Editorial Commentary http://ewweb.com/taxonomy/term/7381/more en Times & Trends: Baby Steps Big and Small http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-baby-steps-big-and-small <div class="field-deck"> Think distributors aren’t optimistic about the future? Wrong. This year’s Top 200 distributors are investing millions in their own companies. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While analyzing the 150 responses to Electrical Wholesaling’s 2015 Top 200 survey, I was struck by how many of this year’s respondents are investing in their companies in many different ways big and small, despite the uncertain economic climate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-baby-steps-big-and-small" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-baby-steps-big-and-small#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:53:00 +0000 26251 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: 95 Years Strong http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-95-years-strong <div class="field-deck"> While it’s more productive to look to the future than to dwell on the past, we can often learn from history’s most timeless lessons. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What do you say about a magazine that has survived two World Wars, a depression and several recessions? One word comes to mind: resilient.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-95-years-strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-95-years-strong#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Fri, 01 May 2015 18:54:00 +0000 25391 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: The Way We Were http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-way-we-were <div class="field-deck"> Some people mistakenly think mergers and acquisitions are a new phenomenon in the electrical wholesaling industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This being Electrical Wholesaling magazine’s 95th Anniversary Year, I thought we could all learn something about M&As in our industry by taking a look back at EW’s first-ever listing of the electrical market’s largest distributors. That first list, published in 1970, had 100 distributors ranked by number of employees because sales volume was unavailable for so many of the companies. Following are a few things I learned from that first listing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-way-we-were" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/editorial-commentary/times-trends-way-we-were#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:14:00 +0000 24621 at http://ewweb.com Lighting’s Coming Storm http://ewweb.com/commentary/lighting-s-coming-storm <div class="field-byline"> By Chris Brown </div> <div class="field-deck"> Two veterans of the lighting wars debate what it will take for distributors of LED products to remain relevant in the lighting market. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Traditional electrical distributors and lighting distributors will need new levels of high technical competencies and new services/solutions to elbow their way to the table as the lighting industry evolves. And who will they be competing against in addition to traditional competitors?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/commentary/lighting-s-coming-storm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/commentary/lighting-s-coming-storm#comments Editorial Commentary Lighting Commentary distribution LED lighting Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:56:00 +0000 23311 at http://ewweb.com <p>Chris Brown</p> Times & Trends: At the Very Root of It All http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-very-root-it-all <div class="field-deck"> The spirit of entrepreneurship still runs strong in the electrical wholesaling industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One of the great things about the electrical wholesaling industry is that when you get right down to it, the vast majority of entrepreneurs who founded electrical distributors, independent manufacturers&rsquo; reps, electrical manufacturers&nbsp; and electrical contractors are living the American Dream.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-very-root-it-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-very-root-it-all#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:28:00 +0000 24081 at http://ewweb.com Transitions Are Always Messy http://ewweb.com/commentary/transitions-are-always-messy <div class="field-byline"> By Bill Attardi </div> <div class="field-deck"> The author has a different take on the impact of LEDs than his friend, Chris Brown of Wiedenbach-Brown, who sketched out the lighting market’s “Illumigeddon” in last month’s issue. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"> We all agree though that change/transition has many faces. A lot of uncertainty. But one thing is certain, it will happen, whether you like it or not, whether you can adapt or not, whether you transition with the skill-sets necessary to reposition your company to thrive or not. During any transition, there will be winners and losers, and great opportunities for many companies and devastating losses for some.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/commentary/transitions-are-always-messy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/commentary/transitions-are-always-messy#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:20:00 +0000 24071 at http://ewweb.com <p>Bernie Ericson and Bill Attardi</p> Photo by Jim Lucy Times & Trends: Towering Potential? http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-towering-potential <div class="field-deck"> The new office buildings now reshaping the skylines of some cities put an exclamation point on a healthy commercial construction market. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Whether it’s a high-profile downtown office tower like New York’s Freedom Tower or a more modest building in a suburban office park, office construction provides big dollars for distributors, manufacturers, reps and contractors.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-towering-potential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-towering-potential#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Silver Mon, 02 Feb 2015 23:15:00 +0000 23341 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p> Times & Trends: Fresh Signs of Change in the Electrical Market http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-fresh-signs-change-electrical-market <div class="field-deck"> Recent headlines point toward some sweeping changes now starting to reshape parts of the electrical wholesaling industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Some news stories that hit the street over the past few weeks illustrate just how fast things are changing in the electrical wholesaling industry. Some of the news presents sales opportunities for electrical distributors, electrical manufacturers and independent manufacturers&rsquo; reps, while other stories are very definitely challenges that could eventually impact sales. Let&rsquo;s take a look at them.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-fresh-signs-change-electrical-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-fresh-signs-change-electrical-market#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Thu, 01 Jan 2015 19:26:00 +0000 22871 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: Why Microgrids May Power Real Change http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-why-microgrids-may-power-real-change <div class="field-deck"> Why Microgrids May Power Real Change As electric utilities scramble to update the aging U.S. electrical grid, microgrids will be an important piece of the power puzzle. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">NEMA’s report on modernizing the electrical grid offers some sound advice to legislators on ensuring a more dependable power supply, and we applaud the association’s efforts for representing the electrical industry’s energy interests in Washington, D.C.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-why-microgrids-may-power-real-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-why-microgrids-may-power-real-change#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:17:00 +0000 21731 at http://ewweb.com Times & Trends: Fueling a Perfect Storm for Expansion http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-fueling-perfect-storm-expansion <div class="field-deck"> U.S. cities blessed with a mix of powerful economic drivers are totally outpacing the growth in many other metros. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When you look at the growth numbers for cities like Boston, New York, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Raleigh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., you realize just how fast they are growing compared to other U.S. cities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-fueling-perfect-storm-expansion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ewweb.com/commentary/times-trends-fueling-perfect-storm-expansion#comments Editorial Commentary Commentary Gold Fri, 05 Dec 2014 22:02:00 +0000 21521 at http://ewweb.com <p>Jim Lucy, Chief Editor</p>