Wal-Mart Patents

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is a global retailer focused on selling merchandise and services at everyday low prices. The company operates stores under the Walmart and Sam's Clubs brands.

Wal-Mart Patents by Type

  • Wal-Mart Patents Granted: Wal-Mart patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Wal-Mart Patent Applications: Wal-Mart patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170054961
    Abstract: A system and method for scrolling through a media file is presented. Playback of a media file is initiated. An instruction is received an instruction to enter an expanded view mode. The expanded view mode can include an information view mode and a poster mode. In the information view mode, a variety of information about the media file is displayed, including a synopsis, cast information, and the like. In the poster mode, a variety of graphical images are displayed, each representing a different media file and configured to resemble a movie poster. The media files can be trailers or other type of previews. There can be a method for a user to add a preview to a wishlist or order the media file represented by the preview. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Belavy, Sirisha Naga Lakshmi Yenigalla, Julian Franco, Wyatt Leung
  • Patent number: 9576428
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for an integrated loyalty program and game mechanic. When a customer makes a purchase of physical products from a merchant, membership in the merchant's loyalty program can be rewarded with a digital (virtual) asset for use in a computer game. The merchant can also advertise digital assets as loyalty program rewards in the game to persuade customers to purchase physical products from the merchant. In one aspect, the game is maintained by the merchant. In another aspect, the merchant enters into a partnership with an owner of a third party game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9576283
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for delivering customer specified receipt types at checkout. A customer specifies receipt delivery preferences at a mobile device (e.g., specifying delivery of a digital receipt and/or a paper receipt at checkout). The mobile device sends the customer's receipt delivery preferences to a receipt preferences database server for storage in a receipt preferences database. During a sales transaction, a point-of-sale (“POS”) system refers to the receipt preferences database (or a relevant portion thereof) to access the customer's receipt delivery preferences. Based on the customer's receipt delivery preferences, the point-of-sale (“POS”) system delivers appropriate types of receipts (e.g. digital and/or paper) to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9576310
    Abstract: The current disclosure extends to normalizing UPCs so the normalized UPCs can be readily compared against each other and used for item lookups in a local cache. Embodiments of the present disclosure include a UPC cache on a user's mobile device, such as a smartphone. In such embodiments, a UPC that is normalized following processes set forth in the present disclosure may act as a cache key for related product information stored in the cache. By conducting item lookups in a local cache, requests for that data can be served faster than if the data were stored on a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Neil Cancro, Douglas James Pedley, Joel Bennett Acker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9569765
    Abstract: A plurality of items is positioned in a volume scanned by a three-dimensional non-optical imaging system. The imaging system generates a three-dimensional voxel image of the volume. Voxel regions are identified and surfaces of voxel regions are analyzed to identify a symbol printed thereon. The symbols are resolved into product identifiers, which are then added to a transaction and payment for the transaction is processed. The imaging system may be a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, computed tomography (CT) scanning system, terahertz (T wave) imaging system, or other imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Neil Cancro, Joel Bennett Acker, Jr., Douglas James Pedley
  • Patent number: 9569707
    Abstract: An RFID tag includes a tag-type identifier. This tag-type identifier can represent data encoder-relevant tag-type information and/or printer-relevant tag-type information as desired. This identifier can comprise an optical or electronic code such as a numeric, binary, or hexadecimal code. This code can be stored within the RFID tag's integrated circuit (for example, within the integrated circuit's stored EPC field). These teachings also provide for recovering from an unassigned RFID tag its tag-type identifier and using that tag-type identifier to facilitate automatically processing the RFID tag when assigning the RFID tag to a corresponding item. This can comprise utilizing the tag-type identifier to determine corresponding assignment-facilitation information to use when assigning the RFID tag. Examples in these regards, include, for example, an RFID tag encoder power setting or position, a printer setting, or a label layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Justin C. Lewis, John F. Neal
  • Patent number: 9563705
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to positioning a new item in search results that may additionally include previously-released items. Items in a search result may be ranked by popularity scores. In embodiments of the present disclosure, a new item may receive a popularity score boost to compensate for that item's relative lack of history in comparison to the previously-released items. Embodiments of the present disclosure utilize outside data sources to rank the items. Outside data sources may include social media, knowledge bases, and like platforms to leverage available outside data to complement internal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Sumit Taank, Tri Minh Cao, Abhishek Gattani
  • Patent number: 9563667
    Abstract: Ranking search results based on color including evaluating whether a color term in a search query was intended to identify an actual color and returning different search results based on that determination. When an actual color was intended, an initial product ranking is updated based on color similarity of the product. In some embodiments, a color similarity score is calculated using a color difference formula, a cosine similarity measurement is determined of a cosine of an angle between a query vector and a title vector, and the color is considered to have been intended to identify the actual color when the cosine similarity measurement is less than a threshold value. In particular embodiments, the query vector includes individual terms of the search query and a number of occurrences of each individual term. Different embodiments include computer implemented systems and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Ba-Quy Vuong, Abhishek Gattani, Namrata Pramodkumar Tholiya
  • Patent number: 9563793
    Abstract: A system and method of determining the location of a RFID reader is disclosed. The system comprises a first RFID reader, and at least one other RFID reader, and a processor. The RFID readers associate unique RFID tag information with at least one antenna that reads the information. The processor receives RFID data from the first RFID reader and the at least one other RFID reader and determines the location of the first RFID reader relative to the at least one other RFID reader based on the association of unique RFID tag information with at least one antenna of at least two readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Alvin Scott Taulbee
  • Patent number: 9558515
    Abstract: The present invention extends to systems, methods, and computer program products for recommending food items based on personal information and nutritional content. A registered customer has members in a customer group. The registered customer provides nutritional information for members of the group (e.g., family members) to a merchant computer system. The merchant computer system uses the nutritional information to recommend food items to the customer. As a customer shops, the merchant computer system compares the nutritional content of the shopping cart items with nutritional needs of the customer. Recommendations are furnished to the customer based on the shopping cart content and the nutritional needs of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Narendra Babu, Ramesh Kozhissery, Rijul Jain
  • Publication number: 20170004441
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting an deployment of goods for shipping purposes is presented. An affinity network representing the deployment of goods is created. A first and second set of goods in the affinity network are created, the first set of goods representing an initial set of goods to be placed in a first location and the second set of goods representing a set of goods that are constrained to be placed in a second location. An objective function is iteratively operated to determine an optimum deployment of goods between the first location and second location. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Zhiwei Qin, Arash Asadi, Jagtej Bewli
  • Patent number: 9534906
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for mapping a shopping space are provided. A system for mapping a shopping space includes a plurality of motorized transport units, a store map database, and a central computer system. The central computer system being configured to divide the map of the shopping space into a plurality of sections, assign a unique section identifier to each of the plurality of sections in the shopping space, associate a blocked tag with each section inaccessible to the plurality of motorized transport units, associate an accessible tag with each section accessible by at least one of the plurality of motorized transport units, for each section having an accessible tag, allow an access restriction setting to be configured, and provide navigation instructions to the plurality of motorized transport units based on access restriction settings of each section of the shopping space stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Robert C. Taylor, Michael D. Atchley
  • Patent number: 9535810
    Abstract: Delivering a page including a plurality of modules is disclosed. A plurality of candidate modules are selected. A corresponding module score for each of the modules in the plurality of candidate modules is evaluated. A plurality of modules is selected from the plurality of candidate modules to be displayed on a page. The position of each module on the page is based at least in part on that module's module score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Mehul Shah, Abhishek Gattani, Anand Rajaraman, Sri Subramaniam
  • Patent number: 9536267
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise accessing one or more neighborhood data structures, at least a portion of the one or more neighborhood data structures are active. In many embodiments, the one or more neighborhood data structures each comprise a label comprising a record identifier, the record identifier corresponding to a specified record of the one or more records, a neighborhood comprising a list of record identifiers for other records linked to the specified record of the one or more records by a pairwise link, and a message for each of the other records linked to the specified record of the one or more records, the message comprising the label and an activity state indicator, the activity state indicator indicating if the neighborhood data structure is active. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Benjamin Ray, Nathaniel Philip Troutman
  • Patent number: 9536237
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed for suggesting recipes. Within the method, one or more point-of-sale transactions may be conducted. The transactions may involve a computer system and a customer possessing a mobile computing device. The computer system may store receipt data documenting the transactions. The computer system may also receive a request from the mobile computing device for one or more recipes, analyze the receipt data to identify at least one of the food patterns and food preferences of the customer, and identify one or more recipes corresponding to at least one of the food patterns and food preferences. The computer system may then pass the one or more recipes to the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20160379289
    Abstract: A system and method for attribute extraction from product titles is presented. A set of product titles are read by an embodiment. The product titles are separated into a sequence of tokens, the tokens being determined by the presence of a separator character. The sequences of tokens are labeled according to a specific encoding scheme to denote attributes of a title, such as brand name and other features. The characteristics of the attributes within the title are determined to build a sequence labeling algorithm. The results of the encoding is compared to a normalization dictionary comparing standardized attributes. A blacklist can be consulted to further refine the method. A further validation can be performed to catch any remaining mistakes. Thereafter, a database entry can be made to associate the attribute with the item. A training set can be used to initialize the learning model. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Ajinkya More
  • Publication number: 20160378770
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for training a classification model to predict categories. In one implementation, a method identifies category mappings generated for dominant queries associated with a query log. The method identifies mappings between a first set of queries and categories shown for the first set of queries, and identifies mappings between a second set of queries and clicked products for the second set of queries. A classification model is trained based on the mappings generated for dominant queries, the mappings between queries and the shown categories, and the mappings between queries and the clicked products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Namrata Pramodkumar Tholiya, Abhishek Gattani
  • Publication number: 20160378771
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for training a classification model to predict categories. In one implementation, a method identifies category mappings generated for dominant queries associated with a query log. The method identifies mappings between a first set of queries and categories shown for the first set of queries, and identifies mappings between a second set of queries and clicked products for the second set of queries. A classification model is trained based on the mappings generated for dominant queries, the mappings between queries and the shown categories, and the mappings between queries and the clicked products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Namrata Pramodkumar Tholiya, Abhishek Gattani
  • Patent number: 9524520
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for training a classification model to predict categories. In one implementation, a method identifies category mappings generated for dominant queries associated with a query log. The method identifies mappings between a first set of queries and categories shown for the first set of queries, and identifies mappings between a second set of queries and clicked products for the second set of queries. A classification model is trained based on the mappings generated for dominant queries, the mappings between queries and the shown categories, and the mappings between queries and the clicked products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Namrata PramodKumar Tholiya, Abhishek Gattani
  • Patent number: 9524319
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for improving search relevance. In one implementation, a method identifies a first group of mappings generated for dominant queries associated with a query log. The method also identifies a second group of mappings that includes mappings between a first set of queries and categories shown for the first set of queries, and mappings between a second set of queries and clicked products for the second set of queries. Upon receipt of a query, the method applies the second group of mappings for the received query if the category mappings for the received query are in the second group of mappings. Alternatively, the method applies the first group of mappings for the received query if the category mappings for the received query are in the first group of mappings but not in the second group of mappings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Namrata PramodKumar Tholiya, Abhishek Gattani
  • Patent number: 9525719
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a router having a first I/O terminal and a second I/O terminal, wherein the first I/O terminal is configured to be in communication with at least one client via a first network, wherein the second I/O terminal is configured to be in communication with a plurality of remote servers via a second network, and wherein the router is configured to receive, at the first I/O terminal via the first network, a web services request from the at least one client, identify, based on the web services request from the at least one client, a group of the plurality of remote servers that are capable of fulfilling the web services request, and transmit, in parallel via the second I/O terminal and the to second network, the received web services request to each one of the plurality of remote servers within the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: John Randy Frerking
  • Patent number: 9525687
    Abstract: The present disclosure extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for establishing an attribute template for a customer for distribution to third party recipients. In operation, customer information is received and placed as attributes in a template that is then made available to predetermined recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: David Patterson
  • Patent number: 9519872
    Abstract: A system is provided that implements a more systematic process for obtaining business knowledge that is more efficient and timely. The process automatically reads business documents and produces a business ontology. In one implementation, the process dissects documents into sentences or collection of words that most resembles a sentence. Natural language processing algorithms may be used to identify the role of term within a sentence. Terms and associations resulting from the document analysis are used to specify a business ontology which can be then used to provide input to a software design process, among other business uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Gary Dewayne Griggs
  • Patent number: 9515389
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure are related to an antenna system including radiating elements and reflectors. The reflectors can be disposed with respect to the radiating elements to reflect radiation from the radiating elements to generate a coverage area that exceeds the coverage area generated by the radiating elements without the reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Rankin, Brock Judd, Mark Edwards
  • Patent number: 9514422
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process can be operated for entering and holding a place for a first customer in a queue while the first customer is waiting to be served at a retail store. The process includes, within a computerized processor, establishing a place in the queue for the first customer, wherein the queue operates to establish among a plurality of customers a customer currently being served by a store employee and an order in which other customers of the plurality will be served. The process further includes displaying upon a portable computerized device of the first customer an indication of a status of the first customer within the queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9514455
    Abstract: A method including receiving, from a mobile device, a payment method and a payment amount. The method also can include validating the payment amount. The method additionally can include generating a gift card for the payment amount. The gift card can include a gift card identifier. The method further can include sending the gift card identifier to the mobile device. The method additionally can include facilitating displaying the gift card identifier on the mobile device. The gift card can be devoid of being generated as part of a gift-card purchase transaction. Other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravindra Jarajapu, Sandeep Pattanaik, Huynh Le, Jia Jun Chen, Rahul Karwa
  • Patent number: 9508099
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for using a mobile computing device corresponding to a user to purchase a product being offered for sale by a user includes, when the mobile computing device has selected an item indicating the product, obtaining item information related to the item. Item display data is generated based on the item information and transmitted to the mobile computing device. The item display data prompts the mobile computing device to display the item information and an operational input in a graphical user interface of the mobile computing device. A command is received in response to a prescribed number of actions input by the user to the operational input. The command causes a purchasing server to perform one or more operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Neil Cancro, Douglas James Pedley, Joel Bennett Acker Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160342612
    Abstract: The present disclosure extends to incrementally updating a database in a production environment in a way that maintains data freshness and allows for high priority updates for critical changed values and regular updates for noncritical changed values in the database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Varun Srivastava, Yan Zheng
  • Publication number: 20160342940
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system can comprise one or more processing modules and one or more non-transitory storage modules storing computing instructions configured to run on the one or more processing modules and perform acts. In some embodiments, the acts can comprise receiving a first item inventory level quantity for an item, storing the first item inventory level quantity at an inventory database, and comparing the first item inventory level quantity with a predetermined high threshold. In many embodiments, the acts further can comprise, when the first item inventory level quantity is less than the predetermined high threshold, transmitting a first Limited Stock Alert to an inventory cache, and at the inventory cache, storing a first inventory status corresponding to the first item inventory level quantity. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Madhavan Kandhadai Vasantham, Sreekanth Sreedhararaj, Vikrant Tare
  • Patent number: 9487322
    Abstract: An RFID tag is secured to an electrically-conductive object having an external peripheral edge where first and second non-coplanar sides of the object meet one another, wherein at least the first non-coplanar side comprises electrically-conductive material. By one approach the RFID tag is secured to the first non-coplanar side of the object at the external peripheral edge such that a first portion of the RFID tag's antenna proximally overlies an electrically-conductive portion of the first non-coplanar side of the object while a second portion of the RFID tag's antenna does not proximally overlie any electrically-conductive portion of the object. Determining the size of the first portion of the RFID tag's antenna that will overlie the first non-coplanar side of the object comprises tuning the capacitive coupling between the first portion of the RFID tag's antenna and the object to thereby achieve a desired range and/or degree of RFID tag performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9489425
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to methods, systems, and computer program products for routing order lookups. Order data from order management system database is synchronized to an order cache. When an order lookup is received, a business layer determines if the cache can appropriately service the order lookup. If so, the business layer routes the order lookup to the cache. Otherwise, the business layer routes the order lookup to the order management system database. In some embodiments, order lookups configured to impact state of the order management system database (e.g., that write or change order data) are routed to the order management system database. In these same embodiments, order lookups configured to not impact state of the order management system database (e.g., that read order data) are routed to the cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Madhavan Kandhadai Vasantham, Mahesh Tyagarajan, Sreekanth Sreedhararaj
  • Patent number: 9483741
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for rule-based item classification. The methods include receiving, by a computing device, an item record for analysis. The computing device may determine ranked lists of item types using rule-based classifiers and machine learning-based classifiers. Then, the computing device may aggregate the ranked lists of item types to generate a combined ranked list of item types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Chong Sun, Fan Yang, Narasimhan Rampalli, Digvijay Singh Lamba, Jun Xie, Thomas E. Chivers, Gokul Kavaturi, Tracy ThuTrang Phung
  • Patent number: 9479517
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for service governance for distributed and cloud-based systems are described. In one implementation, a method extracts a plurality of service manifest files associated with a web service from a service artifact. The method also validates the plurality of service manifest files, and publishes the plurality of service manifest files in a service registry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Raj Anand, Sambit Dikshit
  • Patent number: 9470532
    Abstract: A system and method includes selecting a product to be located in a retail store, obtaining a store map, the store map being indicative of a layout of the retail store, and presenting the store map overlaid with an icon and an initial navigation path on a graphical display of the mobile device, wherein the store map represents the retail store and the icon and the initial navigation path are positioned overlaid on the map to designate a physical location of the product, and suggesting at least one product on-route of the initial navigation path, adjusting the initial navigation path to include the at least one suggested product, and presenting the initial navigation path and the adjusted navigation path positioned overlaid on the store map to the mobile device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Pellow, Emily Poplawski, Stephen Aase
  • Patent number: 9460326
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a computer-implemented method of managing inventory performed by a processor includes receiving in a digital or analog format, from a first computing device, a first request for first radio frequency identification (RFID) tag data associated with a first plurality of RFID tags and receiving in a digital or analog format, from a second computing device, a second request for second RFID tag data associated with a second plurality of RFID tags. In response to the first request and the second request, the method further includes automatically selecting a selected one of a first interrogation mode and a second interrogation mode based on the first request and the second request, and automatically transmitting configuration information to an RFID reader to operate in the selected interrogation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Jarrod Lee Bourlon, Thomas Edward Stiefel
  • Patent number: 9460157
    Abstract: Example systems and methods that rank search results based on color are described. In one implementation, a method receives a product search query from a user and identifies a reference to a color in the product search query. The product search query is executed to identify multiple products. The method further identifies references to the color in a title or a description of each of the multiple products. A ranking of the multiple products is created by increasing the ranking of products that include a reference to the color in the title or the description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Ba-Quy Vuong, Abhishek Gattani, Namrata PramodKumar Tholiya
  • Patent number: 9460410
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide transportation management systems, devices and methods that allow display and management of transportation resources and operations in an integrated manner. Exemplary embodiments may provide, for example, a single dynamic and interactive interface for executing inbound transportation operations (procurement or pickup), outbound transportation operations (delivery or shipment), and operations in which multiple transportation resources are matched to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Hill, Ann Wilson, Nicole Liedka, James A. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 9460590
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing notifications and other communications to a customer based on the customer's proximity to a checkout register at a store. A mobile electronic device with mobile self checkout software thereon may record and analyze ambient noise to determine when a customer is in a checkout line as well as to track the customer's progress through the checkout line. The mobile self checkout software may present information to the customer according to the customer's position in the checkout line. The type and nature of the information presented to the customer may be changed according to the customer's distance from the checkout terminal as well as how quickly the customer is approaching the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9460214
    Abstract: Example systems and methods that rank search results based on color are described. In one implementation, a method receives a product search query from a user and identifies a reference to a color in the product search query. The product search query is executed to identify multiple products. The method further identifies references to the color in a title or a description of each of the multiple products. A ranking of the multiple products is created by increasing the ranking of products that include a reference to the color in the title or the description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Ba-Quy Vuong, Abhishek Gattani, Namrata PramodKumar Tholiya
  • Patent number: 9449340
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed herein. The method includes the step of receiving, with a processing device of a commerce server, one or more shopping list signals from an electronic computing device to establish a shopping list of a plurality of items offered for sale in a retail store. The method also includes the step of transmitting, with the processing device, a first item signal to an augmented reality device worn by a consumer within the retail store. The first item signal corresponds to one of the plurality of items. The method also includes the step of receiving, with the processing device, one or more movement signals from the augmented reality device worn by the consumer corresponding to movement of the consumer. The method also includes the step of changing, with the processing device, from transmitting the first item signal to transmitting a second item signal different from the first item signal in response to the step of receiving the one or more movement signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9450970
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for restricting access to a network, the system comprising a monitoring module configured to be coupled to a plurality of network access points and to monitor transmissions to the network via a plurality of network security appliances, and a blocking module, where the monitoring module is further configured to identify a potential bad actor based on a transmission from the potential bad actor to the network via a first one of the plurality of network access points and a first one of the plurality of network security appliances and provide information related to the potential bad actor to the blocking module, and where the blocking module is configured to confirm that the potential bad actor should be blocked and in response, to automatically configure each network security appliance to block the potential bad actor from accessing the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Glen Thomas Undernehr, Charles Allen Courtright
  • Publication number: 20160267306
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a method. The method can include: identifying a first consumer location of a consumer; identifying a first limited irregular product group associated with the first consumer location; and receiving a selected limited irregular product type of one or more first limited irregular product types. The first limited irregular product group can have the first limited irregular product type(s). Further, an irregular product group can have multiple irregular product types, the multiple irregular product types can have the one or more first limited irregular product types, a master product group can have multiple product types, and the multiple product types can have multiple regular product types and the multiple irregular product types. The multiple irregular product types can satisfy at least one irregularity parameter distinguishing the multiple irregular product types from the multiple regular product types. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Berk Atikoglu, Eytan Daniyalzade
  • Publication number: 20160267427
    Abstract: Various embodiments of system and method for catalog image generation include a method. The method comprises, while a first person is using a mobile device to scan an item in a store, capturing one or more first images of the item from the mobile device and selecting one of the one or more first images. In the method can further comprise uploading the one of the one or more first images to an online catalog for the store and providing instructions to display the one of the one or more first images to a second person. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Berk Atikoglu, Eytan Daniyalzade
  • Publication number: 20160267088
    Abstract: Ranking search results based on color including evaluating whether a color term in a search query was intended to identify an actual color and returning different search results based on that determination. When an actual color was intended, an initial product ranking is updated based on color similarity of the product. In some embodiments, a color similarity score is calculated using a color difference formula, a cosine similarity measurement is determined of a cosine of an angle between a query vector and a title vector, and the color is considered to have been intended to identify the actual color when the cosine similarity measurement is less than a threshold value. In particular embodiments, the query vector includes individual terms of the search query and a number of occurrences of each individual term. Different embodiments include computer implemented systems and methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Ba-Quy Vuong, Abhishek Gattani, Namrata PramodKumar Tholiya
  • Publication number: 20160267454
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise receiving a request from a client device to join a wireless local area network in a store, allowing the client device to connect to a router of the wireless local area network, and using a portion of an address of the router to identify the store. The method can comprise determining one or more taxes based on a location of the store and receiving a selection from a user through the wireless local area network of one or more selected items from one or more available items. The method can further comprise determining a price for each of the one or more selected items based at least in part on the portion of the address of the router and calculating a tax for each one of the one or more selected items based at least in part on the portion of the address of the router. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Berk Atikoglu, Eytan Daniyalzade
  • Publication number: 20160267573
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a method. The method can comprise receiving form a user a request to stock an item at a store at a location. In many embodiments, the method can include updating a product wish list for the store by at least one of adding the item to the product wish list for the store at the location, or increasing a count for the item on the product wish list for the store at the location, if the item is already on the product wish list. The method can further comprise ordering the item and offering the item for sale at the store at the location. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Berk Atikoglu, Eytan Daniyalzade
  • Publication number: 20160267560
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating a number of bags used in a purchase is disclosed. A method can comprise receiving a transmission indicating an intention by a consumer to purchase an item. Information about the item is retrieved from a database. The information about the item is associated with the consumer in a transaction. The number of bags used for the transaction is estimated. The estimation can be created using the weight and volume of a transaction. The estimation can also take into consideration the fragility, crushability, temperature-sensitivity, or cross-contamination possibility of the item. The estimated number of bags is forwarded to a mobile device. The estimated number of bags is used to determine the likelihood of unpurchased items being taken by the consumer. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Berk Atikoglu, Eytan Daniyalzade
  • Publication number: 20160267561
    Abstract: A system and method for forecasting sales is presented. A transmission by a customer is received indicating an intention for a customer to purchase an item from a retailer via a mobile device. An embodiment determines if the item is subject to an age-restriction. This can be accomplished by using location data of a retailer. Biometric data is received from the customer intending to purchase the item. The biometric data is compared to verified biometric data to confirm the identity of the customer. The age of the customer is determined. Thereafter, the transaction is allowed to proceed if the age of the customer satisfies the age-restriction for the item. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Berk Atikoglu, Eytan Daniyalzade
  • Patent number: 9443218
    Abstract: Item movement is determined via wireless tracking using RFID data from at least one RFID reader. The RFID data associates RFID tag information with each antenna of the RFID reader that receives the tag information. At least one processor is configured to identify a first appearance of unique tag information in the RFID data. Items may be grouped when their first appearance in RFID data and their antenna association indicates that they first appear in a location within a predetermined amount of time, as indicated by RFID data, and/or when they have all moved from a previous location within a predetermined amount of time, as indicated by different RFID data. A group designation comprises the relevant unique tag information, which may be stored in memory along with a time stamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Stiefel, Bruce W. Wilkinson, Nicholaus A. Jones
  • Patent number: D771943
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Wendy Milstead, Jason Ulichnie