Although off-premise laundries have come under pressure as a result of a cyclical shift to on-premise laundry operations especially in the healthcare industry, the laundry sector still benefits significantly from ad-hoc outsourcing of laundry functions by government agencies.
A number of franchise opportunities such as Laundry Dynamics, Pressed in Time, Eazi Laundromatic and Fresh Laundry have arisen.
A growth area in the commercial side of this sector is textile rental where the launderer supplies the textiles as well as washing them. Approximately 25% of all protective work wear used in South Africa is currently on garment rental.
The dry cleaning and laundry industry is under pressure as a result of the high costs of electricity and water as well as the high rentals charged in shopping centres and malls. Commercial laundries are focusing on how to reduce these costs. Read more