Manzini Riccardo | BBS - Bologna Business School


Associated professor of Industrial Logistic University of Bologna Adjunct


Riccardo Manzini is a professor of Mechanical Industrial Plants at the department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Bologna. He’s the Director of the Food Supply Chain Center, an international research centre in logistics and operations for the agri-food chain and fresh produce. He’s a Member of the Wine Supply Chain Council. He’s the author of several scientific research projects of international relevance for the planning, management and optimisation of complex production systems. He’s an expert in: warehouses, distribution logistics chains, sustainability and measurement of the environmental impact for logistics, reliability and maintenance. He published internationally renowned books on the themes of storage, supply chain management, reliability engineering of production systems. He’s professor of Logistics and Industrial Plants at the Engineering and Architecture School in Bologna, of Quality Management and Production system Safety at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He’s the coordinator of several research projects commissioned by private companies in the large-scale retail trade, automation, logistics, automatic machinery, automotive, food sector, etc. He’s a partner and coordinator of ministerial and European projects.


CORE COURSE – This module develops logistics and inventory management in the current business, industrial or services framework through the discussion and analysis of technical and management solutions presently available and expected in the near future. In particular, the investigation will focus on logistics inside the production systems, the design and management of goods storage systems and the design and management of both inbound and outbound distribution networks by means of an approach based on the intensive use of exercises, case studies and learning by doing.

  • Logistics inside the production systems
  • Efficient design of the layout
  • Handling systems of the materials: from conventional to flexible automatic systems
  • Principles and solutions for goods storage
  • Available technological solutions
  • Design of a storage system
  • Allocation of goods and criteria for picking
  • Inventory Management
  • Reference strategies and corresponding application fields
  • Cross analysis of stock-consumption
  • Design and management of the distribution network (inbound and outbound)
  • Fundamentals of network design
  • Location of the intermediate and final distribution centres
  • Stock allocation policies throughout the network
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.

Digital Technology Management / Internet of Things