Herm Isenstein


Since founding DISC Corp. almost 30 years ago, Herm Isenstein has become the premier economist in the electrical wholesaling industry  He worked for 10-plus years with General Electric in market planning and analysis assignments and before that spent more than four years in Tehran, Iran as an economic advisor to the Iranian Oil Operating Companies. His educational background is in economics and econometrics and he holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

If you have any questions about DISC's subscription-based data services, contact  Herm at 203-799-3673. 

2007 Economic Update
With the year's second quarter recently completed, it's clear distributor sales are not what they were just four quarters ago. According to forecast data
Enjoy It While It Lasts
Electrical distributors can expect a mixed bag of economic results in 2007. Almost everything came up roses last year, especially if you were not deeply
Economic Update
National sales forecasts by DISC Corp. and Electrical Wholesaling's Market Planning Guide look similar for 2006. For this year, both EW and DISC forecast
Enjoy the Ride
Electrical manufacturers and electrical distributors are enjoying a continuation of the strong growth that began in 2004 after a three-year downturn.
Booming First Quarter
As a result of strong construction and manufacturing activity, in first-quarter 2006 the electrical industry enjoyed one of its best quarters in more
Smooth Sailing
Distributors had two good back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005, with total industry sales up 6.3 percent and 7.2 percent respectively. It's clear the electrical
Changes to the 2002 Census of Wholesale Trade and What It Means to the Electrical Industry
While perusing the forecast numbers in Electrical Wholesaling's Market Planning Guide this year, you may have noticed that the industry appears to be
DISC Corp. forecasts industry sales in 2005 at 6.8 percent over the 2004 level. For 2006, the firm anticipates industry growth to be better than 10 percent
Positive Growth Continues
Electrical distributor industry sales are on track to continue the positive growth pattern of 2004. Industry sales in 2004 were up better than 6 percent,
Economic Update
We measure overall economic performance in terms of income, employment and prices. The overall performance of the electrical industry can be measured
The recession lasted much longer for electrical distributors than the vast majority of other businesses. Although the recession hit the overall economy
Industry Revs Up
After three years of negative growth, electrical distributor industry sales finally registered positive growth in 2004.
Solid Recovery
To read some of the reports in the trade magazines, one would think distributors are approaching nirvana after a string of negative growth years. Everything
The electrical industry has come a long way since the dark days of 2001, 2002 and 2003. Some segments are seeing positive industry growth; in other segments,
The year has barely begun, but from a forecasting point-of-view it's less interesting than 2005. That's because DISC Corp. doesn't see much chance that


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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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