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Laundry Management in Hospitality Operations

The lodging industry, like most other trades, is experiencing rapid change. Today, fewer customers have brand or name loyalty than in the past. While customers are still patronizing the type of establishment they prefer or can afford, most are making choices based on the quality of service and the amenities they receive.

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MAKING THE LEAP From Equipment Sales to Laundry Manager

SMC Textile Services in Raleigh, North Carolina has gone from 28,000 to 50,000 pounds a week and from 9 to 20 employees. “We’re at 8000 square feet,and we’re about to expand 2000 more,” half laughs owner Will Cox, as if he’s surprised to hear it himself.

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Motivating Unmotivated People

If you walk around a Walt Disney World resort or theme park, you are likely to witness something that in most other settings would seem bizarre. Not the presence of a large animated character, although you may witness that also. Rather, at any given moment, a person in dress clothes will be walking from one destination to another and will stop, pick up a piece of paper, a cup, or other piece of trash someone dropped, and throw it in a trash can. Executives do it, front line managers do it, hourly employees do it, everybody does it.

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Successfully Meeting and Greeting Ten Strategies for Getting Off to a Good Start

A day in the life of every businessperson is made up of a series of meetings and greetings. Whether you are making the initial contact with a client or a colleague, you want to get off on the right foot. Doing so will make the first encounter and subsequent ones go smoothly and easily. Getting off on the wrong foot can make for a difficult recovery. Save your energy for later and use these simple strategies for a successful start

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Dura-Cast, Innovative Ideas For Employee Relations

Off highway 27 in central Florida sit several warehouse buildings. A small sign outside reads Dura-Cast. The six building complex may just receive a passing glance from those driving by -- but the locals are well aware of the growing rotational molding company.  In fact, you’ll never see a help wanted sign outside the complex because this family owned company has developed a unique employee relations program.

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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.