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April 13, 2022updated 12 Apr 2022 10:51am

Supply chain & logistics innovation among airport industry companies stagnated in the last quarter

Analysis of patent filings shows an increase in supply chain and logistics related applications in the industry following a drop over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in supply chain & logistics in the airport equipment supply, product and services sector has remained steady in the last quarter.

The most recent figures show that the number of supply chain and logistics related patent applications in the industry stood at 27 in the three months ending February – down from 43 over the same period in 2021, but up from 26 in the three months ending November.

Figures for patent grants related to supply chain and logistics fell – from 45 in the three months ending November last year (and 50 in the three months ending February 2021) to 24 in the three months to February 2022.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.

Supply chain and logistics is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.

The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

United Parcel Service was the top supply chain and logistics innovator in the airport equipment supply, product and services sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the US, filed 39 supply chain and logistics related patents in the three months ending February. That was down from 51 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by US-based companies FedEx Corp with 30 supply chain and logistics patent applications, Ryder System with applications, and Uber Technologies with 3 applications.

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