June 10, 2013

Connecting with Contractors

Understanding how the electrical supply chain is connected through manufacturers, distributors, contractors and other end-users is essential for identifying business opportunities and streamlining the flow of product data to all industry channels. We’ve gathered some new resources to help you understand how contractors operate.

NAED’s tEDmag.com recently introduced Contractor’s Corner, a new column dedicated to supporting the distributor and contractor business relationship. Each month, Stan Walercyzk, founder of Lighting Wizards and former distributor and contractor with 24 years of experience in the field, will share stories from the eyes of the contractor to spotlight what happens on the job and daily operations. Read the first article introducing the tedmag.com Contractor’s Corner series>

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) launched their new website including professional development tools, advocacy news, contractor resources, events, community announcements and a contractor locator. They also publish numerous blogs and eNewsletters. Visit the new NECA website>

Checkout a video on how to navigate the new website.

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) association also offers robust online resources on advocacy, events, training, safety information, and communications resources. IEC publishes Insights magazine, distributes eNewsletters, and holds an online Newsroom. Read the Insights article “Online Transactions” on the IEC website>

Want to know where contractors interact online? Electrician Talk is a Forum discussion board for professional electrical contractors with more than 40,000 members and over 1 million posts. You are required to register for the Forum before you can start discussions or reply to other members in the community, but all information is available to the public. You can also search for the products you sell on the Forum to find out what contractors are saying about it. Search the Professional Electrical Contractors Forum on ElectricianTalk.com>

Have a contractor resource you think would benefit your industry peers? Please share it with us in the comments below.