Editorial Commentary http://ewweb.com/taxonomy/term/7381/more en Times & Trends: Some Bumps & Bruises in the Early Days of IoT http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-some-bumps-bruises-early-days-iot <div class="field-deck"> IoT-enabled electrical devices are still in the early days of mainstream adoption, but some distributors and their customers have already bought into the Internet of Things. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">One of the most interesting parts of my job as an EW editor has always been researching those technologies “just over the next hill” — those products that have not yet hit a point of critical mass in the marketplace.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-some-bumps-bruises-early-days-iot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-some-bumps-bruises-early-days-iot#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Wed, 17 May 2017 20:24:00 +0000 39111 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: The New Realities of Industrial America http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-realities-industrial-america <div class="field-deck"> Here are five reasons the industrial market is ready for a rebound in 2017. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The industrial market will still provide plenty of sales opportunities for well-positioned distributors, manufacturers and reps.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-realities-industrial-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-realities-industrial-america#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:11:00 +0000 38901 at http://ewweb.com 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