Have you considered hiring a professional distributor to jumpstart your vended laundry service?
A qualified distributor can show you how to analyze all the important laundry usage demographics for your area. This works for coin-op laundry shops, university residences, hotels, and many other places that depend on lots of laundry washing to support operations. This article will specifically address what RJ Kool can do for clients who operate coin-op stores with several washers and dryers.
How Does a Professional Distributor Help You Assess Demographics?
When you’re running any brick-and-mortar business, you have to devote lots of attention to two critical components: 1) Location, location, location, and 2) Demographics. This means you must identify the best place to set up shop, and then know what kind of clientele you can support. Assuming you already know where you want to put your coin-op laundry business, let’s look at that second aspect, your target customers.
This mostly revolves around knowing what kinds of folks are most likely to use your laundry machines. Which of these would be the point of emphasis for your business?
- College Students
- Healthcare Patients
- Employees (uniforms and supplies)
- Athletic Center Patrons
- Inmates in Correctional Facilities
Once you know the basics, you can calculate their expected laundry usage. This would then determine overall demand, which tells you how much cleaning power, efficiency, and utility usage you require.
Coin-op laundry services would need to spend further time with a laundry demographic expert (like one of our consultants) to assess the amount of laundry usage you expect each day. This considers your local population, what proportion of folks might use coin-op laundry, and whether you have competition nearby.
RJ Kool Can Also Help Design Your Facility
Then, the other major service we offer involves designing your facility, which covers everything from machine layouts to managing utility expectations. RJ Kool can design the perfect laundry facility for your small business, community HOA, or apartment complex.
These are a few of the most relevant design components.
- How many machines you need.
- The washing or extraction-cleaning required to satisfy your patrons.
- Where to position machines in your facility.
- Connecting equipment to utility lines and ensuring proper exhaust and ventilation.
- Ways to make everything clean, accessible, and user-friendly for your patrons.
- How to troubleshoot washer and dryer problems and apply preventative maintenance.
Qualities of a Professional Distributor You Should Expect
It’s also crucial that you only work with a reputable distributor or consultant for designing your laundry facility. You don’t want to partner with a wholesaler who just wants to shove their merchandise onto you without evaluating your particular business needs.
When you’re considering which distributor to hire for any commercial vending purposes, it’s important to check for qualifications. We don’t recommend working with someone who doesn’t have factory-trained technicians. It would put you at a serious disadvantage to only rely on a generalist or handyman since today’s laundry equipment is more nuanced and technical than in the past.
Finally, make sure you ask about extended warranty coverage for any new items you purchase. There’s nothing worse than buying a dozen or more washers and dryers, only to watch several of them break because they were defective somehow. Warranty coverage is imperative in commercial laundry service.
Contact RJ Kool for Reliable Consulting & Other Laundry Services
RJ Kool is your best source for distribution, facility design, repair, and anything else related to laundry equipment. We supply top-caliber washers and dryers to organizations of all stripes, including hospitals, hotels, prisons, and neighborhood laundry shops.
Contact RJ Kool today to find out why we’re the Midwest’s most professional distributor and laundry machine repair service.