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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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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Electrolux Professional to Become Public Company in 2020

Electrolux Professional, the professional laundry and professional kitchen equipment division of Electrolux, has initiated the process of becoming a stand-alone public company in 2020. “Electrolux Professional is the only supplier in the professional appliances space...

Laundry One Announces Spring Service Seminars

Laundry One will host basic and advanced service schools for vended laundry operators this spring at the company’s training center in Canal Winchester, Ohio. The basic service seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 3, while the advanced session is...

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...

Wash With Wally: Chorine Bleach and Wash-Dry-Fold

I have a successful wash-dry-fold business at my three laundries. I let my attendants do the washing their own way; as long as the customers are happy with the results, I don’t interfere. However, I have question regarding the use of chlorine bleach. None of my staff...

Let’s Get Creative

Strengthen Every Aspect of Your Laundry Business by Building Your Creativity “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." – Maya Angelou, American poet Where would we be without creativity? The answer very likely is some version of “nowhere."...

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Aaxon to Host Seminar for Laundry Investors

Aaxon Laundry Systems has announced that it will hold an investment seminar this May at the company’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Aaxon Consultant Frank P. D’Annunzio will lead this educational session, which will include insight into securing laundromat...

CLA Connect LIVE Turns a Triple Play in February

Current laundry owners and potential investors – along with distributors and manufacturers – gathered in Burbank, Calif., on February 20, in Seattle on February 21, and in Raleigh, N.C., on February 27 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge...

United Financial Adds Industry Veteran Kirk Stone

United Financial Corp., a nationwide leasing and equipment financing company based in West Des Moines, Iowa, recently announced that laundry industry veteran Kirk Stone has joined the company and will oversee its new Commercial Laundry Finance Division. Stone formerly...

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...

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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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Out of Necessity

"Necessity is the mother of taking chances." – Mark TwainA recent visit to a laundromat in the Lower Price Hill enclave in Cincinnati got me thinking about our business and the nature of necessity. The aforementioned laundry is Washing Well community laundromat, a...

Building on Past Success… Exceeding Our Potential

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018!I consider it an honor and a privilege to be serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Coin Laundry Association this year. Last year was historic for the CLA, as last year's chairman, Jim Whitmore, oversaw the introduction of new...

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