Will you be a lucky winner at Car Care World Expo?

Will you be a lucky winner of one of 4 iPads? All you have to do is stop by each of the four booths featuring "cool and innovative things you need to see at this show", fill out the form, visit the booths, collect some signed business cards, and drop them off in booth #320 (WashCard Systems). Come back to booth 320 on Tuesday at 3pm for the drawing (forms must be COMPLETE to qualify).

Best of luck to the winners!

The Winners of the iPad 2 "Cool Stuff You Have to See at Car Care World Expo" promotions were:

Michael Bennett - Drive Clean America

Brian Schumann - (Building a new express wash!)

Bill Manke - The Wave Carwash

Don Blair - Win River Mini Mart

Posted on April 29, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #75 - "THE Carwash Show - Vegas Sneak Peak"

This podcast outlines some of the things to expect at the show AND outlines our "Cool Stuff You Need to See" promotion. We are going to be giving away FOUR iPad 2's as prizes, listen to the show to learn how to participate.

Your Host: Ryan Carlson

This Weeks Sponsors:

WashCard Systems

Hydraflex Inc. - HFI

CMI - Car Wash Management Integrators

B.E.S.T (creators of Washtrench)

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Posted on April 28, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #74 - "In the Beginning: The Creation of Carwash Cashless Marketing"

We continue our series that highlights companies that are doing really cool things you need to know about - hear the story of how the first card system was invented in the carwash industry and get an idea of what evolutionary changes have been made over 20 years of product evolution and what it means to car wash operations looking to improve their business.

Your Host: Ryan Carlson

Guests: 

Dan Yarusso (Owner, WashCard Systems)

Robert Greene (Owner, Carwash Express Inc)

Eric Brinkley (Owner, Soap N Suds Laundromat)

This Weeks Sponsors:

WashCard Systems

Hydraflex Inc. - HFI

CMI - Car Wash Management Integrators

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Posted on April 8, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #73 - "Deciphering the Variable Success of Variable Frequency Drives"

This week we talk with Jimmy Belanger of CMI, one of the the leading experts of VFD technology and a provider of "integrated carwash management solutions" - Translation, "He finds cool products that all work together toward a common goal of reducing cost and increasing profits at the carwash". If you want to hear more about how car wash locations are greatly reducing their energy bills, stay tuned.

Your Host: Ryan Carlson

Guests: 

Jimmy Belanger (CMI)

Katy Pierce (TEC Distributors)

This Weeks Sponsors:

WashCard Systems

Hydraflex Inc. - HFI

Western Car Wash Association / South East Car Wash Association

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Posted on March 30, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #72 - "Doing More for Less - Reducing Chemical Expenses""

This weeks show is part of a multi-part series of doing more for less at your car wash - we interview the inventors of innovative solutions in our industry and discover what they are doing to help reduce waste, provide a better wash, and most importantly do it without breaking the bank. We interview the owners of Hydraflex Inc. from Burnsville MN and we have Robert Greene of Carwash Express to share his thoughts on the topic.

Your Host: Ryan Carlson

Guests:

Jaime Harris and Gary Brown (Hydraflex, Inc.)

Robert Greene (Carwash Express Inc.)

This Weeks Sponsors:

WashCard Systems

Hydraflex Inc. - HFI

Western Car Wash Association / South East Car Wash Association

 

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Posted on March 17, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly 'Bonus Episode' - "Dealing with Angry Customers"

This is a special bonus episdoe of Wash Ideas Weekly - This is an interview with Perry Powell (employee training guru) about how to deal with angry customers at your car wash.

Your Host: Ryan Carlson

Guest: Perry Powell (perrypowell.com)

 This Weeks Sponsors:

WashCard Systems

Hydraflex Inc. - HFI

Western Car Wash Association / South East Car Wash Association

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Posted on March 15, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #71 - "What you didn't know about your Association Trade Show"

This weeks show has brought association executive directors and event administrators together to discuss the dirty underbelly of how sausage is made in the trade show world. Hear about the chaos that goes on behind the multicolored pipe and drape of the exhibit floor and stories about when things went wrong that you never knew about.

 

Your Host: Ryan Carlson (Owner, Wash Ideas)

This Weeks Guests:

Chuck Space (Executive Director, South West Carwash Association)

Marc Wilson (Executive Director, South East Carwash Association)

Julie Stanton (Event Organizer, Northeast Regional Carwash Convention)

Debra Gorgos (Editor, Professional Carwashing & Detailing)

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Posted on February 25, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #70 - "Gritty Details of Detailing Down Under"

This week I went back to my archives of recordings from 2010 and uncovered a little gem. This is a great conversation with a group of Australian operators, an Australian distributor, and an innovative chemical company. We even have an american operator who discovered a way to take some of the innovations in carwashing that drought regulations forced on austrailian carwash operators and brought back some goodies to the equally drought ridden California. The discussion gets slightly promotional in nature but I think passion and enthusiasm for what they are doing plays a large part - and you can't argue with a happy customer, can you?

Featuring Ryan Carlson (Your Host)

Blair and Errol Woolcott (Cargroomers Australia) - Soap manufacturer based in Brisbane Australia who sells a water-saving line of chemicals in the US (slipstreamautomotive.com.au)

Chris Johns (Managing Director, Hoppys Hand Wash Cafe - Brisbane) - Chris is the winner of the 2008 ICA Leadership in Innovation Award.

Matt and Jeff (Owners of Matt and Jeff's Car Wash, California USA)

Show Sponsors: WashCard Systems, Hydraflex Inc.,

Featured Company on Episode #70  Slip Stream Automotive - Australian car wash suppliers have had to find ways to reduce water usage and improve wash quality, learn more about this unique product line by visiting them on the web or calling them at ph 0416188858

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Posted on February 11, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #69 - "The Truth About Monthly Wash Clubs"

This week is a panel full of operators who all discuss their experiences with a monthly wash club program. We discuss how they implemented their club, how they manage it, and what their results have been thus far. Learn about the pros and cons and what long term success looks like and how to achieve it.

 

Your Host: Ryan Carlson (Owner, Wash Ideas - Contact Me)

This Weeks Guests:

Robert Greene (Owner, Carwash Express Inc.)

Jamie Nester (Manager, Flagstop Car Wash)

Raymond and Stephen McMurray (Owners, Pat's Car Wash)

 This Weeks Sponsors:

WashCard Systems

Hydraflex Inc. - HFI

Western Car Wash Association / South East Car Wash Association

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Posted on February 4, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #68 - "Carwash Competition, Capitalism, and Crying Wolf"

This week we discuss a story that is in the industry news about operators that tried to keep competitors out by going to the city council crying wolf. We have a fruitful discussion about how to react to new competition, and some great discussion about SBA financing advice from an operator who just went through it, more Groupon implementation details that you can't pass-by if your thinking about using this discounting-juggernaught, and more.
Here is a link to the car wash commercial we talk about that you have got to watch:

Your Host: Ryan Carlson (Owner, Wash Ideas - Contact Me)

This Weeks Guests:

Deborah Gorgos (Journalist, Professional Carwashing & Detailing)

Andrew Jaffa (Owner, Carbux Express Car Wash - Florida)

 This Weeks Sponsors:

WashCard Systems

Hydraflex Inc. - HFI

Western Car Wash Association / South East Car Wash Association

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Posted on January 31, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #66 - "Do you dare to coupon with Groupon?"

This week we dive into the popular local-business coupon service that is the current 'media-darling' that has business owners seeing stars just as often as some will see dollar signs... the real question we seek to answer is, "who's making the money - the car wash or Groupon?"

 Your Host: Ryan Carlson (Owner, Wash Ideas - Contact Me)

This Weeks Guests:

Kate Carr (Editor, Professional Carwashing & Detailing)

Kyle Doyle (Owner, CarwashTV and Blue Sky Image Group)

Jamie Nester (General Manager, Flagstop Car Wash)

Additional Data Provided by:

Mark Lile (Owner, Ultimate Auto Wash)

 This Weeks Sponsors:

WashCard Systems

Hydraflex Inc. - HFI

Western Car Wash Association / South East Car Wash Association

 

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Posted on January 14, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #65 - "Last years news, this years resolutions"

This week we kick off 2011 by discussing 2010 and what we learned and what operators can do to shake things up in 2011. We also talk about the tragic death of a car wash employee and have a car wash insurance expert on hand to talk about this story and how it impacts you as a car wash operator.

Your Host: Ryan Carlson (Owner, Wash Ideas - Contact Me)

This Weeks Guests:

Kate Carr (Editor, Professional Carwashing & Detailing)

Kyle Doyle (Owner, CarwashTV and Blue Sky Image Group)

Mike Benmosche (Carwash Program Director, Mang Insurance Agency)



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Posted on January 7, 2011 .

Wash Ideas Weekly #64 - "City Council Sideshow"

This week is a news show featuring industry journalist and regular to the show Kate Carr, of Professional Carwashing and Detailing - we discuss some of the industry news and what this means to you as a car wash operator.

Featuring Ryan Carlson (Your Host)

Kate Carr (Editor, Professional Carwash & Detailing)

Show SponsorsWashCard Systems, Hydraflex Inc., Slip Stream

 

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Posted on December 2, 2010 and filed under Charity Carwashing, Editorial, Industry Talk, Podcast.

Wash Ideas Weekly #60 - "Managing Your Staff and Building a Great Team"

This week we discuss labor, staffing, and how to manage the "human" side of Human Resources. It all starts at hiring and knowing more about the staff you have and how to best utilize them. We interview Susan Black-Beth of Super Wash, Robert Greene of Carwash Express, and Perry Powell "Mr.Neuromarketing" of Perry Powell Consulting. This show goes into the 10-Ten must listen shows. Hear from those with experience and how to take the emotions out of staffing and make the best long term decisions about your hiring and firing.

Posted on October 8, 2010 and filed under Industry Talk, Podcast.