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Remote Control – A Few Do’s & Don’ts of Working Remotely
COVID-19 has drastically changed the typical workday for most electrical distributors. For a lot of salespeople, support staff, and others, working from home has been new and uncharted territory. The safeguards and common-sense health measures put in place by distributors to minimize everyone’s exposure to each other make sense. If someone doesn’t have to be in the building, that’s one less person to potentially spread the virus to the .
The Baker Hughes Rig Count – The Barometer for the Oil & Gas Industry
Like many businesses, electrical distributors located in specific regions of the country are key suppliers to the oil & gas sector. From the North Slope of Alaska down to the Eagle Ford Shale Play in South Texas, the energy industry can be a significant market driver within the electrical supply chain. With recent declines in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the Saudi-Russia price war, the oil .
Let’s Give Back, A Lot – to Healthcare
A message to electrical distributors from DWC’s CEO, Travis Williams During the past several weeks, I’ve been blown away by the valor displayed by people from all walks of life that are combating the coronavirus. From the healthcare workers and first responders that are caring for the sick, to the truck drivers and logistics personnel that are helping to replenish empty shelves; the remarkable examples of American spirit from .
Project Partnerships
The supply chain solution to help you succeed! by Ted Jolly, DWC Marketing Manager  When it comes to wire & cable, we’ve seen it all here at Distributor Wire & Cable (DWC). Most of the time, our Account Managers can look at a bill of materials and determine what type of project your end user is putting together. They often use this information to offer recommendations to help maximize .
DWC Appoints Travis Williams as Chief Executive Officer
Distributor Wire & Cable (DWC) is excited to announce the appointment of Travis Williams as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Travis will assume leadership of the company and spearhead DWC’s strategic and operational direction moving forward. Travis replaces company founder, Bryce Huett, in this role, as Bryce has recently stepped away from day-to-day business to spend more time with his family in Texas.   “At DWC, one of our .
Build Better Customer Relationships
Simple tactics for distributors to expand trust, affinity and profits from your best customers.  As someone who works for a company focused on providing incredible service, I’ve witnessed firsthand how important it is to connect with customers. Building relationships is key to learning your customers’ needs and expanding the level of trust that they have in your electrical distributor. This trust is essential to ensuring that these customers keep .
Social Responsibility Days – Good Deeds are Good for Business!
Company sponsored social responsibility days add up to much more than employees doing great things for worthy causes. Volunteering is a key part of any corporate community outreach program and can improve company culture in many ways. Taking time to Give Back, A Lot shows what your company stands for, improves employee attraction/retention, enhances teamwork, and helps build your brand. All these factors benefit your distributor’s bottom line while .
5 Time Management Tips for Electrical Distribution Salespeople
Any salesperson that works in the electrical distribution space knows that there never seems to be enough hours in the work week to check everything off your to-do list. On any given day, you’re likely being pulled in numerous directions while trying to get work done between meetings, emails, and administrative tasks. To help you work more efficiently, here are 5 simple tips that can increase productivity and maximize .
DWC’s 7 Year Sabbatical
An excellent perk to reward hard work! For any company, hiring, developing, and retaining good employees is essential to business success. A staff of seasoned, experienced professionals who have mastered their work over several years is better equipped to provide outstanding service to customers. When a company operates with a revolving roster of new hires, the “experience factor” tends to be missing and customer service suffers. There’s much to .
Prepare to Have a Relaxing Vacation This Summer!
For many, the summer season is vacation season. It’s the time of year when you and other staff members at your electrical distributor might consider taking some time to travel and be with friends and family. Because work doesn’t simply stop while you’re away, taking a vacation can often be stressful. However, with a little communication and preparation, you can set yourself up for a relaxing, well-deserved break and .
Health & Wellness in the Workplace
The modern day work environment is evolving and many electrical distributors are increasing their focus on employee wellness. Distributor Wire & Cable (DWC) advocates its employees to Live Healthy inside and outside of the workplace. A company wellness program can promote productivity and retention while increasing morale and engagement. Start a stretching or exercise routine There are many ways to promote a healthy lifestyle in the workplace. One example .
Give Back, A Lot During National Volunteer Week
Distributor Wire & Cable (DWC) is dedicated to Give Back, A Lot. It’s one of our values that was adopted in 2012. Beyond our wire & cable distribution business, DWC wanted to serve a greater purpose in the community. For that reason, DWC wanted to remind the electrical wholesale community about National Volunteer Week. It is being held April 7-13, 2019. First established in the United States in 1974, .
DWC’s Holiday Toy Drive a Huge Success!
Every Holiday season, people of the electrical distribution industry join together to support Distributor Wire & Cable’s (DWC) toy drive.  Each year, DWC collects toys to donate to the Toys for Tots Foundation, who have been distributing toys to less-fortunate children since 1947. Customers get the opportunity to participate by donating toys through DWC’s customer portal, myDWC. For every initial fastQuote a customer submits, DWC donates a toy on their .
Inside the Cable Distribution Center with Chris Harrison
We sat down with our Cable Distribution Center (CDC) Manager, Chris Harrison, to talk about what it’s like to work in our Denver CDC. Before working at DWC, Chris was a Customer Service Representative, working in parts sales at a company called SkyJack. He worked there, in the warehouse, for six years before taking a customer service position in the office. Soon he realized how strong his passion was .
DWC Account Manager, Robert Saldi
Wire Guru
My name is Robert Saldi. I’m an account manager at DWC. I have been in the industry for almost 11 years. For the last 7 years, I’ve been an account manager at DWC. During this time, I have learned a lot about wire and cable. In fact, our marketing director has dubbed me the “Wire Guru.” It’s a title I’m proud of, but not sure I deserve. With all of .
Death on a Treadmill
  Think back to your first job. I remember mine. I worked for $4.25/hour at Higginbotham Bros & Company. Your first job can teach you a lot about yourself. It is typically the least paying with the  hardest labor, making it tough to find the motivation to consistently perform at a high level. Many times you end up doing the work no one else wants to do for a .
How the Chocolate Chip Cookie Saved DWC
Who doesn’t love a fresh homemade chocolate chip cookie?  I prefer mine a little warm so the chocolate is slightly melted inside.  As we celebrate DWC’s 7th birthday this month, I thought I would look back at the early years and share a quick story of how the chocolate chip cookie kept our organization from closing its doors. The year was 2009 and we had no real value to .
I’m Inspired
The topics for Beyond Wire & Cable come to me in many ways. Sometimes I find inspiration for my message inside the books I am reading, current events in the world, exploring other progressive brands and organizations or from simply having conversations with co-workers, friends and family about life and business. A funny thing happened to me this time. I was sitting at my desk this week and realized .
Why Not You?
Recently I went to a popular breakfast eatery for the first time. This Denver restaurant opened in 2006, just a couple years before I opened DWC. The company and brand have exploded the past few years, and I was curious to find out what all the fuss was about since multiple people told me to try it. After all, it was just breakfast. It didn’t take me long to .
The Celery Test
Imagine yourself in a large supermarket and you are watching someone checkout.  In their cart they have rice milk, bananas, quinoa, granola and celery.  What can you deduct about this person?  Clearly, this individual is health conscious.  And if you are health conscious, you may even engage in conversation.  Why?  Because you feel you can relate.  This person believes in what you believe creating an authentic connection around shared .
The Innovator’s Dilemma
Recently my dad traveled to Colorado and stopped by our Aurora DWC office.  He is about to be 69-years-old and our conversations can quickly become nostalgic.  My dad was an entrepreneur.  He owned the local pharmacy in our small Texas town called Service Drug.  It was where I cut my teeth on how the day to day operations of a small business run.  Of course, I had carte blanche .