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F E AT U R E D S P E A K E R

AN ECONOMIC
OUTLOOK FOR
THE CAR WASH
INDUSTRY
BY CONNOR LOK AR

modest level, averaging 169.2 thousand
individuals during 2017. Hiring at car
washes, up 2.2 percent from last year, is
outpacing hiring growth across the broader
U.S. economy. Record employment levels,
both in the economy overall and the car
wash industry itself, illuminate the economic vibrancy we are currently enjoying.
However, record employment also
brings on another challenge and question for ICA members: Who's left to hire?
With the national unemployment rate sitting at 4.1 percent (seasonally adjusted),
which is nearly a 17-year low, business
owners are having difficulty filling
open positions. There is little remaining untapped labor, which means ICA
members will need to be more proactive

in their efforts to both retain current
employees and seek out new ones of all
skill levels. Labor scarcity is an issue
that we do not see being cured by a mild
economic downturn next year.
While challenges arise from high
employment, the good certainly outweighs the bad. A robust labor market is
what creates and supports a healthy consumer pool, upon which both the U.S.
economy and ICA members depend. U.S.
total retail sales for 2017 were 4.2 percent
above 2016. Retail sales will grow at an
accelerating rate into the middle of 2018.
However, we anticipate that consumer
spending will slow in the back half of 2018
and take on a more pronounced decelerating trend in 2019.

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THE U.S. ECONOMY is buzzing and
most businesses had a good or great 2017.
ICA members are likely relaxed, giddy
even, with the optimism over what 2018
will bring for their businesses. Here at ITR
Economics, we are optimistic for the year
as well but a bit more apprehensive when
looking ahead to 2019, when we anticipate
a mild downturn in the U.S. economy.
That is not to say that the U.S. economy
is not thriving today; it is. U.S. private sector
employment during the 12 months through
January averaged 124.5 million employees,
the highest level ever recorded in the US.
This is up 1.8 percent from the year-ago
level.
U.S. car wash employment is also at
a record high, though at a much more

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Spring 2018

Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
ICA’s 2017 Annual Report
ICA Partnership Update
Join the Club
Creating a destination
Feeling Fine
Marketing goes mobile
Where the rubber meets the road
Online outreach
Click here: Facebook 101
Anti-social media
Regional Update
Big brand, small budget
Why now is the best time to plan to attend your industry trade show
Five reasons to offer unlimited washes
Listen, learn & earn
Recruiting top talent
An economic outlook for the car wash industry
The right way to deal with difficult customers and situations
Four tips for leading in uncertain times
Test your emerging technology I.Q.
Communicating trust in the digital age
Jimmy Starnes, Wash Me Now
Ben Melendez, Vintage Car Wash
Marla Mayer, Weiss Guys’ Car Wash
Take a Tour: WOW Car Wash
Automotive technology
The “How” of Carwashing
Blast from the Past
Download It!
Marketing Minute
Top Tweets
Ask Champ
Advertiser Index
5 Things
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Overheard Online
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Why now is the best time to plan to attend your industry trade show
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Five reasons to offer unlimited washes
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Listen, learn & earn
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Recruiting top talent
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - An economic outlook for the car wash industry
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - The right way to deal with difficult customers and situations
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Four tips for leading in uncertain times
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Test your emerging technology I.Q.
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Communicating trust in the digital age
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Ben Melendez, Vintage Car Wash
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Marla Mayer, Weiss Guys’ Car Wash
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Take a Tour: WOW Car Wash
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Automotive technology
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - The “How” of Carwashing
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Blast from the Past
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Download It!
Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Marketing Minute
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Top Tweets
Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Ask Champ
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Advertiser Index
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