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: 20180174109
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise facilitating display on an electronic display of one or more available time slots available at a store to a user. In many embodiments, the method can further comprise receiving a selection over an electronic transmission system of a first time slot from the user, the one or more available time slots comprising the first time slot and receiving, in an electronic order cart, a selection of a plurality of items from the user. In some embodiments, the method can further comprise, after receiving the selection of the plurality of items from the user, determining that the plurality of items are available in a store inventory of the store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Anurag Gupta, Sridhar Kandimalla
  • Publication number: 20180165376
    Abstract: A method including receiving on a server a request from a first provider to retrieve a configuration for a lookup order. The request can include the lookup order specifying an ordering of one or more predefined configurations from which to determine configuration settings to be used based on the ordering. The method also can include determining the configuration for the lookup order using the server based at least in part on both: (a) the ordering specified by the lookup order, and (b) whether the call to the first provider by the application is through the direct dependency relationship or through the transitive dependency relationship, such that the configuration determined for the lookup order is different when the call to the first provider by the application is through the direct dependency relationship versus when the call to the first provider by the application is through the transitive dependency relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Prashant Dighe, Bhanu Cherukumille, Niraj K. Agarwal, Brian M. Johnson, Soumen Sarkar
  • Patent number: 9996821
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of managing products at a retail sales facility include scanning a product in a stocking cart at the retail sales facility using a hand-held electronic device including a processor. At least two of the following three functions may be performed based on the scanning of the product. First, the stocking cart may be audited by comparing scanned data to data contained in an inventory management database. Second, a determination of whether the item is on a pick list may be made, which may include determining a demand for the scanned product to arrive at a decision whether to store the product in the stock room or place it on a shelf on the sales floor. Third, if the item is to be stored in the stock room, a determination of whether identical items are stored in bins in the stock room may be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Marc A. Fletter, Matthew A. Jones, Daniel R. Shields, Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9994434
    Abstract: Some embodiments include apparatuses providing control over movement of motorized transport units at a shopping facility, comprising: multiple self-propelled motorized transport units; a wireless communication network; and a central computer system, wherein the central computer system comprises: a transceiver; a control circuit; and a memory storing computer instructions that when executed cause the control circuit to: receive an override command, from a worker associated with the shopping facility, to cause a first motorized transport unit of the multiple motorized transport units to implement one or more actions; confirm a valid authorization of the worker to override one or more operating limits of the first motorized transport unit; and override the one or more operating limits and communicate one or more instructions to the first motorized transport unit configured to cause the first motorized transport unit to implement the one or more actions in accordance with the override command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Michael D. Atchley, Karl Kay, David C. Winkle
  • Patent number: 9994400
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sorting products using conveyors having multiple inputs and multiple outputs include first product conveyors vertically stacked relative to one another, second product conveyors vertically stacked relative to one another, and transfer conveyors connecting the first and second product conveyors. The transfer conveyors permit products travelling on the first product conveyors to be transferred from the first product conveyors onto the second product conveyors by way of the products being first transferred from the first product conveyors onto the transfer conveyors and then from the transfer conveyors onto the second product conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica L. Solana, Mustafa A. Harcar, Craig J. Stevens
  • Publication number: 20180158013
    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 an act of preparing an initial shortest path matrix including a plurality of elements, an initial number of a plurality of map intersection nodes, and a plurality of full shortest paths between an origination map intersection node and a destination map intersection node. Each element can include a full shortest path, and each full shortest path can include one or more map intersection nodes. The one or more processing modules also can be configured to compress the initial shortest path matrix to form a compressed shortest path matrix that includes a compressed number of the plurality of map intersection nodes that is fewer than the initial number of the plurality of map intersection nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Mingang Fu, Deepak Deshpande, Prakash Seetharaman, Devadas Pattathil
  • Publication number: 20180158022
    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 receiving website orders on a website of an online retailer for delivery of products, determining at least one fleet delivery route for delivery of the products using a vehicle fleet of the online retailer, and performing a randomized node movement on the at least one fleet delivery route to optimize delivery of the products. Performing the randomized node movement can include selecting a source route, selecting a first node from the source route, selecting a destination route from the at least one fleet delivery route and one or more third-party delivery routes, evaluating a cost differential of inserting the first node into a third-party delivery route, and inserting the first node into first third-party delivery route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Mingang Fu, Deepak Deshpande, Prakash Seetharaman, Devadas Pattathil
  • Patent number: 9990664
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful for monitoring a facility, such as the safety, security, and status of individuals and items within the facility. In one illustrative approach, a retail facility maintains information regarding product location, in part, from correlating a shopper's cart path and their purchased items with those of other shoppers. In some approaches, a cart path may be determined, in part, by depositing compounds on a floor surface, provide shopping carts configured to pick up the compounds deposited on the floor of the retail facility, and capture, via a compound detector, the compounds deposited on the cart wheels of a particular shopping cart during a customer checkout at a point of sale terminal, and generate an estimated cart path for the particular one of the plurality of shopping carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Aaron J. Vasgaard, Matthew A. Jones, Todd D. Mattingly
  • Patent number: 9990605
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods of tracking uniquely labeled products are provided. An item representing one unit of a consumer product may be labeled with a unique label via automatically generating a random identifier unique to the item, associating the randomly-generated identifier with the item in a record of an electronic database, creating a label comprising a substrate and the randomly-generated identifier, applying the label to the item, and tracking the item via obtaining the randomly-generated identifier from the label. Products labeled with unique identifiers via such methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa A. Harcar, Andrew J. Rizkallah, Olivia H. Bozik, Bryan J. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20180150894
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system for grouping a set of distinct records in a database system, the database system comprising a first database cluster H and a second database cluster L. In many embodiments, the system can comprise one or more processing modules and one or more non-transitory memory storage modules storing computing instructions configured to run on the one or more processing modules. In some embodiments, the computer instructions can be configured to perform acts of determining, for each distinct record (i) of the set of distinct records, whether the record is a first priority or a second priority; for each distinct record (i) of the set of distinct records which is determined to be the first priority, storing the record in the first database cluster H, wherein the first database cluster H comprises a first computer server; and for each record (i) of the set of distinct records which is determined to be the second priority, storing the record in the second database cluster L.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Varun Srivastava, Yiye Ruan, Yan Zheng
  • Publication number: 20180150901
    Abstract: A system identifying an order comprising items for users for delivery to a common geographic location by: identifying an order comprising items for users for delivery to a common geographic location, wherein the order further comprises instructions to separate each item of the items associated with each one of the users by: receiving an indication to identify the each item of the items in the order, wherein the order is stored in a database of a retailer; receiving an indication to identify the users associated with the order by accessing user accounts for the each one of the users, wherein the user accounts are stored in a user database; receiving an indication to identify a particular user of the users that is associated with the each item of the items in the order; and generating a list of items of the items associated with the each one of the users; calculating respective payments for respective portions of the order, wherein the each one of the users is presented with a respective one of the lists of ite
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: David Jon Carr, Richard Mark Ramsden Mark Ramsden
  • Publication number: 20180150527
    Abstract: Various embodiments can include a system comprising one or more processing modules; a database system that can comprise a first database cluster H and a second database cluster L; and one or more non-transitory memory storage modules storing computing instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Varun Srivastava, Yiye Ruan, Yan Zheng
  • Publication number: 20180150914
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computer system for evaluating the accuracy of an identity mapping method is disclosed. The system can comprise a system memory, one or more processors, and/or a computer readable medium containing compute-executable instructions representing a probability accuracy module. The probability accuracy module can be configured to query an identity map database for an identity map created using the identity mapping method, compare the identity map with additional social media data, calculate a correlation based on similarities between the social media data and the additional social media data, and/or verify the identity map based on the correlation. The identity map can be based on commerce data from a retailer and/or social media data from a first social media site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Shen, Chris Undernehr, Loannis Pavlidis, Zoheb Vacheri, Ronald Benson
  • Publication number: 20180150538
    Abstract: A system and method for integrating business logic into a database system is disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Varun Srivastava, Yiye Ruan, Yan Zheng
  • Patent number: 9984403
    Abstract: An electronic shopping cart of a user is presented in a first interface during checkout, such as one allowing scrolling through representations of items in a shopping list in a first direction. On selection of an item, a second interface is displayed of a “shelf” for the selected item, the shelf including related items such as might be located on a same shelf as the selected result in a retail location. The second interface may allow scrolling in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. Items in the second interface may be selected and either added to the electronic shopping cart or used to replace the selected item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Hemanth Kumar Narayanan, Pravat Ranjan Rana, Bhaavan Merchant, Aastha Garg
  • Patent number: 9984355
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses, systems, and methods of monitoring product placement on shelves at a retail sales facility include at least one torque measurement sensor proximate at least one mounting location of a shelf on a sales floor of the retail facility. The torque measurement sensor is configured to measure a torque exerted by at least one product located on the shelf relative to a fulcrum of the shelf, and to send a signal to an electronic inventory management device including a processor-based control unit. The control unit of the electronic inventory management device is configured to receive electronic data associated with the at least one product and to estimate a weight distribution of the at least one product on the shelf based on the received electronic data and the measured torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Jones, Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20180144385
    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 receiving an online query from an electronic device of a user, the online query comprising natural language of the user, determining an intent of the online query as at least one of a product-related intent or a non-product-related intent, predicting an entity from the online query if the intent of the online query is determined to be a product-related intent, mapping the entity predicted from the online query to product metadata associated with one or more products, and coordinating a display of product information of the one more products on the electronic device. The entity can include a product name, a product attribute, a product price range, an average customer review, or a product brand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Shankara Bhargava Subramanya, Kushal Bhatt, Jun He, Luyang Chen
  • Publication number: 20180144357
    Abstract: Example dynamic pricing systems and methods are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Amaresh Nayak, Vijay Patil
  • Publication number: 20180137162
    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 transmitting an action command to each of a first server and a second server, the action command comprising one or more operation statements, transmitting an undo operation statement to each of the first server and the second server with each of the one or more operation statements, and receiving a fail notification from the second server indicating that an action associated with the action command has failed if one of the operation statements has failed on the second server. The operation statements can include instructions to create, modify, or delete a referential relationship. The undo operation statements can include instructions to undo operations associated with the operation statements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Venkatesh Kandaswamy, Karthik Deivasigamani, Arvind Chockalingam Senthil Kumaran
  • Patent number: 9965788
    Abstract: A system and method for searching databases is disclosed herein. A database system may comprise a first database cluster H and a second database cluster L. After receiving a search request from a requester, the search request is executed in the first database cluster H to retrieve a first set of results. If the first set of results is greater than a minimum number of results, then the first set of results are presented to the requester. Otherwise, the second database cluster L is searched to retrieve a second set of results. Then the first set of results and the second set of results are presented to the requester. The first database cluster H is stored on a first database server; and the second database cluster L is stored on a second database server apart from the first database server. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Varun Srivastava, Yiye Ruan, Yan Zheng
  • Publication number: 20180121977
    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 extracting, with a domain specific language, structured values of one or more product attributes of a product from raw source values of a plurality of vendor data sheets received by an online retailer; obtaining a plurality of normalization rules for transforming the structured values to final normalized values, optimizing the domain specific language to reduce the number of a plurality of normalization rules used in a runtime normalization process, normalizing the structured values by adding the domain specific language to the runtime normalization process to obtain the final normalized values for the structured values, and persisting the final normalized values in a catalog of the online retailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Binwei Yang
  • Publication number: 20180121979
    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 receiving a plurality of normalization rules, using the plurality of normalization rules and a multi-class classification algorithm to train a classification model for one or more product attributes of a plurality of products, determining additional normalization rules for transforming additional structured values to additional final normalized values based on a classification of un-normalized additional raw source values with the classification model, validating the additional normalization rules, and adding the additional normalization rules to the classification model if the additional normalization rules are validated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Binwei Yang
  • Patent number: 9950877
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are provided to aid in the loading and/or unloading of delivery vehicles. Some embodiments provide a product load system, comprising: multiple pallet lift systems configured to enable pallets to be moved in and out of a delivery vehicle, wherein the multiple pallet lift systems comprise a series of pallet lift magnets; a magnetic levitation track comprising a series of track magnets, wherein track is configured to be positioned adjacent a floor of the first delivery vehicle; and a control circuit configured to control an activation of one of the series of pallet lift magnets and the series of track magnets such that magnetic forces established inducing a lifting force on the series of pallet lift magnets, and reduces a force applied by the first pallet on the floor of the delivery vehicle and allows reduced friction movement of the first pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Thompson, Donald R. High, Chandrashekar Natarajan
  • Patent number: 9953362
    Abstract: A shopping system may include a mobile shopping aid sized to support thereon or therewithin one or more items to be purchased. A holder may be connected to the mobile shopping aid to travel therewith. The holder may be sized and shaped to hold a mobile computing device. The holder may have a front aperture enabling an owner of the mobile computing device to view a display screen of the mobile computing device while the mobile computing device is being held by the holder. The holder may also have a back aperture enabling a back-facing camera of the mobile computing device to scan one or more barcodes while the mobile computing device is being held by the holder. The system may also include an anti-theft program or module programmed to initiate an alarm protocol in the event that the mobile computing device is untimely removed from the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9953388
    Abstract: In some embodiments, provide apparatuses and methods to estimate unload states. Some of these embodiments include system to monitor unloading of product delivery vehicles, comprising: an audio detector; an audio evaluation circuit configured to: receive the audio signals captured by the audio detector; and identify when the audio signal includes one or more audio signatures corresponding to one or more distinct predefined audio signatures that correspond to movements of products relative to unloading products; and a control circuit coupled with the audio evaluation circuit and configured to estimate at a given time a state of unloading of a load of products intended for the shopping facility as a function of the identifying that one or more of the audio signals include one or more audio signatures corresponding to the one or more predefined audio signatures that correspond to movements of products relative to unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 9953359
    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 receiving, with the processing device, one or more consumer signals from a first augmented reality device and a second augmented reality device. Each augmented reality device can be worn by a consumer as the consumer shops in the retail store. The method also includes the step of transmitting, with the processing device, a first procuring signal containing data associated with the shopping list to the first augmented reality device and a second procuring signal containing data associated with the shopping list to the second augmented reality device, such that the consumers can cooperatively shop for items on the shopping list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9946574
    Abstract: A system and method for adaptive determination of computing resources is presented. Sometimes, computing jobs are to be allocated among a set of computers. Historical information regarding input data size and output data size is retrieved. Capacity information about each machine is retrieved. A weighted function is used to calculate a desired allocation of computing resources based on historical input data size and output data size. Computing resources are allocated based on the calculated allocation. The computing job can be performed on the allocated computing resources. Other embodiments also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Shenghua Wan, Prijith Chandran, Varun Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9944461
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a product storage racking system, comprising: a frame comprising frame beams secured together with support surfaces aligned along a first plane; feet posts fixed to the frame beams; feet cooperated with the feet posts, wherein each of the feet is configured to stackably cooperate with a post of a set of posts that are cooperated with another product storage racking system enabling stacking; at least two rack support systems each secured with the frame and configured to support the weight of the product storage racking system and products stored on the product storage racking system independent of the three or more feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Reynolds, Thomas L. McClarty, Morgan D. Reiner, Olivia H. Bozik, Richard T. Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20180101885
    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 receiving an online search query entered into a search field of an online ecommerce website by a user using the online ecommerce website, determining a query response to the online search query by combining a nonparametric bootstrap distribution and a mixture sequential probability ratio test, the query response comprising one or more products, and coordinating a display of the query response to the user using the online ecommerce website. The query response can be based on one of a query success rate per user session of a plurality of previous user sessions or a revenue per user session of the plurality of previous user sessions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Vineet Abhishek, Shie Mannor
  • Patent number: 9940660
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing a list of frequently purchased items by a user from a retailer to a computing device corresponding to the user includes receiving a request to generate the list of frequently purchased items. A purchase history of the user is obtained in response to the request, the purchase history including a plurality of previously purchased items. A number of purchases for each of the purchased items within a predetermined time period is monitored. The list of frequently purchased items is generated based on the monitored number of purchases for each of the purchased items. The generated list of frequently purchased items is transmitted to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Valerie Goulart, Lauren Jill Patti
  • Patent number: 9934294
    Abstract: A system and method for using past information for future search results is disclosed. A database system may comprise a first database cluster H and a second database cluster L. Social media mentions are mapped to products in the database system. Thereafter, each record in the database system is tracked to determine if mentions on social media platforms are increasing or decreasing, using a social media popularity trend signal. The social media popularity trend signal is created by comparing social media mentions during one time period to social media mentions in another time period. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Varun Srivastava, Yiye Ruan, Yan Zheng
  • Publication number: 20180089737
    Abstract: Systems and methods can include 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 storing a plurality of user segments for users of an ecommerce website, recording an online browsing trail of a user during an online browsing session on the ecommerce website, the online browsing trail comprising a sequence of one or more actions by the user of the ecommerce website during the online browsing session, and predicting, in real-time, a first user segment for the user from the plurality of user segments during the online browsing session based on the sequence of the one or more actions of the user in the online browsing trail during the online browsing session as recorded by the one or more non-transitory storage modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Afroza Ali, Kannan Achan, Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka
  • Patent number: 9928497
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system is provided that permits users to self-manage prepaid debit cards. Such a system may be capable of identifying and managing a number of different prepaid debit cards provided by different card issuers. The system may permit, for example, a user to purchase, activate, load funds, or perform other management operations with such cards. The system may also enforce restrictions associated with particular card types, and follow process flows for activating and performing other operations of such cards. The system may also be easily extendible to other types of prepaid cards through established card network relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Kam Lam, Anthony Hylton, Mark Matthews
  • Patent number: 9928541
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed herein. The method includes the step of receiving, with a processing device of a guidance server, a series of guidance request signals from an electronic computing device operated by a consumer shopping in a retail store. Each guidance request signal contains an alphanumeric character. The method also includes the step of determining, with the processing device, at least one location within the retail store in response to the alphanumeric characters contained in any already-received guidance request signals after each of the series of guidance request signals is received. The method also includes the step of transmitting, with the processing device, a series of guidance response signals to the electronic computing device in response to the determination of the at least one location. Each of the series of guidance response signal contains data indicative of the determined location within the retail store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Valerie Goulart, Stefan Li
  • Patent number: 9928535
    Abstract: An electronic shopping system, such as an ecommerce retail website, is constructed and programmed to provide online shoppers with the ability to create and manage multiple configurable item orders contemporaneously within a single customer account. Each item in an item order is associated with a “purchase status” which can, in addition to other discrete adjustments, be toggled between “active” and “inactive” states at or before checkout. Each item order is itself configurable in respect of delivery address, payment source, frequency, and schedule. Orders and settings are saved within the customer's account to be recalled, reviewed, refined (if desired), and executed at checkout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Kumar, Dinesh Amarnath Rao Pise, Preetam Purbia, Praveen Deverachetty, Vibhor Rastogi, Soumya Ranjan Mohanty
  • Patent number: 9928471
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically assigning employees to work plurality of cash registers when the employees report for work is described. The system and method automatically compares the employee's qualifications to the current operational status of a plurality of cash registers and any parameters that may govern the operation of the cash registers such as age requirements for the sale of alcohol. The system automatically assigns an employee to a cash register and transmits real time operational status of those cash registers to a supervisor via a wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Ashley, Anthony Helms, Kevin Hayes, Johan Christophe Baer, Derric D'Souza, Josh Osmon
  • Patent number: 9928542
    Abstract: A shopping list may be ordered in order to guide a shopper through a store in an efficient manner. Congestion in the store may be identified, such as using security camera footage. The shopping list may be reordered in order to avoid congested areas in the store. Expected areas of congestion may be determined based on velocities and maneuverability of other shoppers. Maneuverability of other shoppers may be estimated by analyzing video data and determining attributes of the other shoppers, such as whether they are pushing a cart or have children. The shopping list may be presented with directions to the locations of items within the store and may be periodically reordered throughout the shopper's visit responsive to detected congestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20180082289
    Abstract: Mechanisms for providing point to point encryption and tokenization enabling decryption, tokenization and storage of sensitive encrypted data on one system are discussed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicants: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Marcus Johnson, Christopher John Gerber, Gerald Duane Corson, III, Charles Alan Watts
  • Patent number: 9921811
    Abstract: A multi-display system for management of a software development project having a graphical user interface including interactive user interface elements representing one or more tasks in the software project, first and second source code databases, first and second object code databases, a migration module configured to migrate source code from the first source code database to the second source code database and migrate object code from the first object code database to the second object code database in response to a user input to the graphical user interface, a first output module for executing the one or more blocks of object code and displaying an output of the executed object code stored in the first object code database, a second output module for executing the one or more blocks of object code and displaying an output of the executed object code stored in the second object code database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald High, Henry Sampara
  • Publication number: 20180075110
    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 receiving a plurality of user reviews of a product, performing topic modeling of the plurality of user reviews of the product to find a plurality of snippets within the plurality of user reviews each relating to at least one user attribute category of a plurality of user attribute categories, and facilitating a display on a device of a first snippet of the plurality of snippets proximate the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Hyun Duk Cho, Evren Korpeoglu, Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka, Kannan Achan
  • Patent number: 9916737
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a method, system and assembly for storing components of a point-of-sale (POS) station while keeping the electronic components live and updated. All non-electronic and electronic components of a POS station are disassembled. The non-electronic components except for a cash box with an open face are removed from the sales floor. The electronic components are stored within the inner cavity of the cash box. The open face of the cash box is securely covered using a shroud. The electronic components are kept live and updated using an network and electricity pole resting in a hollow opening of the cash box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua David Osmon, Tricia Mcpherson Hicks, Lori Lee Wise
  • Patent number: 9916528
    Abstract: A control circuit determines a reception parameter for an RFID tag that is attached to an object (such as an ice pack) and then determines a frozen state of the object as a function of that reception parameter. By one approach the RFID tag provides a transmission to support the aforementioned determinations, which transmission provides no data that explicitly represents temperature. The reception parameter can comprise, for example, an indication of received signal strength. So configured, a relatively higher indication of received signal strength can serve to determine that the object is and/or remains at least substantially frozen while a relatively lower indication of received signal strength can serve to determine that the object is not at least substantially frozen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9916560
    Abstract: The present disclosure extends to maintaining an item inventory status at an inventory cache management system. The inventory cache may be refreshed regularly by a threshold-based triggering mechanism. In embodiments, as item inventory breaches certain thresholds, the inventory cache may be refreshed with increased frequency to mitigate overselling or underselling scenarios and reduce overall network traffic for items having relatively high inventory levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Madhavan Kandhadai Vasantham, Vikrant Tare, Manish Gupta
  • Patent number: 9916556
    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 processer 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, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Stiefel, Bruce W. Wilkinson, Nicholaus Adam Jones
  • Patent number: 9911145
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for a customer sharing a receipt with other persons. An electronic receipt may be viewed on a mobile electronic device with electronic receipts software thereon. A customer may select the receipt for sharing as well as selecting modifications to the receipt and persons to share the receipt with. Information may be sent to a server or computer system to request that a receipt be shared. The server may then process the request and transmit receipt information to the contact person requested by the customer. The receipt may be shared via data transfer, facsimile or email, or may be shared through a receipts management software or application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9910959
    Abstract: A system and method includes: a pharmacy server receiving a customer ID code to allow a customer wireless access to his medical data file stored on the server; the server receiving adherence confirmation data from the customer and storing the adherence confirmation data into the medical data file to confirm that the customer is taking a prescribed medicine according to directions; and the server receiving additional data from the customer and storing the additional data into the medical data file, whereby the customer is provided with wireless access to enter, edit and retrieve data to and from his medical data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Nicholas D. Rone, Michael Dean Atchley
  • Patent number: 9908760
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a motorized transport unit providing customer assistance at a shopping facility, comprises: a transceiver; a control circuit; a motorized wheel system; a lift system; and a memory coupled to the control circuit and storing computer instructions that when executed by the control circuit cause the control circuit to: activate a motorized wheel system, while continuing to monitor location information, to position the motorized transport unit under the item container and aligned, based on the location information, relative to a frame of the item container; and activate the lift system to lift on the frame of the item container lifting a first portion of the item container such one or more wheels of the item container are lifted off of a floor while two or more other wheels of the item container remain in contact with the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley
  • Patent number: 9911097
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of locating overstock items at a retail sales facility include receiving an indication that a product at the retail sales facility is out of stock and determining whether the product is located on a sales floor or in the stock room at the retail sales facility; then, in response to a determination that the product is not located on the sales floor or in the stock room, tracking a location of the product based on at least one inventory management factor associated with the retail sales facility and at least one worker task event associated with the product; and outputting to a worker at the retail sales facility, based on the tracking of the location of the at least one product, an indication of a perceived location of the least one product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 9913103
    Abstract: A communication system comprises a mobile reporting device and a server. The mobile reporting device comprises a signal receiver configured to receive data usable to determine the location of the reporting device; a communication module configured to transmit data to and receive data from a server, the data including location data from the location determiner; a display including a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Brian Gerard McHale, Michael Dean Atchley
  • Patent number: 9911048
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses, and methods are described herein including a shelf assembly that utilizes the accumulated weight of products stocked thereon to compress a compression member disposed within the assembly. An electronic imaging device can be mounted proximate to the assembly and can be oriented to capture an image of the compression member to determine whether a particular shelf needs to be restocked and avoid having to manipulate or remove products from a shelf to determine a current stock level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew A. Jones