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22 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2015 WRAP UP WHAT DID THESE PLANTS HAVE IN COmmON? WHAT WAS DIFFERENT? TO LIST jUST A FEW: • All of the plants were spotlessly clean. (One of them scarily so, with a spilltray from which you could have eaten lunch.) • Counter areas clean, inviting and functional. • Good branding and good retail and promotional displays. • Four solvent types & equipment on display, with loads finishing allowing “touch & feel”. • Integrating drycleaning with commercial work and opportunities. • Computerised integrated sorting system + sound + POS. • Equipment to vacuum pack and seal furnishings and clothing. • Drycleaning cooling water as a feed into the washing process, (replacing cooling towers). • Plant layout and counter design, with the latest in equipment and technology. •Asite that is “state of the art”. • Innovations in bagging equipment. • The latest in processing and finishing equipment. • The opportunity to source alternative supplies, fittings, chemicals, etc. • Lots of “one percenters” to improve business. BUT jUST AS ImPORTANTLY: HOW DID ATTENDEES BENEFIT FROm THIS “BEST EVER” TOUR • The opportunity to meet, share and interact with like- minded business owners, both on site and in a social atmosphere. These friends and contacts are long term relationships. • The willingness of DIA members and particularly our 6 host sites to share ideas, information and opportunities was ... just great. • The generosity and welcome from the Tauntons • The depth of DIA to conduct such a function and supported by country, city and interstate attendees makes an event such as this very worthwhile from all viewpoints. Michael and Caroline Woodward from Hamilton Drycleaning & Laundry summed it up with their comment, ”Once again, thank you for making the weekend happen and I can certainly say the drycleaners who didn’t make the trip missed out on a great time and great ideas”. Special thanks to our 6 host plants, and to Justine Hicks who co-ordinated registrations and arranged meals and accommodation. Brian Tonkin Member Liaison. Ed.: Door prizes were kindly given by Thermopatch and Stelco. The winners of the Stelco round of golf at The Heritage were Brett & Lisa Worrell, Classic Drycleaners, Warrnambool. Feedback from those who attended (via anonymous Survey Monkey – results overleaf) reveal a high level of satisfaction for the investment of time and money. And some very constructive ideas to make the next one even better! The Association also encouraged two companies to join as full Members. Congratulations, DIA VIC on an excellent weekend! The weekend provided a great showcase for the efforts of DIA VIC on behalf of its Members, and the camaraderie that can be had with fellow industry people. Brian Tonkin spoke with Eddie Chan about Membership benefits. No doubt hetoogotalotout of the weekend.
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