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Here’s a Look at the Current Legislative Climate Across the U.S. – And What It Could Mean for Laundry Tax Exemptions Over the last several years, we have seen a significant rise in the number of proposals to impose new state sales taxes on services. Laundry services – including...
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Laundry Owners Reveal Their Utility-Saving Initiatives – And the Bottom Line Results Utility costs. It’s a topic guaranteed to get every laundry owner in the room talking. After all, water, natural gas and electricity are the lifeblood of every self-service laundry business. And, collectively,...
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An Interview with Michigan Laundry Owner Mark Murray Mark Murray – who owns the 5,200-square-foot FabriCare Express Laundry at the Adrian Image Center in Adrian, Mich. – grew up in the self-service laundry business. In fact, at one point, his father’s laundry chain numbered a...
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Six Steps to Properly Setting Up Your Sales Funnel When laundry owners contact me about increasing their wash-dry-fold businesses, converting more foot traffic or getting their pickup services off the ground, one of the first things I look at is whether or not their websites are adequately set up...
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Laundry Owners Reveal Their Top Business Goals for 2017 Each January, many of us make a list of resolutions to help us live better lives throughout the year. Whether those resolutions are to eat healthier, work out more often, get out of debt or just be nicer to others, the New Year provides...
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An Interview with Chicago Laundry Business Veteran John Vassiliades John Vassiliades, president and CEO of J. Vassiliades & Co., began his career in the self-service laundry and drycleaning business more than 40 years ago. During that time, he has owned multiple stores throughout the Chicago...
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Craig Wells Marysville Laundry Station Marysville, Wash. Before Getting into the Laundry Business… Craig used to work in a grocery store. Store Opening January 1, 2004 Business Hours 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with the last wash beginning at 9:00 p.m. Staff Three...
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The Midweek Laundromat Doldrums Drove Owner John MacKrell to Seek Out Additional Business, Leading to the Creation of Springboard It was another quiet Tuesday. And, if John MacKrell were in the business of selling dryer lint, he would have told you – after a busy weekend of walk-in traffic...
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A Look Back at the Past 12 Months – And a Peek at What Lies Ahead for the Laundry Industry in 2017 It’s that time of year again – a time to reminisce about the 366 days gone by (yes, it was a leap year)… and to try to get a feeling for what the next 365 have in store. ...
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An Interview with Reginald Milton, Executive Director of the South Memphis Alliance – And a Laundry Operator Reginald Milton is executive director and founder of the South Memphis Alliance, which is a nonprofit organization established in 2000. The SMA’s mission is to improve the...
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Demographic and Competitive Analyses are Time-Consuming and Maybe a Bit Boring – But They Can Be Critical to Finding a Winning Store Site Demographic and competitive analyses can be useful tools for assessing whether or not a location has the potential to be a profitable self-service laundry....
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Here’s a Look at the Major Marketing Trends of 2016 – Along with a Few Predictions for the Coming Year Cartography, the art and science of creating maps, has reportedly been around for more than 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians etched maps on clay, the Greeks told us the world was...
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The Keys to Efficient and Impactful Laundry Lighting In the most recent Coin Laundry Association survey on laundromat customer behavior, two of the top three answers respondents gave as reasons why they would choose one self-service laundry over another are “cleanliness” and “safety...
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Quarterly Economic Report Indicates an Accelerated Growth Phase for the Self-Service Laundry Industry Florida multi-store owner Tom Rhodes doesn’t mind talking about the time he purchased a rundown laundromat for $25,000, with thoughts of rehabbing the business. He also isn’t shy about...
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When His Family’s Laundry Chain Needed a POS System for Its Drop-Off Business, Brian Henderson Created One – Now He’s Built a Company Around That Solution It is a common scenario: an entrepreneurial individual solves a desperate need for his or her day job, realizes that the solution...
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Boyd Woodard BW Laundry Inc. Magic Laundry, Lawndale, Calif Neighborhood Wash, Hawthorne, Calif. Before Getting into the Laundry Business… Mr. Woodard was a senior manager of engineering at a multinational medical device company. Store Openings ML: September 2015 NW: December...
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Here’s a Look at Five Self-Service Laundries That Are Succeeding in Somewhat Unconventional Markets It comes as no surprise that people are protective of their traditions. After all, tradition is familiar and safe. Tradition offers the comforts of routine, habit and ritual. A step away from...
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Whether Researching the Industry for the First Time or an Established Store Owner, Doing Your Homework is the Key to Success – And the CLA’s Annual Coin Laundry Industry Survey Can Help Call it “due diligence” or “doing your homework” or just simply “keeping...
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Growth is Achievable – If You Take It Seriously Online advertising for self-service laundries is still somewhat of a new phenomenon. For decades the go-to method for sales has focused on community presence and accessibility, but those things aren’t enough anymore for today’s consumer....
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The Principals at Marketing Firm Spynr Discuss the Keys to Promoting a Laundry Business in 2016 and Beyond Spynr was established in October 2015 with a mission to help businesses in the laundry and drycleaning industries see the importance of modernizing their marketing. The company was founded...
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