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Rope-Ties for no starch and white ones for starch. My reasoning is the memory aid that is built in. Starch is a white powder/liquid (hence the white rope-tie) and No-starch has no additive so the water is clear; clear, blue water. But, lots of places that I visit already have an established colour indicator for starch. Perhaps they put shirts that need to be starch in yellow net bags. In that case, I don’t hesitate to use Yellow Rope Ties for starch. Some see logic in using a white rope for no- starch. The memory aid that I introduce in that scenario is no-starch = no colour (white). When you introduce a new procedure of any type, its always helpful to establish a memory aid too. It really helps new procedures to catch on quickly! Idea #3: This one is easy. If you have two starch levels plus no starch, you will need 3 colors. One for no starch, one for some starch, and one for extra starch. The colors are arbitrary. Idea #4: Wait! Maybe you don’t need 3 colors for that. In the interest of keeping the cost down as well as the inventory of a thousand Rope-Ties in 3 colors, try this: Let’s say that white indicates starch and blue is no starch. Because you need two Rope-Ties for every bundle of 7 shirts, let’s take advantage of the 2 Rope- Ties. For a bundle of shirts that must be heavily starched, use two white Rope-Ties, use two blue ones for no-starch. For regular starch, use a white Rope-Ties at the top and a blue at the bottom of the bundle. This will pare down your initial purchase substantially. Idea #5: Let’s think a bit more on how we can use the two ropes per bundle to our advantage. This is going to open the floodgates to a whole bunch of new ideas. Let’s think about 3 colors; Red, Blue and Green. These can indicate sequencing Red = rush (memory aid: UPS Red), Blue = Next up (memory aid: UPS Blue) and then the last priority, GReen (memory aid: Ground service). The 2nd rope tie indicates the starch level (for example white for starch, yellow for no starch). If you need a 3rd starch level, first decide which is the least popular. Let’s say that heavy starch is rare, but relevant. In those cases, staple a Heavy Starch instruction flag around the Rope-Tie near the white button. The waksman needs to observe the white button so that he knows if it needs starch or not, he will see the instruction flag 24 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017 l Registered Insurance Broker l Qualified Practising Insurance Broker l Member of the National Insurance Brokers Association Suite 702, 251 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction. 2022. We offer in-depth knowledge of the Australian insurance industry and extensive experience of the insurance needs of business. Effective risk management and asset protection are crucial to the survival of your business. For a competitive quotation and report on YOUR particular insurance requirements, please, contact Geoff Cartwright today. Tel.: (02) 9387 6677 Fax.: (02) 9387 7272 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cartwrightinsurance.com.au “CARTWRIGHT's” have been arranging insurance for drycleaners and allied traders since 1972.
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