- Show Off Your Work in the 2017 Awards of Excellence
by AQUA Editors May 2017
The industry’s biggest design competition is back — APSP is accepting submissions for the 2017 Awards of Excellence.
Each year, hundreds of designs are entered from the world over, and each one carefully assessed for its technical prowess, aesthetic achievement and dedication to the craft. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the 2017 PSP Expo in Orlando, Fla.,...
- New Survey Reveals How Americans Invest in Their Backyards
by Erin Carlyle, Houzz May 2017
To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert shares data on backyard renovations.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your outdoor spaces and...
- Sponsored Video: The Industry's Favorite Flow Meter
by H2Flow May 2017
If you've ever used a FlowVis, then you're familiar with the incredible accuracy and reliability that make it the industry's favorite flow meter...and if you haven't used a FlowVis, then we invite you to take a look at our awesome new 3-D video to find out what you've been missing!
- Transparent Pools: Over the Edge of Pool Design
by Kathryn Howard May 2017
If you have been anywhere around the internet in April, you’ve probably seen this video of a glass bottom pool in Texas.
The sky pool, featured in the video, is located at the Market Square Tower in Houston, Texas, and features 8 1/2 inches of monolithic cast acrylic. It was designed and built by Hammerhead International, a company that specializes in building aquatic...
- Discretionary Dollars: How are Our Competitors Faring?
by Eric Herman May 2017
Any way you slice it, discretionary income in the U.S. is an enormous pie. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total disposable income in the U. S. reached an all-time high of 14345.40 USD billion in January.
That unfathomably huge number represents all the "non-essential" spending by U.S. consumers across a spectrum of activities, products and services. The category includes everything from tobacco and alcohol consumption to movie rentals, massages and professional...
- Swimming Pool Services Wins Two Gold From Midwest Chapter
by AQUA Editors May 2017
Swimming Pool Services Inc., which is celebrating 50 years of creating outdoor living spaces in 2017, has won two gold awards from APSP's Midwest chapter.
The honors recognize two unique, custom-built projects that exemplify Swimming Pool Services’ longstanding commitment to quality and creativity. Swimming Pool Services has won gold awards for over 10 consecutive years from APSP Midwest chapter, which includes more than 100 companies in Wisconsin, Illinois and...
- Spinning Triumph From Tragedy
by AQUA Editors May 2017
Laura Metro knows what fear in a helicopter feels like.
In 2011, her 3-year-old son, Clay, fell victim to a near-drowning accident in a public pool in Bethany Beach, Del. A bystander who had only seen CPR on TV started trying to revive him until the paramedics arrived. Metro rode with her son for 30 minutes in a medivac helicopter to a hospital in Wilmington where Clay was treated.
That terrifying flight, she says, "was the beginning of a much greater...
- Standing Still Can Kill Your Business
by John Tschohl May 2017
I find this statistic unbelievable: the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics found that companies with fewer than 100 employees gave only 12 minutes of manager training every six months. Organizations with 100-500 employees provided just six minutes.
The following statistic is even more proof that ongoing training is essential for employee development and the growth of a company. A long-term research project commissioned by
- Who is More Conveniently Located for Pool Owners: Specialty Retailers or Big Box Stores?
by Bil Kennedy May 2017
Are pool stores closer to their pool-owning customers than mass merchants (like Walmart)? Pkdata takes a look.
In retail, they say, location is everything. That would have to be especially true for pool stores. All other things being equal, would you rather have your pool store located within 10 miles of 5,000 households in Connecticut or Arizona?
The answer isn’t as obvious as you...
- Stars are Aligned for the Pool and Spa Industry
by Peter Ricchiuti May 2017
This economic recovery (now in its 90th month) is the third-longest, and most ignored, expansion on record. By calendar standards it seems to be "late in the game," but we may well go into "extra innings." As Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, notes, "In this recovery, companies have never overstaffed, overbuilt or over-inventoried."
We still don't see the telltale signs of a stretched recovery or a looming recession. Interest rates remain...