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On June 4, 2017 LaundryCares Foundation will host a Free Laundry Day event in Las Vegas, NV from 9 AM until 1 PM. The event will take place at Las Vegas Coin Laundry #6 located at 1200 W Owens Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106. LaundryCares invites all to join in for a day of free laundry and educational activities that support the foundation's mission to aid childhood literacy. Free Laundry Days represent an industry-wide effort to give back to underserved areas that support laundry businesses. On June 4, volunteers from all across the United States, who are attending Clean Show 2017, the largest laundry conference, will participate in Free Laundry Day. “Laundromats ...
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Spynr, Inc. has announced the creation of Spynr Technologies, Inc., a new technology division of the company, developed by Spynr President Dennis Diaz and industry veteran JP Nicoletta. Spynr Technologies was created to complement the company’s mission of helping businesses in the laundry and drycleaning industry thrive online. “JP has a well-established reputation and extensive knowledge of the industry,” Diaz explained. “Add our history of success working together to Spynr’s growing presence in the market and this is clearly a perfect match. I’m very happy to have JP here to grow our technology products.”   Nicoletta has more than 15 years of experience ...
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Next month in Las Vegas, while making your rounds of the exhibit floor at Clean 2017 and checking out the latest and greatest products the industry has to offer, be sure not to miss your opportunity to meet and chat with three of the laundry business’s leading experts. PlanetLaundry , located at Booth #811, will be hosting Q&A sessions with the following industry leaders: •    June 5 (1-3 p.m.) – Michael Sokolowski , chief operating officer of the Coin Laundry Association •    June 6 (1-3 p.m.): Dennis Diaz , chief executive officer of Spynr, Inc. •    June 7 (1-3 p.m.): Jeff Gardner , owner of The Laundry Doctor Michael, who is a veteran of the ...
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The Coin Laundry Association has announced that Brian Dyches, a leading authority on interior design strategies for retail environments, will be speaking at this year’s Clean Show in Las Vegas. Mr. Dyches’ presentation – “Leading by Design: What Laundromats Can Learn from the Latest Retail Interior Trends” – will be held on June 5 at 8:45 a.m. in Room N109-114 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. During this educational session, Dyches will share why creating a dynamic interior design and brand experience within your store matters not only to your laundry customers but also to your bottom line. He will share key retail and hospitality design trends and explain ...
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CLA Connect, the Open Forum you will find on our website, has been a major asset to the association. Certainly, in fact, the active and vibrant community that dwells there serves as a model online community for many other associations across the country. In a recent survey of current, former, and prospective members of CLA, largely because of our forum, “networking” was cited among the top benefits of our organization. In recent posts leading up to The Clean Show, members of the CLA Connect Open Forum Community have begun a discussion thread about the “virtual” members of our website meeting in person at the convention. These comments have not gone unnoticed. ...
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The Coin Laundry Association’s keynote speaker for The Clean Show 2017 is Brian Dyches, a leading authority and practitioner of global design, strategy and digital customer engagement in retail environments. On Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. in the Education Room N109-114, Mr. Dyches will present: Leading by Design: What Laundromats Can Learn from the Latest Retail Interior Trends At this session, he will share why creating a dynamic interior design and brand experience matters not only to your customers but also your bottom line.  Brian will share key retail and hospitality design trends and how to bring those successes into your laundromat.  ...
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Chief Operating Office and veteran of the laundry business, Michael Sokolowski, will be present at the PlanetLaundry booth (Booth #811) at The Clean Show in Las Vegas on Monday, June 5, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. He will be available to answer any questions about getting into the laundry business for new investors. If you are looking to purchase or build a laundry business, this is your opportunity to discuss your ideas and gather information from a professional who has over 25 years in the industry. You may have heard Michael present our monthly webinar for new investors. If you haven’t, you can register for one of our upcoming presentations by clicking the ...
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Alliance Laundry Systems has announced that it will discontinue sales and marketing of IPSO -branded laundry equipment in the United States and Canada, beginning in April 2018. The move will not impact sales of the brand outside of the United States and Canada. “This decision, while difficult for our IPSO distributors, was one we felt is necessary for our total distribution network and Alliance Laundry Systems moving forward,” said William Bittner, vice president North American Sales for Alliance Laundry Systems. “Rationalization of our brands within our North American portfolio was the primary driver behind the move.” Alliance will continue to support ...
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Dexter Laundry recently named Laundry Pro of Florida , headquartered in Lakeland, Fla., its World Wide Distributor of the Year for 2016. The presentation was made at the manufacturer’s annual awards ceremony in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Laundry Pro became a Dexter distributor in 1996 and that year won the company’s Rookie of the Year Award. Now, 20 years later, Dexter again has recognized the distributor for its growth, as well as its dedication to and investment in the laundry industry, while representing the Dexter brand of commercial equipment. In fact, Laundry Pro President Ron Jansen has sent more than 70 percent of his staff for training to help them ...
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The number of abandoned pets in the U.S. is on the rise, and one organization working diligently to provide safe homes for these discarded pets is Abandoned Pet Rescue . Recently, Florida-based distributor Laundry Owners Warehouse donated a Dexter 200G Express Washer to this charitable organization. APR is one of many charities that care for abandoned pets in an attempt to ensure that they lead fulfilling lives. Laundry Owners Warehouse cares deeply about this issue as well and, thus, has reached out to APR with its equipment donation. “It is a deeply concerning fact that, while the population of animals across the country is declining, the number of abandoned ...
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In a recent survey conducted by the Coin Laundry Association, marketing issues ranked among the top concerns among laundry owners about their operations. If you have burning questions about marketing your laundry business, come to the PlanetLaundry booth (Booth #811) at The Clean Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. Dennis Diaz – CEO of Spynr, Inc., and regular contributor to the PlanetLaundry magazine – will be available to answer your questions and chat about marketing your business to win more customers! Dennis is a certified authority in digital marketing, and he helps business owners employ cost-effective strategies that drive ...
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Advantage Equipment Inc. , based in Akron, Ohio, recently moved into a new facility. The 13,000-square-foot building – located at 1056 Home Ave. in Akron – is three times larger than the company’s previous headquarters. “Advantage Equipment has experienced significant growth in sales and product offerings,” said company owner Scott Vlahos. “We’ve simply outgrown our current space and need room to add staff and services.” The new facility features a product showroom and houses all of the company’s administrative, parts, service and warehouse operations. “Our team works hard to provide exceptional service and nurture long-lasting friendships with our customers,” ...
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Jeff Gardner, a.k.a. “The Laundry Doctor,” will be making an appearance at the PlanetLaundry booth (Booth #811 ) at The Clean Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. Jeff will be available to answer any of your questions regarding ensuring laundry items are at their cleanest and looking their best! In a recent blog, Jeff announced that he will be presenting in an educational session on behalf of both the Coin Laundry Association and the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute. This marks the first time each of these two organizations have done a combined session, and you won’t want to miss it. The presentation is called “Drycleaners ...
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Statewide Laundry Equipment – with offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami, Fla. – will be introducing a new digital approach to presenting laundry investment seminars for newcomers looking to get started in the industry. Webinars, hosted by industry veterans, will be conducted so that potential investors can access this important information from virtually anywhere. “We understand not everyone has the free time in their schedule to attend one of our in-house investment seminars,” said Jim Rogers, vice president of Statewide Laundry Equipment in Tampa. “That’s why we want to bring it to the people, from the comfort of their own home or office. ...
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The latest top-load washer from Maytag® Commercial Laundry has been redesigned for enhanced commercial success. From build to clean. At Maytag® Commercial Laundry, we believe that our processes matter as much as the commercial machine you see in front of you. So, we’re continually enhancing aspects of our product development, from our leadership approach, to our supply chain processes, to our technology. Every investment helps enhance dependability, and more and more customers who find themselves choosing the Maytag® Commercial Laundry brand, over and over. Our commitment has resulted in the MAT20 top-load washer—a machine exceptionally engineered to enhance ...
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"Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday." – Steve Jobs Of course, the industry’s largest biennial gathering is coming to Las Vegas next month. But, you would be forgiven for mistaking the acres of new equipment, products and services for a mini Silicon Valley – an exhibition floor teeming with innovation and invention directed at making your business and the experience of our customers better than ever. Let’s admit that for the past couple of decades the self-service laundry industry has had – and earned –more of an analog reputation. The appeal of the business was rooted in taking a simple approach to helping customers ...
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I have a commercial client who wants my store to take over the cloth napkin laundry service for his Italian restaurant. I’m not sure what is required to perform a quality service for this specific account. The napkins are red and often will have oil and other food stains. The client wants these napkins laid out flat for delivery. What are the best laundry methods and products for such a challenge? Also, do such napkins need to be re-dyed from time to time? First of all, to wash these items, you will require a machine that features a pre-wash cycle, a wash cycle and three rinses. The pre-wash cycle should be hot water at a low level. Next, the wash cycle ...
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How to Build Key Efficiencies into Your Full-Service Laundry Business In last month’s column, I wrote about the keys to partnering with your local drycleaner, which will be one of the educational topics discussed at Clean 2017 in Las Vegas. This month, I’d like to touch on another Clean Show topic – namely, maximizing labor efficiency within a wash-dry-fold operation. Like many laundry owners, you may be looking for ways to take your wash-dry-fold service to the next level. For most operators, getting more productivity from your frontline workforce is a major challenge. This presentation, which will be held on June 7, will focus on getting the most from those ...
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Five Research Findings That Can Jumpstart Your Marketing Strategy As small-business owners, you most likely write your own advertising. And, if you have no formal training or experience in copywriting, I’m willing to wager that you use what is referred to as a “heuristic” approach – or, in other words, trial and error. You write it and hope it works. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, hope is for bystanders and wishes don’t do dishes when it comes to developing advertising copy. Therefore, why not use recent scientific research findings from the fields of psychology, behavioral economics and neuromarketing to significantly improve your chances of copywriting ...
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The Laundry Industry’s Largest Trade Show and Convention to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary in Las Vegas In 1977, six professional associations got together to host a collaborative convention and trade show for the textile care industries. This inaugural event, which was held in Chicago, was officially dubbed the World Educational Congress for Laundry and Drycleaning. Over the years, that show – which has evolved into the world’s premier exposition for the laundry and garment care business – has become more popularly referred to as, simply, the Clean Show. In 2017, the show will celebrate its 40th anniversary on June 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. ...
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