To main content

Innovation activity in enterprises in Sweden 2014-2016:

Better profitability – the main reason for innovations in logistics

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2018-02-23 9.30

Among Swedish enterprises involved in innovation activities, 43 percent introduced innovations in logistics in 2014–2016.The main reason for the introduction was to improve the enterprise’s performance, according to results in the latest Community Innovation Survey (CIS).

For enterprises in many sectors, growth and competitive power to a large extent hinge on an efficient logistics system, as they often support enterprises’ business processes and supply chains, and impact enterprises’ capacity to be innovative and to expand.

In the latest CIS, Statistics Sweden has endeavoured to determine the presence of innovation in logistics. Enterprises were asked whether they had introduced innovations in logistics, and their reasons for doing so. The enterprises that had not introduced any innovations were asked to state their reasons for this.

Among enterprises with innovation activities, 43 percent had introduced innovations in logistics. Large enterprises introduced innovations in logistics to a greater extent than small and medium-sized enterprises. Innovations in logistics were more common among manufacturing enterprises than among service-producing enterprises.

Enterprises with innovation activities that introduced innovations in logistics in 2014–2016. Percentage of enterprises by size class and sector
  Share of enterprises
with innovation
in logistics
All surveyed industries
Total
43
 
10-49 employees
41
 
50-249 employees
49
 
250 employees or more
54
Enterprises in the manufacturing sector
Total
45
 
10-49 employees
43
 
50-249 employees
50
 
250 employees or more
57
Enterprises in the service sector
Total
42
 
10-49 employees
41
 
50-249 employees
49
 
250 employees or more
52

Improving the enterprise’s performance was the primary reason stated for introducing innovations in logistics. This applied in both the manufacturing and the service sectors and in all size classes. The least important reason for introducing innovations in logistics according to enterprises was in response to existing or forthcoming regulatory provisions. Only seven percent of the enterprises stated this reason.

Important reasons for enterprises to introduce innovations in logistics in 2014–2016. Percentage of enterprises by size class and sector
  Open up new market opportunitiesImprove your enterprise’s performanceRespond to market pressuresRespond to cost pressuresRespond to existing or forthcoming regulatory provisions
All surveyed industries
Total
22 30 21 22 7
 
10-49 employees
22 28 19 20 7
 
50-249 employees
22 34 24 25 8
 
250 employees or more
29 46 32 37 9
Enterprises in the manufacturing sector
Total
16 24 14 19 6
 
10-49 employees
15 21 11 17 5
 
50-249 employees
16 29 21 21 7
 
250 employees or more
25 43 28 37 8
Enterprises in the service sector
Total
25 34 24 24 9
 
10-49 employees
25 32 24 22 8
 
50-249 employees
26 38 25 28 9
 
250 employees or more
32 49 36 37 10

The most common innovation in logistics among enterprises was e-procurement, for example new forms of purchasing and selling materials and goods via the internet or other information systems between suppliers and enterprises. This was followed by digital supply chain management, which includes paperless, transparent supply chain transactions.

Enterprises stating that they did not introduce any innovations in logistics were asked to select the reason that best described why they did not introduce any innovations in logistics. No compelling reason to innovate was unmistakeably most important and was the option indicated by 68 percent of the enterprises that responded to this question. In this context, there was no difference between manufacturing and service-producing enterprises, as they stated no compelling reason to the same extent.

Enterprises stating that they considered introducing innovations in logistics but faced obstacles were asked to specify the obstacle. Financial obstacles was the main reason stated. This was followed by other obstacles and technical obstacles as reasons for not introducing innovations in logistics.

Definitions and explanations

Enterprises with innovation activities include:

  1. Enterprises that introduced new product and/or process innovations in 2014–2016
  2. Enterprises that introduced organisational innovations in 2014–2016
  3. Enterprises that introduced marketing innovations in 2014–2016
  4. Enterprises that abandoned or suspended a new product or process innovation in 2014–2016
  5. Enterprises that had ongoing activities to develop new products or processes that were not yet completed at the end of 2016

Logistics is defined as:

Logistics is a set of services that includes planning, organisation, management, execution and monitoring of an enterprise’s entire material, goods and related information flows (flows from purchasing, production and warehousing, to added value services, distribution and reverse logistics).

 

Publication

Next publishing will be

The next statistical news in this series will be published on 2018-05-25 at 09:30.

Statistical Database

More information is available in the Statistical Database

Feel free to use the facts from this statistical news but remember to state Source: Statistics Sweden.

Statistical agency and producer

Statistics Sweden, ICT, Business cycle and R&D unit

Address
Solna strandväg 86
171 54 Solna

Enquiries

Chatrine Lundbeck

Telephone
+46 10 479 41 23
E-mail
chatrine.lundbeck@scb.se

ICT, Business cycle and R&D unit

E-mail
fou-statistik@scb.se