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Designing the venue logistics management operations for a World Exposition

Creazza, Alessandro; Colicchia, Claudia; Dallari, Fabrizio


Alessandro Creazza

Claudia Colicchia

Fabrizio Dallari


World Expositions, due to their size and peculiar features, pose a number of logistics challenges. This paper aims at developing a design framework for the venue logistics management (VLM) operations to replenish food products to the event site, through a combination of qualitative and quantitative research approaches. First, an in-depth interview methodology, combined with the outcomes of a literature review, is adopted for defining the key variables for the tactical and operational set-up of the VLM system. Second, a quantitative approach is developed to define the necessary logistics resources. The framework is then applied to the case of Milan 2015 World Exposition. It is the first time that such a design framework for a World Exposition is presented: the originality of this research lies in the proposal of a systematic approach that adds to the experiential practices constituting the current body of knowledge on event logistics.


Creazza, A., Colicchia, C., & Dallari, F. (2015). Designing the venue logistics management operations for a World Exposition. Production planning & control, 26(7), 543-563.

Acceptance Date May 21, 2014
Online Publication Date Jul 16, 2014
Publication Date May 19, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 16, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Production planning & control
Print ISSN 0953-7287
Electronic ISSN 1366-5871
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 7
Pages 543-563
Keywords Venue logistics management, Event logistics, Logistics operations, World Expositions, Mega-events
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Production planning & control on 16/07/2014, available online:


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