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2018 – A Time of Industry Changes

Changes are seemingly being witnessed on a monthly, sometimes weekly basis on every level of the carwash industry. From manufacturers to suppliers to carwash operators, we are seeing big shifts in the industry.

In 2017 one of the big trends that was prevalent was credit card payments. Wherever we go, the practice of carrying cash has now become an inconvenience and playing far less of a role in society and on car wash sites. With that in mind, during 2017 Prowash partnered with Quest Payment Systems and National Australia Bank to develop the best payment solution option for the car wash industry. Prowash has commissioned and funded the production of a locally made contactless payment terminal which has been specifically designed and manufactured for the Australian car wash industry. This partnership developed the Quest CT400 payment system, suitable to any Self Serve carwash, Vacuum, Dogwash and Automatic entry system for easy to use credit card payments. The CT400 will be available in early 2018.

Another big trend in the US is express tunnel washes. Whilst this trend has cemented itself in the US & Europe, we are noticing that there has been more activity in the tunnel space with players such as IMO looking for new sites, Australia wide in 2017 into 2018.

If you are a regular reader of the Prowash eNews, you are likely well-informed of the industry trends and big news that hit the market in recent months and years. By visiting our website, and signing up to receive our free monthly eNews, you can stay updated on all the latest car wash news.

You can also join our car wash community on our social channels — Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn — and connect with like-minded peers.

Big industry news will most certainly occur this year, and being mindful of it as it happens will be important in 2018. Some of this industry news will impact your business more than others. But, there is no doubt the industry is constantly changing, and in order to keep up and change with it, car wash owners and operators must stay updated.

By failing to plan, you are planning to fail. Prowash are here to help you stay prepared with industry changes and plan for your successful future.

Date Published: 10 January 2018