Is It Time for Your Company to Invest in New Laundry and Recycling Containers?
The holidays are approaching. With less than two weeks until Christmas and less than three weeks until the new year, companies are recording their inventory and planning for their 2017 budgets. Just as families are taking inventory of what new items they will receive for Christmas and making plans to phase out older, out grown, or unused items, companies are also taking inventory. From hotels to large entertainment venues, from restaurants to child care centers, the beginning of a new year often includes planning for new budgets for new supplies.
And while it may be more exciting for children to open new toys as gifts, companies planning for their 2017 needs may be looking at items far more utilitarian and basic. From recycling carts to rolling laundry carts, the supplies and equipment that are used every day often need to be replaced. For while a restaurant may deal with daily menu specials and child care centers may focus on teaching letter sounds, one thing that they both have in common is laundry. In the case of a child care center, for instance, the amount of laundry that needs to be done on a daily basis is significant. From the infant sheets that are washed every day to the hand cloths and towels that are used for meal times, behind the scenes of any reputable child care center is a staff that is making sure that everything is collected, washed, and put away in an efficient manner.
Big Jobs Require Big Pieces of Equipment and Rolling Carts
At home, we can rely on one or two laundry baskets, but at businesses like hotel chains, hospitals, and day care centers a few small plastic laundry baskets would be a waster of time. Instead, large, industrial rolling laundry carts make for easier and more efficient collection of items that must be transported to the laundry room and washed. Although many of us are familiar with the large rolling laundry carts that we see at the hotels where we stay, we might not be aware that these industrial items are a common site at other locations as well. Bulk containers that are used to gather recycling and rolling laundry carts that are used for linens, in fact, are often a hidden part of many operations.
From Olympic swim trial locations to college sporting venues, for instance, large laundry carts on wheels provide a quick gathering spot for thousands of towels a day. And while some laundry is done on site, other places use these large rolling laundry carts to transport soiled items to the loading dick where they are picked up by laundry trucks. some laundry carts are big enough to hold up to 1,000 pounds of items and can be used in the largest of venues. Other smaller industrial carts are able to provide enough space for all of the towels and linen on a single hotel floor. Wither way, these carts make the process of collecting and doing laundry more time efficient.
By the end of the year 2016, revenues of industrial laundry in America are projected to reach approximately $7.45 billion. While much of this industry is based on professional laundry services that pick up and deliver laundry on a daily basis, another part of the industry is in the not so simple, and not so small, coin laundry business. Coin laundries, in fact, have a market worth of between $50,000 and more than $1 million, generating as little as $15,000 and as much as $200,000 on a yearly basis. The average coin laundry occupies approximately 2,250 square feet, although they can vary between 1,000 and 5,000 square feet, according to the Coin Laundry Association.
For most families, talk of the new year is focused on gifts for the children and travels to see the relatives. For many companies, however, talk at the end of one year and the beginning of the next includes ordering new and updated supplies. Families may worry about getting a few linens washed in time for visiting relatives and how much laundry the daughter coming home from college might bring, but an entire industry is built around the laundry tasks in businesses as diverse as child care centers and sporting venues.