Aaxon Now Scheduling In-Store Visits

Aaxon Laundry Systems, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has announced that it will be visiting laundromats this fall by appointment. As an alternative to the company’s annual fall shows, Aaxon will go directly to the owners – visiting stores in Orlando in...

‘In the Middle of Every Difficulty Lies Opportunity’

How to Stay Wired to Successfully Deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic Can I be completely honest with you? I certainly don’t in any way mean to minimize the very real human toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacted. However, I’m finding this whole coronavirus mess to be...

The Next Chapter

Laundry Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a First-Time Store Owner After more than 20 years of helping would-be laundromat owners finance their entrepreneurial dreams, Stephen Gramaglia has opened his own vended laundry business – CleanFresh...

The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat

A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs Natural gas futures collapsed to a 25-year low below $1.50 per MMBtu in late June, due in part to an ongoing supply glut made worse by the coronavirus-induced drop off in...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

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Serving in Uncertain Times

Serving in Uncertain Times

The Laundry Doctor Shares His Plan of Attack During the COVID-19 Outbreak What we’re all going through right now with the COVID-19 pandemic is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s a test of who we are as people – and what we are as a civilization. As laundry owners,...

Marketing During Times of Crisis

Marketing During Times of Crisis

Some Promotional Do’s, Don’ts and Considerations as We All Try to Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis It’s easy to get downhearted about the state of the world in the middle of COVID-19’s madness. With social distancing measures, self-quarantines in place and a heightened...

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HappyNest Launches Chicago Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Chicago market. “Having made good inroads along the East Coast and continuing to grow that market, we also want to find the best operators in the Midwest region, and Atukwe Newell and the Bubbleland...

ESD, PayRange Partner on Mobile Payment

PayRange Inc. recently announced a new partnership with long-time laundry payments technology company ESD, which has approximately 2 million card readers in the field and estimates its active user base at 20 million consumers who use those machines on a regular basis....

Better Than Before: Laundries After the Pandemic

In the March issue in this very space, I wrote a column entitled, “A Decade of Transformation.” I began with the following sentence: “Call me crazy, but I like to see other people happy and succeeding.” I then proceeded to lay out a plan for taking a laundry business...

HR in the Age of COVID-19

An Interview with Human Resources Expert Claudia St. John Claudia St. John is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring, recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement....

Laundromats Are Essential

CLA Releases New Video Highlighting Industry’s Response to the Challenge of COVID-19 The laundromat industry, led by owners and their employees, has stepped up to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing disinfecting procedures and applying new approaches...

PlanetLaundry Podcast, Episode 4: HR in the Age of COVID-19

In this episode, PlanetLaundry Editor Bob Nieman interviews HR expert Claudia St. John, President of Affinity HR Group for the story "HR in the Age of COVID-19" which can be found in the June 2020 edition of PlanetLaundry, the magazine of the Coin Laundry Association.

Opening New Doors of Opportunity

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Adding Automatic Doors to Your Laundromat In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many laundromat owners are currently reevaluating every aspect of their stores’ operations. For many operators, this includes the potential addition of...

Are You Covered?

What Laundry Owners Need to Know About Their Business Insurance During These Difficult Times According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in the U.S. “are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.”...

Fowler to Offer Touchless Mobile Payment

Fowler Laundry Solutions, headquartered in Union, N.J., has chosen mobile payment provider PayRange to upgrade the distributorship’s equipment with touchless payment via PayRange’s mobile app. Fowler is mobilizing to adapt to the new realities of doing business during...

HappyNest Launches Location in Daytona Beach

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Daytona Beach, Fla., market. “We have made a concerted effort to find the best partners on the east coast of Florida, and we continue that trend with our new partner, Mykal Tairu,” said HappyNest...

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CLA will host successful store operators who will share their experiences in building a new laundromat and what they learned along the way. Register today.

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This Month's Issue

  • The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat:  A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs
  • Federal Reserve, U.S. Mint Team Up to Alleviate Coin Shortage
  • Wash-Dry-Fold: Independent Contractors vs. Store Employees
  • Up Close: Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a
    First-Time Store Owner
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Speed Queen Opens 700th Branded Laundry

Speed Queen recently reached a milestone by opening its 700th branded laundromat, with the launch of its new store in Orbassano, Italy. “New investors and entrepreneurs continue to leverage the brand equity and our proven business model of Speed Queen-branded...

HappyNest Launches Chicago Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Chicago market. “Having made good inroads along the East Coast and continuing to grow that market, we also want to find the best operators in the Midwest region, and Atukwe Newell and the Bubbleland...

ESD, PayRange Partner on Mobile Payment

PayRange Inc. recently announced a new partnership with long-time laundry payments technology company ESD, which has approximately 2 million card readers in the field and estimates its active user base at 20 million consumers who use those machines on a regular basis....

Laundromats Are Essential

CLA Releases New Video Highlighting Industry’s Response to the Challenge of COVID-19 The laundromat industry, led by owners and their employees, has stepped up to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing disinfecting procedures and applying new approaches...

Fowler to Offer Touchless Mobile Payment

Fowler Laundry Solutions, headquartered in Union, N.J., has chosen mobile payment provider PayRange to upgrade the distributorship’s equipment with touchless payment via PayRange’s mobile app. Fowler is mobilizing to adapt to the new realities of doing business during...

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The Perfect Complement?

The Perfect Complement?

Here’s How Linen Rental Can Be a Profitable Addition to Your Full-Service Laundry Business One of the easier and more profitable opportunities for vended laundry owners who service commercial accounts – which a number of operators, including myself, have ventured into...

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The Business Mind

The Art of Primal Persuasion

The Art of Primal Persuasion

Here’s How to Influence Customer Buying Behavior through the Principles of Neuroscience It’s a most unfortunate fact that literally billions of dollars are wasted on advertisements across all industries – including the vended laundry business – that simply fall short...

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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...

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...

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Working Together for a Stronger Industry

As my chairmanship on the Coin Laundry Association Board of Directors comes to a close, I want to reflect on both my personal growth and evolution… as well as that of the CLA. The CLA, which works to grow and better the vended laundry industry, is ever-changing to...

A New Laundromat in the Neighborhood?

Not that long ago, I had a competitor build a store right across the street from me. Literally, I could stand at the front door of my laundromat and throw a rock through his window. (Just for the record, I didn’t.) Fortunately, it takes a while to build a store from...

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