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  • Aquanale Coming to Cologne

    by Scott Webb May 2017

    Aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, and FSB, the International Exhibition for Open Spaces, Sports and Swimming Facilities, will take place this year at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne November 7 to 10.

    Based on early indications, show organizers are expecting a similarly high level of interest in 2017 to that seen in Aquanale 2015, which drew 288 exhibitors from 30 countries (share of...

  • Why Pool Pumps Overheat — And What You Can Do To Stop It (Part II)

    by Steve Goodale May 2017

    This is the second part of a two-part series on pool pumps. To read the first entry, click here.

    As we discussed last time, heat is the main reason pool pumps will fail. To understand why, you first need to understand how an electric motor works along with some basic electrical...

  • 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...

  • 2017 SOI Service Report: Sunny Days in the Backyard

    by Scott Webb May 2017

    Service has lived a charmed existence. While great forces have devastated other sectors of the pool and spa industry (and certainly the economy as a whole), pool and spa service has continued to provide a steady living for its workers in a tranquil setting, almost as if the industry itself were private property.

    When the recession wiped out 90 percent of the pool construction market in Florida, service workers continued to maintain their properties. As retailers have fought the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...