Are You Still Single?

Industry Experts and Veteran Laundry Operators Discuss the Continued Growth of the Multi-Store Ownership Model Michael Addison purchased his first laundromat in New York in 2016 – and he has opened a new location every year since. In southern California, owner Art...

Marketing Your Multi-Store Operation

To Grow Your Vended Laundry Business, Focus on Four Key Factors Here’s a fact that shouldn’t surprise you by now: More than half of all purchases are influenced by a digital presence. You, your neighbors and the strangers across town are all Googling (and maybe...

Making a Difference

ReadyNation Salutes the Good Work of The LaundryCares Foundation Gardner, Wallace Receive ‘Business Champion for Children’ Awards As the Coin Laundry Association’s LaundryCares Foundation gears up for its 2nd annual Literacy Summit in Chicago this March, the...

Time for a Grand Re-Opening?

Spring Can Be the Ideal Season to Refresh Your Vended Laundry Business Traditionally, the months leading up to spring provide a perfect opportunity to refresh and brighten up your vended laundry. Most of us tend to experience a spike in business during spring and...
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Getting Down to Business

A Five-Phase Approach for Developing a Profitable Commercial Laundry ServiceAs a vended laundry owner, you outlay a lot of money in store development, permitting, construction and equipment. So why not make that investment as fruitful as possible? Fully utilize idle...

‘One Laundry at a Time’

Decorated War Hero Reinvents Himself as a Successful Multi-Laundry OwnerIt takes more than one unscrupulous shopping mall owner to rattle Bill Pederson.With more than 100 combat missions flown as a U.S. Air Force flight medic, there's not much that civilian life – or...

It’s Show Time: A Preview of Clean 2017

The Laundry Industry's Largest Trade Show and Convention to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary in Las VegasIn 1977, six professional associations got together to host a collaborative convention and trade show for the textile care industries. This inaugural event, which...

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Is Your Laundromat Open in TX or LA?

The Coin Laundry Association and its 501(c)3 charity, the LaundryCares Foundation, are trying to help the victims of the recent devastation which has occurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. One of the primary directives of the LaundryCares...

Continental Launches Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Program

Continental Girbau Inc. and its Houston distributor, Skyline Equipment Inc., have initiated disaster assistance for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma business victims. This includes companies in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. The disaster...

Head Games

The Psychological Aspects of Entrepreneurship – And the Six Primary Emotions That Inevitably Grip All Business OwnersA number of years ago, it was quite common in Detroit and other larger cities to have actual elevator operators in tall buildings. And, while riding in...

Wash with Wally: Researching a Former Laundry Location

I do a considerable amount of drop-off laundry at my store, and I always seem to have a problem removing chewing gum from garments. Can you offer any suggestions for removing it? There are two ways to deal with this problem. One way is to spot it with a good paint and...

Wi-Fi? Why Not?

As soon as the technology became available, we began offering Wi-Fi access in all of our laundry locations. And, as pricing within the marketplace has become more attractive, we have proportionally increased the speed of our Wi-Fi to accommodate the greatly increased...

PayRange Helps Raise Funds for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

With the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, PayRange – headquartered in Portland, Ore. – has launched a fundraising campaign within its app across all PayRange-enabled machines in the U.S. to benefit victims of the storm. Users will be able to add $1 to their...

Setomatic/SpyderWash Names Director of Sales, Announces Promotions

Setomatic Systems/SpyderWash has named John Kelly its new director of sales. Kelly – who has worked in the commercial laundry industry since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011 – most recently served as a regional sales manager for Speed...

Making a Good First Impression

Here Are 10 Key Exterior Design Elements That Impact Your Customers Before They Ever Walk Through Your DoorsThe exterior setting of your laundry can – and will – have a direct impact on your store's overall performance. Simply put, it's all about perception and its...

Making Connections

The Basics of Setting Up a Secure, Successful Wireless Network at Your Laundry Business[This is the first in a series of articles written to offer helpful suggestions about where to begin and how to better manage an existing or planned Wi-Fi network. Among the topics...

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Aaxon Names ‘Laundry Aesthetic Award’ Winner

Aaxon Laundry Systems recently presented Philip Kodroff – owner of Laundromart in Hollywood, Fla. – with the distributor’s “Laundry Aesthetic Award.” The award is presented to Aaxon laundry-owner customers in recognition of their dedication toward operating...

Statewide Wraps Up Fall Laundry Improvement Expos

Statewide Laundry Equipment – with offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami – recently finished its three-day series of Laundry Improvement Expos, beginning in Kissimmee, Fla., on September 19 at the Radisson Resort Orlando and concluding at Statewide’s...

Eastern Funding Gives Back with Habitat for Humanity Projects

Eastern Funding LLC recently joined forces with Habitat for Humanity New York City on projects to create affordable homes for families in need. On September 20-21, more than 50 Eastern Funding employees volunteered at Habitat for Humanity construction sites in Hollis,...

Detergent Solutions Hosts Service Seminar, Store Tour

Store owners and technicians from across lower Michigan recently attended a Dexter Laundry service seminar and toured a unique self-service laundry facility during an event hosted by distributor Detergent Solutions in the Detroit suburb of Utica. The two-part service...

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Finding Your Comforter Zone

The Finer Points of Washing, Drying and Processing Comforters For the next few months, my store will be inundated with customers bringing us their comforters to wash. Comforter cleaning has grown to become a sizable segment of my operation, and it can be a hugely...

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The Business Mind

Fine-Tune Your Message

Five Psychological Insights That Can Help You Dramatically Improve Your Advertising and Marketing "Before you can have a share of market, you must have a share of mind” – Leo Burnett, advertising pioneer Warning: This article will encourage you to want to "disturb the...

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A Healthy Obsession

As it is with many, if not most, small-business owners, I'm almost obsessive when it comes to tracking the financial health of my business. From the beginning, I have insisted on collecting daily – first at one location, and now three. Fortunately, with two sons...

Keep Moving Forward

As I pieced together the March issue of PlanetLaundry, I had a couple of opportunities to reflect on the history of the self-service laundry industry… and on how far the business has come over the years. My first occasion to take a broad look at the industry’s...

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