Editorial Commentary http://ewweb.com/taxonomy/term/7381/more en 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 Times & Trends: Making Light of a New Situation http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-making-light-new-situation <div class="field-deck"> A digital revolution sparked by LEDs is blowing up the lighting market. Here’s why there will still be a place for electrical distributors. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It’s a revolution that will require entirely new inventory management strategies and a serious investment in training to keep up with the constantly evolving world of LEDs.</div> <p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-making-light-new-situation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-making-light-new-situation#comments Editorial Commentary Gold Tue, 31 May 2016 20:45:00 +0000 33971 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> 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> 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 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>