Business en Baseball & Life: 10 Baseball Quotes that Apply to Almost Everything You Do <div class="node-body gallery-body">With the start of another Baseball Season upon us, what better time to check out what these 10 ballplayers and managers had to say about baseball - and life.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business baseball Quotes Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:26:00 +0000 38791 at Stanion’s Value-Added Service Tracking Draws Praise from Provider <div class="field-deck"> Tour de Force chose it as the best innovation using its CRM and business intelligence systems. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Stanion was given the 2016 Award for Best Innovation by the Tour de Force executive team for its use of Tour de Force to quantify and track value added services they provide to their customers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bulletin Board Management Silver Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:22:00 +0000 38691 at <p>Matt Hartmann (left), president and CEO of Tour de Force, presented Dennis Guey, Stanion Wholesale Electric&#39;s VP of sales, with the software company&#39;s 2016 Award for Best Innovation for the way Stanion uses its systems to track value-added services.</p> Photo courtesy of Stanion Wholesale Electric Banking On Utility Rebates <div class="field-byline"> By Chris Cloutier </div> <div class="field-deck"> While utility rebates can fuel lighting sales, a recent survey of electrical distributors unveiled lots of frustration on the time and effort they take to process. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Nowadays, most, if not all, utility rebates for lighting focus on LEDs. There are prescriptive, mid-stream and custom rebate programs, all designed to help accelerate your lighting sales.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Gold Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:11:00 +0000 38541 at poplasen/iStock/Thinkstock Warehouse Wizardry <div class="field-deck"> A look at some ways new technologies could make working in the warehouse the most exciting and desirable job in your company. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As technologies for handling materials begin to incorporate the promises of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), new tools promise to make life more magical for the wizards in your warehouse.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Gold Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:53:00 +0000 38531 at <p>Whether wearable technology such as smart glasses will be accepted in general culture is debatable but their potential usefulness as a tool for improving accuracy and easing data capture in warehouse operations is clear.</p> Copyright Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Homes Get Smart <div class="field-deck"> A burst of new interest in connected devices and responsive systems is bringing old dreams of the smart home to the real world. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In earlier visions of smart homes, it looked like electrical distributors could be key players in bringing the systems to market. That’s no longer the way it looks, but within the build-out of smart home capabilities many areas exist where distributors will have the opportunity to play a role.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Electrical Market 101 Lighting Sales Gold Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:35:00 +0000 38341 at Copyright Ethan Miller, Getty Images Reps Go Big <div class="field-deck"> A string of rep agency mergers over the past few years show why the desire for size and geographic reach is reshaping the electrical market. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">At the street level, conversations with some of the reps involved in these consolidations show the driving forces behind the trend and the benefits and challenges of merging rep agencies.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sales Rep News Gold Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:54:00 +0000 38061 at stevegraham/iStock/Thinkstock Print is Not Dead Yet <div class="field-deck"> Here’s how to use the power of print in the digital age. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A printed piece held in your hand sends a message to your brain: This is something of substance. In the same manner, a heavier weight paper creates an air of importance, just as a thick business card can bring a sense of gravitas to you and your company.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Marketing Gold Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:12:00 +0000 37751 at severija/iStock/Thinkstock Pride of Ownership: ESOPs in electrical distribution <div class="field-deck"> Electrical distributors who have embraced employee ownership find unique advantages in motivation and teamwork. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Employee ownership alone will not transform your company into Graybar or Border States. But if you have a certain cast of mind, a transition to employee ownership can be a positive way to unify your organization, ensure its continuity as a growing business, and share some of the benefits of ownership more broadly.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Gold Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:30:00 +0000 36601 at michaeljung/iStock/Thinkstock Water Everywhere <div class="field-deck"> An unexpected flood tests Louisiana’s electrical industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It was clear soon after the rain began to fall that this wasn&rsquo;t just a normal storm.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was one of those weird events no one saw coming,&rdquo; says Leland Sonnier, service center leader for Summit Electric Supply&rsquo;s branch in Broussard, La., near Lafayette. &ldquo;About an hour into it, you saw the water piling up about three inches an hour, and you knew this wasn&rsquo;t a traditional type of rain. This was something totally different.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Louisiana Management News Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:17:00 +0000 36391 at FEMA News Photo Times & Trends: Building Your Brand <div class="field-deck"> Whether you are promoting a product, company or yourself, some age-old Marketing 101 basics still work just fine. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Part of the magic of marketing is realizing the power a devoted employee can have on a brand and a company. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Commentary Marketing Gold Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:07:00 +0000 36171 at <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p>