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Be in the Know at the Clean Show (Conclusion)

Sessions open to all regardless of industry connection, association affiliation

NEW ORLEANS — Thirty hours of educational sessions — all included as part of Clean Show registration — will be spread throughout the event’s June 20-23 (Thursday-Sunday) run here at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“While the Clean Show is definitely about the products and services on the floor, the sponsoring associations, both collectively and individually, create educational content and networking opportunities that enhance the value of the event,” says Joe Ricci, Clean ’19 Executive Committee chairman and president of TRSA, the association for linen, uniform and facility services.

Sessions are scheduled each show day, both morning and afternoon. They offer industry perspectives, idea-sharing, and a chance to hear new voices. Attendees are welcome to attend any they choose, regardless of industry segment or association affiliation.

“Drycleaning, vended laundry and linen and uniform services professionals that attend the Clean Show benefit from time away from operational and customer demands to focus on strategic investments and innovations,” says Ricci.

These educational opportunities will begin Thursday morning, even before the exhibit floor officially opens. Association-sponsored presentations (including seven from the Coin Laundry Association) will run between 8 and 10 a.m. daily, plus there will be general sessions Thursday through Saturday afternoons.

We covered descriptions of the Thursday and Friday sessions in Part 1. Here are descriptions of sessions scheduled for Saturday and Sunday:

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

8-9 a.m. — Wash-Dry-Fold 2.0: What’s Next for Full-Service Laundry?, Room R6-R9, sponsored by CLA.

The incredible consumer interest in “outsourcing” the weekly laundry chore is changing the way our business works – and will continue to disrupt the model into the foreseeable future. This session will feature the leading innovators in the space talking about what we should expect next with wash-dry-fold and commercial accounts with an emphasis on the processes and technologies to which you must adapt in the immediate future.

8-9 a.m. — Customer Service: Being Good is Not Enough, Room 243-245, sponsored by Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI).

Customers expect the finest service and today’s market offers them plenty of choices for their clothing service needs. Wow them with service above and beyond their expectations to keep customers coming back for years to come.

8-9 a.m. — TRSA Certification: Hygienically Clean, Clean Green, Certified Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM), Room 255-257, sponsored by TRSA.

Build customer confidence and offer your company a competitive advantage with TRSA’s Clean Green and Hygienically Clean Certification programs. Learn how your company can meet these rigorous standards and quantifiable measurements including inspections and testing. Speakers will also share info on earning TRSA’s Certified Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM) designation.

8:30-9:30 a.m. — Consistent Benchmarks for Competitive Analysis, Room 238-239, sponsored by Association for Linen Management (ALM).

If you don’t keep track of where you’ve been, where you are, and how you stack up, how will you get to where you want to be? Participation in sound benchmarking initiatives provides a roadmap to operational success. Learn how solid, compatible data can lead to improved efficiencies and superior quality.

9-10 a.m. — Due Diligence: Preparing to Buy (or Sell) Your Next Laundromat, Room R6-R9, sponsored by CLA.

Buying (or selling) a small business is a complex and challenging endeavor that nearly every Laundromat owner will encounter at some point in their laundry career. Begin the important preparation process for your next acquisition (or opportunity to sell) with this session focused on both what you can do to make your business more valuable to an educated buyer – and how to get the best price when you’re ready to add your next location.

9-10 a.m. — LCA Data and How to Use LCAs to Help Convert Client to Reusables, Room 342, sponsored by American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA).

A panel of operators and a researcher from Environmental Clarity will share the newest LCA data on incontinence pads and tangible examples of how to use LCA data to convert clients to reusable textile items. ARTA has completed and published three peer-reviewed LCAs to date on surgical gowns (AORN), isolation gowns (APIC), and cleanroom coveralls (IEST).

9-10 a.m. — Tips for Entering the Wash Dry Fold Market, Room 243-245, sponsored by DLI.

In today’s economy, dry cleaning isn't enough. Customers expect you to offer a full spectrum of services. Diversification into wash-dry-fold is a natural fit for dry cleaners. Hear how one expert is running a booming business in this expanding service. Wash, dry, fold and succeed!

9-10 a.m. — Top OSHA Violations and New TRSA Safety Certification Program, Room 255-257, sponsored by TRSA.

Learn about the most common OSHA workplace safety violations and how to avoid them. Get details on TRSA’s newest certification to gain recognition for your company’s Safety and Health programs and enhance your company as an employer and as a service provider.

1-2 p.m. — Tips for Entering the Commercial Laundry Industry, Exhibit Hall, general session.

There are pros, but also cons that come along with tackling a market you’re unfamiliar with. Hear from industry experts on the best place to start if you’re interested in entering the linen, uniform and facility services industry to determine if it’s the right move for you.

3:30-4:30 p.m. — #NotHere: Sexual Harassment Prevention, Exhibit Hall, general session.

Given the heightened awareness of unwelcome sexual conduct, give your policies a check-up and ensure current concerns are addressed such as fear of reporting by migrant workers, cultural differences in acceptable behavior, how to respond to claims, and more.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

8-9 a.m. — Introduction to Laundromats for Investors, Room R6-R9, sponsored by CLA.

For those interested in becoming first-time Laundromat owners, don’t miss this session that will walk you through the basics of owning a laundry. Tap into the CLA’s decades of experience to learn whether Laundromat ownership is a good opportunity for you.

9-10 a.m. — Top 10 Secrets First-Time Laundromat Owners Must Know, Room R6-R9, sponsored by CLA.

Why reinvent the wheel? Start your journey into Laundromat ownership armed with the keys to success. Learn from those who’ve gone before you and are willing to share their mistakes and lessons learned. Knowing these secrets will cut your learning curve down to size and help you get started on the right path to profitability.

Looking for earlier session descriptions? You can read them HERE.