Patents Assigned to United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10783489
    Abstract: As deliveries of items containing dangerous goods are made from a vehicle/container, systems update stored information to reflect the reduced number of points of dangerous goods currently on the vehicle/container. Conversely, when the vehicle/container picks up dangerous goods, the systems update the information to reflect the increased number of points of dangerous goods currently on the vehicle/container. The systems identify potential delivery routes, such that the vehicle/container may deliver items containing dangerous goods prior to picking up new items, so as to maintain the total points of dangerous goods on the vehicle/container below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Bonin, Kaj Engberg, Shawn Collins, Taylor Janney
  • Patent number: 10783682
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for overcoming the technical problem of providing an augmented reality that displays an actual image of the item or a proportionally dimensioned representation of the item to a user. To overcome this challenge, two separate approaches can be used: a beacon/tag/sensor-based approach and a marker-based approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Dotterweich, Christopher T. Schenken, Jeffrey Cooper
  • Patent number: 10783488
    Abstract: A system and method for locating nearby attended delivery/pickup locations with a particular item in stock is described. The system receives a request from an individual to purchase a particular item from an on-line retailer. The system receives information associated with attended delivery/pickup locations, including location and inventory information. The system then determines which (if any) attended delivery/pickup locations (e.g., the attended delivery/pickup locations are not the on-line retailer) are near the individual and have the particular item in stock and notifies the individual. In various embodiments, the system enables the user to purchase or reserve the particular item at the particular attended delivery/pickup location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lievens, Vincent Dethier, Peter Henderickx, Luc Pirenne, Denis Payre
  • Patent number: 10776745
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for tracking the location of a shipped item. According to various embodiments, the systems and methods may include features designed to determine whether the shipped item is likely to comply with customer-defined shipping requirements throughout the entire shipping process. In various embodiments, the systems and methods are configured to indicate to a user certain shipments that are likely to arrive without complying with all of the customer-defined shipping requirements, such that a user can take remedial action to minimize or eliminate the likelihood of the shipment failing to comply with the customer-defined shipping requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Shannon C. Goodman, David A. Gittings
  • Patent number: 10762589
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer program products are provided. In an example embodiment, a method is provided comprising receiving input identifying load information corresponding to a load to be inserted into a transportation plan. The transportation plan comprises a plurality of transportation schedules, each schedule comprising a plurality of transportation movements. The method further comprises identifying an available movement network comprising portions of transportation schedules having open capacity, each portion of a transportation schedule having open capacity being a potential leg of a path from the origin location to the destination location; determining potential solutions for transporting the load from the origin location to the destination location by combining one or more legs to determine a path of open capacity movements from the origin location to at least part way to the destination location; and providing one or more potential solutions for display via a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas K. Mohr, Anthony Michael Celmer, Kristina M. McGowan, Keith Alan Ware, James Murphy, Chi-yin Cheng, Lee Anthony Mitchell, Jessica Myers
  • Patent number: 10755225
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for tracking the location of a shipped item. According to various embodiments, the systems and methods may include features designed to determine whether the shipped item is likely to comply with customer-defined shipping requirements throughout the entire shipping process. In various embodiments, the systems and methods are configured to indicate to a user certain shipments that are likely to arrive without complying with all of the customer-defined shipping requirements, such that a user can take remedial action to minimize or eliminate the likelihood of the shipment failing to comply with the customer-defined shipping requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Shannon C. Goodman, David A. Gittings
  • Patent number: 10748353
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for segmenting operational data and identifying events of interested in the segmented operational data. With the events of interest identified from the segmented operational data, a total time between the events of interest can be determined, evaluated, and provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10749853
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for facilitating cross-platform authentication. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to detect that a visual token includes data indicating one or more authentication credentials for accessing a communication device in response to scanning the visual token. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to communicate the authentication credentials of the detected visual token to the communication device to request the communication device to determine whether the authentication credentials are valid for a user. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to enable access to the communication device in response to receiving an indication from the communication device that the authentication credentials of the detected visual token are valid. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Weiqun Jack Zheng, Robert Frederick Myrick
  • Patent number: 10733563
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for determining alternative delivery destinations. For example, in various embodiments, a method may be provided comprising receiving shipping information/data for an item indicating the item to be delivered to an original consignee by a carrier and comprising at least a default delivery location, determining whether the original consignee has indicated a first priority alternative consignee among one or more alternative consignees, and in an instance in which a determination is made that the original consignee has indicated the first priority alternative consignee among the one or more alternative consignees, delivering the item to the first priority alternative consignee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Carl Sager, William Gensburg
  • Patent number: 10726381
    Abstract: Systems and methods include UAVs that serve to assist carrier personnel by reducing the physical demands of the transportation and delivery process. A UAV generally includes a UAV chassis including an upper portion, a plurality of propulsion members configured to provide lift to the UAV chassis, and a parcel carrier configured for being selectively coupled to and removed from the UAV chassis. UAV support mechanisms are utilized to load and unload parcel carriers to the UAV chassis, and the UAV lands on and takes off from the UAV support mechanism to deliver parcels to a serviceable point. The UAV includes computing entities that interface with different systems and computing entities to send and receive various types of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Cooper
  • Patent number: 10719802
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for a user interface for enforcement of shipping rules. In one aspect, a method includes accessing regulation information/data, the regulation information/data being a multi-level hierarchy of nodes arranged in a tree structure, each node specifying one or more keywords, wherein the nodes comprise one or more starting nodes having one or more child nodes and having no parent nodes, one or more intermediate nodes having at least one of a child node and a parent node, and one or more end nodes having at least one parent node and no child nodes. Determining, that a particular keyword from the received one or more keywords matches a keyword of a node in the hierarchy. Determining, a level and a type of the node in the hierarchy, wherein the type of the node specifies whether the node is one of a starting node, an intermediate node, and an end node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David Allison Bennett, Lynn Shaindell Goldhaber, Christopher Michael Monsos
  • Patent number: 10719997
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide prognostic vehicle diagnosis methodologies for monitoring the relative health of various vehicle components over time, to enable replacement of those vehicle components prior to component failure. Sensors monitoring those vehicle components transmit generated telematics data to a computing entity configured to generate a telematics data signature based on the sensor-generated data, and to compare the telematics data signature against a reference data signature to ascertain the relative health of the vehicle component. If the telematics data signature satisfies a failure threshold identified within the reference signature, the computing entity initiates a replacement process at least in part by generating an alert for a maintenance personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Aiello, Ralph Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10719871
    Abstract: A computer system configured to integrate a plurality of websites is provided. The computer system includes a memory, a display, and at least one processor coupled to the memory and the display. In one example, the system comprises a monitoring component executed by the at least one processor and configured to analyze web content generated by a website provider and detect one or more identified elements within the web content. The system may also comprise a converting component executed by the at least one processor and configured to, responsive to detection of the one or more identified elements by the monitoring component, convert at least one portion of the web content into converted content, wherein the at least one processor is configured to display, in the display, the converted content and at least one other portion of the web content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Sager
  • Patent number: 10713608
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for enabling design, generation, and execution of real-time workflows. Such embodiments provide a graphical designer including a plurality of shapes representing the various objects of a workflow that are used to model the workflow. In addition, various embodiments of the graphical designer provide shapes to model aspects of the workflow not found in previous graphical designers. Various embodiments also provide a code generator that converts the representation of the workflow into executable code for multiple target languages. Various embodiments also provide a workflow engine based on a Petri net model responsible for executing the workflow and for delegating tasks to be performed for the workflow to an operating system. In various embodiments, the workflow engine further includes a platform abstraction layer that provides a transition layer from the Petri net language to the operating system language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Asheesh Goja
  • Patent number: 10713860
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for segmenting operational data and identifying events of interested in the segmented operational data. With the events of interest identified from the segmented operational data, a total time between the events of interest can be determined, evaluated, and provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10706384
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide systems and methods for facilitating synchronized delivery of shipments/items scheduled to be delivered to multiple serviceable points located nearby one another. Various embodiments identify nearby serviceable points based on an identification of serviceable points being located within a common geofenced area. Accordingly, a geofence is defined surrounding a geographical area comprising a plurality of serviceable points. The geofence is associated with a record for a serviceable point located within the geofenced area, wherein the record comprises a physical address and a geocode for the serviceable point. Thereafter, shipping data for a shipment to be delivered to the serviceable point is received, and is compared to a database of shipments to determine whether a second shipment is to be delivered to a second serviceable point located within the same geofenced area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Chris Bolton, Steven D. Brill, Matthew Collins, Anthony Creasy, Andrew Dotterweich, Joseph Guerrisi, Daniel Kettleson, Michael Mulholland, Robert J. Gillen, Greg Loppatto, John Hernandez, Butch Butler, Scott Lord
  • Patent number: 10706382
    Abstract: Systems and methods include UAVs that serve to assist carrier personnel by reducing the physical demands of the transportation and delivery process. A UAV generally includes a UAV chassis including an upper portion, a plurality of propulsion members configured to provide lift to the UAV chassis, and a parcel carrier configured for being selectively coupled to and removed from the UAV chassis. UAV support mechanisms are utilized to load and unload parcel carriers to the UAV chassis, and the UAV lands on and takes off from the UAV support mechanism to deliver parcels to a serviceable point. The UAV includes computing entities that interface with different systems and computing entities to send and receive various types of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Julio Gil
  • Patent number: 10692121
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to systems and methods for requesting commodities/items from a plurality of competing vendors. In various embodiments, vendor information/data indicative of commodities/items offered by each vendor is received and stored, request information/data is received from a consumer indicative of the commodities/items desired, as well as any additional request parameters. The system filters the vendor information/data to identify those vendors who satisfy the request parameters, and displays a graphical user interface identifying these vendors to the consumer. The consumer may then select one or more of the identified vendors, and the system enables access to a bidding tool for each of the selected vendors to submit a detailed bid/response to provide the goods or services to the consumer. The consumer may then select one or more of the bids/responses and confirm the commodities/items requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Timothy Nelson Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10692037
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a mapping management computer system. According to various embodiments, the mapping management computer system may be configured for updating geographical maps by assessing map data and operational data including vehicle telematics data to identify portions of a vehicle path that do not correspond to known travel paths. In various embodiments, the system is configured to define these identified portions as new known travel paths corresponding to a public road, private road, parking lot lane, or the like, and update the map data to reflect the new known travel paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Davidson, John A. Olsen, III
  • Patent number: 10692165
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer program products are provided. In an example embodiment, a method is provided comprising receiving input identifying load information corresponding to a load to be inserted into a transportation plan. The transportation plan comprises a plurality of transportation schedules, each schedule comprising a plurality of transportation movements. The method further comprises identifying an available movement network comprising portions of transportation schedules having open capacity, each portion of a transportation schedule having open capacity being a potential leg of a path from the origin location to the destination location; determining potential solutions for transporting the load from the origin location to the destination location by combining one or more legs to determine a path of open capacity movements from the origin location to at least part way to the destination location; and providing one or more potential solutions for display via a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas K. Mohr, Anthony Michael Celmer, Kristina M. McGowan, Keith Alan Ware, James Murphy, Chi-yin Cheng, Lee Anthony Mitchell, Jessica Myers