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Patrick Penfield

Patrick Penfield

Professor of Supply Chain Practice
Director, Executive Education

315-443-3428
Room: 505
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PhD, SUNY ESF (Sustainable Resource Management)
MBA, LeMoyne College
BS, STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE AT BUFFALO (Business Administration)

Patrick Penfield is a Professor of Practice - Supply Chain Management and Director of Executive Education at the Whitman School of Management - Syracuse University. He has his Ph.D.in Sustainable Resource Management and is Certified in Purchasing Management (CPM), Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM). He was voted Faculty of the Year at the Whitman School of Management in 2007 & 2018, selected for the prestigious Syracuse University Meredith Teaching award in 2009 and in 2015 received the Oberwager award for engagement with students. Penfield has over 15 years of industry experience in Supply Chain Management & Manufacturing working for such companies as the Raymond Corporation, Johnson & Johnson and Philips Electronics. Professor Penfield’s research focuses on Forestry, Natural Resource Management and Sustainability. Dr. Penfield has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS & ABC Evening News and has done several print media interviews with USA Today, Fox, CNN, Bloomberg, Time, Newsweek and several other trade magazines and news media outlets.

Research Topics

  • Green supply chain
  • Sustainability
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehousing
  • 21st century supply chain management
  • Purchasing
  • Project management
  • Supply chain systems
  • Strategic sourcing and negotiations
  • APICS training and Lean/Six Sigma.Computer Skills: Proficient in SAP
  • DRP
  • & Microsoft Office Software

He teaches a range of supply chain management courses and executive offerings, including personalized, on-demand supply chain management training for managers.

Professor Penfield is interested in helping practitioners bring their supply chain management activities into the 21st century. He was the vice president of operations for a local manufacturing company and has more than 15 years of experience in supply chain management, working with Johnson & Johnson, Philips Electronics, and The Raymond/Toyota Corporation.

Selected Publications
  • "How They Did it: Purchasing Competency Procurement Innovation at Molson Coors", Supply Chain Management Review, 2015 (with Walker, H.)
  • "Sustainability: BNY Mellon’s LEED Certification Journey", Supply Chain Management Review, 2015 (with Britton, C.)
  • "Assessing the Supply Chain Efficiency of Hardwood Sawmills in New York State through Case Study Analysis and DEA Modeling", FOREST PRODUCTS JOURNAL, 2014 (with Germain, R., Smith, W.)
  • "Transformative Steps for Supply Chain Sustainability", Supply Chain Management Review, 2014
  • "Recycling - Making it a Profitable Venture ", Material Handling Industry of America, 2011
  • "Debating Parts Standardization", eSide Supply Management, 3(4), 2010
  • "Ergonomics = Good Business Practices", Material Handling Industry of America, 11(1), 2010
  • "The Potential Certified Wood Supply Chain Bottleneck and Its Impact on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Construction Projects in New York State", FOREST PRODUCTS JOURNAL, 60(2), 114-118, 2010 (with Germain, R.)
  • "The Six Sigma Solution", CNY Business Exchange, 51-54, 2010
  • "Wise Council: What Should a Business Consider when Developing a Sustainability/Going Green Plan", CNY Business Exchange, 56-57, 2010
  • "The Potential Certified Wood Supply Chain Bottleneck and Its Impact on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Construction Projects in New York State", Forest Products Journal, 2010 (with Germain, R.)
  • "Advances and Trends in Green Technology", CNY Business Exchange, 80-81, 2010
  • "Seven Steps to Implementing a Sustainable Supply Chain", On the Move, Material Handling Industry of America(10-11), 2009
  • "Life Cycle Management – A Competitive Advantage for Businesses", Material Handling Industry of America, 10(1), 2009
  • "Visibility within the Supply Chain", Material Handling Industry of America, 9(3), 2008
  • "Sustainability Initiatives - Ways to Drive Down Costs While Helping the Environment", APICS magazine, 2008
  • "Sustainable Supply Chains", e-Side, Inside Supply Management, 1(5 ), 2008
  • "Sustainable Supply Chains: A Model", e-Side - Inside Supply Management, 1(4 ), 2008
  • "How Local Manufacturers Can Survive a Recession", Central New York Magazine, 2008
  • "Reduce Costs Through Training", Inside Supply Management, 2008
  • "", USA, an electronic journal for audiences around the world, 2008
  • "Global Shipping Within North America", Material Handling Industry of America, 9(1), 2008
  • "Green Supply Chain", On the Move, Material Handling Industry of America, 8(2), 2007
  • "The Three Avenues of Reducing Costs within the Supply Chain", Supply Chain Management Review, 2007
  • "Sustainability within the Supply Chain", Bureau of International Information Programs of the U.S. Department of State,” eJournal, 1925

Awards and Honors

  • Undergrad Professor of the Year(2007 & 2018) - WSOM (2018)
  • Oberwager Award - Whitman School of Management (2015)
  • Meredith Award - Whitman School of Management (2009)
  • Professor of the Year 2007 - Whitman School of Management (2007)

Media Placements

Food prices steadily climb nearly 1 year into pandemic , Good Morning America 3.3.21

Wheels of commerce are rolling, but COVID-19 fallout still causing kinks in supply chains , Denver Post 3.1.21

Alarm Over Chip Shortage Prompts White House Action , International Business Times 2.24.21

As e-commerce heats up, Walmart exploits a key advantage over Amazon , Puget Sound Business Journal 12.8.20

Is panic buying returning in San Diego amid rising COVID rates? , The Sandiego Union Tribune 11.16.20

New grocery store limits on certain products as demand spikes set in with pandemic surge , Good Morning America 11.10.20

Shortage of pasta, baking supplies possible amid rise in COVID-19 cases , CBS17.com 11.2.20

How AI & Data Analytics Can Solve Supply Chain Pitfalls , Business 2 Community 10.16.20

Petalo, not Charmin: Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US , AP New 9.15.20

Furniture industry struggles to keep up with incredibly high demand , CNY Central 9.10.20

Sizing up big business , Cortland Standard 9.5.20

Amazon moving into vacant mall space , Logistics Matters with DC Velocity 8.21.20

Stocked out: Why cleaning product supply chains struggle to meet demand , Supply Chain Dive 8.20.20

Toxic hand sanitizer recall due to 'deliberate decision' by manufacturers to cut costs , Fox Business 8.13.20

Will Amazon’s ‘mini-DCs’ help save American malls? , Chain Store Age 8.13.20

Toxic Hand Sanitizer Recall Due to 'Deliberate Decision' by Manufacturers to Cut Costs , Newsweek 8.12.20

Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Demands Hit ‘Biblical Proportions’ , Bloomberg Law 7.10.20

Grocery prices on the rise , Good Morning America 6.11.20

Supply Chain and COVID-10 , cheddar.com 5.19.20

Daimler temporarily suspends production in Alabama over supplier issues , Supply Chain Dive 5.18.20

What happens in Mexico during next 2 weeks will be crucial for Detroit , Detroit Free Press 5.15.20

Grocery prices have soared , moms.com 5.14.20

Weeks into the pandemic still household essentials like disinfectant wipes haven't been replenished on store shelves. The reason? What started with hoarding is now an international supply issue. , CBS Newspath 5.13.20

What's behind egg and meat supermarket price spike , Good Morning America on ABC 5.13.20

When will the supply chain improve? , WKRN 5.5.20

US auto industry preps for restart — and it all depends on Mexico , USA Today 5.4.20

Supply chain amid COVID-19: When will shelves be fully restocked? , localsyr.com 5.4.20

Don't expect to see disinfectant wipes or sprays in stores anytime soon, experts say , CNN 4.29.20

There's going to be a huge glut of toilet paper after the coronavirus panic-buying subsides, a supply chain expert says , Business Insider 4.28.20

Lysol, Clorox wipes might be hard to find until August, professor says , PennLive.com 4.28.20

Household supply shortage , ABC Good Morning America 4.28.20

From toilet paper to beef, the supply chain is stressed, trying to adapt to COVID-19 , localsyr.com 4.23.20

Fate of Ford F-150, Super Duty trucks depends on plant shredded by tornado , Detroit Free Press 4.22.20

Coronavirus supplies: Why thermometers have been hard to buy in the usual places , USA Today 4.13.20

Looking for Lysol spray and Clorox wipes? COVID-19 wiped out disinfectants, but here’s when you can buy again , USA Today 4.9.20

Coronavirus and shopping for supplies: Getting to the bottom of the toilet paper shortage , USA Today 4.8.20

Still seeing store shelves empty? Experts say supply chain is strong , CNYCentral 4.1.20

There's plenty of toilet paper but good luck finding it , San Diego Tribune 3.20.20

Supply chain expert says you need to stop panic buying , CNYCentral 3.20.20

Don't Become a Victim of Coronavirus Shopping Frenzy , Reader's Digest 3.19.20

Toilet paper supplies plunge as crisis deepens , Daily Gazette 3.14.20

Why are we going mad at the supermarket? , localsyr 3.13.20

Don’t Become a Victim of Coronavirus Shopping Frenzy , NerdWallet 3.12.20

Online Christmas tree shops can take the hassle out of the holidays , Freight Waves 12.20.19

Syracuse University professor weighs in on proposed Clay warehouse , CNYCentral 9.20.19

Could Amazon be Coming to Central New York? , Spectrum News 9.17.19

Distribution center near Liverpool would be 2nd biggest in world; is it Amazon? , syracuse.com 9.5.19

Amazon will retrain one-third of its U.S. employees to get ahead of tech changes , Washington Post 7.11.19

CNY Trade Expert: Local Companies Doing Business With China Will Feel Impact of Trade War , WAER 5.13.19

How Will Chinese Tariffs Impact Upstate New York? , Spectrum News 5.13.19

7 Steps to Sustainable Supply Chain Management , legalzoom.com 5.1.19

The Importance of Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain Management System , legalzoom.com 5.1.19

Would I-81 community grid plan really hurt Destiny USA? Report, expert says no , syracuse.com 5.1.19

Food Fight: Clif Bar and Kind Bar Engage In Online Spat , Forbes 3.7.19

Gas Prices on the Rise , LocalSyr 2.20.19

Harris Teeter parent company to phase out plastic bags at all of its stores , Charlotte Observer 8.23.18

Paying more to celebrate Independence Day , CNYCentral 7.4.18

The history of fireworks , SpectrumNews 7.4.18

72 Sears locations closing, including ShoppingTown Mall location , CNYCentral 5.31.18

Sears closing could mean the end for Shoppingtown Mall , SpectrumNews 5.31.18

What the Tops bankruptcy filing means to shoppers, employees, others , syracuse.com 2.22.18

Top announces its filing for bankruptcy , Newschannel 9 2.21.18

Throwing around government money won’t rebuild central New York’s economy , Daily Orange 11.9.17

Think Amazon can show up in Norway soon , Nationen 10.22.17

Harvey and Gas Prices , CNYCentral 8.31.17

Amazon maintains price advantage on Prime Day , Chain Store Age 7.11.17

Workforce of the Future, Pacific Content Podcast 12.15.16

Supply Chain Sustainability Takes Root, Inbound Logistics 4.15.16

Strengthen the Weakest Link , Progressive Grocer 11.1.10

U.S. Manufacturing Trends, Oregonian 9.18.10

Interview on the Future of Postal Service Mailing, YNN 6.24.10

Interview on Buying Products Online, YNN 5.24.10

Supply Chain Management Education, Inbound Logistics 4.15.10

IT Going Green, Industry Week 10.26.09

Businesses Going Green, Counselor Magazine 7.29.09

Robots in the Supply Chain, E-Commerce Times 5.20.09

FedEx Going Green, Memphis Daily News 5.13.09

Walking the Green Path, Traffic World 1.16.09

Green Payoff of Sustainable Shipping Needs To Be Cost Savings, Environmental Leader 1.12.09

Closing of Syracuse China, Syracuse NPR Radio Interview 12.10.08

Re-inventing the Supply Chain, Newswise 11.21.08

Six Sigma provides a sixth sense for company savings, Syracuse Post Standard 9.28.08

High End Bus to Manhattan, Syracuse Post Standard 9.23.08

CNY drivers pool their resources , Syracuse.com 6.5.08

rising cost of gas and how it is affecting businesses , CNY Business Close-up 5.29.08

How truckers fight high fuel prices, Syracuse Post Standard 5.27.08

Insourcing and Near Sourcing, Traffic World 4.7.08

Fuel efficient trucks, hybrid trucks, even hydrogen trucks are taking to the highway, Syracuse Post Standard 2.8.08

The Greening on Central New York’s Carbon Footprint – Conscience or Bottom Line, CNY Business Exchange 11.1.07

Who’s Carbon Free? Wal-Mart takes on supply chains of products as expansive carbon measuring plan eyes distribution, Traffic World 10.22.07

Moving Forward with Reverse Logistics, Inside Supply Management 8.1.07

Daimler Chrysler and Magna, Detroit Free Press 5.13.07

The Controversy Over Quality, Business Finance Magazine 4.1.07

Six Sigma, CNY Business Journals 4.14.06

Working Hard to Avoid Labor Shortage, Inside Supply Management 3.1.06

Discontinuity and Opportunity, Business Empowered 1.1.06