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
Battling the Energy Pirates 
Puschnigg looks at the ability to mass control the smart plugs to turn off devices during peak demand periods as a “virtual power plant” that users can utilize to produce savings and lessen the load on the local utility.
Tool Time in Milwaukee 
A key theme of the event can be summed up in three words: Cut the cord. Milwaukee is moving aggressively to shift its power tool portfolio from corded products to its lithium-ion 18V Fuel platform.
What’s New with the Top 200 Distributors? 
Electrical Wholesaling's annual Top 200 survey is a chance to catch up on more than just sales figures. Take a look at what respondents said is driving their companies' growth.
Times & Trends: Lessons Learned from the Top 200 

Hearing about what’s on the minds of dozens of distribution executives from the largest electrical distributors in North America is an education in entrepreneurship that has got to be worth a few college credits from some business school. Each year I learn something new about this business from our Top 200 respondents. Below are the five things I learned while working on this year’s ranking.

The 2016 Top 200: Analysis 
At a time when many distributors would be happy with growth somewhere in the industry’s historical range of 4% to 8%, a surprising number of respondents to this year’s survey expect double-digit sales growth in 2016.
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EW's Top 10 LED Picks for June 2016
Electrical Wholesaling's Top 10 LED Product Picks for June 2016 we showcase products from Beacon Product, EYE Lighting, Cree, Lutron, RAB Lighting, WAC Lighting, Feit Electric, Forest Lighting, Soraa and Litetronics.
Times & Trends: Making Light of a New Situation 
It’s a revolution that will require entirely new inventory management strategies and a serious investment in training to keep up with the constantly evolving world of LEDs.
Wired to Serve 
Opportunities sometimes come disguised as problems.
10 Largest Electrical Distributors in the 2016 Top 200 
It's Top 200 time, and this gallery offers some great insight into the 10 largest distributors of electrical supplies in North America for 2016.
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Our 10 LED Product Picks from LightFair 2016
Electrical Wholesaling spent three days walking the aisles at LightFair 2016 last week and saw an astounding array of new product development. Here are our picks for the 10 most interesting LED products and lighting system on the show floor.
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5 Things I Learned at This Year’s LightFair

While the official attendance figures aren’t yet in for LightFair, many of the exhibitors we spoke with on the show floor were pretty happy with the turnout. I would guesstimate that attendance easily topped 20,000 but probably didn’t duplicate the numbers at LightFair 2015 in New York or LightFair 2014 in Las Vegas. The show floor still had plenty of buzz and the booths of some of the largest lighting companies, including Acuity, Cree and Eaton Cooper Lighting, always seems busy. There was so much to see at this year’s LightFair, but a few trends definitely stuck out.

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People On the Move - April 22, 2016
Check out the industry execs from Summit Electric, Rockwell, Buckles-Smith, Nora Lighting, Anamet and Omni Cable who have taken on new roles over the past few weeks.
EW's Top 10 Product Picks for April, 2016
These electrical manufacturers have new products featured in this month's Top 10 Product Picks: Arlington Industries, Brady, Bridgeport Fittings, Burndy, Encore Wire, Ideal Industries, ILSCO, Littelfuse, Milwaukee Tool and Rack-A-Tiers.
Times & Trends: What’s Old is New Again 
As with the performance contracts energy service companies (ESCOs) sell, the big question around lighting as a service (LaaS) is where electrical distributors fit in.
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Power Coffee
This Hall of Shame wiring job will make electrical inspectors cringe.

 

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