Wash with Wally: Pricing Your Delivery Service, Installing an HVAC System, More…

I want to advertise my drop-off wash-dry-fold service, as well as the pickup-and-delivery option I offer with this full-service product. I currently charge an extra $10 for pickup and delivery, and this seems to be turning away some potential business. Should I change...

Please Advise…

Successful Laundry Owners Share the Best – And Worst – Business Advice They’ve Ever Received “In life, you need many more things besides talent. Things like good advice and common sense.” – Hack Wilson, Major League Baseball Player from 1923-1934 “No enemy is worse...

State Lawmakers Intensify Focus on Service Taxes

Here Are Some States to Watch… Along with Predictions for 2020 In 2019, state lawmakers across the country introduced 25 bills aimed at expanding their sales tax bases to services. Although just one of these proposals became law (a Washington Business and Occupation...

CLA Announces Four Upcoming 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, as well as distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Georgia October 15 in Atlanta “Natural Gas...
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Clean 2019: A Recap from New Orleans

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,...

The First Lady of Literacy in the Laundromat

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...

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...

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Register Now for a CLA Connect LIVE Event Near You

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect Live events planned for the next two weeks. The events are open to current and potential store owners, distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Kansas September 18 in Wichita, Kan. “Ideas to Generate...

Eastern Funding Announces Free Workshops in October

Eastern Funding, LLC, will host the next three events in its series of laundry improvement workshops in the San Francisco area, Dallas and Houston. All three workshops are free of charge and will take place in October. The schedule is as follows: October 3 510...

Aaxon Names New Multi-Housing Account Executives

Aaxon Laundry Systems, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has added industry veterans Cindy Walker and Jake Hake as multi-housing account executives in the company’s Tampa and Orlando offices, respectively. Walker has more than 20 years of commercial sales experience in...

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...

The Art of Self-Discipline

Master These Five Key Aspects of Your Entrepreneurial Life As once noted by a brilliant psychiatrist, “life is difficult – but once we realize it is so and accept that fact – it becomes much easier because we don’t expect otherwise.” What’s more, our most common,...

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...

The New ‘Green’ Standard

Running a Sustainable, Eco-Conscious Laundry Business is Good for the Planet – And Great for Your Bottom Line Sixty-two degrees. That was the average global temperature this past July, making it the hottest month on record, dating back to 1880. Last July also marked...

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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PWS Adds Payment Systems Specialist

In a move to solidify its place as a complete, full-service commercial laundry distributor, PWS has hired long-time industry veteran Alfredo Duque of AMD Card Solutions. AMD specializes in the installation and service of payment systems in the vended laundry and...

California-Based Laundry Service Receives $10,000 Grant

Royal Quality Laundry, a full-service laundry company based in Malibu, Calif., has been awarded a $10,000 grant to help rebuild the business after last year’s wildfires devastated a good portion of L.A. County. “We lost about 80 percent of our business after the...

Spynr Offers Free Websites for Laundry Owners

Spynr, Inc. – a leading marketing company serving the vended laundry industry – has announced that its team will be building free websites for laundromat owners. “Everyone needs a website these days, but for some it’s still hard to justify the cost,” said Spynr...

Genuine Parts Marks Safety Milestone

The Alliance Laundry Systems Genuine Parts warehouse in Ripon, Wis., is celebrating five years with no lost-time accidents. The facility sends out 134,000 shipments per year, or 670,000 shipments over that five-year period, according to the company. “One year with no...

Register Now for a CLA Connect LIVE Event Near You

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect Live events planned for the next two weeks. The events are open to current and potential store owners, distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Kansas September 18 in Wichita, Kan. “Ideas to Generate...

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W-D-F 2.0

W-D-F 2.0

What Does the Future Hold for the Wash-Dry-Fold Business? As I’ve been saying in this column for several years, the wash-dry-fold business continues to grow, morph and evolve into something new seemingly each time we look in a different direction. The future of...

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The Business Mind

Making Your Advertising Stand Out

Making Your Advertising Stand Out

Being Intuitive, Innovative and Truthful Will Help Your Ads Cut Through All of Today’s Promotional Clutter The amount of advertising that bombards us these days is astronomical. All of us are constantly deluged with promotional messages – on our computers, on our...

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Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Removing Sunscreen Stains

Wash with Wally: Removing Sunscreen Stains

I recently had a wash-dry-fold customer bring in several shirts with a distinct rosy stain around the necklines and down the fronts. We’ve determined that the stains were caused by sunscreen. All efforts to remove the stains have failed. Do you have a suggestion for...

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Digital Marketing

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

Partners in Laundry

To say the least, business partnerships of any kind are always going to be challenging. In fact, the majority of partnerships I've ever seen have failed, rather than succeeded. What's the problem? I believe the issue is that a business partnership is much like a...

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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