This research activity deals with aspects related to the planning, design, management and optimization of industrial logistics systems and their components. The main research items that can be traced back to this strand are: development of solutions based on lean production; design and integrated management of the logistic production chain (supply chain management); demand forecasting and stock management; product packaging and materials handling; product storage; design and management of distribution networks; external transport systems; Reverse Logistics; information systems for logistics; organisation and control of logistic systems; systems for the traceability of materials in logistic-production chains; management of after-sales service.

Analysis and prevention of Bullwhip effect

Sustainable Supply Chain, Lean production and circular economy 

Traceability and Business Process Reengineering

  1. Postacchini, L., Mazzuto, G., Paciarotti, C., Ciarapica, F.E. (2018) Reuse of honey jars for healthier bees: Developing a sustainable honey jars supply chain through the use of LCA. Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 177, 10 March 2018, Pages 573-588
  2. Bevilacqua, M., Ciarapica, F.E., De Sanctis, I. (2017) Lean practices implementation and their relationships with operational responsiveness and company performance: an Italian study. International Journal of Production Research. Volume 55, Issue 3, 1 February 2017, Pages 769-794
  3. Postacchini, L., Ciarapica, F.E., Bevilacqua, M., Mazzuto, G., Paciarotti, C. (2016) A way for reducing drug supply chain cost for a hospital district: A case study. Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management. Volume 9, Issue 1, 2016, Pages 207-230.
  4. Ciarapica, F.E., Bevilacqua, M., Mazzuto, G. (2016). Performance analysis of new product development projects: An approach based on value stream mapping. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management. Volume 65, Issue 2, 8 February 2016, Pages 177-206
  5. Ciarapica, F.E., Bevilacqua, M., Mazzuto, G., Paciarotti, C. (2016). Business process re-engineering of surgical instruments sterilization process: A case study. International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications. Volume 7, Issue 1, 19 January 2016, Pages 1-29
  6. Bevilacqua, M., Ciarapica, F.E., Paciarotti, C. (2015) Implementing lean information management: The case study of an automotive company. Production Planning and Control. Volume 26, Issue 10, 27 July 2015, Pages 753-768. ISSN: 09537287, DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2014.975167
  7. Bertolini, M., Bevilacqua, M., Ciarapica, F.E., Postacchini, L. (2015) Business process reengineering of drugs storage and distribution: A case study. International Journal of Procurement Management. Volume 8, Issue 1-2, 1 January 2015, Pages 44-65. ISSN: 17538432, DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2015.066287
  8. Bevilacqua, M., Ciarapica, F.E., Crosta, A., Mazzuto, G., Paciarotti, C. (2015) Implementation of a RFID system in a furniture industry involved in the fashion sector: A case study. International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications. Volume 6, Issue 2-3, 2015, Pages 99-119.
  9. M. Bevilacqua, F.E.. Ciarapica, C. Paciarotti. (2012). “SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION IN AN ITALIAN AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY: THE CASE OF A KITTING SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION”. Int. Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, Vol. 10, No. 4, 428-446, 2012
  10. M. Bevilacqua, F.E.. Ciarapica, G. Giacchetta, (2009) “BUSINESS PROCESS REENGINEERING OF A SUPPLY CHAIN AND A TRACEABILITY SYSTEM: A CASE STUDY” Journal of Food Engineering, Vol. 93, N. 1, 13-22 (2009).
Research Manager
  • Prof. Giancarlo Giacchetta, Email:
  • Prof. Filippo Emanuele Ciarapica, Email:
  • Dott.ssa Claudia Paciarotti, Email:
  • Dott. Giovanni Mazzuto, Email:
  • Dott. Leonardo Postacchini, Email:
  • Dott. Giulio Marcucci , Email:
  • Dott.ssa Sara Antomarioni , Email:
  • Dott. Claudio Sdogati , Email:
  • Dott.ssa Laura Laurantoni , Email: