CHICAGO — Sankosha USA and Chicago-based CD One Price Cleaners hosted a delegation of 25 dry cleaning and laundry operators and suppliers during its recent visit to Chicago prior to the Clean Show in New Orleans.
Keisuke (Ken) Uchikoshi, president of Sankosha USA, and Rafiq Karimi, CEO of the 30-unit chain CD One Price Cleaners, welcomed the members of the Japanese Cleaning Productivity Council, dry cleaning and laundry operators and suppliers, to CD One’s office in suburban Westchester, Ill.
CD One’s Steve Skonecke, vice president of store operations, and John Morocco, director of marketing, made presentations about their company’s operational practices and customer-focused marketing strategies.
The visit followed a visit to Japan by Karimi and Skonecke earlier this year. “We embrace a philosophy of continuous learning at CD One and we were graciously invited by Ken Uchikoshi at Sankosha to travel to Japan to meet other dry cleaning professionals as a learning opportunity,” Karimi says.
Skonecke led the Chicago meeting and subsequent tours of two CD One stores prior to entertaining the guests over an American-style dinner of barbeque, cole slaw and cornbread at a leading Chicago restaurant.