Community & Opinions http://ewweb.com/taxonomy/term/7380/more en Times & Trends: What’s Old is New Again http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-what-s-old-new-again <div class="field-deck"> Lighting as a Service (LaaS) is actually an old concept quite similar to the performance contracts ESCOs have engineered for years. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-what-s-old-new-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-what-s-old-new-again#comments Editorial Commentary Lighting Gold Fri, 01 Apr 2016 20:10:00 +0000 32481 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Speaking Out: 16 Distribution Industry Trends for 2016 http://ewweb.com/commentary/speaking-out-16-distribution-industry-trends-2016 <div class="field-deck"> Here’s what electrical distributors and electrical manufacturers should consider to increase sales and ensure profitability in 2016. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While the U.S. economy undergoes macro-economic gyrations within the world economy and global politics batter the economy and the petrochem markets, distributors and manufacturers need to focus on issues within their control.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/commentary/speaking-out-16-distribution-industry-trends-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/commentary/speaking-out-16-distribution-industry-trends-2016#comments Community & Opinions Commentary Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:36:00 +0000 31811 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: The New Normal http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-normal <div class="field-deck"> This business era may not ever be fondly remembered as the Good Old Days, but the next few years should be very interesting. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This month’s issue offers several articles that can help you size up the disruptive changes that will be the future foundation for the “New Normal” in the electrical business. </div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-normal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-new-normal#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:28:00 +0000 31801 at http://ewweb.com Will Copper History Repeat Itself in 2016? http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/will-copper-history-repeat-itself-2016 <div class="field-byline"> John Gross, J.E. Gross &amp; Co. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Today’s wild gyrations in copper pricing are nothing new to the metals market. The industry survived an even wilder ride in the 1980s. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Take a look at the long-term relationship of copper prices to the prime lending rate over the past 45 years. Generally speaking, higher interest rates associate with halting market declines, and often accompany rising copper prices.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/will-copper-history-repeat-itself-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/materials-pricing/will-copper-history-repeat-itself-2016#comments Materials Pricing Community & Opinions Commentary Gold Wed, 17 Feb 2016 20:42:00 +0000 30851 at http://ewweb.com (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images) Times & Trends: Don’t Mind the Noise http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-don-t-mind-noise <div class="field-deck"> A bunch of politicians screaming like over-caffeinated banshees about the demise of the world as we know it and the stock market’s slide obscure the facts that most of the U.S. economy is actually in pretty good shape. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Some of Electrical Wholesaling’s pet economic indicators that do the best job of measuring the health of the electrical market also point to an industry that’s doing a heckuva lot better than most of the Presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle would lead you to believe.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-don-t-mind-noise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-don-t-mind-noise#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:17:00 +0000 30641 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: Nicely Niched http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-nicely-niched <div class="field-deck"> In the not-too-distant future, many reps will need to decide what they want to be when they grow up. For many of them, developing a more precisely targeted market focus may be the key to survival. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To compete against larger reps, more smaller firms will need to get really, really good in tight product niches.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-nicely-niched" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-nicely-niched#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Silver Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:41:00 +0000 29091 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: Learning from Growth http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-learning-growth <div class="field-deck"> If you look behind the numbers in this year’s Market Planning Guide that highlight the nation’s fastest-growing metros, you can learn quite a bit about what makes this industry tick. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you look behind the numbers in this year’s Market Planning Guide that highlight the nation’s fastest-growing metros, you can learn quite a bit about what makes this industry tick.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-learning-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-learning-growth#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Mon, 02 Nov 2015 21:12:00 +0000 28261 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: Long Live the BHAG http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-long-live-bhag <div class="field-deck"> A distributor of reconditioned electrical equipment believes a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) will revolutionize his business niche. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A distributor of reconditioned electrical equipment believes a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) will revolutionize his business niche.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-long-live-bhag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-long-live-bhag#comments Editorial Commentary Silver Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:43:00 +0000 28081 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: Delivering the Goods http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-delivering-goods <div class="node-body article-body">In addition to the ubiquitous box truck, the delivery function has taken many different forms in this industry over the years. </div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-delivering-goods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-delivering-goods#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:43:00 +0000 27261 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: More Bricks & More Clicks http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-more-bricks-more-clicks <div class="field-deck"> Ever wonder how many sources of supply you compete against in your local market? Check out the chart and analysis in this editorial. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There are all sorts of alternative channels that electrical manufacturers can use to sell electrical products to the market. </div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-more-bricks-more-clicks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-more-bricks-more-clicks#comments Editorial Commentary Management Commentary Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:38:00 +0000 26991 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p>