Streamlining operations, saving energy will mark 2021
If you’re like me, you never felt caught up in 2020. Every time I thought things were about to get back on track, something would happen. School was open. School was closed. The babysitter had to quarantine. There was an ice storm. And I had it easy compared to many.
But when I look back at my life and business in 2020, I notice that I found ways to work smarter, be more nimble and flexible. Looking across the industry, I see many doing the same. And with the backlog created in 2020, we may need to be even more efficient this year.
Our two main features in this issue tackle just that. In one feature, we round up various service software products on the market today. There is no one-size-fits-all business model in our industry, so naturally your software needs will vary, but there are several remarkable offerings that may help you save time, money and exceed customer expectations — things you will certainly need as you face the challenges of this year.
In our other feature this issue, we look at how builders can speed things up to meet the demand for new pools. Since reputable builders rightly refuse to take shortcuts in the building process, one answer may be found in prefab products. That’s not the solution for each builder, customer or situation, but if you’ve turned up your nose at some of these options in the past, it may be time to look again.
Undoubtedly, you’ve noticed the content in our magazine sponsored by Pentair in 2020 and Hayward this year about the coming Department of Energy changes, the final prong of efficiency standards for the year. This is going to be a huge opportunity for our industry, and I’m excited to see how each manufacturer tackles it with innovative new products.