Eric Frederick

New Technology: Can You Keep Up?

Eric Frederick |

I grew up in a generation that learned how to use a slide rule to speed...

Signs Point to Textile Supply Issues, Price Increases

Eric Frederick |

Now that the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing have ended, it’s time to...

Speeding Up Stacking, Counting of Washcloths Presents Challenges

Eric Frederick |

In August 2007, we almost doubled the number of pounds that we process...

Year-Round Budget Work Lowers Stress

Eric Frederick |

My fellow managers at the hospital and I got that deer-in-the-headlights...

Fear of Risk Can Hinder Managerial Effectiveness

Eric Frederick |

One of the hardest things for a manager to do is manage risk — the kind...

Cruise Ship Laundry Excels Despite Rough Seas, Language Barrier

Eric Frederick |

I’ve just completed my third seven-day cruise in the last three years,...

Mistakes Happen, But Go All Out to Make Things Right

Eric Frederick |

I’ve always believed that it’s easier to keep a customer than to find a...

Marketing of More Energy-Efficient Textiles Deserves Scrutiny

Eric Frederick |

Energy prices are going up, and everyone is looking for a way to reduce...

Set Aside Time for Task of Updating Job Descriptions

One of my tasks that always seems to fall through the cracks is updating...

Understanding Christmas Holiday Linen Volume

Eric Frederick |

The Christmas holiday is a very special holiday to most employees, and...

Flatwork vs. Fold Dry: Why the Shift in Products?

Eric Frederick |

I was working on a productivity improvement project and had the occasion...

Which Term Best Communicates Your Message?

Eric Frederick |

When my oldest son was just beginning to talk, he went through a phase...

Nonuniform Shelf Cart Styles Force One to Adapt

Eric Frederick |

For years, various linen companies have irritated me by insisting on...

What Do You Do With Laundry's Leftovers?

Eric Frederick |

It seems like everywhere I go, someone is talking about how to protect...

What Lesson Can You Learn From a Sponge?

Eric Frederick |

Every once in a while, I try to do something different to challenge my...

Small Clean '07 Booth Yields New Solution

Eric Frederick |

During every Clean Show, I dedicate a number of hours to investigating...

When in Drought, Turn to Water Reuse

Eric Frederick |

As managers, we’re responsible for setting the course for our...

Inspections Never Come at Good Time

Eric Frederick |

Most of us will never have to deal with a random Occupational Safety and...

Vendor Pays Hefty Price for Devaluing 'Human Element'

Eric Frederick |

Recently, one of my major vendors made a sudden and unexpected change in...

Create Road Map to Solve Problems, Build Toward Future

Eric Frederick |

We all deal with problems every day. Some are easy to handle, and some...

Learning Process Management is Key to Better Performance

Eric Frederick |

For years, the laundry industry has been trying to upgrade its...

Continued Value Depends on Your Ability to 'Network'

Eric Frederick |

I’ve been seeing a number of cell phone ads recently in which the...

In the Event of a Flu Pandemic, What's Your Plan?

Eric Frederick |

Last month, I provided some background about what you might expect to...

Traditional Backup Plans Will Be of No Use in Pandemic

Eric Frederick |

A number of my customers have been asking if I have a response plan to a...

Make the Most of Opportunities

Eric Frederick |

I believe the purchase of National Linen by ALSCO means that a number of...

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