National Clothesline
National Clothesline
January 2015
National Clothesline
Wrinkle-free problem. NCA’s long-held
concerns about the serviceability of cotton
shirts with “wrinkle-free” finishes received
support from Consumer Reports which said
such finishes can reduce the life span of a
cotton garment.
More OSHA. OSHA has expanded
requirements for reporting workplace
Creative survival. For a business to survive
for 80 years, obstacles must be overcome.
Albano Cleaners has survived bankruptcy
twice and found creative ways to pay the
bills when money was short.
Planning for progress. A successful
organization that is moving forward always
has various projects going on at a time.
Deborah Rechnitz discusses how to keep
multiple projects on track.
Full-steam ahead. What happens to the
steam that a boiler generates for the a
drycleaning/laundry operation? Bruce
Grossman explains.
Complex compliance. Wage and hour cases
being brought by plaintiff’s attorneys is on
the rise, says Frank Kollman, so it’s prudent
to examine current practices to avoid a
costly lawsuit.
I.D. the stain. Unidentified stains can be
simplified by understanding stain categories
and chemicals needed for their removal,
says Dan Eisen.
It starts with service. There are many ways
to make your company better, but
improving the customer experience is a
good place to start, according to Harvey
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A meeting of the minds in Japan
A group of Americans got an up-close view of the drycleaning industry in Japan during a three-
day tour that included visits to drycleaning plants, the Clean Life Vision trade show in Tokyo and
Sankosha headquarters.
They saw that the dress styles in Japan are similar to those of the U.S. in the 1980s before the
arrival of casual dress, thus volume is still very good for Japanese cleaners. However, some in
the industry there believe that the casual look will eventually affect their businesses, too, and
thus have formed a group called PTB — Polos, T-shirts and Blouses — to prepare cleaners in
Japan for a possible incursion of more casual dress styles.
But the immediate challenge facing Japanese cleaners is low pricing and trying find ways to
differentiate themselves from other cleaners. So far, this has resulted in using price as the only
way to compete, thus while volume is good, profits are not. The Japanese plants they visited
tended to excel in production and efficiency due to a lack of space and the need to handle a
large volume of garments.