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Laundrylux Allies with Coin-O-Matic

Laundry equipment manufacturer Laundrylux recently announced a new distributor relationship with Coin-O-Matic – headquartered in Chicago US.  This company is celebrating a century in business and the partnership gives them the opportunity to expand their services with Electrolux equipment.

The distributorship offers commercial laundry solutions and equipment for laundromats and on-premises laundry facilities throughout the Chicago, northern Illinois and northern Indiana markets. The Chicago-based company has also gains access to the largest parts department and most experienced team of laundry experts in its territory.

The partnership means a great deal in the manufacturer’s  continued expansion plans, as partnering with Coin-O-Matic in the US Midwest market presents ample growth opportunities in the region, as the manufacturer reported.

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White Conveyors Appoints New VP of Sales

White Conveyors is pleased to announce that Timothy Carney has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Tim will be responsible for directing the company’s regional and global sales force. He will also be driving the continued growth of the commercial and industrial laundry, dry cleaning, hospitality, correctional institution, and retail garment handling markets.

Carney has gathered over 35 years of experience building. He has been leading and managing sales teams, tackling complex sales and operational problems as well as guiding organizational strategy. His expertise includes Strategic Growth through Teamwork, Innovation, Brand Development and E-commerce. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Sales at Gerber Childrenswear, where he worked for almost 17 years. In his roles at this company, he cultivated a customer’ focused culture that allowed the company to better assertain and respond to customer’ needs as it grew.

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CINTAS Corporation Announced 2020 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

CINTAS reported results for its fiscal 2020 fourth quarter ended May 31, 2020. Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $1.62 billion, a decrease of 9.7% over last year’s fourth quarter. Earnings per diluted share (EPS) from continuing operations were $1.35 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, a decrease of 34.5% over last year’s fourth quarter EPS.

According to Mr. Scott D. Farmer, Cintas’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the COVID-19 was a significant disruption to the business in 2020 fourth quarter, after the government-required closure of many businesses.

With a portfolio includuing products and services such as uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and training and compliance courses, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the Nasdaq-100 Index.

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New Mexican standard for textile labels

Market Survey in Germany Shows the Importance of Care Labelling

According to a GINETEX market survey – 83 percent of German consumers pay attention to care labels and almost every second person looks at the labels before buying. These were the results of a recent survey amongst 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 65 on “shopping and washing behaviour”. According to Thomas Lange, chairman of GINETEX Germany – the international association for the care labelling of textiles and chief executive of the German fashion association German Fashion – “The care label has become a quality feature.”

Some other outcomes of the survey: If the care label is missing in a piece of clothing, every third consumer does not buy it. About 39 percent of the people pay attention to the symbols when washing. Due to lack of time, a  third do not pay attention to care labels. One in three of them stated that the labels were removed.

The main criteria that consumers pay attention to are appearance, value for money and quality. Every fifth person looks at the brand, every tenth at the country of origin. Lange: “If you maintain your clothing strictly according to the manufacturer’s instructions, you will get its value for a longer time and shrinking or discoloration will be prevented.”

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New Partnership to Boost Cotton Sustainability in US

US-based Field to Market – the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol – have announced a new agreement that formalizes a partnership between the two organizations. The aim is to document and accelerate sustainable outcomes for U.S. cotton production. The new partnership intends to strengthen cotton growers and the value chain in driving continuous improvement, combining two of the industry’s leading sustainability assessment frameworks.

Together, the two organisations will assess progress against the U.S. cotton industry’s established environmental targets. By 2025, the industry aims to achieve targeted reductions in soil loss, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy use, alongside increased land use efficiency and soil carbon.  The Trust Protocol completed a successful project pilot in 2019, and has begun fully implementing its programs in 2020, with a goal to enroll at least 500 producers by December 2020.

Ken Burton, Executive Director of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol: “Sustainability is a growing priority for the U.S. cotton value chain, from consumers, brands, retailers to textile manufacturers. We are looking forward to collaborating with Field to Market to scale our collective sustainability impact, meet our industry targets and strengthen the sustainability of U.S. Cotton.”

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Another impact of COVID-19 … Booming Digital Transformation!

For quite some time now, restaurants have been using online technologies to improve the guest experience. The entire hospitality industry has shifted to more online interactions with guests. For instance, the Instagram activities, but also pre- and post-visits, as consumers’ social mentions, reviews and actions have come online.

The COVID-19 impact is that digital transformation simply accelerated what had already been happening. During the lockdown, restaurant owners only had their digital front door open to keep servicing their customer base. Communications moved online in a matter of days. Guests searched online to know which restaurants may be open, which ones are offering delivery or take-away services. According to Google trends, the search term ‘Delivery’ related to food categories reached an all-time-high!

The pandemic has also accelerated the sector’s digital transformation, because they now have to rely on technology to increase the speed and efficiency of their processes, and provide an even more customer-centric experience. Hospitality businesses are not only becoming technology platforms to encourage customer loyalty and communications, but also to autotomize processes to maintain data accuracy in their online environments a consumer may visit. No doubt this booming digital dependence will also influence other sectors, including professional textile services.

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Covid-secure Interclean Amsterdam: Onsite + Online!

Since the Dutch government recently announced a further relaxation of coronavirus measures, RAI Amsterdam can again host and facilitate major events without having to restrict visitor numbers beyond the normal capacity.The convention centre is Covid-secure and will operate fully in line with all health and safety guidelines. RAI is to be among the first venues in Europe to reopen.

In order to attract an even broader audience, Interclean has extended the physical event – taking place from 3-6 November at RAI Amsterdam – to a combination of online and in-person visiting. It will be possible for everyone to join in, in accordance with global government and company restrictions on traveling and large gatherings.

During the show, online and onsite educational sessions will complement each other and are available for everybody throughout the day. A solution that goes together with the possibility to (virtually) visit companies, plan meetings and socialise with peers. In addition to the regular knowledge programme onsite, attendees will be able to follow the interactive sessions live online, in which they can ask questions directly to the speakers. With this new approach, the event intends to provide an impulse for the sector which it is much needed in global health issues.

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Messe Frankfurt’s Protection and Hygiene Concept Enables Face-to-face Meetings

Messe Frankfurt has developed a protection and hygiene concept that combines detailed hygienic, medical and organisational measures. The concept is to ensure that events can resume safely. Hygiene, social distancing and a supply of fresh air are important factors in the concept, which has been approved by the relevant authorities. The concept will be implemented at the first events in the autumn and also at the upcoming Heimtextil, to be held from 12-15 January 2021.

Olaf Schmidt, the company’s Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies : “There is a huge desire to meet face to face. The need to exchange information about new products, trend and market developments is there and also the wish to give business activities a boost after the restart.”

The concept’s top priority is the health and safety of all exhibitors, visitors, partners and employees. The organisation is following recommendations of the German Robert Koch Institute. They  have led to larger stands, wider aisles, safe stand construction concepts and comprehensive hygiene measures. Furthermore, gastronomic outlets will remain in line with the local applicable regulations for gastronomy and traceability of all participants will be guaranteed. The organisation ensures that protection and hygiene measures are constantly being adapted.

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Superior Laundry Joins Maytag Distributor Network

US-based  Maytag Commercial Laundry has named Superior Laundry Equipment Co. as their new supporting distributor for their commercial laundry products in southern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and select northern counties of Maryland.

Founded in 2005 by Michael Gekelman, Superior Laundry is a full-service distributor serving the vended laundry, on-premises laundry and multi-housing laundry markets. Michelle Suhy-Elzinga, the national sales manager for Maytag notes:. “We’re very excited for the appointment of Michael and his team into this area. They will be able to provide all our new and existing customers the service and support they’ve been accustomed to.” Gekelman also manages laundry facilities that he built and continues to operate. This experience has provided him with insight into what it takes to run a laundry business.

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Covid19 Aftermath … Customer Care by Virtual Reality!

Electrolux Professional recently launched a new remote guidance app which can help customers complete a number of service and maintenance tasks on its professional laundry equipment. The new application is called Two Pairs of Eyes and uses augmented reality technology. It is available on mobile and tablet devices and allows service and maintenance technicians to remotely guide customers through basic servicing, repair and maintenance tasks, as well as remote training and product tutorials.

The app enables that any necessary restorative work can take place on sites with strict access limitations. Apart from that, the tool is stated to offer serious advantages over a standard video call, such as problems being solved 30% faster, with 50% less errors. The waiting times and associated costs for service visits can be cut, and downtime for end-users who are currently open and operating can also be minimised.

Darren Lockley, the company’s head of region UK & Ireland commented: “Social distancing certainly presents a challenge when it comes to maintaining and servicing equipment. This tool is designed exactly for that, and can eliminate a lot of the confusion caused by other forms of remote diagnostics.” The app is available on IOS, Android and Windows devices.

 

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