Jim Lucy

Jim
Lucy
Chief Editor,
Electrical Wholesaling Magazine

Jim Lucy has been wandering through the electrical market for more than 30 years, most of the time as an editor for Electrical Wholesaling, Electrical Marketing newsletter and CEE News. During that time he and the editorial team for the publications have won numerous national awards for their coverage of the electrical business. He showed an early interest in electricity, when as a youth he had an idea for a hot dog cooker. Unfortunately, the first crude prototype malfunctioned and the arc nearly blew him out of his parents' basement.

Before becoming an editor for Electrical Wholesaling magazine and Electrical Marketing, he earned a BA degree in journalism and a MA in communications from Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ., which is formerly best known as the site of the 1967 summit meeting between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Aleksei Nikolayevich Kosygin, and now best known as the New Jersey state college that changed its name in 1992 to Rowan University because of a generous $100 million donation by N.J. zillionaire industrialist Henry Rowan. Jim is a Brooklyn-born Jersey Guy happily transplanted in the fertile plains of Kansas for the past 20 years. 

Articles
Times & Trends: Why Microgrids May Power Real Change 
NEMA’s report on modernizing the electrical grid offers some sound advice to legislators on ensuring a more dependable power supply, and we applaud the association’s efforts for representing the electrical industry’s energy interests in Washington, D.C.
Times & Trends: Fueling a Perfect Storm for Expansion 
When you look at the growth numbers for cities like Boston, New York, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Raleigh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., you realize just how fast they are growing compared to other U.S. cities.
2015 Market Planning Guide 
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.
Times & Trends: The Internet of Things and You
For applications in the electrical market, having internet-addressable components provides energy managers, property owners, C-suite execs and anyone else who has to sign off on a facility’s electrical bill with actionable data in customized reports, such as the potential for future energy savings and early warnings on operational issues.
Times & Trends: The Roots of Change 
Whether manufacturers are making acquisitions, moving into new markets, launching new products, appointing new executives or reorganizing their operations, they are often making the moves because of opportunities or challenges in five areas.
10 Electrical Manufacturers to Watch - Gallery
By watching how these 10 manufacturers are recalibrating their companies to adapt to the new realities of the electrical market, you can see where this industry is headed in the future.
10 Electrical Manufacturers to Watch - Points to Ponder
The largest electrical manufacturers are all recalibrating their companies to adapt to challenges and opportunities, and those challenges may also have an impact on your company. EW’s editors have provided “points to ponder” for each of these areas. Can you come up with additional questions for your sales and management teams?
10 Electrical Manufacturers to Watch 
By watching how these 10 manufacturers are recalibrating their companies to adapt to the new realities of the electrical market, you can see where this industry is headed in the future
THE TOP 200 
The industry’s largest distributors believe 2014 will be a solid year, and they are investing in their companies now to handle the future growth.
100 Marketing Tips that Really Work for Distributors  1
Electrical distributors may have quite a few more digital marketing tools at their disposal now, but a surprising number of the basic tenets of creating demand for your company’s mix of products and services haven’t changed all that much.
Times & Trends: Raison d’être 
One of the biggest advantages distributors have over Amazon is the expertise they have in electrical products, the relationships they have built with electrical contractors and other core customers and their willingness to locally stock so much inventory — not only the fast-moving SKUs, but those that can take longer to sell — and deliver it, often at a moment’s notice right to customers’ job-sites.
LightFair 2014 Report 

Electrical Wholesaling’s editors haven’t missed too many LightFairs since it started up in 1989, and from everything we can remember this was the biggest and busiest yet. The booths were bigger and the largest ones, including Acuity, Cree, Osram Sylvania, GE, Philips, Cooper Lighting, Lutron, and Juno Lighting/Schneider, consistently had big crowds. Following are the biggest trends we noticed at the show.

Your Customers’ LED Product Picks 
The LED products profiled here generated thousands of page views from electrical contractors, facility maintenance personnel, specifying engineers and other readers of Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) magazine, EW’s sister publication.

 

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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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