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Wire & Fables: The Kingdom of Copper

DWC Wire & Fables

Once upon a time, in The Kingdom of Copper, there was a bustle amongst the royals and the nobles. Stories about wire & cable were being told, and uncertainty spread quickly. The Kingdom knew it had to be stopped, and they began their journey to set the record straight with tales from Wire & Fables.

The Prince & The Part Numbers

Chapter 1: The Prince & The Part Numbers
There were so many part numbers for so many products, it seemed never ending! The Prince set out to bust the fable that part numbers can only be found through the manufacturer. He called his trusty account managers at DWC to get down to the bottom of it. As it turned out, they could look up any part number from any manufacturer and get pricing!

The Duchess and Shipping Times

Chapter 2: The Duchess & The Shipping Times
The Duchess assumed that no matter where the wire & cable was shipping from, it could take up to a week to get there. She asked her valiant DWC account managers what their shipping points were and how long it takes for products to get to their journey’s end. The account managers assured The Duchess that most of DWC’s Cable Distribution Centers have one to two-day shipping points.

The Baron & The Quote Times

Chapter 3: The Baron & The Quote Times
There were days when The Baron waited hours before getting a quote back for wire & cable. This seemed to be an industry standard. The Baron knew this must be a fable and it needed to be busted! He reached out to the honorable DWC account managers to understand quote times. DWC’s average quote time was just seven minutes through their customer portal, myDWC. The Baron was astonished that he could get a quote back that quickly and thanked DWC for giving him time back to hobnob with his royal crew.

The Kingdom of Copper was pleased to put some fables to rest. The royals and nobles will be able to sleep soundly knowing they’ve done good work bringing wire & cable to the kingdom. They will stop at nothing when it comes to finding the truth in Wire & Fables!

DWC STRIKES DEAL WITH GLOBAL SUPPLIER

DWC Partners with Tele-FonikaWe are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with Tele-Fonika for medium voltage cables in the U.S. Western territories.

As a Master Distributor of specialty wire and cable, we are looking forward to distributing Tele-Fonika’s premium quality cables to our customers. Both of our companies are growing quickly and pride ourselves in quality and customer service  making the partnership an easy decision.

Robert McCord, DWC & Tele-Fonika Partnership“Tele-Fonika has been a great supplier for us in medium voltage cable for a while now. As a team, we will be able to provide customers with the service and pricing they are looking for when purchasing medium voltage cables,” commented Robert McCord, our Procurement Manager.

“We are relatively new to the Western U.S and are looking forward to teaming up with DWC. They have the distribution centers and value added services, like same day shipping and the ability to cut to length, that will help us both grow our business,” said Mike Zebleckis, Tele-Fonika’s Sales Manager.

In order to get a quote on Tele-Fonika medium voltage cables or to learn more, contact your DWC account manager at 888.439.2947 or send us a fastQuote.

Visit Distributor Wire & Cable online.

 

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC as most commonly known was discovered by sheer accident in the 19th century. First in 1835 by Henri Victor Regnault and then in 1872 by Eugen Baumann. But it wasn’t until 1926 when the B.F. Goodrich Company developed the method to plasticize PVC by blending a number of additives with it that it really took hold. This allowed the PVC to be processed much more easily while increasing the flexibility and strength of it. Opening the doors for widespread commercial use across the globe.

Classified as a thermoplastic polymer, PVC is the third most widely produced plastic in the world today behind only polyethylene and polypropylene. It is widely used in many applications because it is durable, easy to manipulate and most of all its cheap. PVC production is estimated to exceed 35 million tons by the year 2015.

PVC’s intrinsic properties make it highly valued for a wide variety of applications. It has great resistance to chemicals making it the plastic of choice for many household construction needs. It’s also used for varies types of piping applications to clothing to the insulation of electric wire and cables.

With all its great attributes, PVC does have some drawbacks. In recent years it has been argued that PVC holds some health and safety issues. The argument is that vinyl products contain chemicals and additives that can leach out of the product. Soft baby toys have been made for years and there are concerns that these additives can leach out on the hands of children or into their mouths when chewing on them as well as many other daily used products. In addition its also been proven that in fires PVC-coated wires can form Hydrogen chloride (HCI) Fumes. Thus, in applications where smoke is a major hazard PVC-free wire insulation is preferred; such as low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) insulations or Plenum rated cables.

Chilean Earthquake & Copper Pricing

The country of Chile, located in South America, was rocked by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on February 27, 2010. The 8.8 magnitude earthquake had a devastating effect on the country and could mean another sharp increase in copper over the coming months.

Chile is one of the largest producers of copper. Estimates have it producing over 1/3 of the world’s supply each year. The earthquake shut down power to most copper mines over the weekend creating an immediate spike in copper prices when the commodity markets opened on Monday March 1st.

“It is hard to say how much copper will increase due to a natural disaster of this size,” commented Bryce Huett Owner of Distributor Wire & Cable in Denver, CO. “Luckily, many of the largest copper mines were located in the northern area of the country away from the epicenter of the quake allowing them to re-open already. I would expect a price spike due to the interruption in power over the weekend but things to settle back down quickly as it is restored.”

The good news is there appears to be no damage to key mines and inventory levels are at a 6 year high meaning copper prices should remain stable for the time being. Over the past year, copper prices have more than doubled and could potentially reach $4.00/lb in 2010 according to some experts. While supply has briefly been affected by the earthquake, the main driver continues to be the demand from China and its rapidly growing economy.

Who Is A Master Distributor?

The term “Master Distributor” is thrown around a lot these days in the electrical industry, yet it seems that many people are unsure of what it actually means. Over the next few minutes we will try to clarify the meaning of being a master distributor. We will go over the qualifications of being a master distributor and how they vary from a traditional distributor, as well as the biggest challenges they face. And finally we will discuss the future for master distributors.

The accepted definition of a “master” distributor is that of a distributor whose main business is selling a variety of manufactured products typically through other distributors. Most all distributors sell and stock many different types of products and services to their customers. With this overly large base of stocking items and products it’s assumed that warehouse space is a premium reserved for the most common and heavily used items.

The manufacturer channel is still the best way to get the bulk of their industry’s products to market, but this doesn’t always work. Manufactures are not set up to handle the business of dealing with oddball items, cut to order lengths, speedy turnarounds, specialty items, value added services and sometimes even stocking their own products. This is where the master distributor has evolved to earn its niche place in the industry. By focusing on a certain industry or product the master distributor is essentially that, a “master” of its particular business.

Some of the challenges facing many master distributors are having to overcome certain stereo types and bad habits set in place by their predecessors as well as having the flexibility to adapt and change with the times.

“Our goal is to be much more than just a vendor for our customers, we want to be more than just order takers. We strive to be a partner and a resource for our customers. We take great pride is developing a strong and lasting relationship with our customers,” commented Bryce Huett the President and Owner of Distributor Wire and Cable headquartered in Denver Colorado. “We do these things in a number of different ways. First, we have an aggressive purchasing department that insures that we are buying product at the very best prices. Second, we have an extremely knowledgeable and experienced sales staff. And finally, we have developed advanced technology pieces to help our company run lean allowing us to pass these savings to our customer.”

The marketplace is changing faster than ever before. This could spell disaster for some companies, and opportunities for others. The key seems to be having the ability to change with the times.

Complacency and traditional thinking are a thing of the past and anyone caught doing this will simply be swept aside in these new times. With warehouse space downsizing for many wholesalers, a quality master distributor partner allows many businesses to continue being profitable in today’s economic world.