Assessment of technological innovations in patenting for 3rd party logistics providers

Yen Chun Jim Wu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose - To analyse logistical innovations from 1984 to 2003. Design/methodology/approach - The approach concerned analysing the use of patents retrieved from major patent databases to create a picture of logistical innovations. Findings - Confirmation that the use of patent statistics can depict an overall picture of technological innovation in the logistics sector. Logistics firms can be innovative by making good use of patent data. Research limitations/implications - Logistics researchers and practitioners take advantage of recent improvements in the quality and availability of patent statistics rather seriously; in other fields many do not see the relevance. Practical implications - Customers will begin to rely on 3PL service providers beyond distribution services for more technological innovation as they successfully expand capabilities into these areas, as well as provide end-to-end integration and visibility. Originality/value - This is a novel and useful approach for examining innovations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-524
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Enterprise Information Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Distribution management
  • Innovation
  • Performance measurement (quality)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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