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...

Planning for a New Normal

Key Considerations for Laundry Owners in the Post-COVID-19 World These days, I find myself spending a good chunk of my time thinking about my laundry business – not necessarily about what to do with my PPP stimulus money or how to run my operation in the middle of...

Make 2020 Count

“The more people, the more dirty clothes.” – Ancient laundromat wisdom Time flies, as do the decades. Despite the ongoing pandemic and economic concerns, there’s a headcount to be made in 2020. The original constitutional edict from the framers comes to life in the...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

Creating a Winning Team

Creating a Winning Team

Staffing Your Brand New Vended Laundry Business As laundry owners, we live and die by “The Rule of 10." In other words, a new customer’s very first impression of your store occurs in the first 10 feet, the first 10 seconds and the first 10 words. You’ve just designed...

Business Bio: Green Bay Express Laundry

Steve Dietzen Green Bay Express Laundry Green Bay, Wis.  Before Getting into the Laundry Business… Steve also owns and operates three pawn shops in Wisconsin. Store Opening February 7, 2018 Business Hours 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Staff Four part-time attendants...

Open for Business

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...

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WASH Names New C-Level Executives

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., recently appointed two new C-suite executives to its management team. Arthur J. (AJ) Long has been named chief financial officer, and Andres de Armas has joined the company as its chief revenue...

The Obstacle Becomes the Way

Dealing with the Challenges of Business Ownership "One of the secrets of life is to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones." – Jack Penn, plastic surgeon, sculptor and author Eight years ago, I wrote an article that appeared in PlanetLaundry magazine and was...

Alliance Laundry Systems Acquires Commercial Equipment Company

Alliance Laundry Systems has reached an agreement to purchase the distribution assets of Commercial Equipment Company. The deal is expected to be finalized for closing in July. Headquartered in Farmers Branch, Texas, CEC has been serving laundry owners in central and...

Continental Girbau Changes Name to Girbau North America

Continental Girbau Inc. has changed its name to Girbau North America. Spearheaded by Girbau Global Laundry Solutions – the parent company of the North American subsidiary – the name change to Girbau North America provides a clearer representation of the company and...

Laundrylux Acquires Texas Coin and Commercial Laundry

Laundrylux recently announced its acquisition of Texas Coin and Commercial Laundry, which is based in Dallas and led by Mike and Kellie Blumberg. “Our partnership with Texas Coin and Commercial Laundry solidifies our position in the key Texas market,” said Laundrylux...

CLA Salutes Industry Leaders  

The Coin Laundry Association has announced the recipients of its 2019 Industry Awards. The winners were recognized at Clean 2019, at a special cocktail reception on Saturday, June 22, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. This year’s honorees are: The...

Clean 2019: Wash-Dry-Fold Dominates Day Three

The wash-dry-fold business continues to be one of the largest growing segments of the vended laundry industry — and the future of this full-service offering is on many laundry owners’ minds. This is why the Coin Laundry Association dedicated its first educational...

CLA Hosts First ‘Women in Vended Laundry’ Luncheon

More than 90 laundry professionals took part in the Coin Laundry Association’s first-ever “Women in Vended Laundry” luncheon program on Day Two of Clean 2019 in New Orleans. The program kicked off the association’s Women in Vended Laundry initiative, with a goal of...

Messe Frankfurt: ‘We Will Not Reinvent What is Working Well’

On the first day of Clean 2019 in New Orleans, the show’s new owner, Messe Frankfurt, held a news conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “We’re honored that you gave us your trust,” said Messe Frankfurt Senior Vice President Iris Jeglitza-Moshage, whose...

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PL Magazine July 2020

This Month's Issue

  • On the Money: Securing Economic Relief During These Difficult Times
  • Digital Marketing: Customer Service in Today’s Turbulent, Information Driven World. 
  • The Business Mind: How Your Psychological Makeup Impacts Your Financial Decisions
  • Up Close: An Interview with Multi-Store Owner Daniel Marrazzo
  • And more…

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The Laundry Chute Expands College Services, Announces Partnerships

The Laundry Chute, LLC, has expanded its collegiate services in Pittsburgh and beyond for the 2019-20 school year, providing “peer-to-peer, on-demand laundry ecosystems to increase campus machine uses,” according to the company. To bolster its offerings, The Laundry...

Eastern Funding Hosts Successful New York Workshop

Eastern Funding hosted a capacity crowd at its most recent Laundry Improvement Workshop in Melville, N.Y. This event, which was the fifth in the series, was attended by a cross section of the laundry industry – including owners, potential investors, local distributors...

Registration Still Open for Upcoming CLA 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, distributors and manufacturers: CLA Connect LIVE – Southern California September 10 in Santa Monica, Calif. “A...

Wash-Dry-Fold POS Promotes Gollahon to Equity Partner

Wash-Dry-Fold POS has named Sales and Marketing Director Ian Gollahon an equity partner in the company. Gollahon started with Wash-Dry-Fold POS in 2016, shortly after the company was established. “I was focused on fulfilling incoming orders, and I needed somebody to...

RICHCLEAN Names New President

The Board of Directors of RICHCLEAN recently announced the promotion of Matthew Gilman to president of the company. Matthew succeeds his father, Barry Gilman, in this position. Barry held the leadership spot at the company since its inception in 1975. “Barry decided...

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Maximizing Your Wash Dry Fold Labor

How to Build Key Efficiencies into Your Full-Service Laundry Business In last month’s column, I wrote about the keys to partnering with your local drycleaner, which will be one of the educational topics discussed at Clean 2017 in Las Vegas. This month, I’d like to...

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The Business Mind

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...

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Investing in Customer Service Yields Real Value

"The customer is always right." - Marshall Field When I cite the quote above about the customer always being right, you might be quick to caution "you haven't been to my laundromat!"Well, I see this well-worn adage as aspirational, if not requiring some suspension of...

Let’s Build on the Many Successes of 2015

As we head into 2016, I'd like to reflect on some of the successes of 2015. In my mind, the greatest accomplishment of 2015 was the Coin Laundry Association's revitalization of its LaundryCares Foundation. As many of you know, LaundryCares has been around since 2006,...

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