When Ernie Audet Jr. wants a new piece of equipment quickly, he rents. Audet wastes time and money when he lacks equipment needed for a job. Rental equipment is a $25 billion industry and almost all contractors—large and small—depend on it. Audet’s firm, E. W.
Could the shortage of skilled workers in electrical construction, voice/data/video (VDV) and integrated building systems (IBS) hit sooner than you think? As reported in the June and August issues of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, a shortage seems virtually certain for 2008-2010.
Call centers have come full circle, mainly because they have helped to redefine and reshape customer service functions for a wide variety of businesses. Due to competition within almost all market sectors, customer service has become a defining business function.
Construction contract law consists of a body of court decisions, regulations, statutes and of the contract itself, sometimes referred to as the law between the parties. This area of the law is complex and is constantly changing.
We had to transpose an entire airport runway in downtown Cleveland into a track for a night race,” said Gary Laidman, vice president of Doan/Pyramid Electric Company, of Bedford Heights, Ohio. “And there was no overhead lighting.
If your firm has fallen into the doldrums, perhaps it is time to take an introspective look at your business with an eye toward shifting gears. Maybe it is time to become a more aggressive player in your marketplace.
Just like Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Top Gun,” your customers “feel the need for speed” in their Internet connections and networks. A recent FCC report on high-speed Internet access showed that broadband Internet access increased by 55 percent in the United States in 2002.
Hollywood may be the only place where “the look” is more important than it is in retail lighting. Out front or indoors, there are several new technologies available to provide splashy yet economical lighting for stores and businesses.
Advances in small-scale generation technology coupled with growing environmental concerns, a changing energy market, evolving public policy and customer need for reliable and economical electric power supplies will provide a new growth market for electrical contractors.
Remember the “good old days” of construction? The electrical contractor scribbled an estimate on the back of an envelope, shook hands with the general contractor, and they danced into the sunset sharing a reasonable profit, to the delight of the project owner.
There’s going to be a skilled worker shortage later in this decade. If the economy continues to rebound, shortages might well become severe. What is being done? What might be done? If there are solutions, when will they kick in? This is the second-part of a series looking at the projected problem.
Paperless communication reduces errors Translation is a huge problem for e-business. Can your accounting system “talk” to your distributor’s business system, and vice versa? After all, your system has information the distributor needs; and you could use data in the distributor’s computer.
Technology is bounding forward in the wireless world and almost every electrical contractor carries one of a variety of cell phones or Internet-related phones, pocket PCs or personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Company tailors service model for each customer Creating a company culture where the mantra is “Nothing’s Impossible” takes the buy-in of every worker, top-to-bottom. That’s what Shepherd Electric Supply, with two branches in the Washington, D.C.