Doug Chandler

Executive Editor,
Penton Media: Electrical Wholesaling, Electrical Marketing

Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.
Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

The Hardware Behind the Cloud
Electrical manufacturers are betting heavily on continued growth in data center construction
Milbank On the Move
Milbank Manufacturing, Kansas City, Mo., announced an agreement with AeroVironment Inc. (AV), Monrovia, Calif., under which Milbank will market AeroVironment's
Minding the Storefront
Electrical Wholesaling survey of distributors' customers show distributors behind the curve on e-commerce.
The Efficiency Effect
In all the talk about green energy, most of the attention gets sucked up by power generation technologies the photovoltaic panels and concentrating towers
Race of the Chargers
Electrical distributors are in a prime position to benefit from the emergence of electric vehicles as a mainstream transportation option - when and if that happens.
The 2010 Top 200
Electrical Wholesaling's ranking of the largest electrical distributors always proves to be a fascinating snapshot of the state of the electrical market.
Ten Trends that Will Rock the Industry
With 90 years of observations under our institutional belt, EW editors predict what's coming next.
A New Day in Lamp Land
Once upon a time, Lamp Land was a sleepy place, a mature market with three dominant manufacturers carving up the terrain, making incremental advances
Big Schema Things
With the introduction of a new structure for fully attributed product data, the industry's e-commerce dreams are a big step closer to reality. Thank the dataheads.
Long View on VMI
When you've invested a decade in a system that has worked well and made your supply chain more profitable, it takes some courage to change course. But
E-Commerce in the Cloud
Mayer Electric Supply, Birmingham, Ala., has become one of the first electrical companies to entrust its e-commerce to a cloud-based integration platform.
Fighting Back
You already know your employees are your most important resource. No mystery there. But how do you manage them during these trying economic times? The
Congress Takes On Energy
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 and the related bills in the Senate would have a significant impact on sales of electrical products.
Sylvania Partners with ESCOs on Lighting Upgrades
Osram Sylvania, Danvers, Mass., has launched an alliance with energy service companies (ESCOs) nationwide to pursue energy-efficient lighting upgrades in commercial and institutional facilities.
Wolseley's Woes
The downturn's force has fallen particularly hard on the markets served by Wolseley plc.


10 Trends Now Shaking the Electrical Industry Webinar

10 Trends Now Shaking the Electrical Industry Webinar 3

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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
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