Some interesting examples of new thinking in lighting-system-based controls and networks have come our way recently, and here’s a roundup of some of the highlights we think provide a clue of where such technologies may take the industry.
AmazonSupply and Google Shopping for Suppliers are not going to put electrical distributors out of business, or not many of them, anyway. Some distributors will suffer — mostly those who stake their business on a niche that can be served from afar and refuse to adapt.
The opportunities created by LED lighting technologies have already been disruptive. The real change will ultimately be seen in the altered business models of the various players who bring lighting to market.
As you develop your market forecast for 2014, factor in another year of steady growth. Pump the growth up a point or two if Congress gets its act together and business owners start investing in their businesses again.
The fight to stop the manufacture and sale of counterfeit electrical products involves the whole industry. Electrical distributors, being the primary access point by which legitimate product moves from the manufacturer into the installer’s hands, are uniquely important in attempts to win this fight. Electrical manufacturers are cautiously hopeful that real progress on this front is finally being made.
Electrical Wholesaling’s annual ranking of the largest distributors of electrical supplies is more than just a listing of the companies with the highest sales volume, Since Andrea Herbert, the magazine’s late chief editor, started compiling it back in the late 1970s, the Top 200 listing has proven to be an accurate reflection of the market as a whole.
The North American electrical wholesaling industry is being rocked by mergers & acquisitions, advances in technology, new competition from offshore and an uncertain economy. In this 60-minute webinar, Electrical Wholesaling Chief Editor Jim Lucy will discuss the changes in the electrical market now having the most impact on electrical distributors, electrical manufacturers and independent manufacturers’ reps....More