- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question:What is an average cost per pound for washing hotel linens and terry (including sheets, pillow cases, bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, bath mats or bath rugs), as well as food and beverage (including napkins, square table cloths, rags and aprons)?
- Desiree H. Young, VentureWalk Business Partners, LLC
Answer:An average cost for operations ranges from 30-35 cents per pound processed in hotel textiles. In the food service area, the cost can run from 50-70 cents per pound processed. The process equipment and the quality grade of the textiles make a difference.
Hotel Textiles: The average life of a poly blend sheet is 200-600 turns. The average life of a bath towel is 40 to 50 turns a hand towel is 15 to 25 turns and a washcloth only lasts eight or 10 turns.
Table linens are difficult to estimate because of the fabric type, quality, and processing. I have seen numbers from 25-100 turns. Kitchen clothing and rags generally last in the range of 10-25 turns. All turns are based upon good product quality, and good washing practices.
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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine
GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.
The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.