Research and innovation in supply chain & logistics in the private banking sector is on the rise.

The most recent figures show that the number of supply chain and logistics patent applications in the industry stood at 12 in the three months ending October – up from eight over the same period last year.

Figures for patent grants related to supply chain and logistics followed a different pattern to filings – shrinking from 14 in the three months ending October last year to nine this year.

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.

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

The Allstate Corp was the top supply chain & logistics innovator in the private banking sector in the last quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed 12 supply chain and logistics related patents in the three months ending October. That was up from four over the same period last year.

It was followed by the Belgium based KBC Group NV with four supply chain and logistics patent applications, China based Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd (4 applications), and the United States based Bank of America Corp (3 applications).

The Allstate Corp has recently ramped up R&D in supply chain & logistics. It saw growth of 66.7% in related patent applications in the three months ending October compared to the same period last year - the highest percentage growth out of all companies tracked with more than 10 quarterly patents in the private banking sector.