Patents Assigned to Sears Brands, LLC
  • Patent number: 9959567
    Abstract: Example gesture based cross-channel commerce retail systems and methods are provided. Some of the example systems and methods permit a consumer to complete a Store Pick Up order, i.e., an order placed by the consumer via computer, mobile device, telephone, fax, mail-order, etc., by gesturing with a mobile device near a digital kiosk and optical sensor at a store pick up location. The mobile device and/or the digital kiosk may display media content to the consumer while the consumer completes the Store Pick Up order. In another example system, a digital kiosk is located in a public area such as an airport, shopping mall, train station, or stadium. The digital kiosk displays media content to the consumer, and the consumer may transfer to a mobile device such media by gesturing with the mobile device near the digital kiosk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SEARS BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Vijan Bhaumik, Richard K. Lyons
  • Patent number: 9256472
    Abstract: An economical system and method of migrating legacy applications running on proprietary mainframe computer systems and distributed networks to commodity hardware-based software frameworks, by offloading the batch processing from the legacy systems, and returning the resultant data to the original legacy system to be consumed by the unaltered applications. An open source code tool is used to transfer the software, and rewrite it on a faster and more economical hardware system, while leaving a seamless integration of offloaded processing with existing batch processing flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Sunilkumar Narayan Kakade, Philip Shelley, Susan S. Hsu
  • Publication number: 20150339625
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed that provide a pickup process for items purchased from stores of allied merchants. In some embodiments, a customer may place an order via an e-commerce storefront that includes products from multiple merchants in a geographic region. In response to receiving the order, a merchandise pickup system may assign associates to collect the ordered products from the allied merchants and return the collected products to a pickup location. The merchandise pickup system may send a pickup notification to the customer indicating the products are ready for pickup from the pickup location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Varun Reddy Agasti, Leena Munjal
  • Publication number: 20150188270
    Abstract: Batteries having different form factors and power tools that are capable of using such batteries are described. In some embodiments, a power tool may use batteries having a post form factor as well as batteries having a slide form factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Colin G. Knight
  • Publication number: 20150170248
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed regarding an e-commerce system that maintains references between products and relevant content. In some embodiments, methods and/or apparatus obtain content from one or more content providers via a computer network, identify a product from a product catalog of an electronic database that is related to the obtained content; and update references to relevant content maintained in an electronic database for the product to include a reference to the obtained content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Eui Chung, Bharath Sridharan, Seyed Alireza Forouzan Ebrahimi
  • Publication number: 20150142580
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed regarding an e-commerce system that places customers into a plurality of clusters and tailors services provided to a customer based on the cluster in which the customer is placed. In one embodiment, the e-commerce system defines the clusters based on purchase history data for customers having sufficient purchase history data. The e-commerce system then places customers without sufficient purchase history data into one of the defined clusters based on demographic data for the customer and demographic data for the customers in the cluster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Burcu Aydin, Michael Tamir
  • Publication number: 20150142521
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed regarding an e-commerce system that clusters customers based on demographic data and purchase history data for the customers. In some embodiments, the e-commerce system solves an Integer Program that accounts for the demographic data and purchase history data in order to identify a hyperplane that splits a selected cluster of customers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Burcu Aydin, Michael Tamir
  • Publication number: 20150088845
    Abstract: A computing device hosting a website of a business may be operable to receive a first search input comprising a term submitted via a search bar on the website. Upon performing an internal search for the term with no result, the computing device may output information on the no-result. The computing device may then perform, using one or more external search engines, a search for the term. Search results of the search, performed using the external search engine(s), may be analyzed. Based on a result of the analysis, one or more particular character strings related to the term may be identified. The computing device may generate and store, based on the identifying of the particular character string(s), one or more alternative search suggestions. Upon subsequently receiving an input comprising at least a portion of the term entered in the search bar, the computing device may output the alternative search suggestion(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Rongkai Zhao, Zhenyu Lu, Kenneth Katschke
  • Publication number: 20150089063
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable storage media are disclosed that aid migration team members with migrating software applications from one platform to another platform, and more particularly, with tools that aid in migrating mainframe applications to a lower cost platform. The tools include legacy statistical generators that scan and analyze components of a mainframe application as well as the datasets associated with the mainframe application. The legacy statistical generators as a result of such analysis extract various statistical information regarding the application and datasets and provide such extracted information to a web-enabled application. Migration team members may use the web-enabled application to gain insight into the structure of the mainframe application as well as determine progress of migrating the mainframe application to the lower cost platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Himanshu Soni, Tanveer Akhter Khan, Sudip Mitra, Ravinder Kumar, Subir Chatterjee, Kesavan Srinivasan
  • Publication number: 20150088661
    Abstract: A computing device (e.g., a server) coupled to a digital signage device may receive characteristic information associated with a visitor of the digital signage device. The received characteristic information may be analyzed, and based on a result of the analysis, advertisement attributes may be determined. The computing device may select, based on the determined advertisement attributes, a particular advertisement from a plurality of advertisement bids. The computing device may cause display of the selected particular advertisement on the digital signage device for the visitor. The characteristic information may be generated by the digital signage device utilizing a video analytics. The computing device may receive particular gesture information associated with a mobile device of the visitor who responds to the displayed particular advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: SEARS BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Vijan Bhaumik, Shubham Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20150073947
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable storage media are disclosed that aid in the creation and/or updating of floor plans and associated planograms. Some embodiments utilize an assignment table to maintain relationships between floor plans and associated planograms. Some embodiments also locate planograms for display fixtures of a floor plan based on attributes for the display fixture and products to be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Amy Higgins, Heidi Wallmeier, Tony Shanks, Lindsay Phelps, Brandon Wolf
  • Publication number: 20150058173
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed regarding an e-commerce system that promotes sales of products based on product comparisons. Some embodiments may present a marketing message that justifies a price difference between presented products based on attribute differences between the presented products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Schmeling, Christie Rugh, Gilead Fishel, Jonathan Burr
  • Patent number: 8930134
    Abstract: A positioning system for determining the location of a portable device includes a radio network. The radio network includes radio network nodes for communicating with the portable device and measuring signal strength from the portable device. The radio network also includes a Near Field Communication node for communicating with the portable device and at least initially providing the portable device with configuration information to enable the portable device to pair with the radio network nodes. The system also includes a positioning server for receiving signal strength information from the radio network, determining a location of the portable device, providing the portable device with a graphical representation of its location within a floorplan, receiving an indication of a desired product from the portable device, determining a location of the product, calculating and providing the portable device with a route from the location of the portable device to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Gu, Vinod K. Ekambaram, Abhishek Ramani, Jen-Hao Yang, Giuseppe M. Di Prizio, Charles Jones
  • Publication number: 20140164040
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed that utilizes voice mail messages to direct personalized employee training. Voice mail messages instruct an employee to perform various tasks. Employee actions are monitored to determine whether the various tasks were performed as instructed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Bharath Sridharan, Jen-Hao Yang, Sahil Bhagat
  • Publication number: 20140052690
    Abstract: A method and system for propagating database records from staging database to a production database so that the production database reflects record changes made in the staging database. The system of the present disclosure propagates record changes from the staging database to the production database in a flexible, customizable, and reliable way. The system consolidates database record changes to cull out any unnecessary record changes that do not need to be propagated. The system may also track the status of the database record changes, and send alerts related to the propagation status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: SEARS BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Nagaraja R. Kamireddy, Dhinakaran Soundarapandian, Sai Ramesh J. Rao Konduri, Prince V. Kochuthresia, Divya Gopalakrishnan Nair
  • Publication number: 20140046987
    Abstract: A method and system that enables operation of a file system-based queue that supports the efficient and fair distribution of messages among a plurality of processors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel Distin Harward, Dmitry Semibratov
  • Publication number: 20140019977
    Abstract: An economical system and method of migrating legacy applications running on proprietary mainframe computer systems and distributed networks to commodity hardware-based software frameworks, by offloading the batch processing from the legacy systems, and returning the resultant data to the original legacy system to be consumed by the unaltered applications. An open source code tool is used to transfer the software, and rewrite it on a faster and more economical hardware system, while leaving a seamless integration of offloaded processing with existing batch processing flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: SEARS BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Sunilkumar Narayan Kakade, Philip Shelley, Susan S. Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140019377
    Abstract: Example gesture based cross-channel commerce retail systems and methods are provided. Some of the example systems and methods permit a consumer to complete a Store Pick Up order, i.e., an order placed by the consumer via computer, mobile device, telephone, fax, mail-order, etc., by gesturing with a mobile device near a digital kiosk and optical sensor at a store pick up location. The mobile device and/or the digital kiosk may display media content to the consumer while the consumer completes the Store Pick Up order. In another example system, a digital kiosk is located in a public area such as an airport, shopping mall, train station, or stadium. The digital kiosk displays media content to the consumer, and the consumer may transfer to a mobile device such media by gesturing with the mobile device near the digital kiosk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: SEARS BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Vijan Bhaumik, Richard K. Lyons
  • Publication number: 20130339119
    Abstract: Example computer executable instructions for determining a consumer's offer eligibility using a predicate logic tree against sets of input data are provided. In particular, the disclosed examples recite a rewards engine capable of determining a consumer's offer eligibility using a predicate logic tree against sets of input data. The rewards engine applies rules that are relevant to a particular deal offered by a retail establishment to the consumer's records to determine the consumer's offer eligibility. In some examples, the rewards engine sorts or partially sorts some or all of the consumer's records to determine the consumer's offer eligibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: SEARS BRANDS, LLC
    Inventor: Espen Zachrisen
  • Publication number: 20130339190
    Abstract: A user interface for displaying retail search results is disclosed. The system and methods allow users to search for a plurality of retail items while simultaneously viewing a plurality of search results for each of the plurality of retail items. This interface allows users to easily compare the search results for each retail item, and to purchase a plurality of retail items simultaneously. In one example of the present disclosure, users may enter a plurality of retail items into a shopping list. The system may then display multiple results for each item on the shopping list in a carousel-like user interface, so users may view a plurality of results for a plurality of items simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Sears Brands, LLC
    Inventors: James Yu, Geoffrey Alan Colbath, Kaunish Patel, Brian J. Jordan, JR.