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: 20180285360
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise preparing a comparison table by for comparing the one or more second items to the first item by: determining an item ranking of one or more second items based at least in part on an attribute ranking for each of one or more second attributes, presenting for display in the comparison table the set of the one or more second items and an associated first item, and presenting for display proximate to the comparison table a second set of the one or more second items, the second set of the one or more second items comprising a second predetermined number of the one or more second items comprising one or more next top rankings based on the item ranking of the one or more second items. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Gokul Kavaturi, Rohini Satheesh Bharadwaj, Phanindra Vuppalapati, Chandni Jain, Zuzar Fakhruddin Nafar
  • Publication number: 20180275969
    Abstract: A system for use in displaying software components to a user is described herein. A system comprising one or more processors and one or more non-transitory memory storage devices storing computer instructions configured to run on the one or more processors and to perform accessing a data repository of a plurality of data repositories comprising at least one software component data file associated with a software component comprising a software code and an object data. Retrieving the at least one software component data file executing the software code and the object data associated with the at least one software component data file to render a demonstration image of the software component associated with the at least one software component data file. Generating a component display website to be displayed and comprising a component display area associated with the software component associated with the at least one software component data file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Grigoryan, Arpan Y. Nanavati, Xiuhao Joel Chen, Caoyang Shi, David Andrew Stevens
  • Publication number: 20180276726
    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 determining an accuracy score for existing product information using a first set of rules that compares the existing product information for the product with product information of other internal or external sources, determining if the accuracy score exceeds a predetermined accuracy threshold, automatically replacing incorrect product information in the existing product information with correct product information from the other sources if the accuracy score does not exceed the predetermined accuracy threshold, coordinating displaying of the existing product information with the correct product information replacing the incorrect product information on a webpage for the product on a website of the online retailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Omar Saeed Siddiqui, Rohit Deep, Zuzar Fakhruddin Nafar
  • Publication number: 20180253201
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and machine readable medium are provided for configuring a graphical user interface in a remote collaboration environment. Representation of a digital meeting room is provided including a plurality of representations of interactive displays, where each of the plurality of representations of the interactive displays is configured to render a graphical representation of analyzed data. A first user interface is rendered on a first mobile device and a second user interface is rendered on a second mobile device, where each of the first and second user interfaces represent the digital meeting room. Input is received at the first user interface indicating an interaction with one of the interactive displays, where the user interaction causes modification of one of the rendered representations of the analyzed data. At least one of the representations of the interactive displays of the second user interface is updated to display the modified graphical representations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald High, Henry Sampara
  • Publication number: 20180232795
    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: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Valerie Goulart, Lauren Jill Patti
  • Publication number: 20180225623
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for improved inventory management of returned merchandise. Returned items are labeled using a smart label, which allows for easy tracking of the physical location of the returned items, as well as the reasons for the product being returned. When the items are scanned using the smart labels, updates to the store inventory and the global product inventory can occur, thereby allowing the returned item to be used in both local and online sales.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Theresa Mosier, Tina Kurtz
  • Patent number: 10040468
    Abstract: Described is a shopping cart basket for affixing to a shopping cart. The shopping cart basket can be used to carry tools, accessories, or other items that an individual wants to carry with, but keep separate from, items in the shopping cart. The shopping cart basket includes a basket body with a pair of hooks on arms that hook the shopping cart basket to the shopping cart. The shopping cart basket can be hung from many different locations on a shopping cart, including the front or back, the sides, the inside, or the outside. The shopping cart basket can be hung from any type of shopping cart, including basket types of shopping carts or flatbed carts. The shopping cart basket includes elements that hold and secure tools commonly used by employees performing tasks with a shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Dennis Charles Beere, II
  • Patent number: 10040469
    Abstract: Described is a shopping cart bagging station. The shopping cart bagging station is a bagging station that couples to a shopping cart. The shopping cart bagging station described is used by customers to bag their purchases as they shop, or by employees bagging items for a customer. The shopping cart bagging station is designed to be heavy-duty so that it can be used in pick-up areas and other areas that require a bagging station that can withstand temperatures and handle heavy loads. The shopping cart bagging station includes a support structure and three shopping cart coupling hooks. The shopping cart coupling hooks couple the bagging station to a shopping cart, and they hold and dispense the shopping bags. The support structure and the three shopping cart coupling hooks are formed of metal rod that can withstand extremes in temperature and hold heavy loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Megan Baareman, Diane Phillips
  • Publication number: 20180218428
    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 training one or more first models to recommend a first item after a user has had an interaction on the web site of the online retailer with a second item, determining static features common to both the first item and the second item, training a second model to determine whether to coordinate a display of any new item as one of one or more recommended items with any of a plurality of items, and coordinating the display of the new item as one of the one or more recommended items when the one or more of the plurality of items are displayed on the website of the online retailer based on the static features of the new item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Min Xie, Kannan Achan, Zoheb Vacheri
  • Publication number: 20180218081
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise receiving a search query from a search by a user during a browse session, receiving one or more items from an item database in response to the search query, and receiving one or more previous search queries from a search database, the one or more previous search queries related to the search query. In many embodiments, the method can further comprise determining a purchase probability associated with a first item of the one or more items based at least in part on a first item score for the first item, ranking the one or more items based at least in part on the purchase probability associated with the first item of the one or more items, and facilitating display of the ranking of the one or more items. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Kannan Achan, Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka, Evren Korpeoglu, Shirpaa Manoharan
  • Publication number: 20180218409
    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, from a plurality of entities, objectives and budgets associated with a plurality of keywords, determining cost-per-click (CPC) bids for each of the entities for some of the plurality of keywords using the objectives and the budgets, determining internal bids by the plurality of entities for the plurality of keywords by multiplying the CPC bid and a pacing multiplier, performing one or more iterative internal auctions, determining a highest bidder for each keyword of the plurality of keywords, and coordinating bidding by only the highest bidding entity for each of the keywords on a third-party external auction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Tao Zhu, Madhusudan Mathihalli
  • Publication number: 20180218407
    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 purchase information history from a website of an online retailer, training a first machine learning model configured to obtain first population demographic data for first products, coordinating a display of an advertisement associated with the first products on social media webpages of new users corresponding to at least a portion of the first population demographic data, receiving an indication that some of the new users selected the first advertisement, accessing additional information of the new users, training a second machine learning model configured to obtain additional data for the one or more first products, and coordinating a display of the first advertisement associated with the first products on additional social media webpages of additional new users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Jun He, Shankara Bhargava Subramanya
  • Publication number: 20180218431
    Abstract: A method including generating a weighting vector for a first user. The weighting vector can track a weight corresponding to each feature of a plurality of features. The plurality of features can represent purchasing criteria that are common to each item in a category of items. The method also can include, in response to receiving a request from the first user to view details for a selected item, recommending to the first user, in real-time after receiving the request, one or more other items that are different from the selected item. The selected item and the one or more other items can be in a category of items that is the same. The plurality of features can be in common for each item in the category of items. Sentiment data can include a sentiment score for each feature for each item in the category of items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Jennifer Laetitia Prendki
  • Publication number: 20180218422
    Abstract: A method including selectively aggregating a first set of filters for an item results list. The first set of filters can include multiple filter types, including category filters, facet filters, and price filters. The method also can include, for each filter in the first set of filters and each item in the item results list, determining user engagement statistics for the item when the filter has been applied. The method additionally can include generating a filter score for each filter in the first set of filters. The method further can include selecting a second set of filters from the first set of filters based on the filter scores of the filters in the second set of filters being above a threshold filter score. The method additionally can include applying space-constraint rules to the second set of filters to limit a quantity of filters in the second set of filters based on a ranking of the filters in the second set of filters and based on a screen size of a user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Onur Gungor, Manas Pathak, Ajay Gopalkrishna
  • Publication number: 20180217990
    Abstract: In many embodiments, the method can comprise receiving a search query from a search by a user and determining a question to present to the user. In many embodiments, determining the question to present to the user can comprise evaluating a user profile associated with the user, evaluating the search query, evaluating one or more user actions during a current browse session of the user, and selecting the question from a set of questions. In some embodiments, the method can further comprise presenting the question to the user when a confidence score associated with the question reaches or exceeds a predetermined threshold. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Sushant Kumar, Kannan Achan, Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka
  • Publication number: 20180218063
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the method can comprise receiving one or more clicks on one or more items by a user during a browse session, measuring a distance between the one or more items, and determining a relationship between the one or more items based at least in part on the distance. In various embodiments, the method can further comprise clustering the one or more items based at least in part on the relationship into one or more clusters and presenting to the user a recommendation. In a number of embodiments, the recommendation can comprise at least one of one or more search terms related to at least one cluster of the one or more clusters or a set of items related to the at least one cluster of the one or more clusters, the set of items comprising at least a portion of the one or more items. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Kaushiki Nag, Sushant Kumar, Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka, Kannan Achan
  • Publication number: 20180218082
    Abstract: In many embodiments, the method can comprise storing one or more user actions of a user of one or more users in a database, sorting the one or more user actions into one or more user action types, and extracting one or more correlated signals related to the one or more user actions of the user of the one or more users based at least in part on the one or more user action types to determine one or more independent signals related to the one or more user actions of the user of the one or more users. In some embodiments, the method can further comprise averaging the one or more independent signals related to the one or more user actions of the user of the one or more users to determine a personalization score related to the user of the one or more users and updating a webpage for the user of the one or more users based at least in part on the personalization score. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Abhimanyu Mitra, Kannan Achan, Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka
  • Publication number: 20180218376
    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: categorizing a plurality of customers based on whether or not each customer of the plurality of customers had (1) an online store transaction with a retailer, (2) an offline store transaction with the retailer, or (3) an online interaction with the retailer within a predetermined period of time; predicting, using a lifetime value (LTV) update model, a LTV for customers who did have an interaction or transaction with the retailer; predicting, using one or more LTV decay functions, the LTV for customers who did not have an interaction or transaction with the retailer; and determining an online advertisement for each customer based on the LTV for each customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Shen, Lu Wang, Zhao Zhao
  • Publication number: 20180218372
    Abstract: A method including receiving a weighting vector for each of a plurality of users, the weighting vector tracking a weight corresponding to each feature of a plurality of features. The plurality of features can represent purchasing criteria that are common to each item in a category of items. Each of the weights in the weighting vector for each user of the plurality of users can represent a level of importance of a different feature of the plurality of features to the user. The method also can include applying categorization rules on the weighting vectors for the plurality of users to categorize the plurality of users into a plurality of subgroups. The method additionally can include generating a profile weighting vector for each subgroup of the plurality of subgroups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Jennifer Laetitia Prendki
  • Publication number: 20180218087
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise receiving a search query from a search by a user during a browse session, receiving one or more items from an item database in response to the search query, and receiving one or more previous search queries from a search database, the one or more previous search queries related to the search query. In many embodiments, the method can further comprise determining a purchase probability associated with a first item of the one or more items based at least in part on a first item score for the first item, ranking the one or more items based at least in part on the purchase probability associated with the first item of the one or more items, and facilitating display of the ranking of the one or more items. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka, Kannan Achan, Kaushiki Nag, Sushant Kumar
  • Publication number: 20180218429
    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: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Dean Guo, Kannan Achan, Venkata Syam Prakash Rapaka
  • Publication number: 20180218430
    Abstract: A method including sending to a first user an input form comprising an input element for an intent weight for each of a plurality of features. The plurality of features can represent purchasing criteria that are common to each item in a category of items. The method also can include receiving from the first user the intent weights for the plurality of features. Each of the intent weights can represent a level of importance of a different feature of the plurality of features to the first user. The method additionally can include selecting one or more first items from among a plurality of items in the category of items based at least in part on: (a) the intent weights for the plurality of features for the first user, and (b) sentiment data comprising a sentiment score for each feature for each of the plurality of items. The sentiment scores for the plurality of features for each of the plurality of items can be derived from user-generated post-purchase content about the plurality of items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Jennifer Laetitia Prendki
  • Publication number: 20180218314
    Abstract: In many embodiments, a method can comprise receiving an online order for an item from a user and receiving an estimate of a network stockout cost of a network associated with the item, the network comprising at least a first fulfillment center and a second fulfillment center. In some embodiments, the method further can comprise updating a first local stockout cost and updating a second local stockout. In various embodiments, the method further can comprise executing a first stocking plan for the item at the first fulfillment center based at least in part on the updated first local stockout cost, executing a second stocking plan for the item at the second fulfillment center based at least in part on the updated second local stockout cost, and selecting the first fulfillment center to deliver the item pursuant to the online order from the user based at least in part on the first stocking plan. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: John Bowman, Jagtej Bewli, Bradley Weill, Yamini Kangude, Sony Gregory
  • Publication number: 20180218383
    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 determining a lifetime value (LTV) for customers of a retailer, segmenting the customers into customer states based upon one or more purchases made by each customer at the retailer within a predetermined period of time, determining a first average LTV for customers in a first customer state and a second average LTV for customers in a second customer state lower than the first average LTV, coordinating a first display of a first online advertisement for customers in the first LTV to transition the customers from the first customer state to the second customer state, and coordinating a second display of a second online advertisement for customers in the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Shen, Tao Zhu, Vahid Jalalibarsari
  • Publication number: 20180211201
    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 high-priority first order, receiving a low-priority second order, adding an elastic shipping buffer to the low-priority second order to (1) prevent the low-priority second order from being shipped from the fulfillment center before the high-priority first order and also (2) prevent the low-priority second order from being delivered at a final destination after a service level agreement delivery date, and transmitting instructions to a shipping system to ship the high-priority first order from the fulfillment center before shipping the low-priority second order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Amritayan Nayak, Hem Singh, Rajiv Kumar Jain, Sarabjeet Singh
  • Publication number: 20180211302
    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 selecting a plurality of products of an online retailer, receiving first manual categorizations of the plurality of products from a plurality of users, preparing a machine learning model for automatically categorizing additional products based on the first manual categorizations of the plurality of products, receiving a product description for an additional product, automatically categorizing the additional product into one or more categories for display on a webpage of the online retailer based on the product description of the first additional product using the machine learning model, and coordinating the display of the webpage of the online retailer of the additional product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Abhinandan Krishnan, Jonathan Tan, Jianhui Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180211303
    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 training a source classifier with labeled source training data of a first product category from a website of an online retailer, clustering target data for a second product category into a plurality of clusters, inserting into each cluster labeled source training data of the first product category, assigning a domain discriminator score to each cluster, determining whether each cluster comprises an agreement cluster or a disagreement cluster using the domain discriminator score, receiving a product search request for a product of the second category from a user of the web site, and coordinating a display of the product on the web site to promote the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Edward Chatwin, Jaymin Daniel Mankowitz, Shie Mannor, Vineet Abhishek
  • Publication number: 20180211269
    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 sales data for a first plurality of products in a first category and also for a second plurality of products in a second category, determining a first product of the first plurality of products is a best seller in the first category using a first decay factor, determining a second product of the second plurality of products is a best seller in the second category using a second decay factor, coordinating a first display of the first product labeled as the best seller in the first category, and coordinating a second display of the second product labeled as the best seller in the second category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Han, Shanth Harikrishnan
  • Publication number: 20180204175
    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: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Madhavan Kandhadai Vasantham, Vikrant Tare, Manish Gupta
  • Publication number: 20180197230
    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 determining that content for a product in an electronic catalog for display on a webpage of an online retailer comprises incorrect content or is missing content, coordinating a first display on mobile electronic devices of a plurality of users of a request to provide additional content that (1) replaces the incorrect content for the product in the electronic catalog or (2) provides the missing content for the product in the electronic catalog, receiving the additional content for the product from the mobile electronic devices of the plurality of users, and coordinating a second display of the additional information of the product on the one or more webpages of the online retailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Tan, Ganesh Krishnan, Scott Fish, Rohit Deep
  • Publication number: 20180197132
    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 determining a product shipping cost for a product and coordinating a display on the electronic device of the user of the product shipping cost of a carrier shipping cost that is less than the maximum shipping cost for the product. The maximum shipping cost for the product can be determined by determining carriers comprising a transit time for shipping the product that is less than or equal to a shipping time requirement of a service level agreement with the user, determining a baseline cost for shipping the product, retrieving a fixed threshold cost for the product, and combining the fixed threshold cost and the baseline cost to determine a maximum shipping cost for the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Amritayan Nayak, Rajiv Jain, Sarabjeet Singh
  • Patent number: 10017322
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of facilitating movement of product-containing pallets include at least one forklift unit configured to lift and move the product-containing pallets, at least one motorized transport unit configured to mechanically engage and disengage a respective forklift unit, and a central computer system in communication with the at least one motorized transport unit. The central computer system is configured to transmit at least one signal to the at least one motorized transport unit. The signal is configured to cause the at least one motorized transport unit to control the at least one forklift unit to move at least one of the product-containing pallets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Michael D. Atchley
  • Publication number: 20180190160
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for an electronic label for use within shelf label tracks in stores. Such electronic labels receive initial information associated with an item being sold and begin displaying that information. When a change occurs such that the label needs to be modified, a record of the original information is retained within memory in the electronic label, such that the modified display can be used until the need for the modification ends. At that point, the electronic label can be restored to display the original information again using the stored record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Bryan, Robert Taylor, Todd Mattingly
  • Publication number: 20180184803
    Abstract: An interchangeable modular shelf system, where a modular shelf framework is made of two support arms and two longitudinal members in a hollow rectangular shape. Onto this modular framework distinct types of display components may be attached, such that a single modular framework may contain a basket and a shelf. The modular framework can be attached to a vertical plane of the gondola rack, and can then be used for easily changing the type of display component attached, or for modifying the arrangement of the display components as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Bellar, Mark Propes
  • Publication number: 20180184816
    Abstract: A tiered storage system which sits atop a gondola shelf. The tiered storage system is made of a support structure having gondola shelf connectors, the gondola shelf connectors configured to removeably attach the support structure to the gondola shelf, and two or more tiers mounted on the support structure, each tier including a horizontal plane and a vertical plane, the horizontal plane being substantially perpendicular to the vertical plane. The tiered storage system can be configured with pegs or other organizational tools for helping arrange items such that surplus items being stored on the tiered storage system can be visible to customers or associates in a store aisle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Bellar, Mark Propes
  • Publication number: 20180189845
    Abstract: Retail stores may use the claim processing server to make a claim against a distribution center. Information about the claim may be entered into the store computer via an application and user interface. The claim processing server may use the information to process the claim and validate the related data. Using the information entered via the application the claim processing server may query the item database and the invoice database to retrieve to retrieve addition information from the database regarding the claim and the items. The information from the different databases may be merged together into a single database record which is then validated and stored the claim processing database. The information may also be checked and its accuracy verified. The user interfaces at the retail stores and distribution center may then be used to identify the claims for processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew B. Millhouse, John S. Meredith, Leroy Ellis
  • Publication number: 20180188977
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise dividing an image into two or more portions and calculating a portion hash value for each portion of the two or more portions, each portion hash value for each portion of the two or more portions is different than an other portion hash value for other portions of the two or more portions. The method can further comprise creating one or more image portion replicas of each portion of the two or more portions by replicating each portion of the two or more portions by a replication factor, the one or more image portion replicas comprising the same portion hash value as each portion of the two or more portions. The method can further comprise sending the one or more image portion replicas to a distributive data storage cluster, the distributive data storage cluster comprising two or more storage nodes, and storing each of the one or more image portion replicas in the two or more storage nodes. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Charandeep Sehgal, Vikas Bhat, Ganesh Krishnan, Venkatesh Kandaswamy
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 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