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12 Best Practices for 2017

For more than a century TRSA has fostered discussion between textile services operators regarding best practices for operating their businesses. Procedures for most industry functions, whether they take place in offices, plants, branches, delivery routes or customer locations, have been profiled in Textile Services and other TRSA publications.  Manuals, videos, checklists, and textbooks have described steps to follow to increase productivity, sustainability, safety and professionalism.

More dynamic presentation of best practices takes place at TRSA professional development events, including webinars, where the latest ideas to improve performance surface. This might be the single greatest reason that TRSA member companies outperform the industry. Their attendance at conferences, summits, educational institutes, roundtables and seminars immerses them in the latest trends and technologies, prompting their experimentation with novel techniques that succeed ahead of the competition.

As a benefit of membership for 2017, on webpages accessible only to member company personnel, TRSA will publish a dozen best practices that have emerged in recent years. One will be posted each month here. Each practice consists of:

•        Explanation of the practice and its importance
•        Suggestions for implementing the practice
•        Examples of how the practice was used

An article in Textile Services in the corresponding month will describe how TRSA forum(s) contributed to generating the practice.

The 12 Best Practices for 2017 were chosen largely because they were repeated presentation topics in recent years at TRSA professional development events. The simple title of each indicates it’s a fundamental function, not an advanced technique. This recognizes that not all operators’ tactics for implementing a best practice are the same. Every organization has unique strengths and resources that determine how it can do this. Consider an activity that can be performed at corporate headquarters for a large multi-plant chain. In a one- or two-plant operation, plant-based staff need to undertake the activity.

Every operator’s “best” practices are unique to its marketing and production capabilities. Implementation steps in the series of the 12 Best Practices for 2017 will be more strategic than tactical. You’ll be prompted to reconsider current tactics in light of emerging opportunities to improve them.

January: Review customer contracts

February: Prove cleanliness

March: Manage 2-way wastewater-washwheel impact

April: Ingrain safety in corporate culture

May: Prepare a disaster plan

June: Conduct preventive maintenance

July: Reduce textile product loss

August: Evaluate employee performance

September: Promote your business as green

October: Monitor wastewater discharges

November: Revise production standards

December: Identify inventory