Laundry tracking, the simple money saver for linen cleaners - 27/02/2017
With travel, tourism and hospitality growing and linen cleaning and washing services increasingly being outsourced, business is booming for industrial laundries and commercial cleaners. Cutting costs and simplifying operations are key ways of getting a piece of the pie. In a new whitepaper, we discuss how Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can help optimize laundry service management.
Impacting the bottom line
Finding new ways of saving time, energy and labour is a hot topic in the laundry business. In high volume operations, especially, even a slight cut in labour or linen replacement expenses can measurably impact the bottom line. In its new whitepaper, Century Europe outlines how Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can help to reduce costs and streamline operations, making user companies more efficient and more profitable. RFID systems offer a way of tracking products by attaching a label, or tag, to each one.
Benefits of ‘laundry tracking’
RFID-based ‘laundry tracking’, as Century Europe calls it, offers numerous benefits, especially to high-volume players:
- Improved inventory control
- Less labour
- Optimized lifecycles
- Accurate and timely billing
- Real-time traceability
- Enhanced customer satisfaction
Asset management struggles
In the whitepaper, Century Europe looks at specific benefits per industry and also discusses some RFID product concepts that have proven successful. In the hospitality industry, for instance, businesses using commercial laundry services often struggle with asset management. Hotels, resorts and spas often spend many hours daily trying to keep track of huge quantities of towels and linens. In addition to high labour costs, they face costs resulting from theft, too: shrinkage costs this market millions of euros every year.
Laundry tracking with RFID offers an exciting solution to these challenges. Using RFID tags and software to track items through the commercial laundry process improves inventory management, reduces loss and facilitates real-time asset visibility. It also boosts the efficiency of operational processes, the whitepaper argues, as an RFID system can automatically identify and sort linens, garments and other textiles, even while in bulk bags – which means items do not have to be handled or unpacked individually.
Download the whitepaper ‘Industrial laundry – how RFID technology can help to optimize laundry service management’