Majers Coin Laundry, a Piece of Cinematic History
For six days in 2020, a large cast and crew took over Majers Coin Laundry to film scenes for "Everything Everywhere All at Once." The sci-fi dramedy released in 2022 won seven Academy Awards earlier this year, making the laundromat part of cinematic history. Store owner Kenny Majers recounts his laborious but moving experience.
Hiring and Retaining Good Workers in a Tough Labor Market
In a truly competitive job market, a laundromat owner's ability to hire well has never been more vital. Multi-store owners Jim Radovic and Tim Gill share their approaches to hiring and retaining good workers in this episode.
Bigger Capacity Can Deliver Bigger Results
Alliance Laundry Systems’ Mike Hand describes how offering large-capacity equipment can help decrease turnover plus attract customers eager to clean bulky items their home equipment can’t handle.
Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act
New York City attorney Eric Sarver describes the ADA, identifies store areas most deserving of ownership attention, and warns of the problems that noncompliance could bring.
Staying on a Maintenance Schedule
Planning for and properly executing a preventative maintenance program keeps a laundry's money makers up and running. Michael "Stucky" Szczotka of distributor Eagle Star Equipment describes what's involved and the benefits.
Learning What the Customer Wants
Kristyn Van Ostern, co-owner of laundry services company Wash Street, details putting in the effort needed to know what type of people her laundry's customers are and why they visit her store instead of others nearby.
Making the Most of Attending a Trade Show
Greg Jira, show director for The Clean Show, owned by Messe Frankfurt, suggests how you can gain the greatest benefit from attending any industry trade show, and previews Clean 2022 coming up in July in Atlanta.
Taking Advantage of Seasonal Business Shifts
Different times of year can bring new service opportunities, so long as a vended laundry is willing to change with the seasons. Multi-store owner Omer Khan explains.
Demographics & More: Making Sense of the Numbers
Eric Meyers, general manager of the North America laundromat/on-premises laundry segment for Alliance Laundry Systems, defines the term and explains its importance to laundry success.
Dealing with Difficult Customers
Customer service and experience expert and best-selling author Shep Hyken advises how to de-escalate and work through conflicts with angry or difficult customers.
Fostering Teamwork in the Laundry
In a tight labor market, creating an environment that supports staff who work well together has never been more critical. Atlanta multi-store owner Yvette Morton Williams discusses her approach to fostering teamwork.
Russ Arbuckle, president of distributor Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment S.E., talks pinpointing the factors that may signal when it’s time to raise a laundry’s vend prices.
Coming Back from a Crisis
When circumstances beyond your control have your laundry business down, how do you bring it back? Helio Fred Garcia, president of crisis management firm Logos Consulting Group, takes you through the initial response, changing your approach depending on event, the importance of communication, and much more.
Getting into Laundry Pickup and Delivery
What's involved in starting a pickup and delivery service? It can be as simple as having a phone number and vehicle, says Matt Simmons of Super Suds Laundromat, Long Beach, Calif., but it can also be much more. He talks resources, operational impact and keys to success.
Making the Best of Bad Reviews
Dennis Diaz, president of digital marketing and technology firm Spynr, offers some tips for responding appropriately and promptly to online negativity from your laundry customers.
Sharon Sager, owner of the Sierra Madre (Calif.) Laundry, describes her store's 24/7 operation and talks about what's needed to see that self-service laundries are running smoothly any time of the day.
Freshen Things Up
With a little creative thought, laundry owners can utilize some inexpensive ways to improve their store and attract new customers. Brad Steinberg, co-president of distributor PWS - The Laundry Company, looks at the possibilities.
Commercial Account Strategies
Joel Jorgensen, vice president of sales for Continental Girbau Inc., offers advice to Laundromat owners looking to build and grow a commercial customer base.
Building New vs. Rehabbing
Carl Graham, VP of sales for distributor Scott Equipment, compares and contrasts the two approaches to store creation.
Steven Wright, vice president of business development for Irving Weber Associates, discusses dealing with common and not-so-common Laundromat risks and liabilities, including COVID-19.