Editorial Commentary http://ewweb.com/taxonomy/term/7381/more en Times & Trends: Learning to Make Beautiful Music Together http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-learning-make-beautiful-music-together <div class="field-deck"> When everything goes well on a construction project, it’s a well-orchestrated symphony. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I have always had a soft spot in my heart for apprentices, helpers and other new employees on construction sites. I used to work construction jobs during college summers — three years as a helper for a test boring and drilling company and one summer sweeping up sawdust for a hilarious band of Estonian carpenters</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-learning-make-beautiful-music-together" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-learning-make-beautiful-music-together#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:02:00 +0000 38571 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: Every Number Tells a Story http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-every-number-tells-story <div class="field-deck"> Housing data in this month’s Residential Market 101 report show some metros with explosive growth and others coping with big losses. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The first installment of EW’s popular Electrical Markets 101 series on the residential market highlights some interesting market data that shapes and measures the growth of the homebuilding industry. Some of the numbers in the data surprised EW’s editors, and we would like to share them with you here.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-every-number-tells-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-every-number-tells-story#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:13:00 +0000 38231 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: Good First Steps for 2017 http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-good-first-steps-2017 <div class="field-deck"> This advice from some famous folks may help you get your year off to a good start. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When I need inspiration to get myself motivated, I often read quotations from famous people to see what secrets they have shared about their success. </div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-good-first-steps-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-good-first-steps-2017#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:25:00 +0000 38071 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: PoE: The Next Game Changer to Watch? http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-poe-next-game-changer-watch <div class="field-deck"> Power over Ethernet cabling is the real deal, and it’s revolutionizing the lighting industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Another fascinating element of PoE is that it’s also the key bridge from the lighting world to the IT world, where Cisco and other companies now see lighting as part of their domain. </div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-poe-next-game-changer-watch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-poe-next-game-changer-watch#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:22:00 +0000 37851 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: The Haves & the Have Nots http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-haves-have-nots <div class="field-deck"> Some major megatrends seem to be driving an awful lot of the business to a relatively small number of local markets. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Although individual MSAs have always marched to the beat of their own economic drums, it seems like the U.S. economy is evolving into a land of haves and have nots, with some metropolitan areas seeing growth far outpacing the national average and others struggling to maintain much growth at all.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-haves-have-nots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-haves-have-nots#comments Editorial Commentary Electrical Economy Gold Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:14:00 +0000 37121 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: The New Game in Town http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-game-town <div class="field-deck"> It’s not your mom and dad’s lighting market anymore. Now is the time to adapt to it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Now you need to know how LED lighting systems link to HVAC, security and other building networks. This union is intended to create a more flexible environment that can be controlled remotely and provide additional energy savings through down-to-the-second analysis of energy use.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-game-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-game-town#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:35:00 +0000 36731 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: Building Your Brand http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/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="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-building-your-brand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-building-your-brand#comments Editorial Commentary Marketing Gold Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:07:00 +0000 36171 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: The Arc of Technology http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-arc-technology <div class="field-deck"> The electrical market usually accepts new technology at its own pace, but the basic tenets of new product acceptance still apply. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Say what you want about the IoT, it’s rocking the lighting and industrial automation worlds because of its ability to remotely and wirelessly control an awful lot of industrial processes on the factory floor and lighting systems in virtually any kind of building.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-arc-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-arc-technology#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Mon, 01 Aug 2016 22:03:00 +0000 35991 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: The Right Stuff – Today & Tomorrow http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-right-stuff-today-tomorrow <div class="field-deck"> Distributors will have to adapt the service basics of the past to meet the challenges of distributing new tech products in the future. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Today, traditional distributors probably sell more than 70% of all electrical products with a well-known package of value-added services. But will these time-tested services work in the future for electrical products that incorporate IoT-enabled sensors, or the latest LED and solid-state technology?</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-right-stuff-today-tomorrow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-right-stuff-today-tomorrow#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Thu, 07 Jul 2016 21:26:00 +0000 35201 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: Lessons Learned from the Top 200 http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-lessons-learned-top-200 <div class="field-deck"> Here are the five most important things I learned from this year’s Top 200 ranking. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hearing about what&rsquo;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&rsquo;s ranking.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-lessons-learned-top-200" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-lessons-learned-top-200#comments Editorial Commentary Top 200 Commentary Gold Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:39:00 +0000 34521 at http://ewweb.com