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Profit centers: If it's not making money, it's a loss center
Auto Laundry News
Articles on car wash profit center analysis usually start by suggesting that if profits are running stagnate or stale, it may be time to add a new revenue generator. This is typically followed by summaries of profit centers in terms of the initial startup expense, potential returns, technical and maintenance requirements, and tips for success. What is often not discussed is the commitment needed to do it correctly and ensure the right people are put in place to operate it.
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Strong El Niño could bring more flooding to North Texas
Star-Telegram
With forecasters predicting a strong El Niño continuing through winter, flooding could again pose a problem for North Texas. The Tarrant Regional Water District, which supplies raw water to most of Tarrant County, is already planning for the possibility, said David Marshall, director of engineering and operations support. With the district’s lakes at a combined capacity of 95 percent, reservoirs wouldn’t have far to go to fill up again.
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Kwik Car Wash Raises Over $7,000 for Local Charities
Kwik Car Wash
After eight successful and fun-filled car wash fundraisers, Kwik Car Wash’s 2015 "Wash for a Cause" season has officially come to an end. Overall, Kwik Car Wash helped raise a grand total of $7,106 for these outstanding charities. On event days, Kwik Car Wash donated 50 percent of their wash sales to the organizations, while volunteers were on site, vacuuming and towel drying vehicles for additional donations. Some even chose to host bake sales, BBQs, and raffles.
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Mats leave their mark in professional car washes
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Mats play a key role in keeping all facilities, including car washes, safe, healthy and productive. This applies to mats placed inside and outside building entrances as well as car wash waiting areas and walkways. For busy car wash locations, mats can play an integral part in keeping the facilities cleaner overall.
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Sustaining a high-performing, safety-based culture
By Robert Palmer
In 1871, Edward B. Tylor defined culture as "that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief [behavior], art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired as a member of society." When considering corporate culture, two keywords that are mentioned but often overlooked are behavior and habit. Sustaining a high-performing, safety-based culture begins with understanding the relationship of three key elements: culture, behaviors and habits.
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US auto regulators set Oct. 22 public meeting on Takata recall
Reuters
The U.S. auto safety watchdog said recently that it will hold an Oct. 22 public hearing on Takata Corp.'s massive air bag inflator recall, an event that could prompt regulators to take a stronger hand in efforts to eliminate the deadly defect from nearly 20 million vehicles.
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Understanding non-owned and hired liability coverage
Auto Laundry News
Regardless of whether you operate self-serve, exterior-only, or full-service car washes, you may have potential automobile loss exposures that you are not aware of — even if there are no vehicles titled to the business. You’ve taken all of the necessary steps to ensure that your building and equipment are properly covered in the event of an accident. But what about the potential loss that arises from individual employees who operate their own personal vehicles for company business?
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10 automakers promise automatic emergency braking in all their US cars
IEEE Spectrum
Automatic emergency braking that can prevent car collisions may save many lives before the mainstream arrival of self-driving robot cars. Ten of the top automakers have taken a historic step by pledging to install such braking technology in all future car models sold in the United States. But some safety advocates still want the U.S. government to make automatic emergency braking mandatory.
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Battling pet hair
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Vacuuming and air purging the loose debris inside a car can be time consuming enough. If there is excessive pet hair, the job becomes particularly frustrating for the detailing technician. This is especially true if a vacuum and compressed air are the only equipment available.
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Water conservation efforts to continue in Enid, Oklahoma
Enid News & Eagle
City Manager Jerald Gilbert is reminding Enid residents the city is continuing to observe the first phase of water conservation. Under the first phase of the water conservation plan, residences or commercial buildings on the even-numbered sides of the street may water lawns on even-numbered days. Those with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered days.
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