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Dust In The Wind

Dust In The Wind

If you thought the month of June felt dustier than normal, guess what – you were right!!! Why? Well, a little-known fact that can help bring more people to your car wash is this; dust from the Sahara Desert is picked up as “Saharan Dust Storms” and carried across the Atlantic Ocean.  Dust in the wind! According to the NASA […]

The Most Valuable Real Estate in the United States

The Most Valuable Real Estate in the United States

Supermarket retail executives and their suppliers like to say that the most valuable real estate in the world is the shelving in a supermarket. Consumer products companies vie for the most preferred placement on the shelves. They can expect to pay high slotting fees to get a facing and then provide promotional support to keep their products on the shelves. […]

Competing Against The Big Guys…

Competing Against The Big Guys…

Independent car wash operators get buying power… A lot of independent businesses join forces in order to compete in the marketplace. From independent food retailers, hardware stores, and service providers – to independent insurance agencies and realtors. These markets frequently band together to leverage each other in order to better market themselves and compete with their bigger counterparts. These types […]

Tap-to-Pay is Here to Stay

Tap-to-Pay is Here to Stay

It’s here. Sooner than you think –Tap-to-Pay is here to stay. A recent Visa Back to Business Study found that safety influenced how 78% of global consumers pay due to the pandemic.Visa’s research also found that 46% of global consumers think “using contactless payment methods is among the most important safety measures for stores to follow.” That’s why tap-to-pay technology makes so much […]

Whether The Weather

Whether The Weather

What do farmers and car wash operators have in common?  They are weather watchers. And of course, weather is a key indicator for your car wash business. And, perhaps you know how your customers respond to weather patterns. If it’s raining, snowing, or the sun is shining, your business will be impacted one way or the other. It’s the big […]

David Beats Goliath

David Beats Goliath

Small operators hold almost 75% of the car wash market. The car wash industry is growing and changing at a rapid pace. New wash technologies, payment systems and competitive challenges abound. Now is not the time to stand still.  Smaller operators still hold the lion’s share of the market. The conveyor car wash space is still dominated by owners with […]

High-Tech is the new High-Touch

High-Tech is the new High-Touch

Wow! Nearly 50% of consumers say they will not shop at a store that doesn’t offer a contactless way to pay! Amazing. Right?! The facts are that COVID – 19 changed many things. Other than wearing masks, probably no other aspect of daily life has been changed more than a preference for touch-free payments. Tap and Pay is one of the […]

Consumers Want Contactless Payments – adding, “Don’t Waste My Time”

Consumers Want Contactless Payments – adding, “Don’t Waste My Time”

Perhaps you missed this.  In a great article, “Why Contactless Payments Are Key To Delivering Memorable In-Location Experiences,” Forbes outlined more of the ongoing, developing story about contactless payments. They are here to stay. But why is consumer movement to contactless payments such great news?.. Here’s why. Because it isn’t very often that an overwhelming percentage of consumers tell you […]

Low Inventory, Long Lead Times

Low Inventory, Long Lead Times

Why You Should Order Parts Now The COVID-19 pandemic certainly threw everyone for a loop, but electronics manufacturers especially suffered thanks to supply chain disruptions and component shortages.  The pandemic shut down a lot of avenues for raw materials and bulk electronic components, leaving manufacturers with half-finished products and idle capacity. Many components come from supply chains in Asia, and […]

Why September?

Why September?

Why September is the most important month of your year. I have long held the belief that Labor Day is the most important date to have highlighted on the promotional calendar of any brick-and-mortar retail business. Why? Simple. Before Labor Day everyone is making right-hand turns, and after Labor Day they are making left-hand turns. The fact is that during […]