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May 23, 2019 - Your position as a leader requires more than just keeping your team on track for your company’s goals. You should also strive to empower your employees to stay on track for their personal goals.
May 23, 2019 - Analyzing and understanding the dynamic relationships between a business, its employees and its customers is a foundational element for any successful enterprise. For electrical distributors, certainly creating open lines of communication and a pleasant ‘customer journey’ are key to remaining profitable.
May 22, 2019 - B2B marketing for distributors and suppliers in the electrical industry can take many forms, from digital innovations and social media to merchandising and trade show displays to full multi-pronged campaigns. It can also serve many purposes, however, which are important to consider with relation to brand identity.
May 22, 2019 - When was the last time you took steps to manage your brand? Considering how your company and the markets it serves have changed over time, you can't let your brand be something that just happens to you—you must build it with intention.
May 15, 2019 - Working with electricity can always be dangerous. When you’re choosing a handheld digital multimeter (DMM) for maintenance and troubleshooting purposes, you’ll want to be sure to use a device that has been properly tested to withstand hazardous working environments—but it can be difficult to sort through all of the relevant specifications to determine the best tool for the job(s).
May 15, 2019 - In today’s need-it-now market, many electrical contractors are feeling pressure to reduce installation time for lighting projects, while also remaining budget-conscious, especially for commercial clients. Many issues can arise, however, from the time a product is specified to the time it is installed for a project. With the rise of LEDs and ‘smart building’ connectivity, these problems can range from drawings not matching job-site conditions to overly complex installations.
May 13, 2019 - With the rise of cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications, there are new opportunities for electrical contractors to help their clients optimize the implementation of energy management principles in their buildings.
April 12, 2019 - To help its electricians in work trucks service everything “from plugs in walls to shopping malls” in an efficient and adaptable manner, Olson Electric—a residential, industrial and commercial contractor based in Sechelt, B.C., that has been in business since 1990—relies on fleet management technology and telematics software to save time and fuel.
April 12, 2019 - On Nov. 30, 2018, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its standards association (IEEE-SA) published a new technical guide for performing arc-flash hazard calculations to help reduce burn injuries suffered by qualified workers due to equipment failure or less-than-adequate work practices.
April 12, 2019 - As you spot more and more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road and plugged in at parking lots, what might not be quite as obvious are the abundant new opportunities for electrical contractors. The demand for charging stations to keep EVs on the move is growing fast, with everyone from fleet managers to utilities striving to develop relationships with specialists in this field.
April 11, 2019 - Outdoor lighting can visually transform an existing physical site. By way of example, downtown Winnipeg’s 100-year-old Metropolitan Theatre was recently upgraded with high-output accent lighting. Located across from Bell MTS Place, the historic landmark—now a conference, banquet and meeting facility named the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, but colloquially known simply as ‘The Met’—served as ‘party central’ during the Winnipeg Jets’ National Hockey League (NHL) playoff run in 2018.
April 11, 2019 - On Dec. 27, 2018, a fiery blue glow lit up the Queen’s neighbourhood in New York, N.Y. It caused quite a stir with people speculating on the cause—with some suggesting the city was under attack by an alien invasion—before the local utility, Consolidated Edison (Con Ed), was able to confirm a transformer was responsible.
April 10, 2019 - Data-driven applications are the lifeline of today’s businesses, but they depend on the underpinning information technology (IT) and data centre power infrastructure to stay up and running. As the demands on such systems continue to increase, it is more important than ever for these organizations to incorporate monitoring into their power management plan, which in turn provides an opportunity to electrical contractors and other professional service providers.
February 9, 2019 - Originally founded in 1966, Buy-Low Foods grew to become the largest food wholesale distributor to independent grocers in Western Canada, serving nearly 1,900 wholesale customers through its Associated Grocers and Van-Whole Produce divisions.
December 13, 2018 - While cargo vans are already a staple for many commercial vehicle fleets, including those used by electrical contractors, today’s cargo van has evolved, with many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) offering a variety of roof heights, lengths and towing capacities. This variety translates into increased flexibility in terms of the functions these vans can perform.
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