Risks in outsourcing laundry services

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Should you run your laundry services on your own?

Companies often outsource their laundry services to specialized operators; they do so in order to avoid organizational and monetary expenditures on a activities they consider less strategic, or too complex to be handled internally. Is outsourcing always a good idea? We can probably tell by analysing risks connected to externalizing laundry services and proposing a way to score the strategic value of such activity.

Long term cost: you should evaluate the volume of laundry you have to do. Outsourcing costs less, but only in the short run; in the long run it becomes a linear cost that takes away a rather fixed amount of revenue to be covered. This worsen if you consider that some laundry equipments have a very favourable ratio between buying costs and running costs, therefore the time span in which a buy solution gets more convenient shortens. When should you consider such issue? When your business is big enough to sustain a small laundry, and the ratio between laundry and revenues is rather fixed. E.G. an established, big cafeteria business where the more people you serve the more laundry you have to clean. In this case it may be convenient to set up an internal laundry facility, accurately choosing appliances

Risks in outsourcing laundry services

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