Have you ever heard the expression “pennywise and dollar foolish?”. It is so easy to get caught up in that vortex while in the shirt business. This month, I present to you a few examples.
Are you afraid of raising your shirt price? I think that many drycleaners are, although I admit that it seems to be not as bad as it used to be. There are hundreds of drycleaners that now get well over $2 for their shirts, and there are many over $3. This is good news for [...]
Over the past few years, I have begun a bit of a tradition by writing a "holiday wish list" for my December column. I secretly wish that something that I dream about and mention in my column will inspire someone to run with it and the product eventually becomes main stream.
Many of us were in Las Vegas last month for the 2007 edition of the Clean Show that is now part of history. How ironic it is that in a city where an excellent return on investment is losing 3 and a half cents on the dollar, everyone attending and exhibiting at the Show really [...]
The Clean show will soon be upon us once again. I sure hope that you will be there. I love the Clean Show. I really do. I started out as an attendee 18 years ago in Dallas. Over the years, my role in the industry has changed in such a way that I am now [...]
True Cost of Packaging Enhancements
I often get asked about incentives, bonuses and piece-rate pay. Are they a good idea? Well, it is not the same answer for everyone, so I can not make a blanket statement and say it’s a great idea or it’s a lousy one. At some plants, it is perfect, for others it will accomplish nothing. [...]
Thinking about doing a little bit of discounting? Let’s talk about that for a minute. If you want to discount any particular item, what are you trying to accomplish? This is not rhetoric. There truly needs to be a point to discounting, and before you presume that I want to bash the entire concept, let [...]