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LARA: World’s Fastest Dry Cleaning Assembly System

Dry cleaners all over the world would agree that one of the most complex problems facing laundry businesses is identifying and ordering the garments before returning them. This process, known as assembly, is time consuming and requires considerable manpower if an automated conveyor is not available. Until now, those have been the two options used in dry cleaners: a basic manual assembly with a tag printer, which takes a lot of time, or an expensive automated conveyor, which can cost up to $30,000.

That’s why Dark POS has developed LARA (LED Assisted Rapid Assembly). LARA is the latest innovation in the dry cleaning business, which offers an affordable solution to make assembly easier and faster.

How it Works

Dry cleaners are encouraged to use either pre printed barcode roles (single use) or heat seal tags (multi use) to track their customers orders.  Using a heat seal printer, dry cleaners can easily add a barcode to their customers clothes which typically last up to 500 washes.

LARA is compromised of both software and hardware components tailored for the dry cleaning industry.  Using Enlite POS, dry cleaners need only scan a garment once it has been cleaned and a LED assembly hanger will light up to show where the clothes should be hung.  Enlite POS automatically lights up different LED hangers to organize and assemble orders.

Some of the advantages of using this system are:

  • Increase in productivity
  • Simplifies operations
  • Reduces process times and labor cost
  • Reduces human error
  • It is modular and expandable, depending on needs and business’s growth
  • Reduces the space needed for order assembly
  • Easy to use and to train staff on the use of the system

If you would like to have an Enlite POS demo or learn more about how Dark POS can improve your business, contact us at [email protected] or calling +1 404-996-0336 (US) or +44 203-807-4601 (UK).

Software designed and built for dry cleaners

POS software should never be a one-size fits all solution. Every industry, every market and every customer has unique requirements and demands from their POS solution. For this reason, DARK has built its reputation on creating POS software directed toward specific industries in a flexible modular fashion that tailors to each market and client’s needs.

Here are some of the main features of Enlite POS, a flexible POS solution designed and built specifically for dry cleaners:

Modular Architecture

A one-size fits all solutions rarely yield desired results. Enlite’s modular architecture allows you to customize the platform to best serve your business needs. Only pay for what you use and easily incorporate modules as your business grows.

Patented Assembly LED System

Enlite’s innovative Assembly LED system will cut in half the time it takes for your team to assemble orders. Simply scan the invoice or garment and place it in an Assembly slot. As you scan additional items LEDs will illuminate to indicate in which Assembly slot the garments belong and will notify in different colors when orders are complete and ready to be racked.

LARA Assembly system

Save time and money not only in reducing Assembly time but also by minimizing errors and re-work resulting from missing garments and garments delivered to the incorrect customers.

Customer Loyalty Programs

Create and manage your own loyalty program or leverage our partners to integrate with a global loyalty and reward platform.

Treat your valued customers to exciting prizes and rewards that would be difficult or impossible to obtain on your own.

Customer Mobile App

Customers no longer need to call to check the status of their order. The app allows them to see where in the process their pieces are, as well when they are racked and ready for pickup. Allow your customers to view and pay invoices from their mobile phones and enable them to request pick-ups or deliveries for their orders.

Pickup/Delivery Routing & Driver Mobile App

Get real-time information regarding where your drivers are on their routes. Empower drivers to collect payments and print invoices with their tablets or mobile phones. Add pick-ups to your driver’s route on the fly, the changes will be instantly visible in the Driver app.

Custom Websites

Don’t have an online presence? Reach out to us for a branded custom website with your company information and the new online services your Enlite solution offers your customers. Including the customer portal for your clients to schedule pickups, view and pay invoices, email and SMS notifications, etc.

Hardware

If you don’t have your own touchscreens or tablets, or just feel it’s time for an upgrade. Dark offers a variety of stylish and affordable touchscreen stations, tablets and printers guaranteed to seamlessly run the Enlite platform.

As you can see, more than just a POS software, Dark POS products streamline and facilitate the operation of your business to benefit customers and owners alike. If you would like to have a demo or learn more about how Dark POS can improve your business, contact us at [email protected] or calling +1 404-996-0336 (US) or +44 203-807-4601 (UK).

 

Innovation in the Dry Cleaning Industry

The dry cleaning industry is one that has existed for hundreds of years. Of course, it has grown and evolved tremendously, but it might still seem difficult to find ways to innovate in the dry cleaning industry.

According to the statistics portal Statista, revenues of dry cleaning and laundry services in the United States are projected to reach approximately 8.3 billion dollars this year. Since dry cleaning is a repetitive, ongoing need, this is a business with a consistent demand through the year. However, the vast majority of dry cleaning businesses haven’t been able to keep up with changing consumer demands. So what can you do to make sure your dry cleaning business is keeping up with your clients?

Become Eco friendly

In the past several years, the issue of sustainability and reducing environmental impact has taken hold in the industry and new, eco friendly technology and products are now available. Finding ways to be more environmentally conscious, and showcasing it, can make your dry cleaning services more attractive to regular and potential customers. If you can show your customers through your marketing activity that you are ethical and sustainable, the value of your brand will certainly increase.

Have an online presence

You might think that a dry cleaning business has no place in social media, but you’d be surprised. For example, Facebook is an easy way to keep in touch with customers and be available for questions, it also makes it easy for clients to promote you when they’re happy with your service. It’s a very simple thing that you can do to distinguish yourself from other dry cleaning businesses in your area.

Make it easy for your clients

Consumers nowadays expect, more than ever, a strong mix of service, quality and price. At the same time, they are busier than ever so convenience will be a key aspect when choosing a dry cleaner. Pick-up and delivery is a service that has become fairly common in most big cities, but dry cleaning owners can also provide lockers that allow  customers to drop off and pick up clothes at any time of the day, any day of the week. Additionally, they can offer a drive-through service during normal operating hours.

Another way to put your customer’s needs first, is creating a quick check-in process for regular clients and using email to notify them when their items are ready for pick-up. Both of these can be easily done with a POS system such as Enlite POS.

Enlite POS gives you powerful tools to make it easy to make customers feel specials. These tools will turn occasional customers into regular and loyal clientele. If you would like to have a demo or learn more about how Enlite POS can improve your business, contact us at [email protected] or calling +1 404-996-0336 (US) or +44 203-807-4601 (UK).