Payment systems provider ESD recently teamed up with Cents, a business management software company. Through this partnership, laundromats that currently feature ESD’s card reader equipment now have access to the Cents operating platform– with a no-cost delivery system, payroll and employeemanagement, a POS system, and full-service order management. In essence, ESD and Cents have created an integrated product enabling laundry businesses utilizing ESD’s hardware and cash-card technology to leverage Cents’in-store and remote management platform. According to Cents, the demand for this partnership has been“amplified through the accelerated growth of on-demand and full-service laundry, due to the impact of COVID-19.” “ESD has been a market leader in the laundry industry for decades, supporting the growth and accessibility of laundry for business owners and consumers through our hardware and payment systems,”saidWayne Lewis, CEO of ESD.“We are excited to enable our customers to be part of the Cents network and to integrate their powerful software to create something that will truly elevate our industry.” “At Cents, everything we do is focused around creating the largest network of laundromat owners that can leverage the Cents platform to increase margins and revenue through operating efficiency and larger order volume,”explained Alex Jekowsky, CEO of Cents.“We are so excited to be working with ESD to grow that network, integrate with the best hardware in the industry, and create a truly complete offering for business owners in the industry.” ESD, Cents Announce New Partnership The LaundryCares’mission is to utilize laundromats in an effort tomeet basic needs and deliver essential services to underserved communities – including free laundry services through the organization’s Free Laundry & Literacy Days, learning resources geared to spur early childhood development, and disaster-relief assistance. The Coin Laundry Association’s LaundryCares Foundation was recently recognized as a finalist in the prestigious Chicago Innovation Awards program. The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 19th year, is the Chicago region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products or services brought to market each year. In all, 272 organizations were nominated for this year’s awards. As a group, these nominees are responsible for generating more than $5.6 billion in new revenues, 7,322 new jobs and 1,683 patents from their nominated new products and services. “We are proud to have been awarded as one of the top 100 for the Chicago Innovation Awards for our powerful pairing of laundromats and early literacy,”said Dan Naumann, executive vice president of LaundryCares. “Being recognized by this prestigious organization honors the work of laundromat owners, as well as the vision of the CLA and LCF Boards to create better outcomes for kids and families. We are both honored and galvanized by this recognition and sincerely thank the CLA network for its ongoing support.” LaundryCares Named Finalist in Chicago Innovation Awards Program
Star Distributing Names Vice President of Sales
Star Distributing – headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. – has named John Herron vice president of sales. In his new position, Herron will be responsible for the company’s sales efforts within the vended laundry and OPL segments. He will serve operators in Tennessee, Kentucky, northern Alabama and northern Georgia. Prior to joining Star Distributing, Herron – who also is a laundromat owner – was as a regional sales manager for ElectrostimMedical Services, based in Tampa, Fla. During his time with the company, he oversaw the hiring, training and management of a 28-person sales team covering an eight-state territory throughout the northern Midwest.
Daniels Equipment Hosts ‘Hybrid’ Profit Symposium
Laundromat owners from six New England states recently attended the first hybrid Daniels Equipment Co. Inc. Profit Symposium: Next Steps Together. The event, which focused on laundry sanitization and disinfection, blended online presentations and panel discussions with face-to-face vendor experiences and equipment discounts. “Our goal was to reach customers and ensure they receive the critical information needed to thrive and succeed in today’s COVID-19-impacted market,”said LisaMahan, executive sales coordinator for Daniels Equipment. “The content of the show targeted building-owner profits, providing peace of mind to vended laundry customers and the SAN-O3-WASH ozone solution.” Show presenters included Coin Laundry Association President and CEO BrianWallace and Anderson Chemical Director of Sales Craig Kronbeck –
as well as a SAN-O3-WASH customer panel that featured Art Jaeger, David Menz, Howard Lee and AdamDixon. This event was co-sponsored by Anderson Chemical, Card Concepts Inc., Continental Creative Services, Continental Girbau, Cost-Less Parts, Eastern Funding, High Mark Manufacturing Inc., LG and Paystri.