Washed out: Increased competition and declining rental market will spin the industry into a decline

The Laundromats industry includes companies that offer on-premises coin- or card-operated washers and dryers, as well as companies that operate self-service laundry and dry-cleaning equipment in apartments, dormitories and similar locations. Increased disposable income has led to increased competition from both household laundry machines and dropoff and pickup laundry and dry cleaning services. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is expected to decline as more consumers purchase personal laundry appliances. This decrease will be compounded by rising rental vacancy rates, as more individuals purchase homes amid the housing market's recovery, thereby obtaining sufficient space for a washer and dryer...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rental vacancy rates are expected to decline, boosting demand for industry services
  • Rising utility costs constrained profit margins in an already competitive environment
  • Consumers living in rental housing are the primary market for the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Industry operators are generally distributed according to population levels. The regions which account for the majority of industry revenue includes the Mid-Atlantic, the West, the Southeast and the Great Lakes. Laundromats are more likely to be located in regions that have large urban centers rather than suburban or rural populations. Cities generally have a higher share of individuals living in rental housing who are more likely to use laundromats rather than own their own washer and dryer.Mid-AtlanticThe Mid-Atlantic has 32.1% of the nation’s laundromats and self-service dry cleaners. New York has by far the largest number of laundromats in the United States with 21.6% of the total. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Laundromats Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Laundromats Industry are

  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Effective cost controls
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Rental vacancy rates in the Laundromats industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Laundromats Industry?

    Companies in this industry primarily manage facilities with coin-operated or similar laundry and dry-cleaning equipment for customer use on the premises. Industry operators also supply and service coin-operated, smart card or similar self-service laundry and dry-cleaning equipment for customer use in other places of businesses, such as apartments and dormitories.

    Industry Products
  • Washer services
  • Dryer services
  • Self-service dry cleaning
  • Commercial laundry services
  • Industry Activities
  • Automatic laundries, coin-operated
  • Coin-operated dry cleaners and laundries
  • Coin-operated laundry and dry-cleaning routes (i.e. concession operators)
  • Dry-cleaning services, coin-operated or similar self-service
  • Laundries, coin-operated or similar self-service
  • Laundry services, coin-operated or similar self-service
  • Self-service dry cleaners and laundries
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Rental vacancy rates
  • Urban population
  • Poverty rate
  • Number of college students
  • Price of electric power

  • Current Performance
  • Residential renters
  • Colleges and universities
  • Increased profit
  • Location
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry demand
  • Increasing competition
  • Profitability and participation
  • Table: Laundromats Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Laundromats Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Bed & Breakfast & Hostel Accommodations
  • Room, Board & Dorm Housing
  • Colleges & Universities
  • For-Profit Universities
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission
  • Major Household Appliance Manufacturing
  • Soap & Cleaning Compound Manufacturing
  • Water Supply & Irrigation Systems

  • Products & Services
  • Washer services
  • Dryer services
  • Other
  • Self-service dry cleaning
  • Commercial laundry services
  • Chart: Laundromats Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Renters using laundromats
  • Renters using on-site laundry facilities
  • Commercial, industrial, service industries and routes
  • Colleges and universities
  • Homeowners
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Laundromats Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWages Rent and utilitiesDepreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Laundromats

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Laundromats Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    CSC ServiceWorks,
  • Table: CSC ServiceWorks - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Laundromats Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Laundromats Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Rental Vacancy Rates (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Route Operator
  • Installs, services and maintains equipment in communal laundry facilities located in apartment blocks or colleges
  • Topload
  • Washer in which clothes are placed in the top of the machine.
  • Wash-And-Fold Services
  • Services in which consumers drop off items to be laundered, dried and folded by attendants and then typically picked up that day.
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