Patents Assigned to Walmart Apollo, LLC
  • Publication number: 20190147444
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mobile-initiated in-store return of products are provided. An example system can include: an OMM configured to store in a first database completed transactions and associated electronic receipts for customers; a mobile device having a mobile application installed thereon and configured to query and receive from the OMM selection of products for return; a RMM configured to apply rules to validate the return based on the information about the selected product; and a return station configured to verify and complete the return.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: David Martin NELMS, Bradley J. KIEFFER, Brandon FLORES, Casey HULIBERGER
  • Patent number: 10287149
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a plurality of motorized mobile retail facility personal assistance apparatuses and a central computer system. The central computer system includes a network interface that permits the central computer system to wirelessly communicate with the mobile apparatuses and also with at least one user interface unit. Upon receiving a request to use one of the mobile apparatuses, the central computer system assigns an available apparatuses for use by a user during a usage session. This activity can include interfacing with the user to determine one or more specifics regarding their current needs in these regards. The specifics of their needs, in turn, can provide a basis for assigning a particular apparatus from amongst a plurality of differently purposed and differently configured apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: John P. Thompson, Donald R. High
  • Patent number: 10289976
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of managing bins audits in a stock room of a retail sales facility include generating at least one bin audit management factor for the bins at the retail sales facility. The bin audit management factor can include an amount of time a total number of products stored in the bin does not change; a number of times a one product is binned or picked from the bin, a number of products stored in the bin; and an accuracy percentage of a worker at the retail sales facility during a preceding audit of the bin. Based on whether the value of one or more of the bin audit management factors meets a predetermined threshold value that supports the auditing of a bin, an indication to a worker at the retail sales facility is generated as to whether that bin is to be audited or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10286939
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shopping cart with a scanner system that is used by customers of a retail store to collect and scan items to be purchased. The shopping cart with scanner system includes a shopping cart, a scanner support structure, and a scanner. Items to be purchased are placed in the shopping cart, where they are automatically scanned by the scanner system. The scanner support structure includes a base bar, an extension bar, and a scanner support bar. The base bar and extension bar are coupled to each other and to a shopping basket of the shopping cart. The scanner support bar holds the scanner and related electronic devices, and is supported above the shopping cart basket by the base bar and the extension bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Natalie L. Scott
  • Patent number: 10289928
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are generally directed to systems and methods of object identification. Exemplary embodiments can scan, by an optical reader, a machine-readable identifier associated with an original object. Exemplary embodiments can capture an image of the original object at a first orientation using an image capture device. Exemplary embodiments can transmit the machine-readable identifier and the image of the original object to an image database to store an association between the image of the original object and the machine-readable identifier. Exemplary embodiments can receive a subsequent object having a subsequent machine-readable identifier that is unavailable or incapable of being scanned. Exemplary embodiments can capture an image of the subsequent object with the image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Soames Johnson, Jimmie Russell Clark, Michael Lawerance Payne
  • Publication number: 20190135558
    Abstract: A system for moving merchandize from a warehouse to a vehicle is described herein. The system includes a movable conveyor belt system configured to move on a plurality of rollers in a two degrees of freedom, and one or more lift systems attached to the movable conveyor belt system. The system also includes one or more configurable panels mounted to the movable conveyor belt system via the one or more lift systems, the one or more configurable panels being configured to hold merchandize to be lifted by the one or more lift systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Sai Phaneendra Sri Harsha Viswanatha Putcha, Luke Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20190138633
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for processing database requests on a database hosted on a stateless, non-persistent computing environment are provided. A server stores database requests to insert update or delete data in a unit of work set identified by a unique code. The database requests are performed on the database upon receiving an instruction to commit the database requests to the database. If an instruction is sent to rollback a unit of work set the database remains unchanged. This allows a client to handle requests in logical groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Charles, John Randy Frerking, Richard Jackson
  • Patent number: 10280009
    Abstract: Embodiments of a conveyor system for separating cases of product are disclosed. An elongated, substantially horizontal frame extends from an entry point to an exit point and has a plurality of linear zones. A plurality of motivators is arranged along the frame, such that a case placed on one or more motivators will be moved forward toward the exit point by a coordinated movement of the motivators. A plurality of case sensors arranged along the frame detects the presence of one or more cases within each of the linear zones, and a controller activates the motivators such that a minimum time period elapses between cases delivered to the exit point. The system can include an AC/DC power supply configured to receive 110-120V alternating current power at 60 Hz and to provide direct current power to the controller, the plurality of case sensors, and the plurality of individually-controllable motivators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert James Taylor, Jason Bellar, John Crecelius, William M. Propes, Matthew David Alexander
  • Patent number: 10282743
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatus and methods are disclosed that utilize customer feedback to obtain store intelligence and automatically respond to the customer without the need to involve a store associate or employee, thereby allowing employees to continue on with other tasks. For example, customers may provide feedback for a particular product not on the shelves and be advised that it is being pulled (if it is on-site, such as in a back room), or offered the opportunity to order the product or advised of an alternate on-site or off-site location where the product can be found. The system, method or apparatus may also identify products the store should add to its assortment of products based on such customer inquiries and/or may take automated actions in response (e.g., generating pick requests, generating orders for products, reporting potential new products to add to offerings, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Taylor, Aaron J. Vasgaard, Jeffrey S. Cruz, Sayak S. Majumdar, Christopher S. Hoheisal
  • Patent number: 10282462
    Abstract: A multi-modal computer classification network system for use in classifying data records is described herein. The system includes a memory device, a first classification computer server, a second classification computer server, and a policy computer server. The memory device includes an item records database and a labeling database. The first classification computer server includes a first classifier program that is configured to select an item record from the item database and generate a first classification record including a first ranked list of class labels. The second classification computer server includes a second classifier program that is configured to generate a second classification record including a second ranked list of class labels. The policy computer server includes a policy network that is programmed to determine a predicted class label based on the first and second ranked lists of class labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Alessandro Magnani, Tom Ben Zion Zahavy, Abhinandan Krishnan, Shie Mannor
  • Patent number: 10281083
    Abstract: A mobile computing device holder that mounts to a wall is described. The mobile computing device holder holds a mobile computing device base, such as a docking station or charger. The mobile computing device base cradles a mobile computing device such as a smart phone or scanning device. The mobile computing device holder includes a wall mount fixture that mounts to the wall and holds the mobile computing device base. A coupling apparatus is coupled to the mobile computing device so that the mobile computing device can be tethered to the wall mount fixture. The tether device tethers the mobile computing device and coupling apparatus to the wall mount fixture so the mobile computing device can be used, but cannot be moved more than the length of the tethering device from the wall mount fixture. The mobile computing device is docked in the base when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Stephen Tyler Caution
  • Patent number: 10280054
    Abstract: Apparatuses, components and methods are provided herein useful to provide assistance to customers and/or workers in a shopping facility. In some embodiments, a shopping facility personal assistance system comprises: a plurality of motorized transport units located in and configured to move through a shopping facility space; a plurality of user interface units, each corresponding to a respective motorized transport unit during use of the respective motorized transport unit; and a central computer system having a network interface such that the central computer system wirelessly communicates with one or both of the plurality of motorized transport units and the plurality of user interface units, wherein the central computer system is configured to control movement of the plurality of motorized transport units through the shopping facility space based at least on inputs from the plurality of user interface units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Michael D. Atchley, Shuvro Chakrobartty, Karl Kay, Brian G. McHale, Robert C. Taylor, John P. Thompson, Eric E. Welch, David C. Winkle
  • Patent number: 10277615
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media providing build and deploy a known file and identify unknown files found on the system. The method provides, deploying a file, creating a unique hash tag identifier and metadata associated with the file. A database entry is created for the hash tag identifier and metadata associated with the file. An unknown file is discovered on the system, a unique hash code identifier is generated and searched for in the database. If the unique hash code identifier is found the metadata is retrieved and returned for display, however if the hash code identifier is not found the unknown file is marked as a candidate for removal and deleted from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmie Russell Clark, Christopher Soames Johnson, Jeffrey Stone
  • Patent number: 10275821
    Abstract: Disclosed is a smart shopping cart and a method of using a smart shopping cart. The smart shopping cart may hold a set of containers that the customer can place their items in as they are shopping. The customer will associate their mobile device with the physical cart as an electronic shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmie R. Clark, Richard Andrew White, Christopher Soames Johnson
  • Patent number: 10274952
    Abstract: In some embodiments, unmanned aerial task systems are provided that comprise multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) each comprising: a UAV control circuit; a motor; and a propulsion system coupled with the motor and configured to enable the respective UAVs to move themselves; and wherein a first UAV control circuit of a first UAV of the multiple UAVs is configured to identify a second UAV carrying a first tool system configured to perform a first function, cause a notification to be communicated to the second UAV directing the second UAV to transfer the first tool system to the first UAV, and direct a first propulsion system of the first UAV to couple with the first tool system being transferred from the second UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, Brian G. McHale, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon, Nathan G. Jones, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10274251
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a package for cooling a product includes an exterior package wall, an interior package wall coupled to the exterior package wall and defining an interior cavity for retaining the product and an opening for receiving the product into the interior cavity, a coolant supply unit configured to be activated to introduce coolant into a space between the interior package wall and the exterior package wall, and an electronic monitoring device including a temperature sensor and a control unit configured to activate the coolant supply unit to introduce the coolant into the space between the interior package wall and the exterior package wall in response to a detection by the electronic monitoring device that a temperature in the interior cavity is above a predetermined threshold. Systems and methods of cooling a product are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Tariq B. Islam, Chandrashekar Natarajan
  • Patent number: 10273001
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for unmanned flight optimization. A system for unmanned flight comprises a set of motors configured to provide locomotion to an unmanned aerial vehicle, a set of wings coupled to a body of the unmanned aerial vehicle via an actuator and configured to move relative to the body of the unmanned aerial vehicle, a sensor system on the unmanned aerial vehicle, and a control circuit. The control circuit being configured to: retrieve a task profile for a task assigned to the unmanned aerial vehicle, cause the set of motors to lift the unmanned aerial vehicle, detect condition parameters based on the sensor system, determine a position for the set of wings based on the task profile and the condition parameters, and cause the actuator to move the set of wings to the wing position while the unmanned aerial vehicle is in flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon
  • Patent number: 10271666
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are described herein useful to indicate the number of products on a merchandising unit. Counting devices as described herein maintain an accurate count of the number of products on a given merchandising unit and provides a display of the count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Taylor, Matthew Alexander, Jeffrey S. Cruz, William M. Propes, Leigh Ann Scobey
  • Patent number: 10275975
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for mobile vending. A system for mobile vending comprises a mobile vending machine comprising: an item dispenser configured to display a plurality of items for purchase, a set of motorized wheels, a navigation sensor device, a communication device, and, a control circuit configured to navigate the mobile vending machine based on navigation instructions; and a central computer system configured to communicate with the mobile vending machine via the communication device, the central computer system being configured to: determine a destination for the mobile vending machine, provide the navigation instructions to the mobile vending machine to cause the mobile vending machine to travel to the destination using the set of motorized wheels and the navigation sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Brian G. McHale, Michael D. Atchley
  • Patent number: 10275820
    Abstract: Systems and methods including 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 of accessing an online catalog for an online retailer comprising a plurality of digital images of a plurality of items for sale by the online retailer, training a two-branch a Siamese convolutional neural network (CNN) model to determine a similarity between two digital images of the plurality of digital images, receiving one or more digital images of a new item for the online catalog, determining, using the two-branch Siamese CNN model and the one or more digital images of the new item, a similar item of the plurality of items to which the new item is most similar, and coordinating a display of the new item on a webpage based on a ranking of the similar item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Dean Guo, Kannan Achan, Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka