Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2018

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering Management - (M.S.)


Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

Layek Abdel-Malek

Second Advisor

Athanassios K. Bladikas

Third Advisor

Alberto Ivo Dormio


The thesis will address the development of the sourcing strategy in Sidel, a manufacturing company that provides packaging equipment for liquids such as water, carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, sensitive beverages like milk, and liquid dairy products.

It is developed the sourcing strategy structure that characterizes every commodity, with a particular focus on the commodity execution process. Then, it is discussed a concrete case: the one of Nitro Dozers. In order to achieve the goal, it is used a systematic approach that focuses on different steps, from the Product overview and Spend analysis to the supplier assessment and benchmarking.

After defining the commodity strategy, it be deepened the new supplier qualification process: it is required when the company decided to purchase from a new supplier.

The ultimate goal of this dissertation is the definition of the purchasing strategy that meets the targets and mitigates the supply risk for the Company.