Electrical distributors who spoke with Electrical Marketing several days after Hurricane Ike devastated Texas’ Gulf Coast region said most of their branches were able to open within a few days after the storm hit on Sept. 13.
Electrical Wholesaling’s annual survey of the Top 200 electrical distributors always offers one of the electrical market’s best spot checks on the economic health of the industry at mid-year. And as you might expect in a year where business prospects vary so wildly from metro-to-metro and niche-to-niche, one’s sense of the market climate will depend on with whom you speak.
In recent years, distributors have seen their markets drastically change with new competitors and new product categories appearing almost daily, and customers wanting to change the way they buy products and services. And when markets change, distributors must change....More