With Means Enabling Price Reading Patents (Class 186/61)
  • Patent number: 10438186
    Abstract: A system for communicating the status of a produce product in a retail store is described. The system includes a produce weigh station and a produce status station. The produce weigh station includes a produce scale and a camera. The produce weigh station uses a captured digital image of the produce product to determine a product type of the produce product being weighed, as well as a product status of the produce product. The produce status can include, for example, whether the produce product is ripe, over-ripe, or under-ripe. The produce weigh station communicates the type of the produce product, the digital image, and the produce status to the produce status station. An employee of the retail store can use the produce status station to receive the produce status information without the employee having to be present in the produce sales department.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmie R. Clark, Christopher Soames Johnson, Ricky L. Lewis, Richard Andrew White
  • Patent number: 10430776
    Abstract: A checkout system for data reading, and related methods of use, the checkout system including one or more data reading devices with a conveyor for transporting items toward a read zone of the data reading devices, and an exception identification system capable of identifying exception items transported through the read zone without being successfully identified by the data reader. An imaging system acquires one or more images of these exception items, and these images are presented to a user on a display screen, whereby the user manipulates the images of the exception items to associate the images with item information (such as item description, price, etc.) to clear any exception items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DATALOGIC USA, INC.
    Inventor: Michael P. Svetal
  • Patent number: 10417891
    Abstract: An asset protection system and method may include detecting that a first item includes a first security device coupled to the first item, in response to the first item being scanned by the user, instructing the user to deactivate the first security device and then place the first item into a bagging area, wherein a deactivator is located at the point of sale computer terminal to deactivate the first security device, directing a detection source to scan the bagging area after the first item and other items have been placed into the bagging area, and determining based on the scanning by the detection source, that a second security device coupled to the at least one item other than the first item in the bagging area has been deactivated, but the at least one item has not been scanned by the user at the point of sale computer terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Tyler Caution, Yurgis Mauro Bacallao
  • Patent number: 10366379
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, methods, software, and devices, such as remote weigh stations and ancillary devices thereof enabled to detect fraud possibilities during a product weighing at facilities, such as retail outlets. Some such embodiments include image processing to identify possible fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John Crooks
  • Patent number: 10198722
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a commodity-sales-data processing apparatus includes a display section, an image pickup section, an identifying section, a price-information acquiring section, and an amount calculating section. The image pickup section picks up images of commodities placed in a predetermined image pickup region on a display region of the display section. The identifying section identifies the commodities disposed in the predetermined image pickup region on the basis of the images picked up by the image pickup section. The price-information acquiring section acquires price information concerning prices of the commodities identified by the identifying section. The amount calculating section calculates a payment amount for the commodities on the basis of the price information acquired by the price-information acquiring section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Katsuya Sasahara
  • Patent number: 10152743
    Abstract: Techniques are provided herein for utilizing a community pantry engine. The techniques include receiving, from a first user, a first order request for a first portion of a bulk item that comprises a first portion a second portion. A second user may be identified based at least in part on geographic locations of the first user and the second user. A notification related to the first order request may be provided to the second user. A second order request for the second portion for the bulk item may be received from the second user. Discounted delivery costs for the first order request and the second order request may be calculated. The first portion of the item may be provided to the first user according to the discounted delivery costs. The second portion of the bulk item may be provided to the second user according to the discounted delivery costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luan Khai Nguyen, William Alexander Strand
  • Patent number: 10152850
    Abstract: A checkout unit assembly (1000) has a first checkout unit (100) and a second checkout unit (200) each having a user interface portion (300) at one side portion. The first checkout unit (100) is disposed above the second checkout unit (200) such that the first checkout unit (100) and the second checkout unit (200) overlap when seen in a plan view. The user interface portion (300) of the first checkout unit (100) and the user interface portion (300) of the second checkout unit (200) are disposed on different side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Nishio
  • Patent number: 10117530
    Abstract: Disclosed is a call button system for a monitor at a self-checkout station of a retail store. The call button system includes an apparatus for coupling the call button to a monitor at the self-checkout station. The call button can be used by customers to summon help from a retail store employee while they are using the self-checkout station. The apparatus for coupling the call button to the monitor places the call button conveniently near the monitor the customer will be using at the self-checkout station. The apparatus for coupling the call button to the monitor includes a coupling bracket that couples the call button to the monitor. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes two S brackets that stabilize the call button and the coupling bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao
  • Patent number: 10108880
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are generally directed to systems and methods of object identification. Exemplary embodiments can scan, by an optical reader, a machine-readable identifier associated with an original object. Exemplary embodiments can capture an image of the original object at a first orientation using an image capture device. Exemplary embodiments can transmit the machine-readable identifier and the image of the original object to an image database to store an association between the image of the original object and the machine-readable identifier. Exemplary embodiments can receive a subsequent object having a subsequent machine-readable identifier that is unavailable or incapable of being scanned. Exemplary embodiments can capture an image of the subsequent object with the image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Soames Johnson, Jimmie Russell Clark, Michael Payne
  • Patent number: 10106327
    Abstract: Described is a checkout station in a retail store that includes a bumper for preventing dividers from covering a belt end sensor. The belt end sensor senses when items on a checkout station conveyor belt have reached the end of the conveyor belt. If a divider stored on an edge wall alongside the conveyor belt covers the belt end sensor, the conveyor belt stops motion when it should keep moving. The checkout station includes a bumper that couples to the edge wall. The bumper prevents the dividers from covering the belt end sensor and interfering with the operation of the belt end sensor and the conveyor belt. The bumper includes a backbone and a hook coupled to the backbone. The hook couples the bumper to the edge wall. When the bumper is coupled to the edge wall, the bumper blocks dividers from covering the belt end sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao
  • Patent number: 10096011
    Abstract: There are provided systems and method for smart table devices and accessories for determining ordering aspects and bills. A smart table may include one or more modules, devices, and/or accessory devices that determine aspects of users and items associated with the smart table, such as movements of the users, quantities of items located on the table, or other aspects. The aspects may be communicated to a merchant device to determine information about the users and items, such as if the user requires attention or if a drink is empty. Based on the information, notifications may be generated, which may be communicated to a merchant or merchant employee to provide assistance or service to the table. The information may also be utilized to generate and update historical sales statistics for the merchant, such as commonly ordered items, time until receipt of service or food, and preferred payment methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Leon Camp
  • Patent number: 9971919
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adaptively optimizing RFID-based POS performance are described. In various aspects, one or more processors and one or more image sensors are configured to aggregate images, where the images are captured by the image sensor(s) and where the image sensor(s) are associated with an RFID reader. A first density value and a second density value may be determined based on the image(s), where each of the first density value and the second density value is associated with a respective a first or second set of individuals, or a first or second set of products, located within a respective first and second POS lane. The second POS lane is positioned adjacent to the first POS lane. The first density value and the second density value are used to update a reader parameter associated with the RFID reader to optimize the RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Lavery, Thomas E. Wulff, Rehan K. Jaffri, Sean Connolly, David Bellows, Sean D. Marvel, Russell Calvarese, Marco P. Orlassino
  • Patent number: 9892438
    Abstract: A scan avoidance monitoring system detects instances in which a respective customer in a retail environment fails to properly scan or tally one or more retail items for purchase. To avoid generating false positives, such as flagging of events as scan avoidances when they really are not or likely are not scan avoidances, the scan avoidance system can be configured to require a level of confirmation by one or more other analyzers to flag a particular circumstance as a scan avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Joshua Migdal
  • Patent number: 9875502
    Abstract: A central computer system is configured to simultaneously task various ones of a plurality of motorized transport units to temporarily attach to a corresponding mobile item container and to move the temporarily-attached mobile item container in a retail shopping facility in correspondence to the movement of an authorized consumer while also receiving and analyzing video input provided by video cameras that are included with at least some of the motorized transport units to identify security and safety anomalies in the retail shopping facility. By one approach, the central computer system identifies security and safety anomalies in the retail shopping center by characterizing contents of images as being either expected or unexpected and as being either potentially harmful or not potentially harmful. So configured the central computer system is able to not only identify anomalies but assess a degree of threat posed by a given anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Kay, Donald R. High, Michael D. Atchley
  • Patent number: 9836778
    Abstract: A method and a system are disclosed for generating a recommendation of a retail location on a network-based system. For example, a system may obtain a retail location definition associated with a geographic location. The geographic location may represent the retail location. The system then builds a scan event model from product scan messages received from a plurality of scanning devices located within the geographic location. The scan event model may include one or more scan events each being associated with a product definition and the retail location definition. Next, a recommendation query from the search device is received by the system. The recommendation query may include a product identifier and a query location. The system may generate a recommendation of the retail location based on determining that the product identifier and the query location match the one or more scan events of the scan event model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Nate L Lyman
  • Patent number: 9792692
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, methods, and software to enable depth-based image element removal. Some embodiments may be implemented in a store checkout context, while other embodiments may be implemented in other contexts such as at price-checking kiosks or devices that may be deployed within a store or other retail establishment, a library at a checkout terminal, and the like. Some embodiments include removing elements of images based at least in part on depth data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher John Costello
  • Patent number: 9734483
    Abstract: A product management device searches for a missing bar-code ID which is not present among bar-code IDs read by a reading section from among a list of bar-code IDs recorded, in advance, in a predetermined order, calculates a reading time of the missing bar-code ID using reading times associated with bar-code IDs before and after the missing bar-code ID, and instructs the outputting of image data of capture times by cameras of the product to which the missing bar-code ID is attached using the calculated reading time, the relative positions of the cameras, and a speed of a belt conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Kitaoka
  • Patent number: 9690968
    Abstract: A method of electronically authenticating an electronic ticket upon entry to a venue can include displaying a first scannable code on a display of a user device, placing the user device adjacent to a scannable code reader device, scanning the first scannable code of the user device with the scannable code reader device, generating a second scannable code and displaying the second scannable code on the scannable code reader device, scanning the second scannable code with a camera on the user device, generating a user ticket code on the display of the user device, and displaying the user ticket code on the user device to gain admittance into the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: William A. Wadley
  • Patent number: 9659288
    Abstract: The present invention is generally a system and method for providing a measurement device with a point of sale (POS) receipt. In exemplary embodiments, a store such as a building supply store or hardware store, may implement POS devices configured to generate printed media that may be used by customers as a measuring tool. The measuring tool may comprise a printed sheet with measurement markings printed along a longitudinal border of the printed sheet adjacent to transactional information of a registered purchase, and or promotional information that may be relevant to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy Wenzler
  • Patent number: 9607486
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process aiding a customer scan and rapid checkout process can include monitoring a shopping cart basket weight. The process includes monitoring, in a computerized processor installed to a shopping cart of a customer, a signal from a weight device configured to monitor the shopping cart basket weight. The process further includes automatically generating a basket weight output value based upon the shopping cart basket weight. The basket weight output value includes one of a check against an expected weight of an item from a database, a billing statement total for a bulk good, a check against an expected total order weight to confirm presence of an un-scanned item in the shopping cart basket, and a check against unsafe use of the shopping cart. The process further includes providing a message based upon the basket weight output value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Bennett Acker, Jr., Douglas James Pedley, Richard Neil Cancro
  • Patent number: 9589433
    Abstract: The technology of the application provides an anti-theft self-checkout system to facilitate theft detection. The technology includes a post-purchase product location located in a field of view of an image detector. The post-purchase product location includes a scale to generate an actual weight of purchased products. The technology further includes a scanner that identifies products for purchase where the scanner is within the field of view. The image detector detects and tracks the movement of at least one of limbs or products through the field of view to the post-purchase product location. A processor compares the actual movement to a database of movements and generates a movement violation signal based on the comparison. The processor calculates a running weight of scanned products purchased and compares the running weight to the actual weight and generates a weight violation signal if the running weight and actual weight are outside of a tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Jeff Thramann
  • Patent number: 9569672
    Abstract: Transaction units of video data and transaction data captured from different checkout lanes are prioritized as a function of lane priority values of respective ones of the different checkout lanes from which the transaction units are acquired. Each of the checkout lanes has a different lane priority value. The individual transaction units are processed in the prioritized processing order to automatically detect irregular activities indicated by the transaction unit video and the transaction data of the processed individual transaction units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Russell P. Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Yun Zhai
  • Patent number: 9454708
    Abstract: A recognition dictionary creation apparatus photographs a commodity by an image capturing section to capture the image of the commodity; measures a distance from the image capturing section to the commodity photographed by the image capturing section; generates a quasi-commodity-image in a state in which the commodity is imaginarily moved away from the image capturing section to a given registration distance longer than the measurement distance based on the image of the commodity photographed by the image capturing section; extracts an appearance feature amount of the commodity from the generated quasi-commodity-image; and registers, in a recognition dictionary in association with the registration distance data, the extracted appearance feature amount as the feature amount data of the photographed commodity at the registration distance to create the recognition dictionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidehiko Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 9400207
    Abstract: The invention relates to a symmetrical sensor mounting bracket assembly comprising a first sensor mounting bracket and a second sensor mounting bracket combined together, one above the other in parallel orientation; at least one sensor attachment fixture configured to facilitate attachment of the bracket to a sensor mounting fixture and at least one mounting element configured to facilitate attachment of the bracket to a load bearing plate or a sensor support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9202117
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Stoplift, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Patent number: 9197868
    Abstract: Transaction units of video data and transaction data captured from different checkout lanes are prioritized as a function of lane priority values of respective ones of the different checkout lanes from which the transaction units are acquired. Each of the checkout lanes has a different lane priority value. The individual transaction units are processed in the prioritized processing order to automatically detect irregular activities indicated by the transaction unit video and the transaction data of the processed individual transaction units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell P. Bobbitt, Quanfu Fan, Sachiko Miyazawa, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Yun Zhai
  • Patent number: 9101232
    Abstract: An indicating apparatus and system for multi-bay carousel bagging-rack assemblies utilized in retail and grocery stores, wherein the indicating apparatus comprises illumination means, audible means, tactile means, and/or combinations thereof, and having assigned indication means for each separate bagging-bay provided by the bagging-rack assembly. The indicating apparatus may be manually or automatically activated and deactivated according to the position or location of purchased items placed into bags housed in the bagging-bays, communicating to the patron and/or cashier that purchased items are ready for transfer from the point-of-sale assembly to the patron's cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Kurt H. Newman
  • Patent number: 9047742
    Abstract: Under the present invention, item verification is automated and expedited. Specifically, items to be purchased can be scanned by the shopper using a barcode reader (e.g., a scanner), attached to or positioned near the checkout station. As items are scanned, they are identified based on their barcode, and added to an item list. Item verification can then be performed at checkout using imaging technology. Specifically, as items are scanned, an item verification unit will capture an appearance thereof (via a camera). Item verification software within the item verification unit will access a database that associates items with their images/appearances. The appearance will be compared for consistency to the identity as determined based on the scan. In general, the item verification unit is a separate unit from the cash register, but adapted to work in conjunction therewith (e.g., as a pluggable system, via wireless communication, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan H. Connell, II, Myron D. Flickner, Norman Haas, Arun Hampapur, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Yashodhara M. Patnaik
  • Patent number: 9033229
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a self-checkout terminal includes a reading unit and a light emitting unit. The reading unit reads commodity information from a commodity held over a reading position. The light emitting unit emits light in a first color to illuminate the reading position and emits light in a second color in response to the reading of the commodity information by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaoru Matsuhisa, Toshiyasu Terahara, Yuuki Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 8985444
    Abstract: A checkout stand with a barcode reader on a bagging end which reduces transaction times over conventional checkout stand designs. An example checkout stand includes a housing including a first and a second end, a conveyor for transporting items from the first end to the second end, a bagging station at the second end, a base portion between the conveyor and the bagging station, a first tower portion on the base portion, and a second tower portion on the base station separated from the first tower portion by a gap. The base portion and the first and second tower portions are for mounting a barcode reader for scanning the items before the items reach the bagging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hammer
  • Patent number: 8818875
    Abstract: A novel and useful mechanism and method for processing transactions on a point of sale system comprising of a conveyor system which continuously moves when one ore more items or items are resting on the conveyor system, and a sensing system to capture the information necessary to identify the items on the conveyor. When all items are correctly recognized by the sensing devices, the customer is charged for the items and an invoice is printed. In the event all the items are not correctly recognized the captured information is forwarded to a remote location for automated recognition processing and manual identification, if necessary. Once all the items are successfully identified, the customer is charged for the purchase and an invoice is processed and sent to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Ehud Dov Karnin, Eugeniusz Walach
  • Patent number: 8783438
    Abstract: A diverter arm of a design that is configured to more effectively direct the movement of items along a retail checkstand, and checkout systems and methods incorporating such a diverter arm, are provided. In one embodiment, the diverter arm comprises an elongated block portion; an upper body portion positioned on top of the block portion substantially along its length, the upper body portion comprising at least a front face; and at least one bristle portion projecting downward from the bottom of the block portion substantially along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: HEB Grocery Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Nhan Thanh Phan, Craig Lewis Marquis, Ronald Andrew Wenzel, David Herschel May
  • Patent number: 8781907
    Abstract: A method of processing a retail transaction includes processing a plurality of items for purchase using a point-of-sale terminal, which is part of a transaction approval system at a point of sale in a retail store. Processing the plurality of items includes using the point-of-sale terminal to determine associated price information for each item. Processing the plurality of items begins when information regarding an identifier of a first one of the plurality of items is entered into the point-of-sale terminal and ends when the information regarding the identifiers associated with all of the plurality of items has been entered into the point-of-sale terminal. The method further includes, before processing the plurality of items ends, electronically receiving an identification of a financial account to pay for the plurality of items, and after electronically receiving the identification of the financial account, determining a total cost of the plurality of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Ash
  • Patent number: 8733644
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a self-checkout apparatus comprises a structural body including a first photographing unit which is provided with a first photographing window at the front part thereof. The first photographing unit has a photographing area in front of the first photographing window through which the first photographing unit photographs a computer readable symbol located within the photographing area. The apparatus also comprises a portable second photographing unit configured to photograph the computer readable symbol and a cradle, arranged at a position adjacent to one side of the structural body, on which the second photographing unit is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Hirono, Toshiyasu Terahara, Yuki Kawaguchi, Masaru Murakoshi
  • Patent number: 8630927
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for auditing in-store sales transactions when a digital receipt is issued. A receipt application server formulates a digital receipt from digital receipt data received from a POS system. The digital receipt is sent from the receipt application server to an auditor mobile device at the location of the POS system. A human auditor can view the digital receipt during an in-store audit. In some embodiments, one or both of the receipt application server and the auditor mobile device reorder receipt entries so that items having specified characteristics are presented more prominently on a display. For example, receipt entries can be re-ordered such that higher profit margin items, bulkier items, or more likely to be stolen items are presented more prominently. As such, a human auditor is more likely to expressly audit these types of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 8290814
    Abstract: A self-checkout system, particularly for retail areas of constrained floor space, has a small to zero footprint while being fully functional. In one form, the self-checkout comprises a unit mountable to a wall, pillar, or other support. In another form, the self-checkout has or is part of a columnar support. The self-checkout system has security in the form of video and weight verification. A visual and/or audio indicator provides indicia of modes of use of the self-checkout. The self-checkout further includes an interactive customer interface terminal, a scanner, and a scale. The self-checkout provides an open visual area that allows easy viewing by store personnel of transactions being performed on the self-checkout system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joanne Walter, James Morrison, Horng Jaan Lin
  • Patent number: 8260671
    Abstract: A method of sale including processing a plurality of purchases to be sold to a consumer, identifying a consumer financial account held by a financial institution, receiving authorization from the financial institution to enable payment for the plurality of purchases from the consumer financial account, and providing the consumer with an option to approve the payment from the consumer financial account. The option is provided during processing of the plurality of purchases. Transaction approval systems provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Ash
  • Publication number: 20110266092
    Abstract: A checkstand for a retail store provides systems and methods for point of sale transactions in which a cashier scans items and places the scanned items directly into bags contained on a rotating carousel with multiple bag racks spaced around the carousel, and a deck above the carousel for holding items too large or bulky to be placed in bags. The systems and methods further provide a self service payment station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Craig Marquis, Jaren Shaw, Joe Villareal, Dianah Apaez Rojas, Jimmy Jiminez, Tammy Hager, Arthur Scruggs, Lori Ihle
  • Patent number: 7967112
    Abstract: This invention provides a high-volume check stand with a front transport that has two belted input conveyors so that a customer can load one belt while the cashier is checking out products purchased by a second customer on the second belt. This two belt module has a flush rear end to which is attached a scanner that can be slid from one belt to the other. Preferably this check stand has an output module which has two belts and two rollers so that the check stand can use a bagger on each side for bagging the items, to speed checkout time. Embodiments of this check stand may have an output module that is a carousel or a turntable. It could also have any combination of one or two conveyor belts and one or two rollers on an incline for use in packing the products. A scanner is placed between the flush rear end of the front transport and the flush front end of the output module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Royston, LLC.
    Inventors: Eric Kaplan, Michael S. Notheis
  • Patent number: 7962366
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an automatic product price payment counter including an input device, an output device, and a control device. The input device inputs information about one or more products to be purchased by detecting a barcode attached thereon. The output device displays the information about the products and performs steps of paying for the price of the products. The control device performs comparison and determination on the information input from the input device with information stored in product information DataBase (DB). The input device includes a weight measurement unit including a first balance and a second balance configured to measure the weight of the products, and a cash slot and a card slot. The output device includes a cash change slot configured to refund change after the price of the products has been paid in cash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Moon-Key Han
  • Patent number: 7917401
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for obtaining financial information with a handheld device. One embodiment of the present invention relates to a system for obtaining real time financial information utilizing a bar code or RF ID reader on a handheld device. A bar code or RF ID reader is used to obtain the product identity of a particular product in a retail environment. The product identity is correlated with the particular retailer's product price. This information can then be analyzed versus current financial budgets or recorded as part of a financial plan. In addition, real time financial advice and information can be given on the product including whether a competitor offers a lower price on a similar product, consumer reviews of the product, value rating, etc. The bar code or RF ID reader may be incorporated into any existing handheld device including a PDA, media player, cell phone, calculator, watch, or shopping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Trent Baker
  • Patent number: 7801764
    Abstract: A method of sale including processing a plurality of purchases to be sold to a consumer, identifying a consumer financial account held by a financial institution, receiving authorization from the financial institution to enable payment for the plurality of purchases from the consumer financial account, and providing the consumer with an option to approve the payment from the consumer financial account. The option is provided during processing of the plurality of purchases. Transaction approval systems provide additional advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Ash
  • Patent number: 7720710
    Abstract: A self-service system and method which uses shared components. The self-service checkout system includes a checkout platform including a plurality of checkout stations arranged together and associated with a plurality of checkout lanes, and checkout components including unshared components at each of the checkout stations and shared components available for use by customers at any of the checkout stations, and a computer for receiving indications of starts of overlapping transactions at two or more of the plurality of checkout stations, for establishing transaction records for the transactions, for determining that one of the checkout components must be used at a point in one of the transactions, for interrupting the one transaction, for determining that the one checkout component is a shared component, for determining that the one checkout component is in use by another of the transactions, and for resuming the one transaction after the one checkout component is no longer being used by the other transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: James Morrison
  • Patent number: 7717235
    Abstract: A convertible checkout terminal includes a housing having a window and a data capture device for capturing through the window data associated with products to be checked out at the terminal, a customer interface supported by the housing for enabling a customer to interact with the terminal in a self-service mode of operation, a clerk interface supported by the housing for enabling a clerk to interact with the terminal in a full-service mode of operation, and a mode selector for selecting either the self-service mode in which the customer interface is operational, or the full-service mode in which the clerk interface is operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Marshall, Shane MacGregor, Alistair Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20100076855
    Abstract: A novel and useful mechanism and method for processing transactions on a point of sale system comprising of a conveyor system which continuously moves when one ore more items or items are resting on the conveyor system, and a sensing system to capture the information necessary to identify the items on the conveyor. When all items are correctly recognized by the sensing devices, the customer is charged for the items and an invoice is printed. In the event all the items are not correctly recognized the captured information is forwarded to a remote location for automated recognition processing and manual identification, if necessary. Once all the items are successfully identified, the customer is charged for the purchase and an invoice is processed and sent to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Ehud Dov Karnin, Eugeniusz Walach
  • Patent number: 7672871
    Abstract: A self-checkout system for processing an article with an security tag attached thereto includes a self-checkout station, a product code input device, a deactivation device and a prompting system to provide instructions to a user. The system can automatically prompt a user to pass an article within a deactivation region generated by the deactivation device to deactivate an anti-theft tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.
    Inventor: Elliot Brenhouse
  • Publication number: 20100044157
    Abstract: A convertible checkout terminal includes a housing having a window and a data capture device for capturing through the window data associated with products to be checked out at the terminal, a customer interface supported by the housing for enabling a customer to interact with the terminal in a self-service mode of operation, a clerk interface supported by the housing for enabling a clerk to interact with the terminal in a full-service mode of operation, and a mode selector for selecting either the self-service mode in which the customer interface is operational, or the full-service mode in which the clerk interface is operational.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Graham Marshall, Shane MacGregor, Alistair Hamilton
  • Patent number: 7648066
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for sorting purchase items. A selection module selects a plurality of categories. In one embodiment, the selection module receives a category selection. In addition, the selection module may receive a criterion selection for the category selection and receive a modification for the criterion selection. The selection module may further modify the criterion of the selected category with the modification. An identification module identifies a purchase item. An association module associates a selected category of the plurality of categories with the purchase item. A sorter sorts the purchase item to a specified bin. The specified bin is associated with the selected category. In one embodiment, a bagger may bag one or more purchase items from a bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Daniel Kangas, Robert Andrew Myers, Jeff David Thomas
  • Patent number: RE41093
    Abstract: A method of monitoring item shuffling in a post-scan area of a self-service checkout terminal having a post-scan shelf, a bagwell with a grocery container positioned therein, and a weight scale positioned so as to detect weight of items positioned both on the post-scan shelf and in the grocery container, includes the step of detecting removal of a first number of items from the post-scan shelf with the weight scale and generating a first weight decrease value in response thereto which corresponds to the weight of the first number of items. The method also includes the step of detecting placement of a second number of items into the grocery container with the weight scale and generating a first weight increase value in response thereto which corresponds to the weight of the second number of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Dusty L. Lutz, Christopher A. Malchak, Timothy E. Mason, Ali M. Vassigh
  • Patent number: RE41717
    Abstract: A method of operating a retail terminal having a display monitor includes the step of generating an item-entered control signal when an item for purchase of a customer is entered into the retail terminal by retail personnel. The method also includes the step of retrieving retail history information associated with the customer from a customer profile database. The method further includes the step of displaying item information associated with the item for purchase on a first portion of the display monitor in response to generation of the item-entered control signal. Moreover, the method includes the step of displaying a customer-specific retail message based on the retail history information on a second portion of the display monitor. The step of displaying the customer-specific retail message is performed contemporaneously with the step of displaying the item information associated with the item for purchase. A retail terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Wilfried E. Y. Dejaeger