Patrick Penfield

Professor of Supply Chain Practice, Director, Executive Education
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  • Department Executive Programs, Online Programs, Supply Chain Management
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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 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, NBC, CBS & ABC Evening News, SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking and has done several print media interviews with USA Today, Reuters, Fox, CNN, Bloomberg, Time, Newsweek and several other trade magazines and news media outlets.
Ph.D., Sustainable Resource Management, State University of New York, Environmental Science and Forestry MBA, , Le Moyne College
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.


  • Assessing the Adoption of Cross Laminated Timber by Architects and Structural Engineers within the United States

    2022 Germain, R., Smith, W., Stehman, S.

  • Sustainability: BNY Mellon’s LEED Certification Journey

    2015 Supply Chain Management Review, Britton, C.

  • How They Did it: Purchasing Competency Procurement Innovation at Molson Coors

    2015 Supply Chain Management Review, Walker, H.

  • Transformative Steps for Supply Chain Sustainability

    2014 Supply Chain Management Review,

  • Assessing the Supply Chain Efficiency of Hardwood Sawmills in New York State through Case Study Analysis and DEA Modeling

    2014 Forest Products Journal, Germain, R., Smith, W.

  • Recycling - Making it a Profitable Venture

    2011 Material Handling Industry of America,

  • Wise Council: What Should a Business Consider when Developing a Sustainability/Going Green Plan

    2010 CNY Business Exchange,56-57,

  • Advances and Trends in Green Technology

    2010 CNY Business Exchange,80-81,

  • The Potential Certified Wood Supply Chain Bottleneck and Its Impact on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Construction Projects in New York State

    2010 Forest Products Journal, Germain, R.

  • Debating Parts Standardization

    2010 eSide Supply Management,3,4,

  • The Six Sigma Solution

    2010 CNY Business Exchange,51-54,

  • The Potential Certified Wood Supply Chain Bottleneck and Its Impact on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Construction Projects in New York State

    2010 Forest Products Journal,60,2,114-118, Germain, R.

  • Ergonomics = Good Business Practices

    2010 Material Handling Industry of America,11,1,

  • Seven Steps to Implementing a Sustainable Supply Chain

    2009 On the Move, Material Handling Industry of America,10-11,

  • Life Cycle Management – A Competitive Advantage for Businesses

    2009 Material Handling Industry of America,10,1,

  • Visibility within the Supply Chain

    2008 Material Handling Industry of America,9,3,

  • Sustainable Supply Chains

    2008 e-Side, Inside Supply Management,1,5 ,

  • Sustainability Initiatives - Ways to Drive Down Costs While Helping the Environment

    2008 APICS magazine,

  • Sustainable Supply Chains: A Model

    2008 e-Side - Inside Supply Management,1,4 ,

  • How Local Manufacturers Can Survive a Recession

    2008 Central New York Magazine,

  • Reduce Costs Through Training

    2008 Inside Supply Management,

  • 2008 USA, an electronic journal for audiences around the world,

  • Global Shipping Within North America

    2008 Material Handling Industry of America,9,1,

  • The Three Avenues of Reducing Costs within the Supply Chain

    2007 Supply Chain Management Review,

  • Green Supply Chain

    2007 On the Move, Material Handling Industry of America,8,2,

  • May 15, 2018

    Undergrad Professor of the Year(2007 & 2018)

  • Apr 30, 2015

    Oberwager Award

    Whitman School of Management
  • Apr 15, 2009

    Received - 2008-2009 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Recognition Award

    Syracuse University
  • May 14, 2007

    Professor of the Year 2007

    Whitman School of Management
  • Food prices steadily climb nearly 1 year into pandemic

    March 03, 2021 Good Morning America
  • Wheels of commerce are rolling, but COVID-19 fallout still causing kinks in supply chains

    March 01, 2021 Denver Post
  • Alarm Over Chip Shortage Prompts White House Action

    February 24, 2021 International Business Times
  • As e-commerce heats up, Walmart exploits a key advantage over Amazon

    December 08, 2020 Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Is panic buying returning in San Diego amid rising COVID rates?

    November 16, 2020 The Sandiego Union Tribune
  • New grocery store limits on certain products as demand spikes set in with pandemic surge

    November 10, 2020 Good Morning America
  • Shortage of pasta, baking supplies possible amid rise in COVID-19 cases

    November 02, 2020
  • How AI & Data Analytics Can Solve Supply Chain Pitfalls

    October 16, 2020 Business 2 Community
  • Petalo, not Charmin: Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US

    September 15, 2020 AP New
  • Furniture industry struggles to keep up with incredibly high demand

    September 10, 2020 CNY Central
  • Sizing up big business

    September 05, 2020 Cortland Standard
  • Amazon moving into vacant mall space

    August 21, 2020 Logistics Matters with DC Velocity
  • Stocked out: Why cleaning product supply chains struggle to meet demand

    August 20, 2020 Supply Chain Dive
  • Toxic hand sanitizer recall due to 'deliberate decision' by manufacturers to cut costs

    August 13, 2020 Fox Business
  • Will Amazon’s ‘mini-DCs’ help save American malls?

    August 13, 2020 Chain Store Age
  • Toxic Hand Sanitizer Recall Due to 'Deliberate Decision' by Manufacturers to Cut Costs

    August 12, 2020 Newsweek
  • Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Demands Hit ‘Biblical Proportions’

    July 10, 2020 Bloomberg Law
  • Grocery prices on the rise

    June 11, 2020 Good Morning America
  • Supply Chain and COVID-10

    May 19, 2020
  • Daimler temporarily suspends production in Alabama over supplier issues

    May 18, 2020 Supply Chain Dive
  • What happens in Mexico during next 2 weeks will be crucial for Detroit

    May 15, 2020 Detroit Free Press
  • Grocery prices have soared

    May 14, 2020
  • 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.

    May 13, 2020 CBS Newspath
  • What's behind egg and meat supermarket price spike

    May 13, 2020 Good Morning America on ABC
  • When will the supply chain improve?

    May 05, 2020 WKRN
  • Supply chain amid COVID-19: When will shelves be fully restocked?

    May 04, 2020
  • US auto industry preps for restart — and it all depends on Mexico

    May 04, 2020 USA Today
  • Don't expect to see disinfectant wipes or sprays in stores anytime soon, experts say

    April 29, 2020 CNN
  • Household supply shortage

    April 28, 2020 ABC Good Morning America
  • Lysol, Clorox wipes might be hard to find until August, professor says

    April 28, 2020
  • There's going to be a huge glut of toilet paper after the coronavirus panic-buying subsides, a supply chain expert says

    April 28, 2020 Business Insider
  • From toilet paper to beef, the supply chain is stressed, trying to adapt to COVID-19

    April 23, 2020
  • Fate of Ford F-150, Super Duty trucks depends on plant shredded by tornado

    April 22, 2020 Detroit Free Press
  • Coronavirus supplies: Why thermometers have been hard to buy in the usual places

    April 13, 2020 USA Today
  • Looking for Lysol spray and Clorox wipes? COVID-19 wiped out disinfectants, but here’s when you can buy again

    April 09, 2020 USA Today
  • Coronavirus and shopping for supplies: Getting to the bottom of the toilet paper shortage

    April 08, 2020 USA Today
  • Still seeing store shelves empty? Experts say supply chain is strong

    April 01, 2020 CNYCentral
  • Supply chain expert says you need to stop panic buying

    March 20, 2020 CNYCentral
  • There's plenty of toilet paper but good luck finding it

    March 20, 2020 San Diego Tribune
  • Don't Become a Victim of Coronavirus Shopping Frenzy

    March 19, 2020 Reader's Digest
  • Toilet paper supplies plunge as crisis deepens

    March 14, 2020 Daily Gazette
  • Why are we going mad at the supermarket?

    March 13, 2020 localsyr
  • Don’t Become a Victim of Coronavirus Shopping Frenzy

    March 12, 2020 NerdWallet
  • Online Christmas tree shops can take the hassle out of the holidays

    December 20, 2019 Freight Waves
  • Syracuse University professor weighs in on proposed Clay warehouse

    September 20, 2019 CNYCentral
  • Could Amazon be Coming to Central New York?

    September 17, 2019 Spectrum News
  • Distribution center near Liverpool would be 2nd biggest in world; is it Amazon?

    September 05, 2019
  • Amazon will retrain one-third of its U.S. employees to get ahead of tech changes

    July 11, 2019 Washington Post
  • How Will Chinese Tariffs Impact Upstate New York?

    May 13, 2019 Spectrum News
  • CNY Trade Expert: Local Companies Doing Business With China Will Feel Impact of Trade War

    May 13, 2019 WAER
  • The Importance of Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain Management System

    May 01, 2019
  • 7 Steps to Sustainable Supply Chain Management

    May 01, 2019
  • Would I-81 community grid plan really hurt Destiny USA? Report, expert says no

    May 01, 2019
  • Food Fight: Clif Bar and Kind Bar Engage In Online Spat

    March 07, 2019 Forbes
  • Gas Prices on the Rise

    February 20, 2019 LocalSyr
  • Harris Teeter parent company to phase out plastic bags at all of its stores

    August 23, 2018 Charlotte Observer
  • Paying more to celebrate Independence Day

    July 04, 2018 CNYCentral
  • The history of fireworks

    July 04, 2018 SpectrumNews
  • 72 Sears locations closing, including ShoppingTown Mall location

    May 31, 2018 CNYCentral
  • Sears closing could mean the end for Shoppingtown Mall

    May 31, 2018 SpectrumNews
  • What the Tops bankruptcy filing means to shoppers, employees, others

    February 22, 2018
  • Top announces its filing for bankruptcy

    February 21, 2018 Newschannel 9
  • Throwing around government money won’t rebuild central New York’s economy

    November 09, 2017 Daily Orange
  • Think Amazon can show up in Norway soon

    October 22, 2017 Nationen
  • Harvey and Gas Prices

    August 31, 2017 CNYCentral
  • Amazon maintains price advantage on Prime Day

    July 11, 2017 Chain Store Age