If you operate a furniture, appliance or home improvement business, consider stocking washing machines. Homeowners find washer machines an essential appliance. Washing machine manufacturers produce a large variety of clothes washing machines to accommodate different needs and different sizes of laundry rooms. Manufacturers make compact, energy efficient and adjustable washers.
Other businesses use washing machines to provide a service. Laundromats, hotels, hospitals, dry cleaners, apartment complexes, car washes and other businesses need laundry machine equipment as part of their operations. These businesses evaluate equipment purchase in much the same way as appliance retailers would. They look for durability, large capacity and multiple cycles. Space saving equipment would not be as much of a consideration as it would be for the retailer.
Before purchasing washing machines:
1. Decide which brands of washing machines to carry.
2. Identify suppliers of washing machines.
3. Arrange maintenance services for washing machine repair.
4. Compare features and benefits of top loading washers with front loaders.
Compare features and prices of washing machinesBecause of brand loyalty, an appliance store must carry the best known brand names in washing machines. Offer customers enough choices so they don't have to go somewhere else to buy the appliance. Businesses that use washing machines in providing a service must also evaluate which machine best meets their needs.
Evaluate washing machine suppliersThe buyer can purchase machines directly from the manufacturer, often for bulk prices. However, you may not always get the best prices or variety. Investigate other suppliers that will provide you the best service. Smaller suppliers often have better customer service and benefits, such as free shipping.
Buy commercial and coin-operated washing machines for service-oriented businessesSeveral types of businesses require large capacity or coin-operated washing machines. Hotels purchase machines both for washing their own linen and to allow guests to wash their own clothes. Laundromats use coin-operated machines so that customers can do their own laundry without having to pay attendants to collect money.
Consider offering washing machine repair service for customersDespite manufacturer's warranties, appliances still break. Sometimes repairs don't cost very much, while other repairs cost more than a new machine. Decide whether your business wants to hire in-house service people or contract a repair service through the manufacturer or an independent agency.
- Today's consumers are environmentally conscious and thrifty. Appliance stores should stock energy efficient and ergonomic equipment. Businesses that use washing machines to provide a service should be equally as energy conscious in their selection of equipment in order to keep operating costs down.