Many large-volume linen users have determined that outsourcing makes sense from financial, operational and environmental perspectives.
According to its 2007 survey, Modern Healthcare magazine found that laundry processing is now the most frequently outsourced service in healthcare facilities.
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Why Outsource Your Laundry Services?
Processing laundry in small quantities is very labor intensive. Unless an on-premise laundry is equipped to handle large volumes—at a cost of several million dollars in equipment and space—it is difficult to be cost effective. There is also evidence that owning your linen and outsourcing laundry services can improve your usage rate—a true cost/benefit for large-volume users.
Here are the key reasons why more linen users choose to outsource:
- Rising Cost of Operating a Laundry – In recent years there has been a sharp increase in the cost of electricity, natural gas, water, sewer service, and the cleaning solutions used in processing. Labor and employee benefit costs continue to rise.
- Cost of Upgrading for Energy Efficiency – Commercial laundries like R&R have been able to counteract rising costs by implementing innovative energy-efficient equipment. However, upgrades are expensive. For example, a highly efficient tunnel washer costs more than $1 million and retrofitting often requires major renovations or rebuilding the facility. When faced with the high cost of upgrading their on-premise laundry, decision makers often opt to invest in their core business, and outsource their linen processing instead.
- Keeping Up With Rising Volume – As the Boomer generation ages, the Healthcare sector is seeing a continued rise in the number of patients at hospitals, nursing homes and surgical centers. On-premise laundries can no longer keep up the increasing volume without major upgrades in equipment and personnel. One solution is to outsource the backlog overflow when needed—a service that R&R Laundry Solutions provides.
- Space Usage Considerations – When business leaders consider how to increase their operating income, they often see an on-premise laundry as an expense where there could be revenue. For example, the need for more patient beds often means reallocating their laundry space and outsourcing patient linen processing, rather than building a costly new expansion.