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Bill Attardi The EnergyWatch Blog is a daily information source created by Bill Attardi, president of Attardi Marketing. The blog provides a veteran electrical professional’s perspective on the news and industry insights through eyes of electrotechnology insider. Bill Attardi’s experience within the channels of electrical manufacturing and distribution keeps readers ahead of the curve about advanced product technologies and services that satisfy the ongoing energy conservation needs of the end user.

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EnergyWatchNews: Your Window on the Electrical Industry

After 25 years, thousands of emails and just about as many March Madness and Super Bowl commentaries (don’t want to ignore the World Series……Congrats to the Washington Nationals! Great series…) — my EnergyWatchBlog has been transitioning into a dynamic new website

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Survey: Rep of the Future Study…Projecting 2025 Needs by Jim Johnson, President, NEMRA

The National Electrical Manufacturer Representative Association (NEMRA) is conducting an industry wide study to understand the needs of manufacturers, distributors and manufacturer representatives with a focus on how the association can better serve its members so that they may be a

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Lighting: What’s Next? by Dr. Mark Rea

At the LRC Summit, 15-17 OCT in Troy, NY, Dr. Mark Rea will offer a keynote session, ” Lighting:  What’s Next?” Lighting’s value must be sought not just through traditional business models, but through creating greater value for society and

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The Whole Customer Value-Added Proposition by Bill Attardi

Let me define what I mean before I relate it to the lighting industry. Much has been written about the value proposition, the almost holy value proposition. It’s a simple question: tell me what value you bring to the market;

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The Great Lighting Debate Then and Now by Bill Attardi

The blog in May 2019 by Chris Brown started out like this: “Hey Captain Sunshine, it’s me CHICKEN LITTLE! Remember me? Remember our debates about Illumigeddon and Fortuity? Well, it’s time to look back and see how we got where

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IoT for Free by Ted Konnerth, Egret Consulting Group’s Founder and Chairman of the Board

We attended LightFair, as usual and in general it felt a little less crowded, with fewer exhibitors and lighter foot traffic. LFI has become the mega-show for the lighting industry; but is now facing multiple competitive shows across the country

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WHO’S MISSING? WHAT’S NEXT? WHO’S NEXT? AND WHEN? BY CHRIS BROWN

Hey Captain Sunshine, it’s me CHICKEN LITTLE! Remember me? Remember our debates about Illumigeddon and Fortuity? Well, it’s time to look back and see how we got where we are today in our truly disrupted Lighting Industry. But first, beyond

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What Do We Do With A Problem Child? By Bill Attardi

Boston Consulting Group Matrix I woke up in the middle of the night with worry about a problem child. Not a family issue but I’ve done that too over the years. I think I figured out where the strategic business

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A Judicious SWOT Analysis – Just Five (5) Apropos Questions to Ask Yourself by Bill Attardi

The SWOT (Strengths / Weaknesses / Opportunities / Threats) Analysis is an important tool in the strategic marketing planning process and is taught in every graduate and undergraduate business course in academia. My view is that this should be an

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The Whole Customer Value-Added Proposition by Bill Attardi

Let me define what I mean before I relate it to the lighting industry. Much has been written about the value proposition, the almost holy value proposition.  You mean you do not know what your value proposition is….shame / shame! 

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Reduce Class Sizes for Free by Travis Jones

Do smaller class sizes improve academic performance?  The answer is a resounding yes.  Our common sense tells us more teacher attention per pupil results in a more engaged student.  Numerous studies validate this point (https://www.classsizematters.org/research-and-links/).  The landmark Tennessee Star Study

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A Race to the Bottom? by Travis Jones

 http://jcsllc5.com/blog/ With a thriving economy, these should be great times for the lighting industry. From large conglomerates to specialty niche players, there ought to be much rejoicing. However, the onslaught of offshore, low cost competition has forever changed industry dynamics.

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The Past, the Present and the Future by Bill Attardi

What do you think? This is another attempt to pull together an understanding of the transition taking place from the Traditional Lighting industry (the Past), to the Smart Lighting industry (the Present) to the Intelligent Lighting industry (the Future). As

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OVERAGE BY HANK BERGSON, FORMER PRESIDENT & CEO, NEMRA

Overage it’s a word that exists in our business, loved by some and hated by others. It is frequently a topic of conversation or a word that works its way into those industry seminars many of us attend. Overage has

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Plugging into the Gig Economy by Krista Keay

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Over the past few years, a phenomenon known as the “gig economy” has spread across the nation. The word “gig” originated in the music industry as slang for a job or performance, and usually (but not always) refers to jobs

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HIT CUSTOMER HOT BUTTONS BY JIM LUCY OF EW

Hello from Kansas City! Really liked the discussion on the NAILD podcast, particularly your thoughts on what happens when the bulk of the sockets are upgraded to LEDs. I lean toward your philosophy that there will be something new that

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Time to Rethink High Bay Fixtures. Think LED by Kevin Youngquist of EarthTronics

Not long ago, warehouses, manufacturing plants, retail operations and even gymnasiums had few options when it came to specifying lighting for their high bay fixtures. The choice was to either install HID or fluorescent. That’s no longer the case as

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Life is Good NOW by Bill Attardi

Maybe you heard…………..Chris Brown received the Life Time Achievement Award from EdisonReport at Lightfair this year: Chris and I agree that the best of times is right NOW! It really is the best of times for us. Good friends like

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Logistics as a Service, L(o)aaS by Steve Bryne, COO at Facility Solutions Group

LaaS may not be what you think it is. In the disrupted world of lighting distribution, the paths to market are ever changing. Manufacturers find themselves partnering with end users and traditional supply chain customers to bring products and solutions

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Never Forget Your Friends by John Grasso

A very good friend of mine (thank you Linda) sent me this wonderful teaching moment and being the soft hearted grateful fool that I am who treasures all the friends that have been part of my life, I want to

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