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The Best Ways to Grow Your Laundromat’s Drop-Off Laundry Service


#1. Professionalism and Consistency

Offering your customers a professional and consistent experience is probably the hardest thing to do because it combines everything: your employee’s performance and training, the atmosphere of your laundromat, many machines with moving parts, and it’s a combination of every process you put in place. Here’s some tips to help you master it:

  • Build a system, teach the system, hold attendants accountable to the system.
  • If customers know what to expect and their experience has been carefully crafted in a way that exceeds those expectations, they’ll be more likely to leave reviews, give referrals, and give you repeat business. This is doubly important for commercial accounts.
  • Do NOT leave the writing of the “script” up to your attendants!  What your attendants say and how they say it is a huge part of how you are presenting your business. Get feedback from your team about what works well and what doesn’t, but keep your customer experience under your control.
  • Consider getting a postcard printed to include in drop-off orders:
    • Include the name of the team member(s) who processed their laundry, instructions on how to write a review, and contact info in case anything’s wrong.
  • A computerized POS system helps in many areas with professionalism and consistency.  It can help enforce policies, processes, and pinpoint where your processes break down (such-as recording a late clock-in, pinpointing which employee or machine is in error, or preventing employee theft).
  • *Bonus Tip* Consider reading “It’s Okay to Be the Boss” by Bruce Tulgan and “Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit” by Leonardo Inghilleri and Micah Solomon.

 

#2. The lowest hanging fruit is online
  • Did you know that a whopping 68% of laundromats don’t advertise online in any way, shape, or form and that 72% don’t have a website?
    • Just having a website already puts you ahead of the majority of the competition.
    • Your website needs to be very clear about what to expect, the procedure, the cost, and the order turnaround time.
    • Hire a photographer to get excellent images of your store and your service in action (happy smiling people – not a bare empty store!) and post use these pictures for everything! (Here are the photos and website of the laundromat where Wash-Dry-Fold POS was developed).
  • Claim free listings on Google My Business, Facebook, Yelp.
  • Ask for reviews! Tell your customers where to go.
    • Free snack or drink from the vending machine in exchange for a fresh online review.
    • Facebook WiFi: Customers “check in” on your store’s Facebook page to access your wifi.  Facebook will remind them a day or two later to write a review. (Plus, when they check in to your place, it shares that info with their friends on Facebook.)
  • If someone searches for a laundromat or laundry service in your area, here’s your recipe for success:
    • Great Reviews
    • Great Photos
    • Promotional Coupon to seal the deal

#3. Send a Clear Message
  • Clear signage, inside and out of your store (literally an arrow pointing to your service counter or window).
  • You need attendants who want to do the laundry!
    • Some owners use compensation, others use regular training.
    • Attendants are your best salespeople and if they are onboard.
    • Attendants are your worst salespeople if they are not onboard.
  • Think about your layout from a new or non-customer’s perspective.  Is it immediately obvious that you offer WDF and that you want their laundry? Where they should go and what they should do?  Consider how painstakingly obvious fast food places make their service counter.

 

#4. Find Opportunities Where People Change Their Habits
  • Most people will do their laundry in the same place and same way, week after week. Your mission is to become their habit.
  • People are likely to change their habits when experiencing major life changes such as moving, having kids, divorce, or marriage.
  • Advertising heavily to new apartment dwellers is the cheapest method because many apartments offer new occupants welcome packages and will happily include any materials you provide like flyers, coupons, discount membership cards, etc.
  • There are other lists available such as new homeowners, new parents, etc. but those usually cost money to obtain and cost money to market to via direct mail.

 

A Word From Brian

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson

Owner: Wash-Dry-Fold POS / Family's Business: Liberty Laundry

I couldn't find the perfect laundromat Point-of-Sale system, so I built one! This drop-off laundry POS system has helped us grow our chain of stores into some of the most top-performing laundromats in the country. Now I want to share it with you.

Built from the ground up and based on years of first-hand experience in this industry along with feedback from literally hundreds of fellow laundromat owners, Wash-Dry-Fold POS contains all the time-saving and money-making features that we use every day in our successful laundromats.

 

WHAT WASH-DRY-FOLD POS HAS TO OFFER

Wash-Dry-Fold POS contains everything you could want to run a professional and profitable drop-off laundry service.

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Cloud-based Access

Cloud-based Access

Everything is accessible from your home or office: reports, timesheets, inventory, invoicing, order tracking, employee management, etc.

Notes Where Needed

Notes Where Needed

Automatically print customer preferences on receipts and alert your team with internal customer notes. Easily print 1-time line item and order notes for special instructions. Attendants can even leave notes to document damage or communicate about orders during order processing.

Text Messaging

Text Messaging

Delight your customers by offering to automatically text them the moment their drop-off laundry order is ready for pickup. Clear your shelves faster and get paid sooner!

Time Clock

Time Clock

Time is money. Keep close tabs on worked hours and enforce punctuality with built-in labor management tools. Our built-in "time clock correction form" makes fixing employee mistakes easy.

Employee Theft Prevention

Employee Theft Prevention

Accountability is vital for managing a team, and when it’s your business every dollar counts. Till tracking, voided items reports, exception reports, and an integrated weight scale all help reduce theft opportunities.

Commercial Billing

Commercial Billing

Charge transactions to “On Account” and send weekly or monthly invoices. Use any order(s) to create custom invoices for those big accounts that need extra attention.

Retail Inventory

Retail Inventory

List any product -- track any inventory. Stock levels, sales tax calculator, barcode scanning, discount pricing, and more.

 

 

 

What our customers are saying

 by David on Wash-Dry-Fold POS
Business Name: Ginny's Wash House
City, State: Scottsdale, AZ

The POS system works great and the customer support could not be better! I can see the activity and monitor activity while being remote. I don... view more

 by Lydia Ragonese on Wash-Dry-Fold POS
Business Name: Trolley Laundry
City, State: Wilmington, DE

I am very pleased with the WDF POS we purchased. It has been a game changer in automating our processes. The salesperson for WDF POS was very... view more

 by Bryan Moravec on Wash-Dry-Fold POS
Business Name: So Fresh N So Clean Laundromat
City, State: Rochester, NY

WDF POS is the best point of sale system in the laundromat industry. Staff is top notch and have created/designed a system that actually works... view more

 by Glen Hawkins on Wash-Dry-Fold POS
Business Name: Northgate Laundromat
City, State: Tucson, AZ

This system has made ownership much easier! I can get reports for each Attendant and much easier to get reports I need to make real time decisions... view more

 by Sharon Brinks on Wash-Dry-Fold POS
Business Name: The Laundry Station
City, State: Wichita, KS

WDF POS was created by a laundromat owner with multiple stores that also have a robust drop off business. With such a depth of understanding... view more

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