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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...

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.”...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

The New ABCs of Worker Classification

The New ABCs of Worker Classification

Are Your Workers ‘Employees’ or ‘Independent Contractors?’ In 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles in which a new standard – commonly referred to as the “ABC Test” – will be used to...

Building a Winning Team

Building a Winning Team

Finding, Attracting and Retaining Great Employees The numbers are sobering, if not downright depressing. Studies suggest that the annual turnover rate for hourly employees hovers around 50 percent. What’s more, these figures vary broadly by industry and by business....

Laundries Connecting Communities

Laundries Connecting Communities

Celebrating the Work of the LaundryCares Foundation In essence, it all began with Hurricane Katrina. “For a while, I and many of my peers in the business felt an appreciation and a gratitude for the opportunities we’d all enjoyed and the livelihoods that had been...

Headlines

Speed Queen Expands SLE’s Coverage to Southern Virginia

Speed Queen recently expanded the territory of Statewide Laundry Equipment, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The distributor will now represent the Speed Queen brand in the southern Virginia market. “We are thrilled to now be serving our incredible customers in...

HappyNest Adds New Atlanta Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Atlanta market. “Our strategy has been to build out the East Coast of the U.S., and Atlanta is another perfect market for HappyNest,” said company founder John MacKrell. “We discussed the platform...

What the CARES Act Means for Laundry Owners

President Donald Trump has signed a massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill in an effort to offer some financial relief to the nation, which has been shaken by the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The package – called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security...

CLA Forced to Cancel Excellence in Laundry Conference

In light of the current health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and related government actions within the state of California, the Coin Laundry Association has announced the cancellation of its upcoming Excellence in Laundry Conference. The event – which had...

Hermes Commercial Names VP of Sales

Hermes Commercial Laundry Equipment, headquartered in Bloomington, Ill., has named Robert Mattocks its new vice president of sales. Mattocks – who will report directly to Hermes owner Mark Wilkins – has more than 15 years of account management and sales experience....

Trump Signs COVID-19 Worker Relief Bill

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a measure created to ensure paid sick leave for workers and to widen coronavirus testing. Senators overwhelmingly supported the House bill that covers the cost of all coronavirus...

A Decade of Transformation

“Call me crazy, but I like to see other people happy and succeeding. Life is a journey, not a competition.” I read that quote years ago on a billboard somewhere, and it just resonated with me. So, when I became a CLA Board member, I knew my purpose was to help others...

HappyNest Launches New Florida Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Tampa, Fla., market. “We’ve been focused on the east coast of Florida for a few months, and we’ve made great progress there, signing the best production partners in that region,” said HappyNest...

CCI Celebrates 20 Years in Business

This year marks the 20th year of business for CCI, more formally known as Card Concepts Inc. “As with many things in life, time has flown by,” said CCI President Steve Marcionetti. “I remember our first card system install as if it were yesterday.” Twenty years is no...

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Untouchable ROI from Speed Queen®

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Webinar: Why Choose the Laundry Business

Are you an entrepreneur looking for a new business venture? Join CLA for this panel discussion with expert laundry owners if you are considering opening a laundromat.

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This Month's Issue

  • Let the Buyer Beware: What You Should Never Do When Looking to Purchase an Existing Laundromat
  • Guest Feature: Looking Ahead to the Future of Laundromats
  • Up Close: HR in the Age of COVID-19
  • Insurance: What Owners Need to Know About Their Business Coverage
  • The Laundry Doctor: Planning for the New Normal
  • And more…

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Industry News

CCI Names National Retail Account Manager

Card Concepts Inc. – a provider of payment, marketing and management solutions to the vended laundry industry, headquartered in Addison, Ill. – has announced Michael Sokolowski as its new national retail account manager. Sokolowski will be responsible for new business...

Speed Queen Expands SLE’s Coverage to Southern Virginia

Speed Queen recently expanded the territory of Statewide Laundry Equipment, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The distributor will now represent the Speed Queen brand in the southern Virginia market. “We are thrilled to now be serving our incredible customers in...

HappyNest Adds New Atlanta Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Atlanta market. “Our strategy has been to build out the East Coast of the U.S., and Atlanta is another perfect market for HappyNest,” said company founder John MacKrell. “We discussed the platform...

What the CARES Act Means for Laundry Owners

President Donald Trump has signed a massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill in an effort to offer some financial relief to the nation, which has been shaken by the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The package – called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security...

CLA Forced to Cancel Excellence in Laundry Conference

In light of the current health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and related government actions within the state of California, the Coin Laundry Association has announced the cancellation of its upcoming Excellence in Laundry Conference. The event – which had...

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On Camera

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...

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The Business Mind

Broadcasting Your Business

Broadcasting Your Business

How to Use Radio and Television to Promote Your Vended Laundry I’ve always been extremely interested in radio and television. As a child, I used to collect mail order catalogs for two-way radios and look through them constantly. I’d also listen to my transistor radio...

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Digital Marketing

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...

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

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...

Good for the Community, Good for Business

For two days this past March, the somewhat esoteric worlds of early-childhood education and library science intersected with the pragmatic, bottom-line business of laundromat ownership. Strange bedfellows, indeed. It’s a partnership that, at first glance, maybe...

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