Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

April 30, 2018

Hannover MesseBy CEW Editorial Team

A confirmation: the winds of change are now howling.

Several years ago, in a workshop at Electro-Federation Canada’s annual conference, a roundtable session described and debated the numerous disruptive technologies that are forcing us to think differently. 

And as our team returns from the 2018 edition of Hannover Messe, we are more cognisant of the new models, new methods and new channels that are all coming together to challenge the status quo today. The convergence of electrical and electronic, data and functionality, and value-added services are on the move and coming faster than we think. And the applications address process, industry residential and infrastructure.  

Take the Mechatronics phenomenon, the multidisciplinary field that combines mechanical engineering, electronics, telecommunications/IT engineering, systems engineering, and control engineering. At Hannover we saw technical systems that are more and more complex and integrated. 

So, what does this mean to the full-line distributor? Perhaps nothing if the long-term focus is residential alone, perhaps a lot as the smart home is evolving, or perhaps everything if you are an industrial focused player. 

Hannover 2At Hannover we met many channel players from around the world who are watching the trend and confirm the channel is changing. The best, most obvious precedent may be in Europe where there is an ever-widening gap between full-line commodity focused product distributors and solutions provider-based speciality distributors.

In Canada we are seeing this happening too, and it’s accelerating. Of interest here, control and lighting products that once were almost the exclusive domain of the full-line wholesaler are now being sold in new specialty and on-line distributors. In fact, the control distributor now controls a 50% share in Canada today, but the question is will this grow further and faster.

Attending Hanover allowed us to meet many Canadian end users, and it’s evident from their attendance and comments they are looking for solutions, from product to engineering, from integration to commissioning. And to a person they want these products at a faster pace and are prepared to pay for convenience and delivery.

In Canada’s electrical channels the relationship and being close to the customer was the competitive edge but today those customers can source, research and see and have more choice than ever before. 

Hannover 3So today the challenges are price is traded for delivery and product knowledge trumps existing relationships.   There are numerous examples in Canada where electrical wholesalers are looking to new models and methods and looking to adapt to the change. In-house services, such as enclosure modification, wire cutting, project management, integration design and even in-house manufacturing and panel building, are now dotting the landscape and investments in logistics and product knowledge are being made daily.

Food for thought for sure, but those winds of change are howling and the change we witnessed over the past five years will not look like anything close to what we will experience through 2023.

 

OlsonBy Katrina Olson

A recent CEW article by David Gordon caught my eye. The headline was, Are Your Sales and Marketing Teams Inhibiting Growth?

As a marketing consultant, writer, and trainer, I recognized the challenges and barriers that David was writing about. We agree on many issues (and their causes) facing electrical distributors and marketers. But I also hear from marketing people all the time that the C-Suite is hindering their efforts which, in turn, hinders the company’s growth.  

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A confirmation: the winds of change are now howling.

Several years ago, in a workshop at Electro-Federation Canada’s annual conference, a roundtable session described and debated the numerous disruptive technologies that are forcing us to think differently.

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Looking BackIn the 1930s to 1940s, CEDA’s Western Canada membership was very stable with old line independent companies like Horsman, Ashdowns, Brettell, Marshall Wells, Electrical Supplies Ltd., etc.

Small electrical distributors just were not acceptable for membership as they did not carry the main-line manufacturers’ goods, publish a wiring device catalogue, or employ four to five salesmen as CEDA requested.

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Laura Dempsey

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Laura Dempsey has been working as an outside sales representative for E.B. Horsman & Son for over 15 years, and is a member of the BCEA U40 network of young professionals. She lives in Langley, BC and is proud of her position and work with E.B. Horsman, particularly as she is the second Dempsey generation to work for the company.

Laura’s mother Shelly has worked at E.B. Horsman for over 25 years, and instilled in Laura a determination to succeed. Laura followed in her mother’s footsteps after witnessing how much her mother enjoyed her work and the people she works with at E.B. Horsman.

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Laura Dempsey

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I've known John Sencich since CEW began publishing. He agreed from the outset to be part of the newsletter’s Editorial Board. His contribution was regular and sustained. Always present to answer my technical questions, and refer me to the right person for additional information as needed. Always available despite his role as senior leader of an influential company.

Over the past five years, many industry insiders have cited John Sencich when I asked them to name someone who had made a difference in their lives or had inspired them as a leader.

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The path towards digitalization has put the electrical supply channel at an important crossroad: the entire electrical value chain (suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, customers) will need to strongly consider how to move from a traditional model that has served the market well for decades, towards a new model that is connected, smart and highly efficient. But how does the industry evolve from a traditional model to an integrated ecosystem?

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The annual EFC Scholarship Program reflects an industry that understands its responsibility to attract future talent. In the face of technological, demographic, and socio-economic evolution, the employment landscape is in constant transformation resulting in substantial challenges for companies as they work to define and redefine their recruitment practices. Furthermore, as competition for the brightest and the best of the next generation of business leaders intensifies, it’s more important than ever to engage young people. 

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