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Fourth Quarter 2019

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE WELCOME to the 2020 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO edition of the ADVANTAGE. Our theme this year is “Creating New Experiences”. While we always strive to make the event an amazing experience for everyone, this year the theme has even more meaning. The SCWA Convention & EXPO has Andrew Zamora continued to grow and attract a SCWA Preside­­nt large number of attendees from across the U.S. and even a few foreign countries. Because of our growth and efforts to give our attendees and exhibitors a first class show - the 2020 event will be held in a new and larger venue, the Fort Worth Convention Center. In response to many requests we are also moving to a new day pattern for the 2020 Convention & EXPO – opening on Wednesday through lunch on Friday. 2020 will create new experiences with a new location and new day pattern. This year all the exhibitors will be in one large EXPO Hall. Creating New Experiences is the key for 2020. In addition to the new location and new days the SCWA event promises to provide even more reasons to attend. The size of the EXPO will increase to more than 340 booths with many exhibitors increasing the size of their booth spaces to display more equipment, supplies and services. The education program has always been recognized as “premier” among convention goers. 2020 will surpass all previous events with keynote speaker, Vice President Dick Cheney and CEO speaker, Chick-fil-A’s Arthur Greeno. In addition this year we will offer a new General Session on Friday, Winds of Change, which will feature a panel discussion moderated by Professional Car Washing’s Rich DiPaolo. The well known panel will discuss important car wash issues including sales/lease backs; consolidations; saturation; current and future business climates and cycles; best practices. As small business owners we are all busy, so the thought of taking a couple of days away from our business to attend a convention or EXPO can seem a stretch. But if we come away with only one good idea to improve our business and increase our profitability – then that is more than worth the investment. I personally have been in and around the SCWA for 20 years now and have benefited tremendously from each convention, tour and/or event, both from the knowledge gained and from acquaintances who have become life-long friends in and around the industry. We know that time and money to attend the SCWA Convention & EXPO is a commitment on your part – so we have worked hard to make sure the 2020 program; EXPO and speakers bring the most relevant information, ideas and solutions to you.

I encourage you to register today and join us for SCWA 2020 in Fort Worth. The program is included in this edition and you can register by visiting www.swcarwash.org. Kick off 2020 at the First Big Car Wash Show of the Year – I encourage you to come experience the power of the car wash community – Creating New Experiences with SCWA, January 29–31, 2020. On behalf of SCWA we wish everyone Happy Holidays and a successful 2020.

INDUSTRY BRIEFS True Blue Car Wash has announced the successful acquisition of six additional Clean Freak Car Wash locations in Arizona, bringing the number of carwash units now owned by the company to 34, according to a press release. With the purchase closed in mid-October, True Blue expanded its Arizona footprint to 12 individual express carwash sites, located strategically throughout the Valley of the Sun metro area. Subsequent acquisitions of the remaining Clean Freak units are being contemplated over the next two years, according to True Blue. True Blue began its acquisition foray into the carwash industry 3.5 years ago with the initial purchase of five Clean Freak stores in Phoenix, including the company’s flagship location at airport nexus 44th St. and McDowell. The newly purchased facilities are distributed between the East Valley (Mesa), West County (Sun City), Central Phoenix (Thomas), North Phoenix (Union Hills) and fast-growing Casa Grande, south of Maricopa County and just off the I-10 corridor. In addition to its growing presence in Arizona, True Blue currently owns and operates express carwashes as well as several full-serve washes in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mister Car Wash continued expanding in the greater Atlanta market, growing from 19 to 21 locations, with the acquisition of two Wash Factory Express carwashes. “Travis Smith builds a nice carwash and runs a tight operation while delivering a solid customer experience, and we are excited to add his two locations to our platform in Atlanta,” said Casey Lindsay, vice president, corporate development. “Both of these locations are a great addition to the market, and we are eager to meet the residents of the Johns Creek and Canton community.” Mister Car Wash will now operate the following Wash Factory Express locations: • 651 Riverstone Pkwy., Canton, Georgia • 11110 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek, Georgia. With this latest acquisition, Mister Car Wash operates 318 car washes in 21 states, the release concluded. 3


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“That’s when he started punching the window, trying to open the door,” Vaughan said. “He tried like eight, nine times, and it finally popped open, and that’s when he lunged in. That’s when I heard the first shot.” The man inside the SUV fired about six times, according to Vaughan, and the reported aggressor was hit at least twice. The shooter then fled but apparently changed his mind, broadsiding and rolling an unmarked police cruiser on his return to the carwash, where he surrendered to officers. The officer in the cruiser was uninjured in the crash. Police detained the shooter. Jose Canseco - Las Vegas. It was the quintessential 1970s soul band Rose Royce that advised, “You might not ever get rich. But let me tell ya, it's better than diggin' a ditch.” That's in reference to working at the car wash (yeah). You know who agrees? Jose Canseco, who actually does have the riches to open his own car wash (yeah) recently in Las Vegas. The ex-big league slugger and one-time Las Vegas Strip co-headliner (in “Renegades” at Caesars Palace) is unveiling Showtime Car Wash at 5893 W. Tropicana Ave. Canseco said, “The car wash came about because I'm a larger-than-life character and entertainer, so people are always interested in anything and everything I do.

Water Works Car Wash - Colorado Springs, a man who was with a woman and child in his black Audi confronted another driver at the Water Works Car Wash recently in Colorado Springs. “This was a little traumatizing,” said Water Works employee Jay Vaughan. “I mean… I’ve seen dirty, messed up crap, but that was the first time I’ve seen something quite like that. A shooting right in front of me.” Vaughan said he was checking the suspect’s receipt before washing his Chevrolet SUV, the article noted. “This black Audi comes screeching up, and I look at the dude getting out of the car. I can see he’s already aggressive,” said Vaughan. “I mean, his fists are clenched, his face is red, so I step back from the [SUV], because obviously it was not me that had done something.” The man in the SUV said, “What, you following me?” Vaughan recalled, and the man approaching replied, “You know what.” The woman and child in the Audi were watching the scene as well, Vaughan added. 5


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Before the 1900s, baths tended to be social affairs. According to www.medicaldaily.com, ancient civilizations from the Indus to the Roman to the Japanese constructed public bath houses that were as much for cleanliness as they were for other activities, such as exercising, socializing and even dining. In Europe, however, public baths waned in and out of cultural favor from the fall of the Roman Empire until the 1800s. Only the rich could afford private baths over these centuries, and depending on class and status, one might have bathed frequently or only a few times a year. For Americans, the Civil War and its focus on helping wounded soldiers survive ushered in a new age of sanitation,

which may have been the starting point for Americans’ obsession with cleanliness. So it was that in the early 1900s baths ended up becoming a weekly tradition. At that time, a typical American family hauled water to its bathtub, heated the water and then let each family member take a turn, starting with the father and proceeding down to the youngest child (hence the origin of the phrase, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”) While bathing in America is a much more private (and easier) ritual these days, there is one type of “bath” that remains in a more social setting and often even involves entire families. Such a bath is for cars, and in the case of Bubble Bath Car Wash in San Antonio, this family business aims to make a splash in the community.

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Larry Lopez had a dream: to build a family business that he could pass down to the next generation and the next. A retired dentist, Larry sought out an opportunity to build a company that would grow the family. That ended up being a carwash. In 2005, Larry and his wife, Rose Mary, opened Bubble Bath Car Wash as a single self-serve wand wash. Soon, though, it was time to take the company to the next level. Nicholas Lopez, president of Bubble Bath Car Wash, joined his parents’ company full-time in 2008 when Bubble Bath was opening its first tunnel carwash. Lopez says that,

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Marketing - What has Changed in the Last 100 Years?

In 1975, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a largely overlooked ruling that allowed earth-orbiting antennas — satellites — to be used for broadcasting television over large areas. Around that same time, a little-known regional broadcasting network called Home Box Office (HBO) took notice, and decided to use the FCC’s landmark decision to begin distributing its own programming via satellite. HBO’s innovative move would have a ripple effect that would spill over onto the landscape of marketing. Soon, satellite networks proliferated, and with them, to touch each one to of target those facets of the leading marketers’ ability in ways thatbusiness, were never preoperations as well as marketing.” Lopez’s wife, Carrie, viously possible. also provides creative input branding andtechnological marketing. Since that time, there hason been so much Today, Bubble Bath has grown to five tunnel locations innovation that marketers are faced with choices beyond — with a sixth one on the way — and each member of the measure. It can be blinding and bewildering for anyone Lopez family is still contributing to the carwash and can charged with allocating marketing dollars on behalf be found on-site regularly. of a business. And, this very issue is what has caused As the business has grown, the Lopezes have recognized marketers to go awry. This is an age of unprecedented that technology is one of the most important aspects to communications, and yet many still struggle to connect advancement. “We’ve made a commitment to ourselves with one another. and to our business to reinvest, reinvest, reinvest,” Lopez But this problem is not the real problem.

THE REAL asserts. “ThroughPROBLEM that dedication to growth and advancement, The true problem is that many marketers have we’ve invested in the very best too equipment that the market that only one thing has changed in failed to recognize has to offer. We’ve also explored additional technologically marketing in the past 100 years: technology. That’s it. Yes, advanced features.” youFor now have social media and tweets and followers and instance, Bubble Bath recently invested in anti-collision apps andtobranding and re-marketing and However, analytics one and software prevent accidents in the tunnels. focus groups and ROI and CRM and customer personas of the carwash’s more innovative additions was implementing digitalchoreographed and so on. It’s LED all certainly true.that But,iswhat has aand custom light show synced enabled nearly every bit ofradio it is technology. to the company’s personal station, Bubble FM 96.7, So prolific is the ofinto technology in marketing which customers canrole tune during their washes. that it hasHowever, become for some anthe alluring distraction. Panic and peer it isn’t just tech inside the tunnel that makes pressure set unique. in, and organizations theteam latest and the this carwash The company’spursue focus on members greatest technology-based marketing tactics without taking and customer service is what truly drives brand loyalty. the time to thoughtfully consider a strategic approach. As DON’T BURST THEIR BUBBLES legendary philosopher and strategist, Sun Tzu once put it, “Our focus on our core values, customer experience and “Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” community has really helped us stand out, because we Marketing must ultimately get the product or service truly do care,” Lopez states. “We view ourselves as not just into the hands of the customer — a real person. Marketers a carwash but also an important part of the community.” need to realize that it is way too easy to distract ourselves Bubble Bath has built up its reputation by investing a (via technology) away from what is centrally important great deal of time into selecting the best employees for its in marketing: generating a sale to a real person and, team, training them extensively and crafting the company’s hopefully, repeating that process again and again to her culture around exceptional customer service. or his delight. Marketing strategy is not so much about a “We put copious amounts of effort into our employees,” plan, but a system. Build your marketing (including Lopez says. “From extensive customer service training the to sale) around a strategically based, customer-centric sysoff-site team-building activities, we create an environment tem, then technology becomes true[work and valuable tool, where employees feel taken care ofa and in] a business and not a distraction. Training On-Site Training Training Seminars

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spread, all-encompassing client base. The company places high importance on establishing its brand within the community and reaching a wider audience through dedicated marketing efforts. A look at the company’s social media pages will illustrate several examples of Bubble Bath’s clever advertising

techniques using its bathtub mascot. Take, for example, one Valentine’s Day promotion to sell gift cards that grabs attention with some reimagined song lyrics: “I like big baths and I cannot lie. You other bubbles can’t deny.”

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Bubble Bath isn’t just about making a difference to its customers — it also prides itself on making a difference in the community, whether in the carwashing sphere or its local hub. After all, Lopez is not only a member of the International Carwash Association (ICA) and the Southwest

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Bubble Bath Car Wash also supports the local community in other ways, both from an environmental standpoint and a humanitarian one. This carwash chain is a strong believer in respecting and preserving Mother Nature while decreasing its environmental footprint. Environmental awareness is even a key tenet of the business’ identity. Not only does the carwash use eco-friendly chemicals, but it also utilizes chemical delivery and water reclaim systems that result in using just 26 gallons of water per car. The carwash is even part of the San Antonio Water System WaterSaver Car Wash Program, which was established back in 1997. Bubble Bath has also installed solar panels at three of its five locations and has plans to expand them to the other washes as well. The company’s website even has links showing its electricity usage and savings from those three locations. The company also gives back to the community by working with a number of local and regional nonprofits as well as other organizations, such as schools. “As small business owners, we love and work in San Antonio and are proud to give back, but it’s also created a lot of local love,” Lopez notes. In the past few years, Bubble Bath has partnered with organizations that include The Children’s Shelter, the San Antonio Humane Society and San Anto Cultural Arts. In fact, Bubble Bath just held a community mural paint day in collaboration with San Anto Cultural Arts this past July,

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ADVANTAGE where neighbors, friends and customers came to put the finishing touches on a 130-foot-long mural honoring the Old Spanish Trail. The mural was unveiled on Aug. 15th. at the company’s Fredericksburg Rd. location. Bubble Bath also partners with other entrepreneurs in the area, such as Space Wrangler Sno Balls, which serves New Orleans-style sno balls (confections of finely shaved ice) from a food truck. The carwash came up with the idea for “Sno Ball Mondays” at its Austin Hwy. location so that customers could buy a cool treat during the summer. During an especially hot week, they even extended the partnership over multiple days. “We work diligently to make sure that every customer leaves with more than just a clean, shiny car, but also with a true sense of our commitment to customer service and the community. While we want customers to have a phenomenal carwash, we’re more interested in the overall experience — from the attendant who meets them at our pay stations to the team member scrubbing their car and guiding them into the tunnel and even to the manager who is actively walking around asking customers about their experience,” Lopez concludes. “We like to say, ‘It’s more than a carwash — it’s a Bubble Bath!’”

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We get a lot of questions from owners about what the optimal car wash lighting setup is. Is there a perfect formula to bring customers back? To be quite honest it depends on several factors we'll review - let's take a look. Every location is different with regard to physical layout and primary customer demographics. Here are some pros and cons about each method you can apply to your car wash to ensure that the lights you select will be a draw rather than a deterrent.

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Should the lights be on the front or the back of the arch? When it comes to mounting, think about what option works best for your specific needs and the effect you are trying to produce. When it comes to simplicity in mounting, the front is far easier because the equipment is usually mounted to the back. Additionally, this placement will provide visibility as the customer enters the carwash. The downside is that the lights will be out of view after entry. A more visually impactful experience is possible by placing the lights on the back of the arch. This will ensure that the customer is immersed in the light show after the initial foam treatment.

What kind of car wash lights should be used? Should they flash or glow steadily? Is a single color enough or will multi-colors be more attractive? These topics have several answers each, so we'll address them separately. Flashing lights work great for attracting attention and being exciting, but they can also be overpowering for some customers. Solid lights may be less interesting to watch, but they make up for it by being brighter than their flashing brethren. Another benefit to solid lights is that they can confirm delivery of wax, sealants or other applications. An ideal scenario is to use a mixture of both flashing and solid lights, one to garner attention and the other to verify application delivery. Again, knowing your customers will be a key point in developing the best experience. If your car wash demographic is younger, then focusing more on flashing lights may be a smart marketing move. If your customers tend to be less… flashy, then relying mostly on solid illumination may work best.

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TO BLACK OUT OR NOT TO BLACK OUT?

The last piece of the equation is what type of overall tunnel illumination works best for your demographic. Naturally, the basic options are the traditional bright tunnel or the latest trend of blacking out the tunnel entirely. But did you know there is another choice that gives you the best of both worlds? A dark tunnel can be very dramatic, almost like an amusement park ride. The contrast of the dark background with LEDs flashing and colored foam stimulates the visual senses very effectively. As the operator, you can control the experience by focusing the customer's attention on what you want them to see. On a practical note dark tunnels are far easier to keep looking clean and neat.

A bright tunnel gives the impression of being open, expansive and clean. Some customers may feel this type of tunnel is less claustrophobic than a dark variant. While application indicator lights can still be used, the sensory stimulation is at a much lower level than a dark tunnel. For the ultimate in spacious sensation, some tunnel designs feature glass ceilings, allowing natural light to permeate the entire facility.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Finally, there is the option of using hybrid lighting in the tunnel. This arrangement is set up to be dark in the forward wash area with a separating wall to a bright and open in the rinse and dry area. This has the dual benefit of having the dramatic effect initially and the sense of spaciousness after the wash application. Upkeep in the forward area is made simple by the dark walls and lack of ambient illumination. Cleaning any panels in the brighter, open drying area is made easy since all dirt and reclaim water remain in the blacked-out wash area. Which car wash lighting option is best for you depends on a lot of factors, and your marketing partner will help create a custom, personalized lighting proposal to attract, excite and win every customer. Author: Robert Andre, Sonny’s CarWash Marketing

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TECHNOLOGY Site Surveillance Update HOW MODERN SECURITY AND RECORDING TECHNOLOGY PROTECT CARWASH PROFITABILITY

Modern carwashes are incredibly busy operations. Thus, it is no exaggeration to state that a thorough approach to site surveillance has become more important. From the standpoints of safety and security, tracking daily operation and monitoring managerial concerns, carwash site surveillance is supremely important. Curtis Ray, vice president at Acquire Video Security, notes that the automated carwashes of today are basically “a large robot” with lots of moving parts that can injure customers and employees alike. For this reason and many others, an operator needs to have proper surveillance and monitoring systems in place to make sure an operation is running correctly. Thankfully, in today’s world, securing a site is easier than in the past. This is the age of electronics, and surveillance systems are no longer a desktop PC buried in a location’s basement, according to Jennifer Spears, sales manager with CarWashCameras.com. Technology such as smartphones and other options can keep information at an owner’s fingertips. This user-friendly

technology, with immediate access via the internet, gives an operator the ability to monitor a wash from every angle 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Modern carwashes are leaps and bounds above where the facilities were just a few years ago,” Spears continues. “They are high-tech with tons more options, capabilities and fail-safes. Having dependable monitoring for the entire property, along with a surveillance system to capture car condition in full-serve tunnels and express facilities, protects not only your investment in the property and equipment but also your peace of mind.”

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Today’s surveillance systems offer a number of features that can help any operator in a myriad of ways. Regarding the pre-existing damage component, Ray reveals that operators will want to capture high-quality images of customer vehicles before, during and after the wash cycle. If there is a dispute claiming the carwash caused damage, the operator will want to go back and see if the damage was there before the wash began. Spears states that modern, flexible surveillance systems give owners the ability to accomplish many tasks while off-site. From anywhere and at any time, an operator can check how busy each wash location is. Remote monitoring using high-speed internet is a benefit made possible by internet speeds getting faster and faster.

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monitoring the weather and further real-time examples showcase the fact that the possibilities are expansive with upgraded surveillance systems, Spears notes. Higher resolution cameras are being created all the time, especially for the newer, IP-based surveillance systems, Spears reveals. Higher resolution makes a huge difference when a user is watching playback and trying to see finer details. For example, high-resolution recordings can help an owner document the license plate of a vehicle.

AREAS TO MONITOR

When it comes to camera placement, all carwashes need recording components for instances of theft, liability purposes and monitoring people coming onto the wash site. Ray recommends clients basically be able to record footage covering every bit of the wash property. Since operators are responsible for the site and anything that occurs there, they ultimately need to have some sort of surveillance for all areas. “Everything but the bathrooms’ is my kind of moniker,” Ray continues. “There’s reasons for that, but we don’t get too crazy.” First, coverage is needed everywhere there is money, including pay stations, vending machines, etc. Next, operators will want to cover pump rooms, hallways, break rooms — basically every area where there are employees, according to Ray. This provides documentation for potential issues, including slip-and-falls, workman’s compensation claims and possible instances of sexual harassment. “Those are the areas where employees interact,” Ray says. “Then you’ve got a situation you need to have documented in case there’s a dispute between employees or even an employee and a customer in the lobby area. That’s why we cover all the common areas where the public is allowed.” In states that allow it, Ray also suggests recorded audio surveillance. This is a feature that most systems should have, and the audio recordings can be called up if there is a customer dispute or other situation. Some states do not

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ADDRESSING DURABILITY

Simply put, carwashes and camera systems were not made to work together, Ray states. An operator must make sure he or she selects technology that can withstand the harsh carwash environment. These days, there are many systems available that say they are designed to withstand use in a carwash, but a lot of them really are not. There are certain types of higher-end equipment available, but equipment longevity is always a concern.

These days, there are many systems available that say they are designed to withstand use in a carwash, but a lot of them really are not. There are certain types of higher-end equipment available, but equipment longevity is always a concern. “There’s a lot of stuff being imported from overseas that’s just not what needs to be in a carwash,” Ray says. “We see them go in a lot initially, then we come in and replace them once the operators realize that’s not the environment for those [types of] systems.” Spears cautions that if anyone offers a “one size fits all” surveillance system for any variety of carwash, the owner should “run away screaming.” Typical outdoor camera packages may be great for a day care or grocery store, but they are never ideal for a carwash. Carwashes are basically a miniature ecosystem. It is not just the fact that washes have moisture in the air, but it is also the chemicals that are in the air at all times as well. “In the self-serve wash bays, in the tunnels, in dog washes, at the changers and vending, at the vacuums — it’s everywhere. Wash equipment corrodes because of all the same chemicals,” Spears explains. A regular camera cannot stand up to this kind of environment for any length of time, and neither can cheap cables or insufficient infrared LED lights built into cameras. If the equipment is not built specifically for — and tested in — a carwash, then the operator does not want it.

Finally, improper installation can be another costly factor, Ray states. Employees frequently power wash walls and perform intense cleaning tasks in tunnels and bays. To prevent equipment damage, an operator should ensure that the installation performed is top notch, or else the surveillance equipment will not last.

Carwashes are basically a miniature ecosystem. It is not just the fact that washes have moisture in the air, but it is also the chemicals that are in the air at all times as well RESEARCH STEPS

For carwash operators researching surveillance systems, Spears notes that the easy first step would be searching for carwash cameras in any online search engine. This kind of system is so unique that an owner will want to find and utilize the right company from the start. Proper research allows an owner to work with a sales staff that knows the industry and that can address factors operators face on a daily basis. The last thing an operator wants to do is get an inexpensive system and rush through the installation process, according to Spears. Instead, an owner should aim to upgrade one time and utilize a system that lasts for years. This includes finding a company that has great tech support as well as tons of videos on the equipment and its features.

Proper research allows an owner to work with a sales staff that knows the industry and that can address factors operators face on a daily basis. Ray points out that trade shows are great places to learn more about surveillance and site security. Everybody that is reputable in the carwash business will usually be at the shows, and operators can learn a lot during the events. The subjects covered will go beyond video surveillance, and a carwash owner can find vendors that offer options for secure pay stations, locks, access control and other security factors that are important. Ray concludes that carwash operators can always learn more from vendors, distributors or manufacturers. These are sources that can explain widely adopted industry recommendations. While there may be vendors out there that recommend different options, they are all trying to help carwash owners. Written by Jonathan Abrams of Professional Carwashing and Detailing Magazine. 31


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As the car care industry has increased automation and technology usage to fight climbing labor costs, the day-to-day functions of carwash businesses have evolved. Today, signage and automated pay terminals frequently greet customers instead of frontline employees. Wash package selection and the payment process are often completed before a vehicle even approaches the facility or any on-site workers. Because of this, modern carwash menus are called on to be sales workhorses, especially in high-traffic operations. The most effective menus adequately showcase all wash packages, upsell additional services and promote the benefits of unlimited wash programs. Even after a wash package is selected, additional menus and signage can promote popular or new services to customers as they wait in line or move through the tunnel. Due to its importance, perfecting a carwash menu is a challenge that can require years of industry experience. Though menu updates are now a carwash best practice,

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Pushing customers towards the packages that provide the best value and superior results is an important best practice for every carwash. A well-thought-out menu will lead customers to the packages that an operator wants selected, according to Sean McBride, director of key accounts with Cleaning Systems Inc. First, think through and decide which value-added services are must haves —

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Another best practice for menu upselling is showcasing the monthly wash program prices right underneath regular package pricing, Jones notes. Many wash operators are looking to take advantage of the reoccurring revenue that monthly membership plans provide. But, if the monthly pricing is not readily visible, the menu will not do a good job selling memberships. Operators should make sure monthly pricing is visibly accessible in a way where customers can see the apparent value the program offers. For example, a $19 single wash price can be displayed next to a $35 monthly wash program cost. Here, a carwash owner can show that paying for two washes a month is more expensive than receiving unlimited washes for a month. Jones reveals that menu designers try to clearly communicate the value by stacking the two prices on top of each other. The customers’ eyes will quickly gravitate towards the monthly price, and they will clearly understand what the costs associated with each option are.

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Often, both art and science affect the process of developing the perfect menu design. Artistically speaking, color is frequently used as a service confirmation when a customer interacts with a carwash menu. McBride states that color can be used to provide immediate gratification so that customers know they are getting the services selected. This mirrors

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The menu design should not overwhelm customers. Try to use a balance when stepping up the icons, and remember the idea of customers being able to identify their needs quickly. If someone’s number one concern is the vehicle’s tires, he or she should not have to search a huge list to find the desired service package. This starts with the basic packages being displayed only as text. As the menu goes up, the design is loaded with icons visually showing what a buyer receives. For instance, if the added service is tire shine, the menu shows a tire. If the service is hot wax, hot wax is represented in some manner. That said, the menu design should not overwhelm customers, Jones warns. Try to use a balance when stepping up the icons, and remember the idea of customers being able to identify their needs quickly. If someone’s number one concern is the vehicle’s tires, he or she should not have to search a huge list to find the desired service. “You should visually be able to pull up, quickly identify what you’re looking for and move through the wash,” Jones continues. “This will increase wash throughout and generate additional revenue.” The science of menu creation can have a lot to do with a wash’s physical location and local market. There are distinct differences in how East Coast and West Coast washes market to their customers, according to Jones. On the East Coast, there is the heavy influence of winter salt removal. On the West Coast, washes are called on to remove bird droppings and love bugs during spring and summer.

A good rule of thumb would be to change the menu at least every 12 months. Operators do not necessarily have to change the content, but a good visual refresh is recommended. Businesses should never want anything to become stagnant on the marketing front. Another consideration is calculating the pricing that the location or geography warrants. The average top package pricing in the Midwest is lower than what is charged on the East or West Coast.

McBride states that internet research is an important tool for operators wanting to learn more about the science of carwash menus. A wealth of information is readily available to owners and managers at any time from the privacy of their home or office. Additionally, trade show venues and road shows that offer a hands-on perspective can help educate owners. Leveraging the research and gathered examples with industry suppliers is probably the best route to take, as an operator will definitely need to include local considerations as well.

DESIGNING AND TESTING

The menu development process Jones recommends involves an operator planning a consulting phase with a design specialist. The process will include consideration of three points: • The best price structure for the wash’s location • Engaging design elements • Industry best practices for menu layout. These three factors are encapsulated into a consultative experience, and then the menu is built with the owner accordingly. Other considerations that may come into play are the service icons, naming of the packages, total number of packages and logo placement. Jones explains that these are ideas that should be discussed up-front during the design process. Regarding testing, operators often push the new menu out first and foremost and then refine it based on approximately six months of sales, Jones reveals. Most carwashes do not necessarily run the A vs. B testing that is typical in

Has the ticket average and/or volume dropped? Have costs gone up but not prices? What is the competition doing? Asking these questions and/or reviewing monthly numbers are always best practices when reviewing your menu or offering. advertising and marketing today. Instead, the process can be similar to trial and error. An owner can then order a different menu face six months down the road when an upgrade is pertinent. When it comes to menu testing, the words “special” and “promotion” come to mind for McBride. Creating a temporary package or offer to gauge customer interest can be best to proof new ideas out. For example, what if a wash introduces a “rain guarantee” on the middle package for the month of May? Did more customers select it? Did it cost the wash too much profitability, or did it generate more sales? “We see retail stores do this all the time, but it’s not done enough in the carwash world,” McBride continues. 37


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A carwash owner should work to avoid customers getting complacent with a menu and its offerings. Jones states that a good rule of thumb would be to change the menu at least every 12 months. Operators do not necessarily have to change the content, but a good visual refresh is recommended. Businesses should never want anything to become stagnant on the marketing front. “If you look at how often Starbucks refreshes their menu, their core competencies and concepts are always still there, but the way they present them varies greatly,” Jones points out. “It’s no different for carwashes. They should definitely be refreshing and renewing their marketing approach annually.” A marketing audit can be called on to show what is working, outline objectives, set goals and create a road map for completing the work and achieving results. It can be tough to gauge how often a menu upgrade is needed, but there are certain warning signs operators should notice, McBride concludes. Has the ticket average and/or volume dropped? Have costs gone up but not prices? What is the competition doing? Asking these questions and/or reviewing monthly numbers are always best practices when reviewing your menu or offering. Even so, owners should be mindful that too much change can end up hurting a brand too. Michael Rose is a freelance contributor

2020 SCWA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS The SCWA members listed below have joined SCWA since our last issue. We Appreciate your Support! Scott Avant

Marcus & Millichap Houston TX

Lanese Barnett

Melissa Ortiz

Tommy Terrific's Car Wash Plano TX

Michael Brooks Red Cedar, LLC Houston TX

Mike Cherry Octaform Irving TX

Robert Dangerfield

H2O Express Car Wash Katy TX

Sarah Griener

Coinless Salt Lake City UT

Bryan Hage

Sonny's Enterprises Tamarac FL

Luke Harwell

Verity Power Group Houston TX

Alejandro Hinojosa, Jr. Coastal Splash Carwash Harlingen TX

Russ Horton

Ortiz Car Wash Houston TX

Craig Oudendyk

OLT Special Services AZ Scottsdale AZ

Viren Patel

C&B Chemical Conroe TX

Mike Reyna

Facilities Management Group San Antonio TX

Ronald Rice

Pinnacle PEO HR/Payroll San Antonio TX

Carolyn Rodriguez

Crystal Clean Car Wash Mansfield TX

Sam Sarate

Shine On Car Wash Alice TX

Mike Schlote

Waterway Denver Parker CO

Sam Siam

Reuton Holdings Austin TX

Waterdrops Express Car Wash Woodland Hills CA

Isaac Judkins

Robert Summerville

InnovateIT Albany NY

Jess Kappelman

SCWA is proud to announce that the 2020 SCWA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Car Washing's #1 Fan, Brian Campbell. Brian is a legend in the car wash industry and a wonderful friend to so many car wash owners and vendors across the nation. Brian has been attending SCWA car wash events since 1992 and has a heartwarming story that is a true motivation to everyone. The official presentation to Brian will be made on Thursday morning, January 30, 2020 during the SCWA Convention. Congratulations to Brian Campbell from SCWA!

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Swish Car Wash Houston TX

RTJ Services Magnolia TX

Randy Townsend

Sands Investment Group Austin TX

DripDrop Marketing Zephyr Cove NV

Dinesh Mali

Jonathan Turner

Shanta Engineering Co. Irving TX

Levi McClendon OptSpot Chandler AZ

Rob Mixon

Landshark Express Wash & Detail Fort Worth CO

Big O's Auto Wash Addison TX

Steve Vetrano

Avondale House Houston TX

Susan Yetter

Cat Products/Run-Rite Stroudsburg PA

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Andrew Zamora Lubbock, TX (806) 543-2775

President-Elect: Jeff Blansit Austin, TX (214) 912-1729

Vice President: Ryan Darby Tucson, AZ (806) 535-7275

Treasurer: Don Witt Dallas, TX (214) 358-2575

Past President: Tyler Furney Harker Heights, TX (254) 258-6786

Vendor Vice President: Bob Kopko Uniontown, OH (800) 336-6338

John Agnew Fort Collins, CO (970) 485-0287

DIRECTORS Steve Holcomb Edmond, OK (405) 844-9992

Mel Ulrich Weatherford, TX (940) 456-1082

Robert Andre Tamarac, FL (800) 327-8723

Pat Kirwan Imlay City, MI (248) 701-3977

Eric Warden Southlake, TX (817) 329-8777

Ronnie Corbin Plano, TX (479) 651-7239

Bobby Story Durant, OK (580) 775-1855

Shane Weiss Alice, TX (361) 664-8101

Executive Director: Chuck Space • 4600 Spicewood Springs Rd., Ste. 103 • Austin, Texas, 78759 • (512) 343-9023

www.swcarwash.org THE ADVANTAGE is the official publication of the Southwest Car Wash Association. It is published four times each calendar year by SCWA, 4600 Spicewood Springs Rd., #103, Austin, Texas 78759. The officers, directors and members of the Southwest Car Wash Association, as well as The Advantage editors, in accepting advertising for this publication, make no independent investigation concerning the services or products advertised and neither endorse nor recommend or make any claims as to the accuracy and therefore assume no liability thereof. The opinions expressed in the articles are not necessarily the opinions of SCWA and its publisher and therefore makes no warranties and assumes no responsibility for accuracy or completeness of the information herein. (512) 343-9023.

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