Full Line, Multi Line, OPL, Route Operators
Distributors in the commercial/vended laundry industry purchase washers and dryers from Manufacturers and are in the business of selling machines to these three laundry segments. 1. Coin Laundromats, 2. OPL or On Premise Laundry some of which include Hotels, Motels, Gyms and Car Washes, 3. Multi Housing or Apartment laundry facilities. Some of the more familiar commercial brands that are sold by Distributors are ADC, Dexter, Electrolux, Girbau, Huebsch, Maytag, Speed Queen, Wascomat and Whirlpool. For more information please view our Directory of Distributors below or contact us at info@LaundryWizard.com.
The different types of Laundry Distributors include: 1) Full Line Distributors, 2) Multi Line Distributors, 3) OPL Distributors, and 4) Route Operators.
1) Full Line Distributors- They distribute only one brand of laundry equipment and are loyal to that Manufacturers brand. Larger Distributors sell to all three laundry segments (Laundromats, OPL, and Multi Housing) and support this with a sales force, parts department, service department, warehouse and a large sales territory. Smaller Distributors might focus on only one of these segments with a smaller support staff and sales territory.
2) Multi Line Distributors- They are the same as a Full Line Distributor but carry two or more lines of laundry equipment and are not loyal to a single Manufacturer. Usually they have a primary line and need to supplement that with a secondary line. The reason for this is that the primary line might fall short of a full line of equipment. Multi Line Distributors have the same internal support as a Full Line Distributor but usually do not have the same support from the Manufacturers.
3) OPL Distributors- They focus on only one segment and that’s commercial businesses. They usually carry one brand of equipment and on occasion multi brands. The reason for this is that one Manufacturers brand might go up to 100 lbs. and a second brand is used for larger machines. OPL Distributors support the brand with as sales force, parts department, service department and warehouse.
4) Route Operators- They sell, lease or operate a route in the Multi-Housing segment. Their primary focus is operating a route where they install vended washers and dryers in Apartment Laundry Facilities and collect the revenue and work out a split with the Apartment Owner. Route Operators will service their equipment and maintain the laundry room at their own expense. Route Operators have also have the ability to lease or sell machines to an Apartment Owner and are not bound by a territory.