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).


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.