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Clean 2022 Preview: There Will Be Lots to Learn in Atlanta (Part 1)

Some 30 hours of education sessions spread throughout event

ATLANTA — Roughly 30 hours of education sessions—included as part of the cost of Clean Show registration—will be spread throughout the event’s July 30-Aug. 2 run here at the Georgia World Congress Center. Plus, there will be a handful of other special networking and service opportunities, including a couple before the exhibition begins.

“Classroom” sessions are scheduled during the first three days, both mornings and afternoons. Attendees are welcome to sit in on any they choose, regardless of industry segment or association affiliation.

Partnering associations have also scheduled certain members-only events that may require additional registration.

The Friday-Saturday agenda includes (times are in EDT):

FRIDAY, JULY 29

10 a.m.-2 p.m. — LaundryCares Foundation Free Laundry Day, several Atlanta area laundromats, presented by Coin Laundry Association (CLA).

This is an opportunity to volunteer at several Atlanta area laundromats. Volunteers are asked to consider making a $25 minimum donation to help defray event costs. (Registration is required.)

5:30-7:30 p.m. — TRSA Welcome Reception, Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta St. NW, presented by TRSA.

Kick off your Clean Show experience during the TRSA Welcome Reception and enjoy “tailgating” with many linen, uniform, and facility services industry colleagues and full access to the Hall where you’ll hear stories, accomplishments, and traditions of the game’s greatest legends. (This event is limited to TRSA members only, and registration is required.)

SATURDAY, JULY 30

8-9 a.m. — The Next Generation of Laundromats, Rooms B302-305, presented by CLA.

With laundromats being designated as an “essential business,” the industry is experiencing growth in attracting new people. Many of these new owners come from other industries and bring expertise in technology, marketing and business acumen. Attend this session to hear from the new generation of laundromat owners and learn some of the innovative ideas that they have applied to their businesses.

8-9 a.m. — Best Culture Wins, Room B314, presented by Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI).

Workplace culture affects all aspects of your business and has never been as important as it is now. A positive culture will elevate productivity, decrease turnover, increase loyalty, and impact overall employee happiness. Designed to inspire action, this presentation will share experiences on what it takes to make or break a thriving culture.

8:15-9 a.m. — Laundry/Infection Prevention Forum, Room B308, presented by Association for Linen Management (ALM).

During this open conversation among notable infection preventionists and laundry managers representing cooperative, hospital-owned, and commercial laundry operations, you’ll hear the concerns and responses from these professionals as they address top concerns about textiles and their handling.

8:30-9:45 a.m. — State of the Linen, Uniform and Facility Services Industry, Room B312, presented by TRSA.

Industry leaders from linen, uniform, and facility services industry serving uniform/workwear, healthcare, restaurants/F&B, and hospitality/hotels discuss their recovery and opportunities for expanding services.

9-9:45 a.m. — Pardon the Interruption, Automation in Progress, Room B309, presented by ALM.

When customer demand and labor resources are not in sync, the only answer may be to increase automation. But, how do you do it and keep the operation going, so that your customers get the textiles they need for their patients and guests? Hear case studies and implementation plans that enable you to maintain operations, customers and employees.

9-10 a.m. — Leveraging Community Engagement for Social Impact and Profit: Laundromats Doing Well by Doing Good, Rooms B302-305, presented by CLA.

Laundromats have a unique reach into under-resourced communities and can upcycle their facilities with dedicated learning spaces and by hosting free laundry day events among other initiatives. LaundryCares Foundation (LCF) features many success stories that bring business owners and their communities together to impact families. This program will focus on how laundromats can connect with their communities to benefit local residents and increase profitability through initiatives of the LCF.

9-10 a.m. — Self-Service Technology is Here, Room B315, presented by DLI.

Automated self-servicing kiosks for garment pickup and drop-off can let you serve more customers with fewer employees. This session offers insight on how one drycleaning business is reimagining the customer service experience by increasing automation and convenience while decreasing employees and labor costs.

Noon-1:30 p.m. — Hygienically Clean and Clean Green Certification Lunch, Room B311, presented by TRSA.

Learn more about TRSA’s facility, company and individual certification programs including Hygienically Clean, Clean Green and Certified Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM), as well as new Health & Safety and Certified Laundry Maintenance manager (CLMM) programs. Gain insight into the inspection process, Quality Assurance manuals, and leveraging the value for a competitive advantage, especially with increased focus on hygiene and environmental sustainability, and employee training and retention.

Noon-2 p.m. — LaundryCares Foundation Luncheon, Rooms B302-305, presented by CLA.

Over a free lunch, enjoy this chance to find specific ways to connect to your community, learn customer social responsibility, and hear testimonials from owner-operators who have experienced these opportunities firsthand. (Registration is required.)

2-4 p.m. — ALM Member Social, Booth 1036, presented by ALM.

Free social for ALM members on the exhibit hall floor.

2-3 p.m. — Attracting & Managing the New Generation of Workforce, Exhibit Floor Classroom (Booth 320), general session.

Exploring ways to motivate, retain and attract the best people. Staffing continues to be problematic. Learn effective strategies to build your team.

3:30-4:30 p.m. — Where to Start? Tips for Entering the Commercial Laundry Industry, Exhibit Floor Classroom (Booth 320), general session.

Have you ever thought about what it would take to enter the commercial linen and uniform rental market? There are pros, but also cons that come along with tackling a market you’re unfamiliar with. Hear from industry experts from CLA, DLI and TRSA on the best place to start this type of transition, how the industry works, and what competition already exists, to determine if it’s the right move for you.

5-6 p.m. — Hospitality Reception, Rooms B401-402, presented by CLA.

Free reception.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — DLI-TCATA Membership Reception, Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE, presented by DLI and TCATA.

This event is for DLI and Textile Care Allied Trades Association members only.

Check back Thursday for Part 2!

Education Opportunities at Clean ’22

A well-attended education session during Clean 2019 in New Orleans. (Photo: Messe Frankfurt)

Have a question or comment? E-mail our editor Bruce Beggs at [email protected].