Around 50 delegates from across Mumbai and Pune attended one of the most interactive seminar sessions organised by Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Association of India (LDAI) on October 12, 2017 in Mumbai.
Successfully creating a platform for the retail, commercial and industrial laundries in India, LDAI introduced the newly formed LDAI Steering Committee during this Seminar.
The session opened with the traditional lamp lighting by the Founder Members Akash Dharamsey, Director-ADD Laundry Concepts Pvt Ltd.; J.P. Nair, Managing Director-Virtual Info Systems Pvt. Ltd; Gorden Jagwani, Managing Director-Texkare Cleaners Pvt. Ltd and the Steering Committee members Ashish Merchant, Consultant – A & A Marketing Alliance LLP and Owner of Takato Dry Cleaners; Shafique Siddiqui, Owner of Silver Shine Laundry; and Sagar Sodha, Head of Operations of Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad of Jyothi Fabricare Services Ltd.
Elaborating on the need for such meets and networking workshops, especially in the retail and commercial laundries, Akash Dharamsey said, “LDAI is an all India platform especially created to elevate the image of the laundry industry and to ensure that it brings credibility by way of education, shared experiences and provides a reservoir of knowledge with best practices which can be beneficial to all – right from the grassroot levels.”
Introducing the Association, Gorden Jagwani said, “This is the first seminar organised by LDAI. The new steering committee has been actively involved in putting together the seminar and bringing laundry and dry cleaners to join the association and strengthen it. As more and more launderers join together, we can look at making an organised industry. United we can address various issues facing the laundry segment, including GST which is a big challenge facing the industry.”
Behroze Daruwalla-Secretary General, LDAI, said, “The Association with its headquarters in Mumbai will grow to include several chapters across India like Delhi, Chennai, etc. With stalwarts now joining the Association, we want to go proactive to give the laundry segment its recognition. The primary objective of this Association is to facilitate the flow of knowledge and create better understanding between the operators and vendors/ suppliers. This Association will also actively provide information about latest technology by conducting networking seminars, educational workshops and help implement best practices. Above all, LDAI will endeavour to provide training and certification in the laundry industry toensure that laundry services offered in India is at par with international standards.” She emphasised that all this is possible when members of laundry fraternity support and become active in LDAI.
TESTIMONIALS from Participants
“It was wonderful and would like to be part of this Association.”
– 24 Klen, Pune
“Great start! Gained good knowledge from all these topics. Good tips will be helpful in daily process.”
– Jyoti Fabricare Services Ltd
“Overall Seminar was really good and will suggest other laundries to join!
– Seitz Chemicals
“Lots to look into; but a major step for laundry industry. Keep doing the good work and our help and support is always there.”
– Sadhana Power Laundry
The seminar session addressed topics including the Industry Overview, Stain Removal processes and Discovering Profitability. While gathering information on the size of the laundry and dry-cleaning industry is a never-ending process as maximum players are operating in the unorganised sector, Mohana M, Editor, Clean India Journal, during her presentation, traced the past and present of the laundry and dry-cleaning business in India. In a highly interactive session, the participants put down points on how the laundry business would shape up in the future.
This was followed by a very interesting presentation on the right processes of removing stain by Shafique Siddique of Silver Shine Laundry.It is true that most of them follow the same process of removing stains from the linen but the precision, timing, mix and waiting time required for a perfect result caught the attention of the delegates.
Addressing the most important topic of common interest was BeePee Linen’s Anup Poddar, who spoke on how to increase profitability. One of the first in the laundry to introduce rental laundry business model in hotels and including the RFID tags in linen sorting and processing, Anup elaborated on the preservation of quality and accuracy which in turn helps in enhancing business.