Last year at this time, many of us knew that the coming year would provide a plethora of opportunities and challenges for our industry, but I don’t think anybody quite expected to encounter the challenges we faced this past year. But as you have heard before, challenges provide the opportunity to rise to the occasion, and that we certainly did.
With 2008 coming to a close, we can now look back on what was an eventful and challenging year for the water treatment industry. But through our knowledge and active participation, we have been able to overcome the obstacles that confronted our industry this year.
On Sept. 30, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared the proposed water softener ban AB 2270 went too far as he exercised his authoritative right and declared “no” to the proposed legislation. Many months of hard work and passionate public-awareness efforts were repaid with this veto, and those in the water treatment industry who supported these efforts should be commended for the work you have done to help make this possible.
The topic of a lively discussion held during the Dealer Section meeting at the recent WQA Mid-Year Conference stuck with me long after the meeting adjourned. The subject of conversation was how to identify and address employee theft in your business, and every dealer in attendance had real-life examples to share. Now I?ll admit that going into the meeting I thought the discussion would be about employees who steal water-softening systems or perhaps dabble in embezzlement, but it turns out I wasn?t thinking simple enough.
For those of us involved in the water treatment industry, I think we are embarking on some pretty exciting times.
It seems as if you can’t walk pass a newsstand these days without seeing water in the headlines. From water shortages to drug-tainted water, this noble industry is quickly making its way into the forefront of America’s consciousness.
With the 2008 Olympics set to begin this month in Beijing, NBC announced it will be using the event as research to better understand how people use different media platforms to experience the games. The network has said it hopes the research will provide a comprehensive picture of how people supplement television with other tools such as video streaming, video on demand and mobile phones.
It’s summertime in Chicago and it couldn’t be better—the weather is warm, the beaches are bustling and the Cubs are leading all of major league baseball. Although us Midwesterners are enjoying the season and all of its accessories, I am reminded every time I read through a newspaper that there are regions of this country that are facing serious water woes: they are running out of it.
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but yes the economy is down. These are tough times, especially for small business owners whose majority of revenue is generated through the residential market. With housing starts at all-time lows, you might very well be feeling the negative effects rippling though your business.
But luckily it’s not all doom and gloom. For water treatment dealers who practice smart business techniques and put in some extra effort, it’s business as usual.
There are an estimated 78.2 million baby boomers in the U.S. today, and of these about 7,900 will turn 62 each day this year. This means roughly 330 Americans reach retirement age every hour, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Trends are always changing, but are you keeping up with them? While technological advancements inevitably improve our way of life—just as microwaves allow us to cook up meals in only a few minutes and cell phones enable us to communicate with one another from any location at any time—the initial acceptance of technology is often met with some resistance.