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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Protecting Your Assets

Protecting Your Assets

Critical Insurance Coverage and Considerations for Today’s Laundry Owners [This is the first in an ongoing series of articles covering business insurance issues for vended laundry owners.] Insurance. Ugh! Who really wants to think about it? After all,...

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Take Your Wash-Dry-Fold Service to the Next Level As today’s society becomes more starved for time – and as markets for traditional vended laundry services grow increasingly competitive – the wash-dry-fold laundry business have been a consistent bright spot for many...

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...

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Wash With Wally: Vend Pricing, Flooring Options, and More…

I want to increase the vend prices on my washing machines. What is the best method for making these changes? The best way to increase your washer prices is to raise the pricing on one size of washer at a time. For example, increase the cost of your 50-pound machines...

Is 2019 the Year You Finally Become a Laundry Owner?

If Operating Your Own Vended Laundry Business is Your New Year’s Resolution, Read This First On New Year’s Day, I know two things to be true. First, throngs of men and women from coast to coast will become members of their local fitness clubs or big-box gyms, which...

Wash With Wally: Assessing the Value of Your Laundry Business

I have been in the vended laundry business for more than 30 years, and I’m now ready to retire. My question is how to establish a fair selling price. I own the building and the business. How do I value each? The first step is to get a bank appraisal on your property....

Better Living Through Science

Four Research Findings Sure to Benefit You and Your Laundry Business With an advanced degree in clinical psychology and being a member of the American Psychological Association, I am a regular reader of a number of technical journals in the field. Not surprisingly,...

Knowledge Is King

Another year has come and gone faster than I could have imagined. Many times, I think about my mother, who is in her 90s, talking about how “time flies by so fast” that she couldn’t imagine how it could ever get any faster the next year – but that it always does. What...

Up Close: An Interview with the Blue Kangaroo’s Neil Polifka

Business is Hopping: An Exclusive Chat with Neil Polifka, Vice President of Marketing and Store Development for The Blue Kangaroo Chain Whit Hughes established the Hughes Equipment Co. in 1958. He was one of the industry’s earliest coin laundry distributors. And, for...

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...

Protecting Your Assets

Critical Insurance Coverage and Considerations for Today’s Laundry Owners [This is the first in an ongoing series of articles covering business insurance issues for vended laundry owners.] Insurance. Ugh! Who really wants to think about it? After all,...

2018: A Look Back

Recapping the Past Year… And Taking a Glimpse into the Industry’s Future It’s that time of year again – a time to reminisce about the 365 days gone by – and to try to predict what the next 365 have in store. Everyone does it – from the largest television networks to...

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Laundrylux Acquires Golden State Laundry Systems

Laundrylux, headquartered in Inwood, N.Y., has acquired the assets of California-based Golden State Laundry Systems.  “We are thrilled to partner with Mike and Laura Hurrell and the Golden State team in San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area to serve the...

Messe Frankfort Acquires Clean Show

It’s a Win-Win: New Deal to Create Enhanced Industry Event, While Building a Stronger Trade Association The Clean Show Executive Committee has announced that it has finalized a deal to sell the biennial industry event to Messe Frankfurt, the largest trade show and...

Knowledge Is King

Another year has come and gone faster than I could have imagined. Many times, I think about my mother, who is in her 90s, talking about how “time flies by so fast” that she couldn’t imagine how it could ever get any faster the next year – but that it always does. What...

Laundry Land Hosts Free Laundry Event in Virginia Beach

More than 1,000 pounds of clothes and linens were recently washed and dried at no charge at the Laundry Land laundromat in the Aragona Village Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, Va. On October 23, Laundry Land hosted a LaundryCares-sponsored free laundry day, which...

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Know Your Place in the Internet Space

Don't Overlook Online Marketing When Promoting Your Wash-Dry-Fold BusinessAs someone who studied marketing in college and who has always assumed a solid grasp on the art and science of the topic, I now feel myself moving further and further away from truly...

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Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences

Being Less Than Honest in Your Advertising Will Damage Your Reputation and Cost You Customers “The most powerful element in advertising is the truth.” – Bill Bernbach, advertising pioneer The fundamental truism about promoting your self-service laundry is that...

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Define Your Business

Of all the factors impacting the success of a laundromat, site selection is right up there with having sufficient capital to launch and operate a new business. Both affect a business' chances of succeeding to a larger degree than almost any other factors.With that...

Words to Live (And Grow Your Business) By

We live in the age of Twitter. It's the era of the soundbite. Keep it short, pithy and under 140 characters – or risk being ignored.Fair enough. I'm up for the challenge.In fact, I've found that short, punchy quotations often spark my thinking, provide motivation and...

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