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.

10 Big Supply Chain Shifts for 2019

The electronics supply chain, for the past year, has been marked by component shortages, lead-time extensions and tariff uncertainties. Nevertheless, it’s been a good year for component manufacturers and distributors—many of which have reported record quarterly sales during 2018. In 2019, IDC projects, the supply chain writ large is poised to transition from a cost…

U.S. Product Demand & Manufacturing Expansion Hit Downward Spiral

Domestic factory activity dipped to a six-month low in October as trade tensions, transportation shortages, and decreased demand dogged U.S. manufacturers.  The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI decreased 2.1 percentage points in October to 57.7, its lowest level since April. New orders decreased 4.4 percentage points to 61.8% t in October, which contributed a two-month…

TE Connectivity Pushes the Envelope of Direct Online Sales

As more organizations conduct business online, electronic component manufacturers are expanding their purchasing, pricing, availability and delivery options on their websites. Although most of these services are also provided by distributors, component maker TE Connectivity  has found a large population of global users that want to deal directly with TE. TE Connectivity launched its TE…

Advanced MP Sale Boosts America II Growth

One of the electronics industry’s largest hybrid distributors – America II Electronics—has acquired another leading hybrid, Advanced MP Technology. The combination of two companies—an estimated $427 million in revenue—would rank the company 15th on EPSNews’ Top Global Distributors List. Both companies have been augmenting their independent – or non-authorized – distribution model with franchised suppliers.…