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Running an Efficient Dry Cleaning Operation

As a drycleaner owner and operator, you understand how important it is to streamline processes and be as efficient as possible. With increased efficiency comes increased profit, so creating an effective operation is paramount to your success. With that said, there are some considerations to take into account to better improve your process and your performance. Even more importantly, however, is securing your operation with an iron-clad FabriCare Insurance Program.

What better way to get feedback and advice than from your local competitors? While this may be tricky to accomplish, there are ways to get behind the scenes and check out other operations. According to American Dry Cleaner, it’s wise to join a cost group. Visit dry cleaners in other markets that you met at trade conventions. On a road trip, line up several dry cleaners to visit. Call fellow association members to arrange for swap visits — you visit my place and I’ll visit your place, and we’ll learn from each other. This way, instead of viewing each other as competition, you can serve as mentors for each other’s businesses.

Further, implement performance benchmarks. Keep track of these on a digital platform so that you can determine how your new processes are working. Next, think of the big picture. From item drop off to putting it on the finished rail for retrieval, how many steps, machines, and people are required to complete the job? Think about what can be rearranged, minimized or maximized, and what processed can be added or removed to make the process run smoother.

Lastly, it is wise to motivate your employees to help reach the goals you have set. By offering some sort of incentive- monetary or otherwise- your employees will be more likely to help contribute to reaching the goal in the amount of time you have allotted. However, be sure to never compromise quality as this is the backbone of your business. Whether you choose to forego a step or rearrange machinery, make sure the end result always upholds top quality for your customers.

At Irving Weber Associates, we understand what it takes to run a successful dry cleaning business, including the risks of legal claims and challenges that exist. We offer laundry insurance programs such as the FabriCare Advantage program to ensure that you are financially protected the best way possible, so that your business can continue to thrive. Please contact us today to learn more at (855) 764-7406.