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Five Unconventional Ways to Use a Commercial Laundry Cart for Your Business

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You may never look at a commercial laundry cart the same way again. These sturdy, wheeled carts are perfect for so many tasks and chores. From moving products and materials around your facility to cleaning up the space after a long day, you can put laundry carts to work in more ways than one. Continue reading

Considerations When Choosing the Right Laundry Cart for Your Business

 

It may not seem to be the most pressing issue in this tough economic climate, but making the right decision on what containers will serve your business best can have both financial and practical implications that can affect your bottom line and productivity. Choosing the right laundry carts for your business may be a good example.

There are a variety of different laundry carts on the market, both new and used, and the characteristics of these carts hold different advantages and disadvantages for your business.

 

New Laundry Carts or Used?

Recycling is not just a buzzword these days, but has become a real issue for clients and for the entire planet. There are a variety of reasons why you would want to choose either new or used carts.

New laundry carts may be the right choice for your company if you require your laundry carts to meet certain standards or requirements. Hospitals, for example, have strict requirements for all medical equipment, and there is also the issue of contamination to consider when dealing with patients. Purchasing new carts may be more expensive but they offer the advantage of knowing what they have been used for in the past.

 On the other hand, if your laundry cart requirements do not include strict standards of compliance or if issues with regards to the appearance of your carts are not consequential, then buying used laundry carts may offer a distinct cost saving for your company. 

Buying and using recycled or previously owned containers can also be an advantage for your company in terms of supporting the environment and the earth’s resources. “Green” companies are seeing a distinct advantage in terms of client support and marketing and the power of your customers and perception about your company should not be underestimated.

 

Canvas or plastic?

Laundry carts come in a variety of materials, from canvas to plastic. The canvas on the laundry carts can often be removed and cleaned, which can be a distinct advantage depending on your usage of the carts. Plastic can also be cleaned to a certain extent and may have a longer lifespan. Canvas is slightly harder to use for branding purposes than plastic.

 

Open or Closed Laundry Carts

Once again, the choice between open and closed laundry carts depends on your particular needs. The advantage of an open laundry cart system is that the laundry cart can be accessed from all sides of the cart, which makes loading and unloading a lot easier. The disadvantage to open laundry carts is that the contents of the cart will be on display. This could be an issue when clients or customers are able to view the contents of the cart. 

 The contents of an open laundry cart are also exposed to contamination and to the environment. It is therefore a good idea to think about where the laundry cart will be going in order to assess whether the contents of the cart can be affected by dirt, dust, or other contaminants in the environment.

Closed laundry carts offer the advantage of keeping the contents safe from dirt in the environment, and they may look neater. The disadvantage of closed carts is that loading and unloading may be more difficult, and that the task of loading and unloading may be limited to one or two sides of the containers.

 

Casters or Stationary?

Another option you are often given in terms of selecting the right laundry cart for your business is the choice between stationary carts or carts that come with casters. If your laundry carts are going to be used in a single location, without requiring much movement, then a stationary cart would be the right choice for your business.

Carts with casters make the job of transporting the contents from one location to another far simpler and, for the most part, laundry containers with casters are the more popular choice. Most laundry carts with casters also have a locking facility to keep the cart stationary as needed. 

A little organization can save you money and time. When choosing your next laundry carts, speak to your employees. Find out what type of cart and what attributes will suit them best. Investigate the market for both new and used laundry carts to evaluate your options before purchasing. The investment you make will most likely be used for a few years, so take the time to choose wisely and consider all of your options.

Advantages of Large Linen Carts


Laundry Carts, otherwise known as linen carts, are very large commercial carts that are constructed using lightweight, rigid plastic or flexible canvas and are mounted on wheels. These carts are designed to allow those in the hospitality industry such as hotels, resorts, and even medical facilities to collect and deliver linens. Linen carts are constructed so that they are approximately 5′ to 6′ feet tall and are narrow in order to accommodate being pushed down hallways. This design prevents the carts from blocking walkways and hallways while linens are being collected and distributed throughout the facility. In addition to their sturdy, space saving design, they are also equipped with a cutout at the side which allows for rapid loading and unloading of used and fresh linens.
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The linen cart is one of the most useful and versatile pieces of equipment being used in many different industries. They are critical for those operating hotels and resorts as well as those running large commercial laundry facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and more. While the basic design is much the same for most linen carts, there are a few options available such as the addition of a removable panel that can be locked for secure storage. Having many quality linen carts in your facility will increase the efficiency and productivity of your employees and ultimately the satisfaction of your guests, adding more money to your bottom line.
If your business is looking to add additional linen carts to your operation, check out the selection of carts offered by Container Exchanger. They offer both new and used linen carts on both plastic and canvas designs from suppliers all over the United States, Canada and Mexico, so you will not only save money on your purchase, but on shipping costs as well.

How to Use Security Carts to Transport Food & Beverages


Lockable security carts and trucks are larger, metal containers that are constructed with a Security Cartroof and floor. These completely sealed containers include a lockable panel that allows businesses to be able to secure the contents inside. While these containers have long been used in the financial industry, from banks to casinos, to allow employees to move cash securely through areas that have a higher propensity for theft to occur, more and more businesses have taken notice of the usefulness of lockable security carts and have been deploying them in their businesses.
For example, event management companies often use security carts to distribute alcoholic beverages during an event and then secure the leftover alcohol containers and beverages in a storage room or in another potentially unsecure location without the added hassle of having to move them individually from the distribution cart to the storage container. Food service establishments such as those found in food courts or other shared spaces don’t have dedicated freezers or dry storage facilities. This means that they have to store their food items in a communal space, opening them up to loss and theft. However, by securing their inventory in security carts, they have the ability to utilize these community storage facilities without the worry of theft. And the list goes on and on.
Security carts are an extremely versatile storage and distribution container and adding one to your business will not only ensure that you have a great option for moving your materials from one place to another, you will also have a safe and secure storage solution.

Container Exchanger Provides Laundry Carts That Make Laundry Tasks Easier


There are many chores and errands that are considered unavoidable. These are certain functions of life that must be tended to in order to live happily, clean, and in order. Doing laundry is an errand that not only promotes health and cleanliness; it is also a form of a stress reliever. The average family actually does nearly 10 loads of laundry per week! That statistic alone goes to show how much we value cleanliness as a society. It is imperative to ensure that cleanliness is a value that is not only instilled for the benefits of the individual and their family, but also for everyone else in the environment.Laundry Cart
There is nothing more refreshing than walking into a building that is floating in smells of lavender and Irish spring scents of laundry detergent. In completing laundry tasks, it is important to ensure that one is equipped with the proper equipment. By utilizing Laundry Carts, the individual or group of people that are conducting loads of laundry can benefit from having an easier time in doing so. Laundry carts can come in different shapes and sizes, and offer users an opportunity to conduct their laundry loads with organization and orderliness. As some loads can take up a whole lot of space, laundry carts enable users to complete their tasks in the quickest times without losing any articles of clothing or fabric of any kind.
There are several industries and individuals that can benefit from using laundry carts. They are most commonly used in apartments, hotels, hospitals, senior homes, athletic locker rooms, homes, dorm rooms, and anywhere else people may be using as a place to reside in either momentarily, or permanently. Anyone that takes great care of themselves and their belongings, or even cares for others by helping them with theirs, can benefit from utilizing laundry carts.

Commercial Laundry Carts


Laundry carts are the must-have essentials that the hospitality industry cannot do without. These carts are designed to be durable and hold large volumes of linens. They also come in a wide variety of materials, sizes, colors and casters. The large laundry carts with a six bushel capacity are ideal for extra-large capacity needs. Many of them are available with air cushion bumpers to protect equipment and walls and have casters that prevent thread pick up and lint.
Laundry carts come in many different styles. The front load laundry cart with double poles makes it easy to both transport laundry and hang clothes. Many of the deluxe laundry carts feature an ergonomic design that facilitates loading and unloading while minimizing bending. With a convenient bottom shelf, it’s easy to keep detergents and other cleaning materials organized.
Commercial laundry carts for the hospitality industry come with options for accessories. Suppliers sell extra casters, bumper pieces and covers. Often, the covers are made of cloth with an elastic edge to fit over the top of the cart. In addition, there are hard plastic covers with a hinge that provide easy access to different parts of a multi-sectioned cart. Bumper pieces are made of foam and fit on the corners of hospitality laundry cars to prevent marks on furniture and walls while in transport. Vinyl, plastic and metal laundry carts have many advantages. They are lightweight, tear resistant, durable, easy to clean and do not stain due to spills or moisture.
When choosing a caster, consider the purpose. Corner pattern casters are ideal for tight environments that require full control. Diamond pattern casters are good for moving the laundry cart in a straight line, such has pushing the cart down a hallway. This style features stationary casters at the mid-point of the basket and smaller swivel casters in the center of each end. It carries the load well and doesn’t drift from side to side.

10 Ways to Save Money on Carts and Racks

The use of material handling carts and racks for shipping and storing products is a convenient way to not only protect them from damage, but also to move them around safely and efficiently. In the long run, material handling carts and racks can save your organization from the unnecessary expense of having to replace damaged items or the lost time in trying to transport items from one place to another. But there are even more ways to save money if you are considering using carts and racks for your business. Here are just a few:

Transport Cart1. Combine different materials such as steel and plastic to reduce overall weight. Steel is traditionally one of the main components in material handling carts and racks, but by substituting a little plastic where you can, you can lighten them quite a bit.

2. Check the market to see if someone is selling used material handling carts or racks. Most can be easily modified to meet different needs. You may be able to save quite a bit by purchasing used. Your packaging producer should be able to locate used racks for you as well.

3. Before placing a large material handling cart or rack order, have a prototype made. This way, your operators will be able to experiment with them, and make any necessary changes, before you commit to a final order.

4. Plan ahead. If your product needs to be handled in a special or unique way, you will want to inform your supplier. Although orders for carts and racks typically have a quick turnaround time, a sure-fire way to waste time is by rushing an order, ordering the wrong thing, and having to wait longer for the right product.Stack Rack Uprights

5. Identify everything you need your material handling cart or rack to do before placing an order. If they need to stack, collapse, roll, disassemble, or perform some other function, you will need to inform your supplier in advance.

6. Consider everything you may need to put into a material handling cart or rack. You may find that you want to use them to store supplies and materials as well as finished products. If so, the design of the carts or racks might have to incorporate dividers to accommodate different pieces and parts. You will want your supplier to know this before producing your order.

7. Make a “wants” versus “needs” checklist. Constantly adding new features will add up quickly. Do not eliminate “needs” features in an effort to save money. Rather, if you really want to decrease your costs, cross out only those features in your “wants” column.

8. Inspect and clean material handling carts and racks on a regular basis. Cleaning with mild soap and water will help extend the useful life of your carts and racks. And a little preventive maintenance every now and again will help prevent them from breaking completely.

9. Compare the cost of repairing and modifying carts and racks at your location versus sending them to an outside supplier. Sometimes, your carts can be modified to fit your needs by adding or removing something simple. Save costs by doing this yourself, if you can.

10. When you are done using your material handling carts and racks, consider selling them. Chances are, if they have been maintained and kept clean, there will be another company who can use your used items. Place and advertisement or have your supplier spread word that you would like to sell them. While you won’t get top dollar, something is better than nothing.

In closing, material handling carts and racks are an excellent way to protect products “in process” or those being shipped to the end user. Always rely on your packaging producer for guidance and direction to assure they meet your needs and produce the results you expected.
Article courtesy of ABC Packaging Direct
 

Container Exchanger wins Supply and Demand Chain Executive Green Award

In addition to its goal of achieving carbon neutrality for its offices by the end of 2009, Container Exchange offers its clients returnable packaging broker services, resell folding bulk containers, metal storage bins, plastic industrial totes, plastic pallets and used Gaylord boxes throughout the U.S. market. “Our clients, both buyers and sellers, use our services to reduce their own carbon footprints while simultaneously improving profitability,” says David Madden, president of the company.
Returnable packaging reduces landfill waste and energy consumption when compared to expendable packaging. However, over time, as a company’s product mix changes or a manufacturing contract expires, it may no longer have a use for the packaging associated with particular parts. In most cases, the packaging is still perfectly useable, but because they no longer have a use for the containers, the companies would have typically sold the containers to a scrap company, which would reprocess the materials, creating pollution, waste and additional energy use.
Container Exchange acts as a matchmaker between companies looking to dispose of returnable packaging and those looking to acquire the packaging. It is true that transportation of the packaging between buyer and seller through less-than-truckload and truckload-size shipments consumes energy, primarily in the form of fossil fuels. But Madden believes that as his company’s network increases in size and adds buyers and sellers, the chances of locating a matching set of returnable packaging close to a buyer increases, and that close proximity creates a financial and environmental impact through reduced freight costs and fuel use. Container Exchange currently is running at a rate of 400,000 lbs. of repurposed material per month.
Original Article can be found here.