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).
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  • Patent number: 9824339
    Abstract: Techniques for related to retail transaction are disclosed. The techniques involve various uses allowing customers to pay for retail transaction using a mobile device, such as a cell phone. Payments for different goods or service in the transaction may be paid for using different methods of payments stored in a customer account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Berk Atikoglu, Eytan Daniyalzade, David Martin Nelms
  • Patent number: 9824386
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a router having a first I/O terminal and a second I/O terminal, wherein the first I/O terminal is configured to be in communication with at least one client via a first network, wherein the second I/O terminal is configured to be in communication with a plurality of remote servers via a second network, and wherein the router is configured to receive, at the first I/O terminal via the first network, a web services request from the at least one client, identify, based on the web services request from the at least one client, a group of the plurality of remote servers that are capable of fulfilling the web services request, and transmit, in parallel via the second I/O terminal and the second network, the received web services request to each one of the plurality of remote servers within the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: John Randy Frerking
  • Patent number: 9824384
    Abstract: A current location of a portable computerized device can be determined within a retail store. A computer-implemented method to provide a directional aid for a consumer within the store includes receiving an item being sought within a retail store, monitoring, at the processing device, the current location of a portable computerized device, determining an in-store location of the item being sought; and displaying to the consumer a graphic describing a direction and a distance from the current location to the in-store location of the item being sought.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Li, Valerie Goulart
  • Publication number: 20170331956
    Abstract: Provided herein are methodologies, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory computer-readable media for providing an adjustable interactive voice response (IVR) system. User identification information is received in order to determine which portions of an IVR system the user can access. The user can then search the IVR system based on a search term corresponding to a verbal phrase recognizable in the IVR system. The user can enter the search term via a GUI displayed on an electronic device. A listing of audio files or options files corresponding to the verbal phrase is then transmitted to the electronic display device. A new verbal phrase to be recognized in the IVR system is then received from the user, and a system flow including at least one of the audio files or options files is modified to correspond to the new verbal phrase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Casasola, John Ragsdale
  • Publication number: 20170331955
    Abstract: Provided herein are methodologies, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory computer-readable media for providing an adjustable interactive voice response (IVR) system. User identification information is received in order to determine which portions of an IVR system the user can access. The user can then search the IVR system based on a search term corresponding to a verbal phrase recognizable in the IVR system. The user can enter the search term via a GUI displayed on an electronic device. A listing of audio files or options files corresponding to the verbal phrase is then transmitted to the electronic display device. A new verbal phrase to be recognized in the IVR system is then received from the user, and a system flow including at least one of the audio files or options files is modified to correspond to the new verbal phrase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Casasola, John Ragsdale
  • Patent number: 9820107
    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: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Brian Gerard McHale, Michael D. Atchley
  • Patent number: 9818091
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for transferring receipt data to a computing device corresponding to a customer. The method may include initiating a transaction at a point-of-sale system. During the transaction, a computer system comprising the point-of-sale system, may collect receipt data documenting the transaction. The computer system may generate a barcode unique to the transaction and comprising encoded data. Once the transaction has been completed, the computer system may present the barcode to the customer. This may be done via a printed receipt, a customer-facing display, or the like. Using the encoded data, the computer system may deliver the receipt data to a computing device in the possession of the customer. For example, the encoded data may comprise the receipt data. Alternatively, the encoded data may comprise a URL directing the computing device to a resource system from which the receipt data may be downloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20170316334
    Abstract: A system and method for predicting search term popularity is disclosed herein. A database system may comprise a first database cluster H and a second database cluster L. A machine learning algorithm is trained to create a predictive model. Thereafter, for each record in a database system, the predictive model is used to calculate a probability of the record being accessed. If the calculated probability of the record being accessed is greater than a threshold value, then the record in the first database cluster H; otherwise, the record is placed in the second database cluster L. Training the machine learning algorithm comprises inputting a training feature vector associated with the record into the machine learning algorithm, inputting a cost vector into the machine learning algorithm, and iteratively operating the machine learning algorithm on each record in the set of records to create a predictive model. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Varun Srivastava, Yiye Ruan, Yan Zheng
  • Patent number: 9801517
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide apparatuses and methods useful to providing control over movement of motorized transport units. In some embodiments, an apparatus providing control over movement of motorized transport units at a shopping facility comprises: a central computer system comprising: a transceiver; a control circuit; a memory coupled to the control circuit and storing computer instructions that when executed by the control circuit cause the control circuit to perform the steps of: obtain, from one or more of the communications received from the motorized transport unit, route condition information comprising information corresponding to an intended route of travel; obtain additional route condition information detected by one or more detectors external to the motorized transport unit; detect an object affecting the intended route of travel; identify an action to be taken by the motorized transport unit with respect to the detected object; and communicate one or more instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Michael D. Atchley, Karl Kay, Robert C. Taylor, David C. Winkle
  • Patent number: 9805409
    Abstract: Techniques for allowing a customer to order goods on-line or remotely and to pick-up the goods at a desired location or store are disclosed. The techniques include receiving a customer order. The customer order includes at least one good. The techniques further include populating a virtual basket with a preset list of goods as a function of reference time data and time data associated with the preset list of goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: David Jon Carr, Richard Mark Ramsden
  • Patent number: 9798983
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to reserving physical resources in an enterprise via an electronic reservation environment. An electronic search request for an availability of one or more resources in an enterprise is received from a user through a web page and/or a mobile application and is submitted to a reservation engine. The search request includes one or more resource search parameters received via a graphical user interface associated with the electronic reservation environment. A result identifying resources that satisfy the resource search parameters in the request is received in response to the search request and an electronic metadata request is automatically submitted in response to receipt of the result. The electronic metadata request including resource identifiers corresponding to the resources identified in the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: John Paul Thompson, Kurt Haas, Eric Letson, Christopher Johnson
  • Patent number: 9799046
    Abstract: In accordance with some implementations, a method for enabling clickless purchasing is disclosed. The method is performed on a server system having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. The server system detects commercial intent from a user of the computer system. In response to detecting commercial intent, the server system determines a product relevant to the detected commercial intent of a user. The server system sends a recommendation message to the user, wherein the recommendation message includes an option to purchase the product. The server system then receives a response message from the user, the message including authorization from the user to purchase the recommended product. The server system then purchases the recommended product on behalf of the user and delivers the purchased product to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Stoll, Andrew Ellerhorst
  • Patent number: 9797731
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for consolidating and transforming object-descriptive input data to distributed rendered location data. The systems and methods are configured to receive object-descriptive input data from a plurality of input devices, consolidate the object-descriptive input data and correlate it with a plurality of physical objects, determine first and second subsets of the plurality of physical objects based on a proximity of each of the physical objects to each of a plurality of user devices, construct user device-specific graphical maps each indicating a route to each object in a subset, and instruct each user device to display a graphical map constructed therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald High, Michael Atchley, Eric Welch
  • Patent number: 9799173
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process is useful for inspecting a shopping cart in preparation for a rapid checkout from a retail store, the shopping cart including items scanned for purchase by the customer during a shopping trip in the retail store. The process includes monitoring, within a computerized server, an initiation of a rapid checkout by the customer and generating, within a computerized processor, an inspection list for a store employee based upon the initiation. The inspection list includes a summary of items scanned by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas James Pedley, Richard Neil Cancro, Joel Bennett Acker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9782018
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a merchandise display system having a modular wall assembly configured to provide electrical power to one or more shelf assemblies. The wall assembly can include a vertically oriented back panel, a cross bar horizontally and detachably mounted to the back panel, a pair of vertical uprights and a top cap. The pair of vertical uprights can be detachably mounted to the cross bar with each of the vertical uprights having an electrically non-conductive portion and an electrically conductive portion. The electrically conductive portion can be electrically isolated from the cross bar by the electrically non-conductive portion. The top cap can be disposed along an upper edge of the back panel and in electrical contact with electrically conductive portion of each of the vertical uprights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Sunshine Rae Hester-Redmond
  • Publication number: 20170285884
    Abstract: Provided herein are methodologies, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory computer-readable media for configuring a graphical user interface of an electronic display device for enabling preauthorized payment of products or services using distributed processing. A customer may interact with a kiosk or terminal to identify themselves and initiate the process for dynamically computing an active preauthorization limit. Items may then be added to the customer's balance at various point of sale terminals or scanning locations within the facility. Total cost of the items is compared to the active preauthorization limit. Once the customer is finished shopping, a GUI can present them with an authorization screen showing their shopping balance and requesting authorization. The user can interact with the GUI to approve the total via the GUI without the need to produce their card or payment method at checkout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Tyler Caution, Douglas Jahe Ryner
  • Patent number: 9779375
    Abstract: Aspects described herein relate to a flexible order fulfillment management system that utilizes predefined fulfillment workflows including common business processes. By utilizing predefined workflows including common business processes, the order fulfillment management system is able to drive store-based fulfillment programs efficiently as multiple fulfillment workflows may utilize the same common business processes and a single fulfillment management system may operate workflows in parallel. In addition, such an order fulfillment management system may also be more easily adapted for different retail store environments as the system allows a designer to easily create or modify a fulfillment workflow by selecting predefined common business processes or creating any additional custom business processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Vadim Grabovski, Larry Christopher Venable, John Kevin Collier
  • Patent number: 9779127
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for integrating a primary data store (e.g., a source-of-truth relational database management system) and a secondary data store (e.g., external cache) are described. The approach implements a modified read-through/write-through data access pattern that integrates read and write flows in order to support high-concurrency environments while maintaining immediate consistency between stores. Writes are handled using a three-phase flow that avoids concurrency-related race conditions and the need to block in the secondary store in order to maintain cross-store consistency. Reads are never dirty and will repair the secondary store as needed without conflicting with repairs that may have been initiated by other sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Sardina, Alexei Olkhovskii, Robert P. Lowell, Michael Machado
  • Patent number: 9779395
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to determining an availability of a transaction capability of a point-of-sale terminal, and alerting a customer of an availability of the transaction capability. Login activity can be detected at a point-of-sale terminal. An availability of a transaction capability for the point-of-sale terminal can be determined based on data retrieved by the point-of-sale terminal in response to the login activity. A visual alert associated with the transaction capability of the point-of-sale terminal is controlled based on the availability of the transaction capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Perry, Zachariah Smith, Daryl White, Grant Wade
  • Publication number: 20170277692
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise receiving a search query and performing a search based at least in part on the search query. In many embodiments, the search can return a plurality of search results, the plurality of search results can comprise a plurality of attributes. In some embodiments, the method can further comprise selecting at least two of the plurality of search results and sorting an order of the at least two of the plurality of search results by a ranking of the plurality of attributes of the at least two of the plurality of search results, the ranking of the at least two of the plurality of attributes of the plurality of search results based at least in part on a context of the search query. In many embodiments, the method can comprise facilitating display of the at least two of the plurality of search results. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Onur Gungor, Manas Pathak, Andrei Lopatenko, Roger Yeh
  • Patent number: 9773223
    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: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Madhavan Kandhadai Vasantham, Sreekanth Sreedhararaj, Mahesh Tyagarajan
  • Patent number: 9767447
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing a product to a user includes determining that an item obtained by a mobile computing device corresponding to the user is indicative of an oversized item. A first notification is generated indicating the oversized item and retrieval information related to the oversized item. The first notification is transmitted to a first facility computing device corresponding to a first facility attendant. When the user completes a transaction for the purchase of the oversized product at one of the point of sale terminal, terminal information related to the point of sale terminal is obtained. A second notification is generated related to the terminal information. The second notification is transmitted to a second facility computing device corresponding to a second facility attendant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas James Pedley, Richard Neil Cancro, Joel Bennett Acker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9767420
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process can be operated for entering and holding a place for a first customer in a queue while the first customer is waiting to be served at a retail store. The process includes, within a computerized processor, establishing a place in the queue for the first customer, wherein the queue operates to establish among a plurality of customers a customer currently being served by a store employee and an order in which other customers of the plurality will be served. The process further includes displaying upon a portable computerized device of the first customer an indication of a status of the first customer within the queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9760857
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed herein. The method includes the step of receiving, at a processing device of a commerce server, at least a video signal from a head mountable unit worn by a consumer in a retail store. The method also includes the step of identifying, with the processing device, an indication of depleted stock in the retail store in response to the video signal received from the head mountable unit. The method also includes the step of transmitting, with the processing device, a restock signal in response to the identifying step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9760654
    Abstract: Techniques for comparing customer records to identify linked customer records pertaining to a single customer entity are provided. The techniques include identifying a target group of electronic customer records having data fields containing data pertaining to a customer, identifying one or more focused blockers identifying a data value for an electronic customer record data field, and analyzing the target group of electronic customer records to identify a focused group of electronic customer records containing the focused blocker data value. The techniques also include comparing pairs of electronic customer records from the focused group of electronic customer records to identify linked records which pertain to a single customer entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Benjamin Ray, Nathaniel Philip Troutman
  • Patent number: 9762695
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to systems and method for routing electronic messages depending on message content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandesh Ramnathkar
  • Patent number: 9761139
    Abstract: A method to provide an active parking system includes receiving, at a portable computerized device, parking preferences of a user for a parking facility of a retail store, determining, within a parking space index server, an availability status of each of a plurality of parking spaces of the parking facility, identifying, within a computerized device, a preferred parking location for the user based upon the parking preferences and the availability statuses, and displaying, at a computerized display, directions for the user to navigate to the preferred parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Bennett Acker, Jr., Richard Neil Cancro, Douglas James Pedley
  • Patent number: 9754208
    Abstract: A method of validating rules configured to be utilized in an information extraction application, including: receiving a plurality of labeled samples in a training database; for each of the rules in the rule database: (a) determining, for each of the data points of the plurality of labeled samples in the training database to which the rule applies, whether applying the rule to the data point has a positive or negative impact on matching an output for the data point based on the rule to the assured output of the labeled sample corresponding to the data point; (b) generating positive impact information for the rule based on the positive voters; (c) generating negative impact information for the rule based on the negative voters; and (d) determining a metric for the rule based on the quantity of the negative voters and the quantity of the positive voters; ranking the rules based on the metrics corresponding to the rules; and sending to a user for refinement one or more flagged rules of the rules that have a lowes
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Jun Xie, Chong Sun, Fan Yang, Narasimhan Rampalli
  • Publication number: 20170243190
    Abstract: Provided are check-in to checkout systems and methods. The system includes a point of sale, a display, a mobile device, and a backend system. When the POS starts a transaction, such as, but not limited to scanning an item, the POS generates a transaction/basket identification. In response to starting the transaction, the POS sends the transaction/basket ID to the display in the form of a QR code or one-dimensional barcode. The mobile device operating a mobile application scans and captures the displayed code and reports to the backend systems. The backend systems then send a check-in event, which includes gathered data by the backend systems, to the POS and the POS acknowledges receipt of the message. At this point, a notification may be sent to the mobile application that the check-in was successful and a link is established far flow of information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Joseph Kieffer, Mark Matthews, Eytan Daniyalzade, Charles David Berry, Prasanna Rajendran, David Martin Nelms, Daniel Eckert
  • Patent number: 9741211
    Abstract: A checkout station includes a display that is rotatable between a first position and a second position and a barcode scanner that is directed in a first direction in the first position and in a second direction in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Skiles
  • Patent number: 9741028
    Abstract: A system and method for performing a financial transaction may include processing a purchase transaction for products for purchase by a customer to determine a transaction amount. A communication with a mobile device of the customer may include communicating a store identifier, POS identifier, and the transaction amount. In response to receiving an approval number for the purchase transaction from a financial institution of the customer, completing the purchase transaction for the purchase of the products by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Webb, Jason Todd
  • Patent number: 9734522
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods and devices for creating an electronic invoice file using a baseline electronic purchase order file. The methods and devices can receive data representing an electronic purchase order file, comprising a plurality of fields of information. The methods and devices can also confirm that the received electronic purchase order file, was received from a valid retail trading partner, the format of the received electronic purchase order file is consistent with the format of the baseline electronic purchase order file, and the fields of the received electronic purchase order file are consistent with the fields in the baseline electronic purchase order file, in a single step, by applying a hashing function to the data representing the baseline electronic purchase order file and received electronic purchase order file. The methods and devices can also create an electronic invoice file, using a plurality of fields from the electronic purchase order file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Slocum, Kyle Reed, Ramesh Janjyam, Gregory Voss, Ian Cross
  • Patent number: 9736310
    Abstract: Provided herein are methodologies, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory computer-readable media for providing an adjustable interactive voice response (IVR) system. User identification information is received in order to determine which portions of an IVR system the user can access. The user can then search the IVR system based on a search term corresponding to a verbal phrase recognizable in the IVR system. The user can enter the search term via a GUI displayed on an electronic device. A listing of audio files or options files corresponding to the verbal phrase is then transmitted to the electronic display device. A new verbal phrase to be recognized in the IVR system is then received from the user, and a system flow including at least one of the audio files or options files is modified to correspond to the new verbal phrase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Casasola, John Ragsdale
  • Publication number: 20170228805
    Abstract: A system and method for forecasting sales is presented. A transmission by a customer is received indicating an intention for a customer to purchase an item from a retailer via a mobile device. An embodiment determines if the item is subject to an age-restriction. This can be accomplished by using location data of a retailer. Biometric data is received from the customer intending to purchase the item. The biometric data is compared to verified biometric data to confirm the identity of the customer. The age of the customer is determined. Thereafter, the transaction is allowed to proceed if the age of the customer satisfies the age-restriction for the item. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Berk Atikoglu, Eytan Daniyalzade
  • Publication number: 20170221089
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing marketing campaigns is presented. Two marketing campaigns are received. Each is presented to a subset of users. The conversion rates of both marketing campaign are used to determine weighting of the two marketing campaigns. The weighting is determined using a range of conversion rates and maximizing the minimum expected value through the range of conversion rates. The process can be iteratively performed to converge upon an optimum weighting of the first and second conversion rates. More than two marketing campaigns can be used. The marketing campaign can be an email marketing campaign, a web marketing campaign, or an advertising keyword campaign. Other embodiments also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Tao Zhu, Bin Li, Thanh Ngo, FNU Manasi, Patrick Harrington
  • Publication number: 20170221118
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise receiving a search query for an item in a product catalog, the product catalog comprising one or more items and determining that a language of the search query is an unselected language. In many embodiments, the method can further comprise translating the search query into a selected language, performing a search of the search query based on the translation of the search query into the selected language, the search comprising search results in the selected language and the search results comprising at least a portion of the product catalog, and facilitating display of the search results in the selected language. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Manas Pathak, Seshadri Sridharan
  • Publication number: 20170221120
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise receiving a query and determining one or more results for the query. In many embodiments, the one or more results can comprise one or more shelves, each shelf of the one or more shelves can comprise one or more facets, and each facet of the one or more facets can comprise one or more items. In various embodiments, the method can further comprise facilitating display of at least a portion of the one or more results for the query by facilitating display of at least the portion of the one or more results in a ranked order. In many embodiments, displaying the portion of the one or more results in a ranked order can comprise determining a composite score for each facet of the one or more facets of each shelf of the one or more shelves. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Manas Pathak, Onur Gungor
  • Publication number: 20170221124
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise analyzing user interaction with one or more items. In some embodiments, analyzing user interaction with the one or more items can comprise determining a number of impressions for each item of the one or more items. In many embodiments, the method can further comprise determining at least one undiscovered item of the one or more items based at least in part on the analyzing user interaction with the one or more items, estimating a performance of the at least one undiscovered item of the one or more items, promoting the at least one undiscovered item of the one or more items based at least in part on the estimating the performance of the at least one undiscovered item of the one or more items. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Chatwin, Yashaswini Kotresh
  • Publication number: 20170220984
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise receiving a request for one or more orders, and analyzing the one or more orders. Each of the one or more orders can comprise one or more items and at least a portion of the one or more items are available at a warehouse. The method can further comprise determining one or more pick lists based at least in part on the analyzing the one or more orders and also based at least in part on an inventory layout of the warehouse, determining a first route for a first pick list of the one or more pick lists, and determining a second route for a second pick list of the one or more pick lists, wherein the first pick list and the second pick list each comprise a first common item. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaurav Agarwal, Devadas Pattathil, Rahul Ramkumar
  • Publication number: 20170220991
    Abstract: A method for sharding a store order database and order management application is provided. The method may include a computer router associated with a store receiving, from a customer computer, a query regarding an order. The router may use resident shard determination logic to identify a database shard which pertains to the order and which is part of a store order database having multiple database shards. The router may transmit information regarding the order to a database server which implements the identified database shard and which implements an order management system application layer. The database server may process information regarding the order and transmit information regarding the order to the customer computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Madhavan Kandhadai Vasantham, Sreekanth Sreedhararaj
  • Publication number: 20170221139
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can comprise categorizing, in a database, one or more purchasing categories based at least in part on one or more queries. In some embodiments the one or more purchasing categories can comprise one or more products. The method can further comprise computing a set of browse categories of the one or more purchasing categories, loading the set of browse categories of the one or more purchasing categories into non-transitory memory, and receiving a query. In some embodiments, the method can further comprise determining one or more results for the query, the one or more results comprising a portion of the one or more products, analyzing intention of the query, and selecting a display configuration of the one or more results based at least in part on the intention. Other embodiments of related methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Zebin Chen, Andrei Lopatenko, Manas Pathak
  • Publication number: 20170220703
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing distributed storage and visualization for a graph database system for very large graph databases is presented. A graph database can comprise nodes and edges stored as artifacts, which can then be indexed using a distributed index system. A system capable of performing such tasks can include a processing system that creates an index of the artifacts, a construction system that can create a graph database from a text file, and a reading system that can create a text file from a graph database by finding requested artifacts in the graph of interest. A visualization system can perform queries on a graph database, then create sub-graphs containing the results for visualization purposes. The sub-graph can receive navigation inputs that display various portions of the sub-graph. Other embodiments also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Venkata Swamy Martha
  • Publication number: 20170213228
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a system for identifying elastic products in a retail environment, the system comprising a network interface configured to be coupled to a communication network, a product analysis module coupled to the network interface and configured to communicate with a server of each one of a plurality of retail stores in the retail environment via the network interface and the communication network, and a database coupled to the product analysis module, wherein the product analysis module is further configured to receive signals from each server of the plurality of retail stores including experience based information related to sales of a plurality of products in each one of the plurality of retail stores, and profile a group of the plurality of products as elastic products based on the experience based information related to the sales of the plurality of products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Rahul Chowdhury
  • Publication number: 20170213233
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to methods and systems for implementing a visit- based loyalty rewards program. Disclosed is a system that includes location detection devices placed throughout a retail store that are used in conjunction with a mobile device carried by a customer to determine the presence, duration, path, and location of the customer device, and hence the customer, in the retail store. A retail store server is used to store customer information, including the customer visits, the length of customer visits, and the path taken by the customer through the retail store. A loyalty reward is calculated based upon at least one customer visit and at least one customer purchase. The loyalty reward is then awarded to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Michael D. Atchley
  • Patent number: 9715682
    Abstract: A system for purchasing fuel is provided. The system includes, but is not limited to, a local device for retrieving identification information which identifies a fuel dispensing station, the identification information containing information identifying the fuel dispensing station from which fuel is desired to be purchased, and a remote server connected with the local device. Upon receiving the identification information at the local device, the local device automatically forwards the identification information along with a unique identifier to the remote server. The remote server generates and transmits an unlock code to the fuel dispensing station. The unlock code signals the fuel dispensing station to dispense fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Webb, Jason R. Todd, Danny K. Olivarez
  • Patent number: 9710839
    Abstract: A system and method includes receiving a search query for a product to be located in a retail store, performing a search on a plurality of products records corresponding to a plurality of products located in the retail store, identifying one or more of the product records relevant to the product in the search query, obtaining a store map, the store map being indicative of a layout of the retail store, transmitting a representation of the store map and the one or more product records identified as one or more search results, and providing the one or more search results as a list to a mobile device, each of the one or more search results being associated with a physical location of the product in the retail store, and present the store map overlaid with an icon on a graphical display of the mobile device, wherein the store map represents the retail store and the icon is positioned overlaid on the map to designate a physical location of a corresponding one or more of the list of search results for the retail sto
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Pellow, Emily Poplawski, Stephen Aase
  • Patent number: D793646
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Michael D. Bookman
  • Patent number: D795061
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao
  • Patent number: D796771
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Dennis Charles Beere, II
  • Patent number: D799310
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventor: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao