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Of course Australia brings a pool to an architecture exhibit
Of course Australia brings a pool to an architecture exhibit
To many Australians, the country's pools are more than places to cool off - they're hubs of social, cultural, and recreational interaction. It's little wonder, then, that the Australian pavilion at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale features a sw...
4 reliable options for funding your small business
4 reliable options for funding your small business
Starting a business is an exciting venture. While the initial stages of starting out may seem difficult, the business endeavor can turn out to be quite rewarding as the profits begin to pour in. Once you have an idea about the type of business you wish...
Pool covers: Thorough communication is key to ensuring a satisfactory install
Pool covers: Thorough communication is key to ensuring a satisfactory install
Managing a customer's expectations is the first step toward a successful cover installation. And it makes life a lot easier. This applies to both automatic covers and the anchored-on variety.
Retailers find ways to cope as minimum wages start to climb
Retailers find ways to cope as minimum wages start to climb
It's about to get more costly for businesses to operate in the nation's second- and third-largest American cities.
3 best social media monitoring tools for your business
3 best social media monitoring tools for your business
Social media offers your brand the best of both worlds. You get to talk, grow and connect with your audience. Plus, you get to listen to what they say to and about you. Creating and engaging with fans is where brands spend 90 percent of their time. Yet...
5 trends that are radically reshaping shopper marketing
5 trends that are radically reshaping shopper marketing
Malls are lumbering, claustrophobic dinosaurs, while anchor stores like Macy's and Kohl's are shuttering hundreds of locations. Fresh Direct and Peapod make it easier and quicker to stock a cupboard than wading through the jam-packed neighborhood Kroge...
10 tips to help your business become more profitable
10 tips to help your business become more profitable
Every business has a different set of goals. But increasing profits is a pretty universal objective for businesses of all sizes. There are plenty of different ways to go about working toward that goal. Members of our small business community shared som...
Automated plastics process manufacturing takes center stage
Automated plastics process manufacturing takes center stage
Plastics processing information exchange in the internet age has spawned interesting evolutionary development in plastics manufacturing oriented automation networks.
Do rivalries help or hurt our industry?
Do rivalries help or hurt our industry?
Whether it's in business, the arts, sports, spelling bees or cake-baking contests at the county fair, wherever people compete, rivalries are inevitable. The classic irony, of course, is that as much as we may come to resent them, our rivals are quite o...
How to know you have to change as a leader
How to know you have to change as a leader
As leaders, it is our responsibility to appreciate the different perspectives a diverse population brings to the table, and ensure they are understood and supported in the workplace.
California safety bill amended
California safety bill amended
The most concerning stipulations in a California safety bill have been removed. AB 470 would increase the number of requisite safety devices on pools from one to two, and mandate that residential pools be inspected before a home is sold. But industry o...
'Pool in the sky' to make 2017 debut
'Pool in the sky' to make 2017 debut
This might just be the most exclusive swimming pool in the world. Set to open in 2017, the 49-story American Copper Buildings will feature a swimming pool 300-feet in the air suspended between two towers.
OSHA tips for heat exposure
OSHA tips for heat exposure
With much of the country in line for more high temperatures as summer winds down, employers should be mindful of employees' exposure to heat hazards on the job. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has no heat standard, the agenc...
Can leaders and managers really work together?
Can leaders and managers really work together?
In today's workforce, both leaders and managers each have important roles to play in making sure work gets done. Leaders are the influencers who help grow and inspire others. Managers are administrators who make sure that the organization is running sm...
How to revitalize US manufacturing
How to revitalize US manufacturing
Researchers, politicians and business leaders are coming forward with strategies to accelerate job gains and investment in manufacturing. Their ideas range from pruning regulations that raise the cost and effort of running a manufacturing operation to ...
To grow, American manufacturing needs better trained workers
To grow, American manufacturing needs better trained workers
American manufacturing may be falling behind globally, but it's not simply because companies are shifting jobs overseas to save money. To put it bluntly, the U.S. isn't keeping up with other countries in training workers with skills needed in today's m...
Higher-end homebuyers seeking outdoor, other amenities
Higher-end homebuyers seeking outdoor, other amenities
It wasn't that many years ago that longtime Connecticut-area real estate agent John Lepore could quickly quote for a client the cost of eliminating a swimming pool, an amenity not in high demand among homebuyers. Not anymore. People want pools, especia...
Big data breaches shouldn't be a concern for small business (but they still are)
Big data breaches shouldn't be a concern for small business (but they still are)
Big data, in fact data of any kind, is a precious commodity for all organizations, so to fail to protect it is now seen as the death knell for any business. Although small businesses may not be as big of a target for serious hackers in the same way tha...
This gorgeous pool started out as a 3-D-printed model
This gorgeous pool started out as a 3-D-printed model
WhiteClouds, a 3-D-printing company, collaborated on what it says is the first swimming pool constructed from 3-D plans. The project was for Cutting Edge Pools, which tapped WhiteClouds to show a client what to expect from a customized pool design for ...
5 things keeping retailers up at night
5 things keeping retailers up at night
That sound of nervous pacing you hear every night at 3 a.m.? It's America's retail executives. They're feeling the pressures of a rapidly evolving sales landscape and trying to figure out how to stay one step ahead - or just keep up.
How digital is changing the way brands, retailers reach consumers in-store
How digital is changing the way brands, retailers reach consumers in-store
At its most elemental, shopper marketing is centered on influencing purchase decisions and driving sales. Historically, that meant in-store, but thanks to digital commerce, consumers increasingly are in shopping mode at home and outside the walls of ph...
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently disclosed the details of its final revised regulations relating to certain "white collar" salary exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. In brief, the minimum salary threshol...
Google upgrades retail searches
Google upgrades retail searches
According to emerging reports, Google is moving to make it easier for retailers and travel firms to promote themselves using better connection of search results to appropriate advertisements through its Shopping Showcase format. Shopping Showcase ads l...
Nimble small- to mid-level retailers steal share from larger, traditional chains
Nimble small- to mid-level retailers steal share from larger, traditional chains
Think online is the biggest challenge traditional retailers face? Think again. Since 2010, volatility — a measure on disruption in the retail industry — has increased 250 percent, resulting in $200 billion more of retail sales being "tr...
The retail industry is transforming, but not the way you think it is
The retail industry is transforming, but not the way you think it is
A major shift is underway in the retail industry, but it may not be the one you think.
How Facebook's newest update may hurt your brand
How Facebook's newest update may hurt your brand
Since the beginning of the year, organic reach for brand posts on Facebook has dropped 42 percent. It appears that's just the tip of the iceberg for brands who rely heavily on Facebook. Recently, Facebook announced a significant change to their algorit...
The surprising truth about American manufacturing
The surprising truth about American manufacturing
Without question, manufacturing has taken a significant hit during recent decades, and further trade deals raise questions about whether new shocks could hit manufacturing.
Pool professionals help in fight against Zika virus
Pool professionals help in fight against Zika virus
The Zika virus has the planet on alert - and the industry is trying to pitch in. Because mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water, the pool industry is concerned, and many companies are educating customers about ways to stay safe.
Retail survey: 51 percent of shoppers want digital coupons; 67 percent find facial recognition cr...
Retail survey: 51 percent of shoppers want digital coupons; 67 percent find facial recognition cr...
According to a recent survey looking at consumers’ attitudes toward retail technology, omnichannel personalization solution RichRevelance found shoppers are still not comfortable with all technology has to offer the retail industry.
Does the future hold 25 million new pools?
Does the future hold 25 million new pools?
Despite the resurgence in single-family home starts, pool construction has failed to see any meaningful improvement, going from 54,000 to only 61,000 today, a mere 13 percent over six years. The last time 61,000 inground residential swimming pools were...
What do June's economic statistics mean for your small business?
What do June's economic statistics mean for your small business?
We all see the same government-supplied numbers on the U.S. economy each month — the jobs added, the unemployment rate, the Fed's interest rate. But what those numbers mean to your small business is often quite different from what they mean to th...
Why family business owners fear succession planning
Why family business owners fear succession planning
All closely held business owners share a common future (no exceptions): Someday they must pass the management baton. Whether the reason for stepping down is age, illness, a desire to travel or play more golf, give into your wife's pleading to "spend mo...
Why business succession planning matters
Why business succession planning matters
Succession planning issues always are hot news, especially when it involves companies like General Electric, Berkshire Hathaway and, most recently, Disney. But enough about big, public companies. Succession planning is just as important in family-owned...
How to name your small business: Keep it short and sweet
How to name your small business: Keep it short and sweet
Deciding what to call your company is probably one of the most fun and exciting aspects of starting a small business. You might have launched this venture by scribbling business name ideas on a bar napkin while hanging out with friends. But naming you...
Splashy swimming pools are the hottest design trend of 2016
Splashy swimming pools are the hottest design trend of 2016
Floating pools and suspended pools - some echoing designs lost to history, some testing the limits of engineering - are popping up in proposals all around the world. The swimming pool has never been an unpopular idea, but with the rise luxury multifami...
Retailers cheer after appeals court overturns swipe fee settlement
Retailers cheer after appeals court overturns swipe fee settlement
Trade groups representing retailers believed that a multibillion-dollar antitrust settlement concerning credit and debit card transaction fees didn't go far enough. Now an appeals court has handed them a victory by throwing the deal out.
Payment innovation heats up this summer
Payment innovation heats up this summer
A lot of attention has been paid to the impact of mobile wallets in the payment technology arena. However, other technologies are also emerging to make payment, among other shopping activities, easier and more efficient. For example, 1-800-Flowers.com ...
7 reasons mobile payments still aren't mainstream
7 reasons mobile payments still aren't mainstream
Though mobile payments and wallets are increasingly popular, they're still nowhere near mainstream. A set of experts and finance-industry watchers weigh in on what's holding mobile payments back, as well what will need to happen for the systems to hit ...
Only for the brave: Plunge into the world's deepest swimming pool
Only for the brave: Plunge into the world's deepest swimming pool
The Y-40 is not the place to go for a leisurely splash. At 131 feet deep, it's been awarded a Guinness World Record for the deepest pool for diving that's ever been built. That would be the equivalent of a 14-storey building towering out of the ground....
Pinterest makes changes to help marketers, advertisers
Pinterest makes changes to help marketers, advertisers
For those looking for recipe, DIY, wedding or other visual ideas, the first social media platform that comes to mind is Pinterest. With more than 100 million monthly users, Pinterest is the third biggest social media platform, behind giants Facebook an...
Best practice: Test twice, balance once
Best practice: Test twice, balance once
Customers expect, and good service professionals deliver, two critical services that make them invaluable: water sanitation and water balance. They do this by monitoring essential parameters that keep the water both swim safe and surface safe. But moni...
The unreal future of pool design
The unreal future of pool design
Watching Noah Nehlich demonstrate Structure Studios' latest innovation is like watching a magic trick. First, he puts on the floor something that resembles a mouse pad. Then he holds up an iPad. Suddenly, a pool appears on the screen as if it were inst...
Report: Shoppers prefer retailers' payment apps to Apple Pay, Android Pay
Report: Shoppers prefer retailers' payment apps to Apple Pay, Android Pay
Consumers are embracing mobile payment applications, with more than 25 percent of smartphone owners in the United States using these platforms at least once a month, according to new research from Parks Associates. The report, Context is King: Monetizi...
Trending: Multigenerational households
Trending: Multigenerational households
Even as companies are swelling to include an unheard-of four generations of workers (soon to be five), there also are more multigenerational households than ever.
What the manufacturing world is saying about Brexit
What the manufacturing world is saying about Brexit
After British voters legitimately shocked the world by casting their ballots to exit the European Union, just about everyone has an opinion. Here are a variety of perspectives from and about the manufacturing world.
The increasing costs of a cyberattack
The increasing costs of a cyberattack
After hearing about some of the dangers within the healthcare industry concerning cybersecurity and patient information, we can only expect the trend to continue. Whether it is an inside job, ransomware or a kind of social engineering, the risks are to...
Sensory sales for the new consumer
Sensory sales for the new consumer
Of the challenges we as an industry have faced over the last several years, one tops the list: the evolution of consumer buying and shopping habits. Many of the greatest retailers today understand that to win over the consumer, they have to become appe...
The next frontier for green building is manufacturing
The next frontier for green building is manufacturing
Think of a factory and smokestacks come to mind. "Green" building isn't in the picture. But factories around the world are going green at a remarkable pace. Today, there are 500 million square feet of green factory space.