Canadian Electrical Wholesaler
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Message From The Editor

Robots and people

In this issue we approach warehouse management from different angles, including organizing work and looking after people. In fact, staff turnover, or "churn" as contributor David Gordon describes it, is important and poses specific challenges. So do robotic systems, which are becoming increasingly prevalent and necessary in warehouses. Staying relevant and competitive will require optimizing your assets, including your workforce and your inventory management systems. Continue reading, with a portrait of a recognized public service leader, Mike Marsh, who has chosen a person-centred management style. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Tools for the Trade


Distributors as Entertainers

By Rick McCarten
Electro-Federation Canada Here is an interesting fact: despite the huge expansion of recorded music tracks, the number of hits per year has remained the same. In 2007, there were 3.9 million music tracks produced in America. In 2016, there were 8.7 million tracks. Despite the increase in production, the top number of hits remained the same. People are overwhelmed with choices and will take the easiest, fastest and most popular route, rather than try to find something new. Distributors can apply the lessons here to their own market strategies. Read More


Increasing Warehouse Accuracy in an Age of Employee Churn

By David Gordon
Channel Marketing Group In 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. Read More


How Mobile Robots Will Transform Material Handling and Logistics Industries

By Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
IDTechEx 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. Read More

Peers and Profile

SaskPower's Mike Marsh: A People-Centred Approach to Leadership

By Scott Williams
SaskPower's Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, has been a leading figure in Saskatchewan's electricity industry for almost 25 years. Joining SaskPower in 1991, Mike began his career in engineering and maintenance. He spent the next two decades playing a key role across a number of business functions, taking the helm as President and CEO in 2014. During Electricity Human Resources Canada's most recent awards ceremony, then-board chair Norm Fraser described Mike as "a great leader with a fair and amicable way of engaging with people, having strong labour relations skills from years of experience at the bargaining table. As a proponent of health and safety, Mike possesses the necessary experience to support and lead the industry forward." These comments formed the basis of EIN's conversation with Mike. Read More

One Particular Counter

Franklin Empire Breaks Ground in Ontario and Opens New Location in Quebec

Franklin Empire Franklin Empire has broken ground for a long awaited warehouse expansion at the company's main GTA distribution centre. The 22,000 square foot addition will bring the total facility to 70,000 square feet. The addition is scheduled to open in September. Read More


Canada's GDP Grows 0.6% in May

Statistique Canada Real 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. Read More


Non-residential Building Construction Prices Rise 0.8% in Q2

Statistique Canada Contractors' 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. Read More


Value of Building Permits Rises 2.5% in June

Statistique Canada Canadian 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. Read More

Survey Says

Product Manufacturing Hourly Rates by City

Pathfinder Among six Canadian cities, Edmonton leads the city with the next highest rate by more than $7/hour. Vancouver's in sixth place. Read More

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