Wash with Wally: Increasing Drying Capacity

I’m short on drying capacity at my store. During the weekends, I have customers waiting for the dryers. Should I add more 30-pound stack dryers, which are what I currently have? Or should I replace at least some of the 30-pounders with larger-capacity stack dryers? If...

SAMCO Announces Change in Leadership

SAMCO recently announced that Adrienne Gibbs and Melissa Roberts have assumed management of the company’s day-to-day operations, with future plans of total ownership of the distributor. Gibbs, who has been with the company since 2000, started out answering the phones...

On Camera

Surveillance Technology Continues to Improve – And It Provides Laundry Owners With More Benefits Than You May Think A recent PlanetLaundry cover story discussed the ins and outs of laundromat security, with a good portion of that article highlighting the importance of...

Staying Connected

The Best Way to Keep Up with Today’s Fast-Paced Online World The internet is different today than it was yesterday. And it will change again tomorrow. Just go check out your Facebook feed – or inbox! You’ve likely got a completely different look, and that’s just on...
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Is 2019 the Year You Finally Become a Laundry Owner?

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...

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

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

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...

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Money Talks

A Decade Removed from the Credit Crunch of the Great Recession, Here’s What It Takes to Secure Financing in Today’s Economy Growing your laundry business without outside funding can make you feel as though you’re trapped in a perpetual catch-22. You need to hire...

CLA Announces 2019 Board of Directors

Trade Group Adds Three Store Owners and a Distributor to Its Current Board Lineup For 2019, the Coin Laundry Association has added four new laundry professionals to two-year terms on its Board of Directors. These new directors include one distributor and three store...

Spread Your Wings – And Don’t Look Back

It May Be Time to Give Your Vended Laundry Operation a Reboot “There ain’t no future living in the past" – George “Sparky" Anderson, former Major League Baseball manager Human organisms come equipped with memories for a good reason. One is to retain things learned,...

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...

Free Laundry Day Scheduled for Durham, N.C.

On Saturday, February 23, The Wash House Laundromats will host a LaundryCares Free Laundry Day at its two locations in Durham, N.C., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two locations are: The Wash House, 2000 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, N.C. The Wash House, 1839 Liberty St.,...

American Changer Acquires Rowe

American Changer Corp., headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has finalized an asset purchase agreement with Rowe Bill Changers, LLC, a manufacturer of self-serve money changers for the coin laundry industry, as well as the carwash, amusement and vending markets. The...

EVI Acquires PAC Industries

Laundry equipment distributor EVI Industries, formerly EnviroStar, recently acquired PAC Industries of Harrisburg, Pa., for $12.85 million. EVI, headquartered in Miami, has purchased all of the outstanding shares of PAC’s common stock as part of the agreement – $6.4...

Laundry Owners Warehouse Releases New Short Film

Laundry Owners Warehouse, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has announced the newest release in its current series of short films. This latest release features second-generation American Alberto Mosconi. The short film has been released exclusively on the Laundry Owners...

CLA Brings Together Laundry Professionals in the Southeast

Current and potential laundry owners, distributors and manufacturers gathered in Atlanta on January 30 and in Orlando on January 31 to network, enjoy a nice meal and broaden their marketing skills at the first CLA Connect LIVE events of 2019. Both events featured...

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Free Laundry Day to Benefit Miami Area

On Monday, March 25, 2019, My Sunny Laundry will simultaneously host a LaundryCares Free Laundry Day at its two locations in the Miami area from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The two locations are: My Sunny Laundry, 16897 NW 67th Ave., Miami Lakes, Fla. 33015 My Sunny Laundry,...

CLA Connect LIVE Travels East

Current and potential store owners, distributors and manufacturers gathered in North Bethesda, Md., on March 5 and in King of Prussia, Pa., on March 6 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at the CLA Connect LIVE events. The Maryland event...

A Business Evolution

Over the Years, Spector Textile Products Has Shifted Its Focus – And Grown Its Operation A century ago, Lawrence, Mass., was a world center for textile manufacturing – featuring a great stone dam that fed an extensive system of canals to provide hydropower to the...

Statewide to Open New Georgia Facility

Statewide Laundry Equipment recently announced that it will open a new office in Smyrna, Ga. The new facility will feature sales and service teams, as well as a showroom, an equipment warehouse, and a fully stocked parts department. In addition, the company will host...

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Changing the Game

Today’s Technology Can Reach Out to Potential Wash-Dry-Fold Customers Even Before They Realize They Have a Need for Your Laundry Services Last month, I used this space to discuss digital marketing and the need to develop an online presence in order to grow a...

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Better Living Through Science

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,...

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Five Keys to Measuring Your B2B Marketing StrategyOur world is run by numbers.We don't always see them though. In fact, we rarely ever see them, but they're there.They run our business. Power our homes.Our professional lives are inundated with finding a way to make...

The Art of Building a Brand

Here Are the Keys to Establishing and Growing Your Laundry Business' Brand IdentityWhat is a brand and why is it critical to the success of a business? What factors must be considered when establishing a brand and brand identity? How is your brand communicated?...

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