I had a couple of recent discussions with fellow laundromat owners researching point-of-sale systems for their drop-off laundry Wash-Dry-Fold services in which the same question came up:
How do you track orders through every stage of cleaning?
It’s a good question! Unlike with dry cleaning where every item is individually tagged or barcoded, bulk laundry cleaning by the pound does not lend itself well to individual garment tracking. Just whose socks are those, anyway? Great systems that inherently help prevent mixups will benefit your laundromat business and help your Wash-Dry-Fold service thrive.
Here is a system we came up with at my family’s business, Liberty Laundry, which can be used with any system, whether or not you’re using a fancy computer point-of-sale system like what I sell or are still using an old-fashioned cash register with carbon-copy tickets:
(Brian Henderson): I was recently asked a question by a laundry owner who has a coin-only store who purchased a Point of Sale system from me. The way his attendants start the machines is that they actually pull money from the till and then go and start the machines and he was looking for a way to keep track of all of that and I did a little bit of thought and a little bit of research and I found what I think is a very elegant, very simple, very straightforward way of keeping track of this particular method.
Hey, Brian Henderson here of Liberty Laundry and Wash-Dry-Fold POS. Today I’m going to show you how to use a free tool called Google Forms, as well as Google Sheets, in order to make an equipment problem log that’s online and accessible anywhere, including from your smartphone for your laundromat, as well as how to create an order check out form for your drop-off laundry service. Whenever an order is handed out for your drop-off laundry service, then you know exactly who handed it out to whom, and when.
(Brian Henderson): This video is going to teach you how to issue store credit and then later allow a customer to use store credit to pay for an order. First, we’ll click on find to choose our customer, and we’ll go to edit customer. We’ll then click on the account info tab. And we’ll click the O button next to open account date. This customer now has an open account meaning they can receive store credit, or in the case of commercial accounts, they could charge transactions to on account as a payment method. The only difference is positive and negative values. We’ll click on update. Now we will issue a refund to this customer with store credit.