As a company, Aqua-Tech prioritizes its network of relationships; both with its staff, clients, and the industry at large. Kathi Belcourt, the company’s director of sales and service, says when a business has a culture rooted in caring, profitability comes naturally.
The pool and spa retail store is busy, but accessory sales are not where they should be. The shop’s inventory has a great variety of good/better/best products, along with items ranging from necessary accessories like steps and handrails to add-ons, such as booster seats and spa fragrances—but they are not moving.
The pandemic’s effect on the supply chain has created shortages in pool materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), plastic, concrete, and more, causing construction materials to increase in cost by more than 31 per cent over the past two years. In addition, an increase in fuel prices, pool chemicals, and a sharp rise in inflation has made it critical for pool businesses to save on costs and generate additional streams of revenue in 2023.
Pool Technologie continues its global expansion with the announcement of a partnership with Moov Sales Agency, a Canadian design, normalization, and distribution company for pool products in North America under the brand name Moov Pool Products.
Lynn White, owner of Water Works Pool & Spa in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is an entrepreneur who took over her family pool business at the age of 24. In her story, she shares her experience and provides encouragement and advice for other women in the industry.
Uniforms provide a professional image for employees and spread brand awareness for the business they represent. For pool retailers and service staff, who are often going to visit their clients, this is especially important. Clients need to be able to trust the workers entering their homes and yards to install or service their pools.
Modpools, a company selling above-ground pools constructed out of upcycled shipping containers, launched by Paul Rathnam in British Columbia, has sold a thousand pools in its seven years of existence, with its 2022 year-end revenue projected at $20 million.
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