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  • August 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    What's new in industry products? A sectional sofa for the pool, a customizable pool slide and stain remover, to name a few.

    Have a new product you'd like to see on AQUA? Send product information to editors@aquamagazine.com.

    Rico Rock

  • Shop Talk: What's the Best Advice You've Ever Received?

    by Kathryn Howard July 2017

    Shop Talk is a feature in AQUA in which we ask a question to a few pros from all corners of the industry. Have a question you’d like to see your industry colleagues address? Pitch us at editors@aquamagazine.com.

    Today's question: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

    Switching Sides, Switching Lines

    by Cailley Hammel July 2017

    Among the most important, meaningful decisions a spa dealer can make is selecting a spa line to carry in his or her store. As any dealer can attest, it's a choice that has less to do with the product itself and everything to do with your core values as a business. After all, tubs are just the beginning — choosing a supplier marks the beginning of an important business relationship that can adversely or positively impact sales.

    It's also a choice you're likely to make more than once....

  • Pkdata: Spa Sales on the Rise

    by Bil Kennedy July 2017

    Well, here is some overdue good news: The hot tub industry has experienced the first back-to-back double-digit increase in sales in 15 years. And, in fact, after nearly eight straight years of downturns and lethargy, the spa business has managed four consecutive growth years.
     
    What follows is a closer look at the composition of today’s spa owners.
     
    It's interesting to compare some of the characteristics that depict the base of hot tub owners across the country.
    ...

  • Ready to Renovate?

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    When renovating a pool, every product selection you make matters. From pool paints and coatings to decking and coping, your choices make an impact in aesthetics, safety and, most importantly for your customer's wallet, longevity. Here, we take a look at just some of the products in the renovation category.

    RELATED: Historic Restorations

     


    Jacuzzi Brands Acquires Hydropool

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Jacuzzi Brands has made two new acquisitions: Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas, a leading industry manufacturer, and BathWraps, a leading supplier of bathware sold through premiere remodeling dealers in the U.S. Terms were not disclosed.

    “We are extremely excited about the addition of both Hydropool and BathWraps to our existing spa and bath businesses,” says Bob Rowan, CEO Jacuzzi Brands. “Both companies are complementary to our core business and are led by exceptional management...

  • The Hot Tub Health Movement

    by Scott Webb July 2017

    We've read the studies. We've used the product and seen the benefits for ourselves. But the vast majority of potential hot tub customers in North America have not — they remain either unaware or unconvinced that hot tubs offer tangible health benefits and should be central players in the wellness movement.

    Infomercials, magazines and bookstore shelves are devoted to practices and substances that adherents believe make them healthier — from yoga to organic vegetables. And yet spa...

  • July 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Looking for ways to revitalize your showroom or make your job easier? This month's new products roundup has a little bit of everything, from trendy outdoor living products to new building products and service tools.

    The Service Program
    The Pool Service...

  • Time for Tech: P/S Industry Software Roundup

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    For today's pool and spa professionals, the key to continued success comes down to one word: efficiency.

    Saving time on the job can open up a number of opportunities — the chance to sell more products or clean more pools, to look for new customers, or just to knock off a little early and relax.

    For all those reasons and more, there's a growing market for software products specifically for pool and spa pros. Inventory management, service route generation, emailed invoices,...

  • Registration Opens for International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Registration is open for the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, which returns to Orlando, Fla., for the first time since 2014. The exposition, sponsored by APSP, will be held November 1 to 3 at the Orange County Convention Center. Pre-show conference begins October 29 with extensive educational offerings throughout the duration of the show days.

    The largest exposition of its kind in North America, the 2014 event attracted 11,103 total attendees and 552 exhibiting...