The Great Pyramid of Giza, measuring at 481 feet high and with a base of 756 square feet, was built over a 20-year period; and, as most theories support, it was built by at least 20,000 workers, including first and secondary laborers, back in 2584 BC. And, while the breadth of the project was certainly massive in size, it was also a huge undertaking in terms of the workforce involved. Every piece had to be perfect and each one had to fit perfectly with the other. Now, how many pieces were involved? Around 2.3 million limestone blocks and 500,000 metric tons of mortar were used. And, the laborers and the supervisors must have done something right because the pyramid is still intact today. It isn’t irrational to assume that in order for the project to have been successfully completed, a grand and precise management schedule was implemented. In fact, the BBC reported back in 2011 that inscriptions relating to the workforce were discovered in the tombs of the supervisors. The supervisors meticulously made sure all of the tasks were covered and each laborer was given a task along with instructions. So, what does all of this have to do with your carwash? Well, for starters, the massive undertaking was successfully completed for one main reason: Impeccable Organization. Similar to the way in which your carwash should be run, tasks and workers were managed precisely, and teamwork and cooperation was vital to its success.

This month’s cover story is all about how to keep things on track for the entire year. Maintenance schedules for conveyor, in-bay automatic and self-serve carwashes are included and advice is given on how to plan out your year so that your wash runs smoothly with little or no downtime. Planning out your year and sticking to a precise maintenance schedule might seem daunting, but what’s more daunting is a carwash that isn’t working. And, unlike the building of a pyramid, there is room for interpretation, outside-the-box thinking and theories, and even some room for even a few miscalculations along the way; but all-in-all it’s important to understand that if ancient Egyptian supervisors can manage the construction of a colossal structure, you can achieve success as well.

Here’s to a successful 2014,