- 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...
- NESPA Releases Results from 2017 Pool & Spa Industry Survey
by AQUA Editors May 2017
NESPA has released the results of its second annual industry survey, a report that covers business trends, insights and strategies among pool and spa professionals in the Northeastern U.S.
"Keeping our fingers on the pulse of our industry is essential for NESPA so that we can best serve our members and help our members best serve their customers,” says NESPA President Irene Insignares. "As a business owner, having the chance to see what other companies are trying in the areas of...
- Up In Your Grill: The Basics of Selling Grills
by Kathryn Howard May 2017
From neighborhood tailgates to elaborate backyard installations, grills are everywhere you look. In fact, according to a story from the L.A. Times, three out of four U.S. adults own a grill or smoker. Given that impressive statistic, it’s no surprise pool and spa retailers are increasingly adding grills to showrooms, eager to tap into a thriving market.
However, retailers who wish to venture into grills are faced with an abundance of options, with gas, charcoal and wood pellet...
- Sizing Up Saunas
by Eric Herman April 2017
When talking to sauna enthusiasts and those who sell them, the experience and health benefits are almost always a primary focus, many of which are well known and have been widely discussed for years — if not decades.
They are quick to point out that saunas help prevent fatal heart attacks,...
- Workers Comp: How to Keep Costs Down
by Phillip M. Perry April 2017
Every company wants happy and healthy employees. When workplace accidents occur, it’s critically important to help the injured people recover and return to their jobs as quickly as possible. Workers compensation insurance plays an essential role by paying for medical treatment and protecting employers from civil lawsuits.
What’s good for employee health, though, can be bad for the bottom line. Experience too many workplace accidents, or fail to identify and deal adequately with...
- Spa Soup: Why We Dump Spa Water
by Robert W. Lowry April 2017
Customers who are new to hot tub ownership, and even longtime owners, are always surprised — and a bit skeptical — when told they should drain their spa as often as three months. "That sounds like a lot of work. Is that really necessary?" they ask. Well, in short, yes.
The average person brings 100 million bacteria into the...
- APSP Partners with the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia
by AQUA Editors April 2017
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is pleased to announce a collaborative affiliation with The Swimming Pool & Spa Association. Partnering with SPASA will provide substantial benefits to both organizations and in turn their members, in the sharing of ideas and knowledge relating to:
• Industry best practice
"We're thrilled with the opportunity to pool resources with such an...
- Dealers Give Back During Incentive Trip to Hawaii
by AQUA Editors April 2017
More than 330 travelers representing the Watkins Wellness family of brands traveled to Hawaii in February to celebrate their success and achievements over the past year.
The trip was the finale of the 2016 Watkins Wellness Incentive Program, which rewards dealers who excel in the industry and reach their annual goals. This year, the trip sent dealers on an all-expense-paid trip to a “Pacific Paradise” at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, in Hawaii.
In addition to...
- Chloramines in Source Water
by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) April 2017
Many pool and spa pros know the main source of "combined chlorine" or chloramines in pools and spas is from the reaction of chlorine sanitizer with bather perspiration and waste. Less known is the fact that many municipalities use chloramines to treat tap water — a process known as chloramination — and thus unwanted chloramines are added to pools or spas when they're filled or topped up using public water.
Chloramination is a process that mixes free chlorine (usually chlorine gas)...