Unique laundry: social and innovative

The unique feature of Neue Arbeit is that the majority of its 220 employees have a background that means their employment opportunities are minimal. Long-term unemployment and disability are chief among their difficulties. For founder Herr Bamberg, these people are close to his heart. ‘This is rewarding work. We offer these people an aim in life. Doing nothing all day makes no one happy. Here their days are given structure. They learn to make social contacts, they learn to work, their self-image improves, and with their salary they can rebuild their lives’ For those who find that challenging, Neue Arbeit also offers guidance outside the laundry.

Anyone who imagines that running a business in this way must be coupled with a laundry where little happens, is mistaken. Herr Bamberg has not only a social heart, but he is also enthused by the idea of innovation. In his laundry he proudly shows what he has been working on in recent years. ‘All expedition employees have a tablet, and know exactly which delivery must go to which customer. And we have completely digitalised the stock keeping. We work with RFID technology, and are developing that still further.’

‘We were tipped off about WSP via via,’ says Herr Bamberg. ‘We spoke for the first time at the Texcare trade fair in Frankfurt, and that was positive.’ Since then WSP has replaced the entire control system running the laundry’s three large bag rail systems. ‘Excellent work,’ reports Bamberg. ‘The project went well. You almost don’t notice that WSP’s people are there, they just get on with the job in hand. WSP is capable, skilled. It’s evident they know what they are doing. Not only on site, but also in the preparations, so they can keep their activity on the work floor to a minimum. A lot of thought goes into that.’

WSP is capable, skilled. It's evident they know what they are doing. Not only on site, but also in the preparations, so they can keep their activity on the work floor to a minimum. A lot of thought goes into that. Herr Bamberg (directeur Neue Arbeit)

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