Patrick Penfield

Professor of Supply Chain Management, Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University
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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 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 working for such companies as Johnson & Johnson and Philips Electronics. Professor Penfield’s research focuses on Forestry, Natural Resource Management and Sustainability.

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  • Food Crisis: Is the worst ahead of us?
    June 6, 2022

    Written by Patrick C. Penfield, Professor of Supply Chain Practice at Syracuse University:

    Sadly, we are only at the beginning stage of a global food crisis. The global food supply chain is “stressed” and has been adversely impacted by weather events (droughts, extreme heat, floods & tornadoes, and cyclones), food growing issues (avian flu, bacteria, and disease), COVID, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, high energy, fertilizer, and pesticide costs. All these issues are making it extremely difficult for food producers to grow crops, animals and produce food products to ensure a steady global food supply. As the summer progresses, we see even more food insecurity issues, especially with smaller countries in Africa and Asia. Ukraine which is a global producer of wheat and corn is having a challenging time growing and shipping food supplies because of Russia’s invasion. Many small African and Asian countries that have received food supplies from Ukraine in the past will probably not be receiving those food supplies this year. Unfortunately, they will need to find more food supply sources and will be dependent on the rest of the world for food assistance. If they are unable to receive this food aid we could see starvation conditions, civil unrest, and population migration in poor countries throughout the world. Wealthier countries such as the United States, India, Europe, and China will have ongoing food shortages and challenges and will be impacted by unprecedented food price increases which will continue in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

    13 June 2022
  • Infant Formula Shortages – Why is it Happening?
    May 12, 2022

    Written by Patrick C. Penfield, Professor of Supply Chain Practice at Syracuse University:

    "In the United States, we are seeing an unprecedented shortage of infant formula. Unfortunately, Abbot Laboratories the largest producer of powdered infant formula (Similac) in the United States is unable to keep up with demand and this is also impacting their competitors who also cannot increase their capacity. Because of flat birth rates in the US over the past ten years, the two large infant formula manufacturers in the US (Abbot Laboratories and Mead Johnson) have not added additional U.S. capacity in many years," stated Dr. Patrick Penfield, Supply Chain Professor of Practice at Syracuse University.

    Penfield also stated that Abbot Laboratories had a major recall on their infant powdered formula product in February which emptied store shelves due to bacteria contamination issues in their main infant powdered formula facility and per the Food and Drug Administration were required to shut down this facility (Sturgis Michigan plant) until they can show the FDA conclusively that their contamination issues have been resolved. Until Abbot Laboratories meets the safety requirements of the FDA to produce safe powdered infant formula, we can expect to see continued shortages of infant formula.

    16 May 2022
  • In my opinion, this is a strong statement and plan by the Biden administration and will influence the supply chain practices and business decisions leaders in these sectors will need to make in the future. The White House’s focus on these industries is critical to the success of the United States. This announcement could give the U.S. manufacturing base a renaissance and also create a 'ripple effect' of creating even more domestic manufacturing jobs within other industries or sectors.

    22 September 2021
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