Exclusive Features

1,000 Features

It's hard for us at tED magazine to wrap our heads around the fact that we have now provided you with 1,000 exclusive feature stories on tedmag.com.

First of all, that's in addition to the thousands of other online stories we provide to you as daily news. Over the past several years, we have taken a deeper dive into those daily news stories by writing about Amazon Business, the fluctuating price of copper, millennials, website data, sales training, hiring and retention techniques, threats to our supply chain by the DIY companies, the need for innovation, e-commerce strategies, marketing (in our “Marketing Momentum” series), the economy, and countless other topics.

We didn't just find these topics and write about them without some guidance.  We tracked down the best experts in the country to be interviewed by our online journalists for these stories.  A big thank-you goes out to all of them for taking the time out of their busy schedules to be interviewed and share their expertise with our readers.

We thought it would be a good idea to share again the most popular “Exclusive Feature” stories over the past four years, plus the “Exclusive Features” that won awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). If you have ideas for topics you would like covered, please contact me at scosta@naed.org.

Another big thank you to all of YOU for reading tED magazine every month and following our daily news online at tedmag.com and our new website “lightED” at www.lightedmag.com.

Scott Costa, Publisher, tED magazine


Top Exclusive Features of 2014


#3 Amazon: Friend or Foe?
February 21, 2014
While most distributors are watching with a wary eye the entrance of AmazonSupply.com into the industrial marketplace, one industry expert says distributors can actually benefit from the e-commerce provider. Chuck Bennett tells tED magazine how Amazon could be a valuable tool for distributors.

#2 AmazonSupply Steps into Commercial Lighting (**AWARD-WINNER: ASBPE Silver Award for Impact/Investigative Article)
April 9, 2014
A recent online announcement puts AmazonSupply squarely into the independent electrical distributor's territory.

#1 AmazonSupply And The Great Data Divide (**AWARD-WINNER: ASBPE Silver Award for Original Web Commentary)
May 14, 2014
In the second of our series of stories on the threat AmazonSupply has created to our supply chain, we examine the differences in online data between traditional distributors and AmazonSupply's website with a straight forward discussion on why improvements are needed.


Top Exclusive Features of 2015


#3 Breaking Down the Anixter-HD Supply Power Solutions Deal
July 23, 2015
Industry analyst breaks down the details, tells how it could impact electrical distribution in 2015 and beyond. Originally published on July 23, here is #4.

#2 Testing Out the AmazonSupply Waters
January 5, 2015
Buffalo Electric Supply explores a new relationship with AmazonSupply and begins to see the results of its decision.

#1 AmazonSupply Responds To Criticism With Action
February 5, 2015
While electrical distribution is maintaining some advantages over AmazonSupply, the online giant is taking steps to narrow many of the gaps.


Top Exclusive Features of 2016


#3 Bracing for a Major E-Commerce Wakeup Call
September 6, 2016
The Walmart-Jet deal should make electrical distributors sit up and take notice of e-commerce's prowess and potential.

#2 The State of E-Commerce in 2016
January 4, 2016
The time is now for industrial distributors to get their heads out of the sand and embrace B2B e-commerce.

#1 Are Manufacturers Bypassing Distributors and Selling Direct to Contractors?
February 26, 2016
Four contractors share if an increasing number of suppliers are trying to work with them one-on-one.

2016 Award-Winners:

Is the 'Amazon Business' Pillar Setting Sights on Electrical Distribution? (AWARD-WINNER: ASBPE Bronze Award for Online Q&A Article)
Oct 31, 2016
“E-commerce is no longer just about convenience, but about survival,” warns industry B2B expert Justin King.

Are You Missing the E-Commerce Target? (AWARD-WINNER: ASBPE Bronze Award for Web Feature Article)
January 7, 2016
With B2B e-commerce on track to hit $1 trillion in the next four years, now is the time to shore up your online selling strategy.

Anatomy of a Corporate Carve-Out (AWARD-WINNER: ASBPE Bronze Award for Enterprise News Story)
August 16, 2016
A look at how OSRAM is successfully carving out its traditional lighting business and ensuring the smoothest possible transition for its valued distributor base.



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