Gee! Is it already the end of the year! It seems like I just wrote this column. It’s December and this is when I send Santa Claus my wish list. I compile a list of things that I believe will benefit shirt launderers and drycleaners that do shirts. The Clean Show offered an excellent array of new products; things I [...]
We haven’t done this is quite a while. This month I have some shirt pressing defects; what causes them and how to prevent them. Whenever I am in a drycleaning plant, I am constantly evaluating quality. Many times I snap pictures, not so much for this column,
This year, there were quite a few new products introduced for those of us in the business of washing and pressing shirts and I am excited to share them with you! First up, Covers Etc, Inc. They have re-branded themselves, changed their logo and put
The Clean Show in 2007 was supposed to be in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina frightened many show organizers who feared that New Orleans would be unable to right itself and brush itself off in time. Nawlins was suitably perturbed, but they got the last laugh. The city is in fine shape and last month, [...]
When you go to the Clean Show, surely you will be looking at shirt pressing equipment. Everybody does. If you dont do shirts, you wonder whether you should reconsider and you wonder why the shirts that come back from your wholesaler dont look like the ones being pressed at the show. And if you do [...]
It seems that this should be a column that I write in the middle of the slow season. But you are reading this in the middle of the busiest time of year. This is the time that you’ve looked forward to all year. Now is when you have cash left over at the end of the bills. But let’s [...]
Guess what? Having a minimum number of staff members is often not the way to have the lowest possible labor cost!
Last month, I gave you an assignment. I asked you to become very familiar with your shirt equipment and to familiarize yourself with “tweaks” that may have been applied to the shirt unit. How close to “factory spec” is your machine? Have timings been adjusted? Pads and covers modified? Duct tape applied?
The Clean Show 2009 will be upon us in four months. When you go, you will surely see all sorts of shirt units. Some unlike any you have ever seen before. It seems that over the last ten years or so, there have been more innovations in shirt pressing equipment than at any other time in the [...]
When I was a shirt wholesaler over 15 years ago, we used to charge $5.25 to hot head press Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU’s). I used to call them “fatigues” back then and I think that I still do, but I think that I always preceded the word with a vulgar adjective. They were truly a money loser [...]