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. 

2016 Market Planning Guide 
The early national forecasts for single-family residential construction in 2016 call for some impressive double-digit growth from a comparatively low level of homebuilding activity over the past few years, but many local markets won’t see anything near that type of residential growth.
Times & Trends: Long Live the BHAG 
A distributor of reconditioned electrical equipment believes a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) will revolutionize his business niche.
Times & Trends: Delivering the Goods 
In addition to the ubiquitous box truck, the delivery function has taken many different forms in this industry over the years.
A Closer Look at EW’s Electrical Pyramid - Specialists and Hybrids 
In this article, we will take a look at the distributors that supply a package of products and installation services and wrap up our discussion of hybrid distributors.
A More Latin Beat
The sluggish world economy, and in particular the fall in oil prices, has put a bit of a damper on the short-term growth prospects for Mexico and the rest of Latin America, but long-term this region of the world will provide good growth opportunities for companies with the patience to wait on their investments in the region.
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Top 10 LED Picks for August 2015
Our Top 10 LED Product Picks for August 2015 feature products from Hubbell Building Automation, Intense Lighting, Shat-R-Shield/Nicor, Litetronics, Lutron, RAB Lighting, Sorra, U.S. Architectural Lighting and WAC Lighting.
A Closer Look at EW’s Electrical Pyramid - Product Specialists 
This article will offer more detail on some of key players selling electrical products that don’t quite fit the profile of the “typical” electrical distributor. We will be looking first at product specialists and product/service distributors that provide a package of products and installation services.
Times & Trends: More Bricks & More Clicks
There are all sorts of alternative channels that electrical manufacturers can use to sell electrical products to the market.
Copper Culture 
Pricing trends may cause some worries about the value of your wire inventory, but it’s worth remembering that copper has played a much bigger role in human culture than the three-month contract on the London Metals Exchange can convey.
The 2015 Electrical Pyramid 
Here is the clearest way we have found to illustrate the fact that manufacturers have other options to sell electrical products, and that if full-line electrical distributors want to continue being the largest single channel for electrical products in the United States, they better be darn good at what they do, or they will be replaced by other companies that do a better job of providing local sales support, credit, warehousing and delivery.
Top 10 Product Picks for June 2015
EW's editors make their selections for this month's Top 10 Product Picks. Included are products from AFC Cable, Anderson Power Products, Appleton, Arlington Industries, Bridgeport Fittings, CRC, Eaton/Crouse-Hinds, Greenlee, Legrand and Wiremold.
Electrical Wholesaling's Top 10 LED Picks for June 2015
Check out our Top 10 LED Product Picks for June 2015. This month we are featuring LED products from Acuity Brands, Eaton Cooper Lighting, Cree, EYE Lighting, Forest Lighting, GE, Hubbell Lighting, Lutron, Nora Lighting and Osram Sylvania.
The 2015 Top 200: Analysis 
Along with providing data on the size of their operations, many respondents take the time to answer questions about business conditions, their internal investments and plans for expansion. One of the more interesting areas of commentary in this year’s responses was the variety of views on exactly where the electrical economy is at right now.
Times & Trends: Baby Steps Big and Small 
While analyzing the 150 responses to Electrical Wholesaling’s 2015 Top 200 survey, I was struck by how many of this year’s respondents are investing in their companies in many different ways big and small, despite the uncertain economic climate.


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