Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Chart: value of building permits May-June 2017Canadian municipalities issued $8.1 billion worth of building permits in June, up 2.5% from May and the second highest value on record. Higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings were mainly responsible for the national increase. All building components reported gains in June, except for single-family dwellings. The total value of building permits rose in six provinces in June, led by Quebec and Manitoba. Month-to-month changes by jurisdiction are captured in the chart.

Chart, Non-residential Building Construction Price Index Q2 2017Contractors’ prices for new non-residential building construction rose 0.8% in the second quarter compared with the previous quarter. This was the seventh consecutive quarterly increase. Prices for new non-residential building construction were up in six of the seven surveyed census metropolitan areas. Prices rose the most in Vancouver (+1.3%) and Montreal (+1.2%). Contractors in both areas reported higher costs to complete the structural components of new buildings due to the favorable local market conditions and a high demand for skilled labour.

Chart, Product Manufacturing Hourly Rates by CityAmong six Canadian cities, Edmonton leads the city with the next highest rate by more than $7/hour. Vancouver's in sixth place.

Chart, Electrical Contractor Salaries by Company Size: Canada vs. USAThe USA leads in all seven size categories, but the gap varies. Narrowest: companies with 2000-4999 employees.

Chart: Contractor Salaries by Years of Experience: Canada vs. USAThe USA leads by significant margins in all four age categories. See how wide the margins are.

Chart, Product Manufacturing Hourly Rates by CityAmong six Canadian cities, Edmonton leads the city with the next highest rate by more than $7/hour. Vancouver’s in sixth place.

Chart showing GDP growth May 2012-2017Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.6% in May, as 14 of 20 industrial sectors increased. This was the seventh consecutive monthly increase. Goods-producing industries rose 1.6%, led by mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction, more specifically non-conventional oil extraction. Service-producing industries were up 0.2%, led by finance and insurance services. Retail trade grew 0.9% in May with 8 of 12 subsectors increasing.

robotic arm moving goods in a warehouseMobile robotics in material handling and logistics will become a US$75 billion market by 2027. It will then more than double by 2038. These staggering headline figures mask turbulent transformative change underneath: some technologies will rise and transform the fortunes of industries, fuelling growth rates far outpacing recent trends, whilst others will face with decay and obsolescence. We are at the beginning of the beginning of a transformative change, and the time to plan is now.Mobile robotics in material handling and logistics will become a US$75 billion market by 2027. It will then more than double by 2038. These staggering headline figures mask turbulent transformative change underneath: some technologies will rise and transform the fortunes of industries, fuelling growth rates far outpacing recent trends, whilst others will face with decay and obsolescence. We are at the beginning of the beginning of a transformative change, and the time to plan is now.

David GordonIn talking with senior management and HR managers of distributors, a continual challenge is personnel. While frequently these discussions relate to qualified (industry or skilled) personnel for sales, branch management and/or specialists, a frequent comment is the “churn” that they experience in their warehouse as well as with their drivers. Low unemployment and the reality of the compensation for these roles contribute to employee change in many markets. Working conditions may not be the greatest, and people move for compensation reasons. In reality, for these roles you are not competing against other electrical distributors. You are competing with the general marketplace. The impact can affect your customers.

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Technological change has often been the cause for major market disruption. Consumers tend to benefit from these kinds of disruptions through improved service levels or radically lower prices. Wholesalers and distributors, however, have fewer means to drive changes themselves.

 

Here in Part 3: successfully operating in added-value market segments. This requires applying a number of different levers, usually at each step of their sales channels. . . Read more 

 

 

 


By Shoynear Morrison

The importance of using the right tone within communications and marketing can be easily underestimated. Within these fields words are used to convey specific messages and meaning regarding a brand.

What does the word tone mean and how can understanding its meaning allow you to apply this literacy device?

Well... The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word tone as an “accent or inflection expressive of a mood or emotion, the pitch of a word often used to express differences of meaning.” Aka… tone, is the way we say something and creates emotion. 

 

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Changing Scene

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Do you know an industry member who has greatly contributed to the Canadian electrical industry and ...
Kendra Smith will be joining the company’s Nationals Accounts team as the Key Accounts ...
Flextherm Celebrates 25 Years With a Big Bang PHOTO: EIN-37/CEW-18-CS-Flextherm-400.jpg The floor ...
Electro-Federation Canada’s 6th Annual Future Forum, Thinking Smarter — Channel Products, Energy, ...
Blueway has been added as a division within Sonepar Ontario, reporting directly to Sonepar Ontario ...
Pilz Canada has added Marcus Graham to its family. Marcus is now serving a wide base of customers ...
Christopher Balleine has been appointed Stelpro’s Sales Representative, Maritimes, ...
Based in Ottawa, Lafontaine will be responsible for building on Schneider Electric’s ...
Bill Smith from Electrozad Supply Company Limited has been selected as this year’s recipient ...
Effective April 24, 2017, Dave Syer will report directly to CEO Roger Little, and will be a member ...

Peers & Profiles

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Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, has been a leading figure in Saskatchewan’s electricity ...
I didn’t wake up one day and go, “I want to work for my dad!” Actually, it was ...
    Ouellet Canada is celebrating 50 years in the Electrical Heating ...
  On February 27th Lumen opened their 36th branch in Ottawa, Ontario. ...
John Baron is President of Elec-Tech Sales Ltd., a manufacturing agent with headquarters in ...
  In September 1957, Ken Gerrie opened a storefront electrical supply counter in the growing ...
I met with Shoynear Morrison at the Lumen show in Montreal this past April — a welcomed ...
LEDVANCE GmbH, a new legally independent lamp manufacturing company born out of the former Osram ...
Murray Chamney is everywhere. He is involved in all initiatives, is active in the business ...
Many Millennials join our industry by indirect routes or by chance. Not so for Jonathan Clarke, who ...

Looking Back

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The resource-based industries of the Maritimes are looking to electronics to make their operations ...
  Electrical distributors must remain in both the electronic and electrical ends of the ...
  The public’s strong interest in energy-saving products should continue in the ...
  Even in a principally agricultural province like Saskatchewan, the impact of electronics ...
Electrical distribution companies operating in British Columbia will continue to get larger while ...
Golden anniversaries are celebrated by the mature, and our industry is allowed to celebrate ...
The last 50 years have been exciting ones for the electrical industry but they won’t compare to ...
The ceiling that had been placed on membership fees remained a point of contention among ...
The year 1982 started on a relatively good note for electrical distributors. Sales in the first ...
An $80,000 deficit from 1979 greeted the CEDA members at the 1980 Annual General Meeting...   ...

Canadian Electrical Wholesaler is surveying Canadian Electrical Industry Businesses. This short survey (5 multiple choice questions) will aid in determining the the state of Canadian electrical businesses and provide valuable insight into industry shifts. 

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