Innovation Contests in Logistics

TitleInnovation Contests in Logistics
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
Authorsvon See, B, Kalogerakis, K
EditorKersten, W, Blecker, T, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovations and Strategies for Logistics and Supply Chains
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-7805-9
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsCase Study, Innovation Contest, Logistics, Success Factors

Logistics is traditionally driven by operational demands. Therefore innovations are
mainly based on direct customer requests. However, logistics service providers
(LSPs) have started to realize the importance of proactive innovation to improve
competitiveness. As they often lack internal competences and capacities, the open
innovation paradigm (e.g. innovation contests) constitutes a promising way to improve
their innovativeness.
The aim of this paper is to evaluate the use of innovation contests as an open innovation
initiative for LSPs. Opportunities and challenges for LSPs to conduct an innovation
contest are analyzed. An in-depth case-study of the company Hermes, a German
parcel distribution service provider that has successfully run an innovation contest,
is used to derive success factors.
Results indicate that LSPs can benefit from innovation contests, if they consider certain
success factors. This study expands the discussion of open innovation to the logistics
sector and supports LSPs in evaluating the potential of innovation contests
for their business context.