Just Who Do You Think You Are?

It’s Not a Trick Question, But the Future of Your Laundromat Business Depends on the Answer Have you been to a Dollar Tree lately? Now there’s an organization that knows exactly what it is and who they want to be – and they’re proud of it. After all, just look at the...

Coming to Their Senses

Leverage the Five Senses to Impact Consumer Behavior As members of the human race, we all experience the world largely through our senses. And, by the way, so does the animal kingdom. However, unlike animals, we also boast well-developed intellectual skills that can...

New CLA White Paper: Creating a Successful Business Plan

The Coin Laundry Association has released its newest white paper, which focuses on how to create a comprehensive business plan for a laundromat operation. The main purpose of a business plan is to provide an entrepreneurial “roadmap,” as well as to set realistic...

Reaching Out to Today’s ‘Omni-Shopper’

How to Unify Your Business’ Online and Offline Experiences We’ve been living in an “omni-channel world” for a while now. What does that mean? It means your customers aren’t just looking you up online or finding your ad and making a decision. They’re looking everywhere...

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The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat

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...

‘Adjusting Your Sails’

‘Adjusting Your Sails’

An Interview with Multi-Location Laundromat Owner and Serial Entrepreneur Daniel Marrazzo Daniel Marrazzo is a lifelong resident of Bucks County, Pa., who started his professional career in the construction industry, after graduating from Norwich University – The...

On the Money

On the Money

Securing Economic Relief During These Difficult Times According to a recent Coin Laundry Association survey, nearly 40 percent of the laundromat owners who responded indicated that they had applied for federal funding assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Store...

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The Psychology of Risk

Mastering the Uncertainties of Laundromat Ownership “Ninety-five percent of thought, emotion and learning occur in the unconscious mind without our awareness.” – Dr. Gerald Zautman, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University It’s a well-accepted fact that all business...

Speed Queen Launches Podcast

Speed Queen recently launched a podcast called Laundromat Insights, which has been developed to educate and entertain both laundry industry veterans and newcomers, according to the company. The podcast will leverage industry experts and laundry owners to offer advice...

PlanetLaundry Podcast, Episode 16: Here’s to Your Health

In this episode you will hear our editor Bob Nieman interview Tim McNichols of LIG Solutions, the newest healthcare insurance program added to CLA Business Solutions. You can read the entire story, “Here’s To Your Health” in the December 2020 edition of the...

Go for ‘Broker’

Working with a Broker to Buy or Sell Your Next Laundromat With some 30,000 laundromats in the United States – give or take – there are stores perpetually being bought and sold in nearly every market throughout the country. This is where a reputable laundry broker...

Stay on Target

Knowing Your Audience is the Key to a Strong Advertising Message It’s a fact that many laundromat owners love to advertise. And it’s equally true that several of these operators, unfortunately, do so incorrectly – thus, spending large sums of money for very little...

HappyNest Names Chief Technology Officer

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest Inc. has named Bill Doll its new chief technology officer. Most recently, Doll served as senior vice president and CTO at Ipswitch Inc., prior to the company’s sale to Progress Software in 2019. For the last 12 months,...

CG West Hosts Educational Session on Laundromat Cleaning

Continental Girbau West, headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., recently hosted “Laundromat Cleaning by Design,” an educational presentation for laundromat owners. The session focused on cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces, choosing the proper chemistry for...

The Dedication of CLA Volunteers

The Coin Laundry Association could not end our Month of Thanks without recognizing our most valuable asset – our volunteers. From the members who contributed their time to LaundryCares events to those who have served as speakers for our events or authors of articles...

PWS Expands Commercial Laundry Services Team

Commercial laundry equipment distributor PWS recently added four new members to its laundry services team, which boasts more than 250 years of industry experience. The new staffers will enable PWS to provide its customers with more localized and personal service from...

CLA Members Give Back to Their Communities

As the Coin Laundry Association celebrates the third week in our “Month of Thanks” to show our appreciation for our members and the industry, we would like to recognize some of our members across the country and the ways they have graciously given back to their...

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Creating a Winning Business Plan Webinar

Attend this program to learn what factors need to be included in a good business plan and leave with a template that will help you get started creating your winning plan.

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A Prescription for Full-Service Profits Book

PlanetLaundry Editor Bob Nieman collected some of the best articles of Wash-Dry-Fold and commercial accounts Advice from Jeff Gardner, ‘The Laundry Doctor’ in this book. Get your copy!

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This Month's Issue

  • Just Who Do You Think You Are: It’s Not a Trick Question, But the Future of Your Laundromat Business Depends on the Answer
  • Business Bio: A Look at Rocket Laundry in Spartanburg, S.C.
  • The Laundromat Millionaire: What’s Your Business’ Value Proposition?
  • LaundryCares Store Spotlight: Massachusetts Owner Gives Back to HIs Neighborhood Through Childhood Literacy Options
  • And more…

THE LATEST ON LAUNDROMATS

Industry News

HappyNest Launches New Location in Omaha

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded its reach into Omaha, Neb. “We have several laundry owners who have been using our Springboard platform to manage their local pickup-and-delivery service and who have been very successful growing this piece of...

EVI Industries to Acquire Eastern Laundry Systems

EVI Industries Inc., headquartered in Miami, has executed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Eastern Laundry Systems, a laundry equipment distributor based in Taunton, Mass. This acquisition is consistent with EVI’s strategy “to build the largest and most...

CLA Adds New Directors, Announces Executive Committee for 2021

The Coin Laundry Association recently welcomed two highly respected industry leaders to its Board of Directors for 2021. Those new directors are laundromat owner Yvette Morton Williams of Conyers, Ga., and distributor Alex Harris, president and CEO of Professional...

Speed Queen Launches Podcast

Speed Queen recently launched a podcast called Laundromat Insights, which has been developed to educate and entertain both laundry industry veterans and newcomers, according to the company. The podcast will leverage industry experts and laundry owners to offer advice...

FROM YOUR FAVORITE INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Columns

The Laundry Doctor

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,...

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The Business Mind

Wash With Wally

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You’ve Never Been More Essential

You’ve Never Been More Essential

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass You’ve likely had a few pressing issues on your mind these last several months. Namely, the health and well-being of your family, employees and customers – not to mention, quite possibly, that of...

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Digital Marketing

Traditional vs. Digital

Traditional vs. Digital

What Marketing Methods are Right for Your Laundromat in 2020 and Beyond? Digital marketing is the future, right? As someone on the frontlines of digital marketing for the laundry industry, I certainly believe that to be true – but that doesn’t mean you should change...

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FROM THE PAGES AND STUDIO OF PLANETLAUNDRY

Highlights

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...

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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...

[Video] The New CLA

“Change is inevitable; growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell Happy New Year! As we enter a new year and a new decade, the Coin Laundry Association is looking forward to celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. Video Of course, we’re understandably proud of this long...

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