EUEW Member Initiatives

UK: Electrical Distributors'​ Association (EDA) trains and develops during lockdown

EDA / Whilst being furloughed and on lockdown one of our senior sales staff Carl Haycock has kept himself busy by doing some fantastic training modules from the Electrical Distributors'​ Association (EDA). Read more

France: COVID-19 guide to good health safety practices

FDME / The guide to good health safety practices for the continuity of activity of the agencies of the distributors of the second work and industry building developed by the FDME, FNAS, FFQ, FND has just been validated by the Directorate General of Labour. Read more

EU: Joint statement EuroCommerce/UNI-Europa

EuroCommerce & UNI-Europa / The EU Social Partners in the retail and wholesale sector are working together to ensure the continued safety of its workforce who are interacting daily with European consumers, while working to avoid the present COVID-19 pandemic putting at risk the 29 million jobs in the sector in Europe. Read more

Austria: Chamber of Commerce as a contact point for companies

WKO offers a comprehensive Coronavirus Info Service on its website together with Chamber of Commerce as the main resource. Read more

Belgium: Fedibel promotes the Task Force Flanders Completely Digital

Fedibel / Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the government took very drastic measures to combat the spread of the virus, so drastically that we switch as much as possible to digital solutions to make the world go further. Read more

Denmark: VELTEK cancels anniversary and holds digital general meetings

VELTEK / In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, VELTEK's Board of Directors has decided to cancel the planned Anniversary and to conduct the general meetings digitally on June 19 as an alternative to physical attendance. Read more

Italy: FME and ANGAISA write to the government

FME, together with ANGAISA, writes to the government to underline what are the priorities of the building and furnishing supply chains, as well as what are the proposals that the organizations intend to bring to the competent offices. Read more

Netherlands: FEDET to organize a webinar on 30 April on the Coronavirus crisis

FEDET / In this webinar, we update companies on the consequences of the Coronavirus crisis based on the information we have collected so far. We will discuss working on site and how clients deal with this. We also answer questions and point out tools that can mitigate impact. Read more

Norway: EFO’s dedicated Coronavirus coverage on website

EFO / As all member companies and EFO experience a different time and everyday life, it is important for us to keep you updated on what is happening. Read more

Portugal: Circulation of Workers due to COVID-19

AGEFE issues a declaration to the Ministry of Internal Affairs on Circulation of Workers due to COVID-19. AGEFE considers it is useful to make a general clarification on the matter, especially since the statements made tonight by the Minister of Internal Affairs seem to be clear that the actions to monitor the movement of citizens during the state emergency will be intensified. Read more

Spain: ADIME provides daily information about COVID-19 and its impact

ADIME provides a comprehensive daily update and a vast resource of government measures and support initiatives on its website. Read more

UK: EDA publishes COVID-19 Business Bulletin

EDA has created a dedicated COVID-19 Hub where you will find summart information and resources. Read more

Sonepar heroes: Operating in a pandemic through the eyes of a Sacchi Logistics Associate

Sonepar / Arnold Calderon at the Sacchi Logistics Center is truly one of the Sonepar heroes of our time and is playing an essential part of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Trading safely: EDA publishes new guidance document for electrical wholesale branches

EDA / ‘COVID-19 & Social Distancing: Practical Guidance for Electrical Wholesale Branches’ covers every aspect of a typical branch structure giving ideas and advice on how to adapt processes whilst continuing to trade safely during the pandemic. Read more


EU Policies & Regulations

Coronavirus response

The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the coronavirus outbreak. We are taking resolute action to reinforce our public health sectors and mitigate the socio-economic impact in the European Union. Read more

EU Monitoring: Coronavirus and the supply chain

As of March 20, 168 countries, areas or territories have reported that 209,839 people have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2. Read more

EU COVID-19 Data Platform

The COVID-19 Data Portal was launched in April 2020 to bring together relevant datasets for sharing and analysis in an effort to accelerate coronavirus research. It enables researchers to upload, access and analyse COVID-19 related reference data and specialist datasets as part of the wider European COVID-19 Data Platform. Read more

European Commission #UnitedAgainstCoronavirus

We invite leaders across sectors, from governments and businesses to artists and philanthropists, to join a global pledging effort – the Coronavirus Global Response on 4 May. The goal is to raise €7.5 billion to develop a vaccine and deploy it to every single corner of the world. Read more

COVID-19 Country Ranking

Watch the latest Ranking on COVID-19 and responses by different countries. Published by Deep Knowledge Group (DKG), an international organization that deals with the analysis of scientific data, the research measures each country on 72 parameters. These include the extent of quarantine, its compliance, economic support measures, the state of healthcare, the availability of corona tests and the degree of hospital equipment. Read more


Global Inspirations

Steven Van Belleghem talks Customer Experience during & after the Coronavirus crisis

Steven Van Belleghem has made a new presentation that summarizes his thoughts on customer experience during and after the pandemic. Read more

Ian Heller on After the Crisis: What Distributors Must Do Next

Ian Heller / Despite the many columns and webcasts predicting distribution’s post-pandemic “new normal,” it’s going to be a long time before our industry settles back into a rhythm. For now, expect a “new abnormal,” where powerful forces will continue to transform the industry and redefine how you must compete to win. Read more

Retail 2020: Reset, Recover, Revive

Industry leaders across continents come together for a special webinar on the future of global retail in times of COVID-19.

ABB is supporting global efforts to limit COVID-19

ABB / We care deeply about all the communities around the world affected by the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19. The health and safety of our employees, customers, partners and the societies we operate in remain our number one priority and we are working hard to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections. Read more

Siemens sets up an employee aid fund to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic

Siemens / We are in this together: We are setting up an aid fund to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. All donations from employees will be matched by Siemens. Our managing board joins in, starting with our CEO Joe Kaeser donating €1 million. Read more

World Electric, a Sonepar company, helped to convert the Miami Beach Convention Center into a field hospital to treat Coronavirus patients

World Electric / Last week, upon receiving work that the local hospitals were overwhelmed with patients diagnosed with COVID-19, World Electric and its customer Meisner Electric, joined forces to help convert the Miami Beach Convention Center into a field hospital to treat coronavirus patients. Read more

Ledvance Managing Director talks Supply Management Insights

Ledvance / Times on the world market are uncertain - flexibility is the order of the day. However, in order to be able to react flexibly, high cash balances are essential. Creating this is a challenge for many companies. In addition to traditional working capital financing, new, innovative methods such as reverse factoring can be a solution. Read more

Brandwatch Weekly Consumer Insights

Brandwatch / Register to find out how consumers are reacting across different categories, sectors, and regions: - What perceptions are towards Covid-19 - How consumers have altered behavior - How buying habits are evolving - Patterns and differences across geographies and sectors Read more

CNN - Impact Your World: Coronavirus crisis

CNN / A guide to helping and getting help during the Covid-19 outbreak. Read more

COVID-19 Government Response Portal

Deloitte / As the countries around the world slowly reopen for work fighting COVID-19, Deloitte Punit Renjen and his team offer a valuable source for knowledgeable insights into Government response. Read more

MDM’s 4 Lessons on Inventory Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

MDM / Over the past six weeks, we have been working with many distributors, manufacturers and retailers to adjust the future demand of products because of the effects of the COVID-19 virus. It is not surprising that some products have increased in demand while others have experienced a significant decrease in usage. Read more

Siemens’ holistic approach into cybersecurity

Siemens / Imagine every aspect of your organization, secure for purpose. Siemens can help you toward this vision with a holistic approach to cybersecurity that provides peace of mind through leading operational industry standards. Read more

Three ways that robots will impact customer experience

Steven Van Belleghem / Humans have always been fascinated with artificial ‘servants’. Even if the first digitally operated and programmable robot was only invented in 1954 by George Devol, our interest in the matter goes way back. Just think of the talking mechanical handmaidens that the Greek god Hephaestus built out of gold or the clay golems of Jewish legend. Read more

World Electric Collaboration Project Converts Florida Convention Center

World Electric and its customer Meisner Electric, joined forces to help convert the Miami Beach Convention Center into a field hospital to treat COVID-19 patients. This was a group effort which now means that all patients are now able to have access to the necessary facilities and equipment. Read more