laundry Life: An Interview with Store Owner Frank Lambing
  • And more…

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Industry News

ESD, PayRange Partner on Mobile Payment

PayRange Inc. recently announced a new partnership with long-time laundry payments technology company ESD, which has approximately 2 million card readers in the field and estimates its active user base at 20 million consumers who use those machines on a regular basis....

Laundromats Are Essential

CLA Releases New Video Highlighting Industry’s Response to the Challenge of COVID-19 The laundromat industry, led by owners and their employees, has stepped up to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing disinfecting procedures and applying new approaches...

Fowler to Offer Touchless Mobile Payment

Fowler Laundry Solutions, headquartered in Union, N.J., has chosen mobile payment provider PayRange to upgrade the distributorship’s equipment with touchless payment via PayRange’s mobile app. Fowler is mobilizing to adapt to the new realities of doing business during...

HappyNest Launches Location in Daytona Beach

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Daytona Beach, Fla., market. “We have made a concerted effort to find the best partners on the east coast of Florida, and we continue that trend with our new partner, Mykal Tairu,” said HappyNest...

States Expand Worker Protection in the Wake of COVID-19 Outbreak

As legislatures return to governing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of their work will clearly change in response to a changing world. In terms of employment and labor policy, all levels of government have begun considering expansion of worker benefits...

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The Laundry Doctor

Kaizen: Get Better at Getting Better

Improve Productivity by Embracing This Japanese PhilosophyYears ago, my good friend and fellow store owner Paul Pettefer and I began work on an employee manual. We wanted to create the best possible set of processes and procedures for our businesses and staff...

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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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Wash With Wally

Viewpoint

A New Beginning

When my husband and I bought our first laundromat in June of 2016, I had been employed by Corporate America for more than 30 years. However, I was laid off just 21 days after that laundromat purchase.I had begun my professional career in 1983 as a designer for Bell...

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