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. He’s utterly useless in any discussion of sports other than college basketball. 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 supporting local live music, primarily by helping to run the family business, a suburban coffee shop that on weekend evenings morphs into one of Kansas City’s finest jazz venues: Take Five Coffee + Bar.

Articles by Doug Chandler
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.
An Operational Obsession
To set itself apart in the British Columbia market, electrical distributor E.B. Horsman & Son focuses on operational excellence grounded in warehouse management
Surplus Dealers Step Up
Through standards and stamina, PEARL is earning some respect for recyclers and remanufacturers of electrical products
Rockwell's Leading Edge
Rockwell Automation is known for automation products and controls, but one of the fastest-growing areas of its business is providing engineering services
Wizards of the Wind
The growing enthusiasm for alternative energy is blowing lots of business -- and new competition -- in WECS Electric Supply's direction.
Smart Grid Worth Studying
A quick introduction to the various technologies and concepts included under the smart grid umbrella, offered as a starting point to help you find the niches where electrical distributors can play a role
IDEA On a Mission
With a new strategic plan in place, IDEA looks to a future with new challenges, new competition and new opportunities for driving costs out of the electrical channel.
Deep Partnership
Many distributors are wary of giving their suppliers the power to determine their inventory levels, and justifiably so. The (usually) friendly antagonism
Hidden Gems
In the search for ways to make your company more efficient, you could do a lot worse than to start with the ERP system you already have.
Forward Looking Statements
A look at the latest quarterly financial reports by publicly held companies in the electrical industry reveals a general mood of cautious optimism.
Frugal or Fuelish
With the nationwide price for a gallon of gasoline now above $4 and above $4.70 for a gallon of diesel, the enthusiastic save the world idealism of environmentalists
Ferguson Fights On
With U.S. residential construction continuing to slump, Ferguson Enterprises, Newport News, Va., has been tossed by stormy seas. As a major national distributor

 

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