Steeper decline. What had been a slow but steady decline in the number of drycleaning establishments in the United States accelerated from 2007 and 2012 according to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Please, Santa. Don Desrosiers has had his share of disappointments from Santa but that’s not stopping him from asking for a few useful things this year.
Risks rewarded. Business owners calculate risk/reward ratios to help make tough decisions, but sometimes there is no safe choice. In those cases, a higher risk can lead to a greater reward if things work out well. Amin Bata didn’t just learn that lesson; he lived it.
DLI at Clean. Customer service, attracting new customers from the younger generation, diversifying, and employee policies will be addressed during Drycleaning and Laundry Institute sessions at the upcoming Clean Show in Atlanta.
Adapting to change. James Peuster looks at recent changes in consumers that have directly affected the drycleaning industry and how those should affect planning for 2015.
Martinizing acquisition. The Huntington Company, LLC, has acquired Martinizing, the largest U.S.-based franchise drycleaning brand.
Loopy laws. Frank Kollman says that the advice he gives to employers, although legally correct, seems to be growing more absurd. The problem will get worse, he says, without more support for pro-business organizations and politicians.
School days. DLI’s educational curriculum for 2015 includes seven resident courses at its School of Drycleaning Technology in Laurel, MD.
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800,000 coats and counting at Anton’s
The annual Coats for Kids drive started by Anton’s Cleaners 20 years ago is underway, hoping to surpass last year’s total of 52,261 coats collected by the time the drive ends on Jan. 10. Since the program began with the basic goal of helping people who
otherwise wouldn’t be able to keep themselves and their families warm, more than 848,000 coats have been collected. In the 1994, the drive’s first year, about 2,000 coats were collected. Since then it has grown to include more than 250 schools and more than 300
companies, clubs, organizations and thousands of individuals who donate good quality coats.