Barbara Jorgensen has more than 28 years' experience as a journalist, working for leading electronics industry publications such as Electronic BusinessElectronic Buyers' News and EDN. As a freelance writer, Barb wrote and managed an award-winning custom publication for Sager Electronics; was a leading contributor to Avnet Global Perspectives magazine; was a regular columnist for the National Electronics Distributors Association monthly newsletter and wrote for industry associations such as IPC. Barb was also a featured blogger on the b2b Website Allbusiness.com and helped launch Electronics Sourcing North America, a start-up magazine serving purchasing professionals in the Americas.

Prior to her freelance career, Barb was a senior editor at Electronic Business, the pre-eminent management magazine for the electronics industry, featuring world-class manufacturing companies such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Flextronics International. Before joining EB for the second time, Barb spent 6 years with Electronic Buyers' News as managing editor, distribution, winning several awards for coverage of the distribution beat. A graduate of Binghamton University (formerly the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton), Barb began her journalism career with the Gannett newspaper chain. She has worked for a number of local newspapers in the Greater Boston area and trade journal publishers Reed Business Information and UBM.

Pandemic, Component Shortages Take Toll on Global Distributors

Perhaps the best thing that could be said about 2021 is that it’s over. The pandemic has plunged the electronics industry into a two-year supply-chain disaster with ongoing component shortages well into 2022. In fact, nearly one-third of the top global distributors attributed shortages, allocation, and extended lead times as their biggest challenge last year,…