Full Professor of Industrial Mechanical Systems Engineering University of Bologna Core Faculty
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Riccardo Manzini is currently full professor of Logistics, Facility Planning and Maintenance Engineering at Bologna University. He is the director of the Food Supply Chain Center which deals with all critical issues affecting the supply chain of perishable products. He has founded the Food & Wine Supply Chain international conference, serving as the Chair at the first edition in 2011. He works in the area of industrial plants, logistics, maintenance and agro-food. His research interests include material handling, storage and warehousing systems, supply chain optimization, maintenance and reliability engineering, food supply chain. He has coordinated several industrial research and technology transfer projects for private and public companies belonging to the manufacturing sector, agro-food sector, service logistics providing (3PL and 4PL), automation industry, etc.

He is author of about 220 manuscripts (whose many on SCOPUS/WOS international journals) on the design, management, control and optimization of production systems with an emphasis on the development and application of models and methods to support the optimization of the decision-making process. He is author of three international books, whose last published in 2019 for Elsevier Academic Press by the title “Sustainable Food Supply Chain”. His is currently a lecturer in Industrial Logistics in the Mechanical Engineering M.Sc and in the Management Engineering M.Sc of the School of Engineering at Bologna University. He has been teaching Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain in some teaching programs at Bologna Business School (BBS).


This module delves into logistics and physical material flow management in modern industrial and service industry production systems, through discussion and analysis of problems and technical and managerial solutions to support the manager. Special attention is given to the topics of packaging and wrapping, intra-logistics and automated material handling solutions, management of goods storage systems, and the configuration and management of distribution networks. Topics are declined and discussed with special attention to the issues of digitization and environmental sustainability. The approach is based on the intensive use of exercises, case studies and learning-by-doing.

  • Packaging and packaging for logistics and physical material flow management
  • Internal logistics and material handling systems: from traditional systems to flexible automated systems
  • Principles and solutions for goods storage: from the choice of technological solutions to the configuration and management of warehouses, including picking warehouses.
  • Strategic configuration and management of distribution network (inbound and outbound): principles of network design, location of intermediate and final distribution centers, and stock allocation policies.
Supply Chain and Operations

The design (redesign) and management of these processes, measuring and controlling their sustainability and environmental impact on man and the planet, are the new challenges of modern production systems. To face this challenge, it is necessary to rethink the production chains, moving towards a logic of circularity, where waste is eliminated and the waste of a production process becomes a second raw material of a subsequent production process.

The objective of the course is to introduce models and tools useful for analysing and controlling production and logistics processes with special attention to the circular economy and sustainability throughout the life cycle of a product, from the supply of raw materials to disposal.

In this context, the course intends to pursue the following results:

– To provide students with the key concepts of circular economy and the knowledge of the main processes characterizing sustainability in operations and in the supply chain (i.e. Green Purchasing, Green Manufacturing, Design for Sustainability, Reverse Logistics, Closed-Loop Supply Chain);

– Provide students with KPIs and tools for assessing sustainability and environmental impacts along a supply chain;

– Encourage the integration of sustainability tools and KPIs with those traditionally used in the planning and management of the Supply Chain and production processes.


Sustainability and Business Innovation

This course focuses on the study of processes required to create value for a final consumer, through the contribution of a network of companies (generally labelled as “supply chain”). Basic as well as more advanced elements of supply chain structure and management, purchasing processes and supplier management will be analysed. Special focus will be devoted to concepts and applications of “digital supply chains.