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INDUSTRY NEWS Market and industry update


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The latest new releases


INSTALLATION NEWS Completed projects by leading suppliers


REGULARS 29


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EW AWARDS Virtual awards ceremony


PRODUCT FINDER Your guide to the latest releases


BUYERS GUIDE The who’s who of the electrical industry


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for you this month, with a focus on business and inventory management software and how they can help wholesaler to effect cost and time savings. I’m delighted to share the news that for the first time in its history, the prestigious EW Awards ceremony will take place on a virtual platform, enabling even more to be a part of this prestigious industry event. Datateam Business Media, organiser of the EW Awards, invites the entire industry to join in on Thursday 20 May for an incredible celebration of excellence. The free- to-attend event will kick off at 4:00pm - head to page 29 to find out more. Elsewhere in the issue, Hamilton Litestat’s


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Gavin Williams discusses the growing consumer demand for personalisation in their homes, and how Hamilton’s paintables colour-matching wiring accessories range aims to meet this need (page 16). In our Home Automation feature on page 24, Scolmore’s Marie Parry looks at how wholesalers


elcome to the May issue of Electrical Wholesaler. We’ve got another great issue


can offer smart technology to enhance new ‘office’ environments. On page 26, Infor’s Kelly Squizzero looks at how COVID-19 has accelerated the need for electrical wholesalers to operate optimised warehouses, offering savings of both cost and time. Plus, as always, the usual news, views, product


innovations and installations from market- leading businesses across the sector, including a look at the role of ventilation in preventing the spread of COVID-19 (31), and the changing world of B2B online sales for a post-pandemic industry (19).


Happy reading.


WIRING ACCESSORIES Hamilton’s new paintables range


SOFTWARE Wholesaler priorities with Greenlight


HOME AUTOMATION Smart tech & home-working


INVENTORY MANAGEMENT Warehouse optimization in a pandemic


VENTILATION COVID-19 & air-con


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