Supply Or Demand Aggregation Patents (Class 705/26.2)
  • Patent number: 9003064
    Abstract: A method for managing a B2B electronic commerce community, wherein a plurality of B2B partners interact with a hub entity via a plurality of B2B applications, includes receiving interaction information describing interactions of a B2B partner with at least one of the B2B applications. The interaction information may describe a material flow, correspondence, transactions, notices, relationships, and so forth, between the B2B partner and the hub. Based at least in part on the received interaction information, the method develops a community manager that supports a common set of community management modules in communication with each of the B2B applications and maintains a single, hub-wide view of each of the B2B partners. The modules may include, as examples, modules for new partner on-boarding, community maintenance, improvement, and networking including social network tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Todd L. Margo, Dianne K. Blankenbaker, George Michael Middlebrook
  • Publication number: 20150095177
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and apparatus for providing subscriber eligibility verification using community validation. The method comprises: receiving credentials to verify a user as eligible to be a member of a group; matching the credentials to member information of a plurality of verified members of the group; requesting a reference from a plurality of matched verified members of the group, verifying that the user is eligible to be a member of the group; and validating the user as a member of the group upon receipt of at least one of the requested references.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Ajay Jain, Sanjeev Kumar Biswas
  • Publication number: 20150095178
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for group discount pricing for mobile content. The system first provides a group invitational content associated with an item for presentation at a display, the group invitational content indicating a discount price provided for the item if a number of offers are made to purchase the item within a period of time. Next, the system receives an offer to purchase the item at the discount price according to the group invitational content. The system then sends an indication of the offer to a list of purchases associated with the group invitational content, the indication prompting the offer to be added to the list of purchases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc
    Inventors: Mehul K. Sanghavi, Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger, Ravindra Phulari
  • Publication number: 20150095179
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: an information offering unit that offers information on joint purchase of a commodity to a plurality of candidates; and an adjuster that performs adjustment about the commodity. Alternatively, an electronic device includes: an information obtainer that obtains information on a purchase commodity or a purchase scheduled commodity of a first group; and an information offering unit that offers information on a commodity relevant to the purchase commodity or the purchase scheduled commodity of the first group to a second group, based on the information obtained by the information obtainer, the second group being different from the first group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Hiromi Tomii, Sayako Yamamoto, Mitsuko Matsumura, Saeko Samejima, Yae Nakamura, Masakazu Sekiguchi
  • Publication number: 20150088679
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise systems, computer program products, and methods for a financial and social management system that provides improved tracking and management related to how, where, when, and with whom a user enters into activities. The financial and social management system captures activity information and images from various sources of information, including but not limited to social networking accounts, e-receipts, calendars, contact lists, location determination devices, and the like, and associates the activity information and images with the activities. The financial and social management system captures past and future activities based on a future location or future time period, and assembles the activities into packages. The proposed packages are supplemented with the images and the activity information related to past and future activities captured from the various sources of information, and the activities, activity information, and images are displayed in a package interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Elizabeth S. Votaw, Laura Corinne Bondesen, Matthew A. Calman, Katherine Dintenfass, Candice Michelle Jones, Charles Karim Aweida, Parker Holt Bossier, Rebecca A. Chen, Nandhita Kumar, Min Zhao
  • Publication number: 20150073929
    Abstract: A platform facilitates buyers, sellers, and third parties in obtaining information related to each other's transaction histories, such as a supplier's shipment history, the types of materials typically shipped, a supplier's customers, a supplier's expertise, what materials and how much a buyer purchases, buyer and shipper reliability, similarity between buyers, similarity between suppliers, and the like. The platform aggregates data from a variety of sources, including, without limitation, customs data associated with actual import/export transactions, non-public shipper records, and facilitates the generation of reports as to the quality of buyers and suppliers, the reports relating to a variety of parameters that are associated with buyer and supplier quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: James Ryan Psota, Joshua Green
  • Publication number: 20150066676
    Abstract: A method for a global supply chain and a quality control method for its quality management, using IT technology. Local Headquarter or Overseas Subsidiary partners with best Local Factory, Third Party Logistics Provider, IT service providers and professional Middlemen. Thus devote itself in supply chain and product quality management. All of the products produced in the same period, from same material and out of a same machine will be assigned a serial number. This number contains the real performance of the products. The testing result of product performance is directly recorded and cannot be revised. Everyone can track it online by providing this number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: MINGBO LIANG
  • Patent number: 8972290
    Abstract: Managing rental items using hierarchical storage locations without putting away returned items. One method comprises receiving units of a rental item at a processing facility. Each of two or more local storage locations is associated with a different successively longer time period of subsequent processing for that storage location. The rental item is associated with a net average shipping quantity and a buffer inventory quantity for each time period. An excess number of the units is determined as the rental item units that are not needed for current orders. A first quantity of the excess units is placed in a first local storage location. The first quantity is based on the net average shipping quantity for the first location; in a second location, a second quantity of the excess units is placed. The second quantity is based on the buffer inventory quantity for the second location and a growth factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Netflix, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Rendich, Neil D. Hunt, Reed Hastings
  • Publication number: 20150058148
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and apparatus for updating pricing information for participation in a group activity for a plurality of users. In one embodiment, a method comprises enabling definition of group activities for participation by the users, definition including at least attributes desired of users to participate; creating personal profiles for users of the system, including one or more of personal attributes, data regarding activity preferences, activity participation history, user location, and user calendar of pending activity; determining initial pricing to be enforced for participation in a pending group activity; evaluating information about users scheduled to participate in the pending group activity periodically after the initial pricing is determined; adjusting the pricing for the activity based on results of the periodic evaluation; and publishing an updated pricing accessible to the participating users over the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Aryk Erwin Grosz
  • Patent number: 8954348
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing products where the product is shown, presented or advertised via a first communication method and a request to purchase that product is issued substantially simultaneously with the listening or viewing of the product. The request is then transmitted via a second communication method to a distributor who fills the order for such products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Ricci, Howard L. Speight
  • Publication number: 20150025991
    Abstract: A dynamic social-buying platform that provides a consumer with the necessary tools to leverage social media outlets (e.g. email, blogs, posting, etc.) in order to achieve specific levels of scale in assembling a specific group interested in a specific product or service, which in turn forces a retailer (who has previously committed to the platform) to furnish a given product or service at predetermined discount levels (which are directly correlated to the size of the group). In essence, a consumer forms a virtual group (for a specific product of interest), the consumer then recruits members to their virtual group via social media channels, and upon achieving certain levels of scale for that particular virtual group the consumer can force a retailer in the network to furnish the given product at a set discount level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Melissa Shaw
  • Publication number: 20150019315
    Abstract: The present invention relates to affinity transactions devices, systems, and methods, including a community-incentivize exchange (CIE) comprising one or more computer systems configured to permit aggregation of purchasing power of social community members along aligned interests to facilitate purchases of desired nods or POS transactions from one or more vendors willing to exchange the nods or consummate POS transactions for consideration from the members and to return compensation to the social community in exchange for incentivizing the members to effect such purchases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Swanson, Caroline Austin
  • Publication number: 20150019362
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to dividing ownership of indivisible assets. More specifically, the present invention discloses a system and method for dividing, recording, transferring, and verifying ownership of art, collections of art, artifacts, land marks and architecture, sports franchises, rare or collectible items, and other trophy assets which are otherwise physically indivisible. These assets are often too expensive to be owned by most individuals. Particularly with respect to museums and artwork, the system allows organizations to generate revenue from selling fractions of artwork to a plurality of owners while keeping physical possession and stewardship over the artwork.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Stephanie Yinman Chan
  • Publication number: 20150019361
    Abstract: Some examples provide systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products for providing virtual aggregation groups using a market platform. An example method may include establishing, using a market platform, a virtual aggregation group comprising at least two members. The method may also include generating a committed pricing agreement between the virtual aggregation group and at least one supplier. The committed pricing agreement may include compliance terms that determine at least one price parameter for a product purchase by the at least two members of the virtual aggregation group from the supplier based on a market commitment of the virtual aggregation group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Aptitude, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Walter Denton, Troy Wayne Kirchenbauer, Russell Francis Lewis, John Walter Mallinckrodt, II, Patrick Robert Richer, Scott Michael Willey
  • Publication number: 20150012373
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus to generate group transactions for an item are described. An item may be one or more of a product and a service. An acceptable price for an item may be obtained from a consumer. The consumer may be categorized into a group characterized by common price range. A group offer may be provided to one or more sellers and/or one or more buyers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Bhupendra Jain
  • Publication number: 20150012374
    Abstract: There is provided, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a system, platform and method to provide shared order management based on a shared order platform used by buyers and suppliers. In some embodiments the order management platform includes an order server in a communications cloud, coupled to an order database; a shared order platform adapted to facilitate usage by one or more authorized buyers and/or suppliers, wherein the shared order platform includes a shared structured document with order related data layers; and a tokenized link with an address linking to the shared order platform, where the tokenized link is adapted to allow entry into the shared order platform via entering a page defined within the tokenized link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Arik MEZAN, Amir ZELIG, Guy EVEN EZRA, Elliott HOOL
  • Patent number: 8930248
    Abstract: A business object model, which reflects data that is used during a given business transaction, is utilized to generate interfaces. This business object model facilitates commercial transactions by providing consistent interfaces that are suitable for use across industries, across businesses, and across different departments within a business during a business transaction. In some operations, software creates, updates, or otherwise processes information related to a supply network plan, a supply network plan configuration and/or a supply network planning aggregate hierarchy business object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Matthias Hubert, Michael Schweitzer, Andreas Huber-Buschbeck, Sven Hader, Christian Werner, Peter Heinemann
  • Publication number: 20150006308
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a primary user initiates a collaborative session in a shopping application executing in a mobile device of the primary user. Primary user can select secondary users and invite them to join the collaborative shopping in-store. Primary user can select a specific store, retrieve and view items in a catalog associated with the store. Primary user and the secondary users in the collaborative session, can collaboratively select items from the catalog and compile a collaborative shopping list. The primary and secondary users can add the items from the compiled collaborative shopping list to a shopping cart. The location of the primary and secondary users and the location of the selected and added items are displayed in a store navigator user interface in the collaborative session. The primary or secondary user can choose to end the collaborative shopping, by initiating a self-checkout to close the collaborative session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: ZIHENG LIN
  • Publication number: 20150006309
    Abstract: A method for operating a dynamic pricing system wherein the initial price of products and/or services (items) offered for sale decreases in pre-determined increments based on pre-determined quantities sold during the sale, allowing all buyers to purchase the item at the lowest price point reached by the disparate, aggregated group of buyers, thus providing incentive for buyers to entice additional buyers to purchase the item, driving the price of the item down to the lowest attainable level for all buyers while increasing sales at low cost for sellers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Alfred Philipson
  • Publication number: 20140379509
    Abstract: A matching support device which achieve matching between demand information and supply information, quickly and accurately reflecting changes in information. The present invention is provided with an information recording unit 11 which acquires supply information and/or demand information in order to record the supply information and/or the demand information, a matching unit 12 which performs the matching between the demand information and the supply information, and a result transmission unit 14 which transmits results of the matching to a supplier terminal and a consumer terminal. The information recording unit 11, during an arbitrary period specified from the supplier terminal and/or the consumer terminal, continues reception of the supply information and/or the demand information and holds a record of the supply information and/or the demand information for the arbitrary period. The matching unit 12 performs the matching between the supply information and the demand information for the arbitrary period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Koichi Sasa
  • Patent number: 8918337
    Abstract: First business process data obtained from a first trading participant includes a set of transaction messages having a first data format in accordance with a first protocol for conducting business transactions used by the first trading participant. A virtual trading participant receives fictitious business process data from the first trading participant and acknowledging the fictitious business process data and replying to the first trading participant that the fictitious business process data has been acknowledged. Operational characteristics and a connectivity of a currently trading participant connected to a process management platform accessible via an interconnection fabric are tested, by utilizing the virtual trading participant to determine if the data defining individual business processes is in a uniform format understood by a process management platform. The virtual trading participant is utilized to ensure compatibility with an identified version of the uniform format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Fadi B. Chehade, Tony P. Curwen, Linda York
  • Publication number: 20140372242
    Abstract: A method of sharing and managing ownership of and access to digital media works includes initially offering for sale a predetermined number of blocks of a digital media work, for example, a song, each block representing a share of ownership of the song. Access is provided to a user to use the digital media work, for example, to listen to the song, via a link provided after purchasing a block of the song. The selling price of the blocks is updated based on a demand for the digital media work. For example, the selling price can be increased in incremental amounts in proportion to a percentage of the number of blocks sold until the entire initial stash of blocks is sold. Thereafter, blocks can be sold to, and traded between, users in various gaming and other applications that promote social aspects of the method, as well as for profit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Garrett O'Beirne
  • Publication number: 20140365325
    Abstract: A method to provide digital transmission of an item from a shopper to a recipient using an e-commerce website. The method includes adding a “gifting” function by inserting a few lines of code, selecting an item by the shopper and inserting personal details and details of a recipient, activating the “gifting” function and finalizing the purchase of the item. The method also includes receiving authorization by the system, submitting a request via an API to partnering gift card issuers, one of the partnering networks for a closed loop by a particular store or open loop gift card code by a partnering network, digitally sending the code to the recipient, along with an image and other details, receiving the code by the recipient to be used to redeem the item selected by the purchaser or another item and using the code in a corresponding store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Yaacov M. MARTIN, Shaul H. WEISBAND
  • Publication number: 20140344093
    Abstract: An approach is provided for efficiently creating a group shopping event. The approach involves determining one or more items in one or more preference lists associated with one or more users. The approach also comprises determining one or more associations among one or more other items in the one or more preference lists with the one or more items. The approach further comprises processing and/or facilitating a processing of the one or more associations to cause, at least in part, a selection of at least one of the one or more other items. The approach additionally comprises determining to generate at least one group shopping event based, at least in part, on a bundling of the selected at least one of the one or more other items with the one or more items to create one or more bundles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Nan Du, Hao Wang
  • Publication number: 20140344092
    Abstract: A system for processing sales transaction may include a first computing device in communication with a buyer-operated computing device, and a computer-readable storage medium in communication with the first computing device. The computer-readable storage medium may include programming instructions for receiving an order including one or more of a commitment of a buyer to purchase an item, and a preferred share value associated with the buyer, receiving contact information associated with one or more third parties, receiving a fractional share value associated with each of the one or more third parties, and in response to a sum of the fractional share values associated with each third party and the preferred share value equaling the purchase price associated with the item, using the received contact information to send a message to each third party. Each message may include the fractional share associated with the third party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew A. CLIBANOFF
  • Publication number: 20140337109
    Abstract: A system and a method for facilitating joint orders (“co-orders”) from one or more associated customers and non-customers to one or more vendors via computer networks. The system includes one or more customer subsystems, one or more vendor subsystems, at least one coordination subsystem, zero or more social network subsystems, connected to computer networks. One user fixes one or more parameters of a co-order, sends zero or more invitations to other users to join in forming the co-order, which they can accept. Information about the co-order is synchronized between participating user devices. Once users have agreed on particulars of the co-order, it is placed with one or more vendors. Users may be customers and non-customers thus allowing participation of experts, friends, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Serge Sokolov
  • Publication number: 20140330661
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate a transaction between a seller and a buyer. According to one embodiment, seller offer information is received at a controller. The seller offer information is associated with an item, such as a secondary market item, being offered for sale by a seller. Buyer offer information, associated with a buyer offering to make a purchase, is also received. An evaluation rule is determined, and the seller offer information and the buyer offer information are matched based on the evaluation rule. It is then arranged for the seller to sell the item to the buyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
  • Patent number: 8874474
    Abstract: A communication server 200 acquires a request specifying a desired location for content creation from a requester terminal 310, and provides a notification of the request to an accepter terminal 300 accepting the content creation. The notification history managing unit 206 stores, as notification history, the distance from an accepter terminal to be provided with the notification to the desired recoding location and acceptance information. Upon acquisition of a new request, a request notification terminal selecting unit 203 selects a accepter terminal 300 that is likely to accept the request according to the notification history, and the request notifying unit 204 provides the selected accepter terminal 300 with the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Ryohei Wakai, Takahisa Fujita, Yuzo Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20140310118
    Abstract: The number of users viewing a given variable directly affects the rate of change and/or outcome of said variable. In the case of eCommerce, pricing of products and/or services is based upon a user accessing a website on which products and/or services are for sale. An initial price indicia associator associates initial price indicia with the products and/or services files. The initial pricing can be based upon historical indicia or the engine itself. Thereafter, a price indicia adjuster adjusts the pricing responsive to user access of the website or related website. A user interface meter shown on the website indicates to potential buyers how much interest there is in the product and/or service being sold so that peer activity is exhibited to potential buyers to encourage sales and impulsive buying behavior. Pricing is dynamic and adjusts in real-time at a rate determined by the amount of users accessing the website.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: PEERACTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: David Stein, Nicholas Rosenthal, Robert Arbittier, Nir Golan
  • Patent number: 8843404
    Abstract: Joint pricing and replenishment of freshness inventory or products having different qualities determines the joint pricing and inventory strategies to optimize the retailer's benefits from product freshness, employing a dynamic programming formulation that incorporates a demand model that captures consumer choice based on both the freshness and price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel P. Connors, Markus R. Ettl, David D. Yao, Zhengliang Xue
  • Publication number: 20140278875
    Abstract: Various embodiments of group buying systems are described. The system enables users to form groups and designate a common delivery/pickup location (e.g., a single home or office), where group members may have their packages delivered. The system also may be configured to suggest that group members make group purchases (e.g., some or all group members by the same or similar items) and may facilitate of aggregation of packages for delivery to the designated common delivery/pickup location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Bala Ganesh, Scott Castaldo, Amber Reed
  • Publication number: 20140279132
    Abstract: A rules engine uses a set of sequenced rules in determining which rule to apply when assigning buyers in a procurement organization to requisitions submitted to the procurement organization. The rules are user-configurable to provide flexible reconfiguration of how the rules engine determines buyer assignments. Attributes of the requisitions may be utilized to determine the appropriate buyers by comparing the attributes with the rules. Sequencing of the rules allows for prioritization of the rules in instances where multiple rules may be applicable to a received requisition. Updates to a rule set can be tested on sample requisitions to allow users to see the results of the updates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Suman Guha, Michael Laurence Webb, Rohit Lobo Prabhu
  • Publication number: 20140244417
    Abstract: A collaborative bargaining system receives expressions of interest from potential buyers of an item. The collaborative bargaining system receives bids from sellers of the item. Each bid consists of a price per item based on a minimum quantity of items. A time limited exclusive opportunity is awarded to one seller of the item to obtain from the interest group a commitment to buy the minimum quantity of items at the price per item as bid by the one seller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Peilin Chou
  • Patent number: 8818543
    Abstract: Various embodiments may include a computerized system and method for determining a selection of technologies or processes for use in part production. A dataset of technologies or processes may be considered and standardized. Generic CAD models may be generated from the standardized dataset. Optimization metrics for each generic CAD model may be received. Data from a sourcing, a manufacturing and a design data source may also be received. An optimization algorithm may be used for each generic CAD model based on the optimization metrics and the data from the data sources. One or more optimized CAD models may be generated and one or more optimized technologies or processes for use in part manufacturing may be obtained. The optimized technologies or processes may be based on the one or more optimized CAD models. The optimized technologies or processes may be transmitted for selection and use in producing manufactured parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Raj Shekar Sohmshetty, Zhiyong Cedrick Xia, Nicholas P. Warrick, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Publication number: 20140236749
    Abstract: A system and method for ensuring the quality of a group buying experience includes: receiving a request to sell a product; negotiating a service level agreement with the business; receiving customer feedback on the group buying experience; computing a customer satisfaction score for the group buying experience representing a degree of customer satisfaction; mapping the computed customer satisfaction score to terms in the service level agreement; and providing an instruction related to the customer satisfaction score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventor: Shengwen Yang
  • Publication number: 20140236748
    Abstract: A method of facilitating a creation of group of customers and soliciting an offer for a plurality of goods or services, which includes enrolling a plurality of consumers in a service for submission of at least one offer to at least one vendor to purchase goods or services; receiving requests for goods and/or services from the plurality of consumers via a networking device; automatically processing requests for goods and/or service from the plurality of consumers to build at least one group request of similar and/or identical goods and/or services for a submission to at least one vendor; and submitting the at least one group request to the at least one vendor on behalf of the plurality of consumers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Kiruba Sivasubramaniam HARAN, Suthaharan Sivasubramaniam, Vidya Venkataraman Sivasubramaniam
  • Publication number: 20140236750
    Abstract: Provided are computer implemented methods and systems for selling products and services using crowdsourcing. An exemplary method comprises receiving information associated with a crowdsourcing item. The crowdsourcing item is associated with an owner of the crowdsourcing item. The information includes a target amount for crowdsourcing. One or more contributions associated with the crowdsourcing item are received from one or more users. The total amount of the contributions is periodically calculated. When determined that the total amount has reached the target amount, the total amount is transferred to the owner. Additionally, the crowdsourcing item may be produced by the owner using the contributions and delivered to the users who made contributions either by one item to each of the users or by a share of the crowdsourcing item proportional to the contribution made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Tiger TG ZHOU, Dylan TX ZHOU, Andrew HB ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20140229311
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for a user, such as, for example, a vehicle dealership or a vehicle manufacturer to identify a vehicle that is available to the user or that the user, or a dealership associated the user, would like to sell or lease. Once the vehicle is identified, identifying prospective customers for the vehicle based on information associated with existing/previous customers or prospective customers, such as customers who currently have a vehicle that the identified vehicle is a likely substitute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Charles Richard Colson, Rafael A. Duluc
  • Publication number: 20140214580
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for aggregating multiple customer quoting requirements for product production and distribution to select appropriate production entities. The method includes receiving data from a network of production entities, including production and distribution pricing grids; receiving quoting requirements from a plurality of customers for producing and distributing a plurality of customer designated products that include quoting deadlines; and storing historic information related to the timing and customer requirements of prior completed customer quotes. The method further includes using a processor to aggregate multiple customer quoting requirements by simultaneously using at least the production and distribution pricing grids from the one or more production entities, the customer quoting requirements and the stored historic information to determine if the quoting requirements should be aggregated now or in the future.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Marcello Balduccini
  • Publication number: 20140214581
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for managing production capacity. The method includes calculating a baseline of aggregated media product volumes and an associated target cost; using a processor to determine if the current volume of received quoting requirements will produce the baseline of aggregated media product volumes; and calculating adjusted target cost estimates. The method further includes using the communication network to send the quoting requirements and the calculated target cost estimates to a subset of the network of production entities; receiving actual cost estimates based on the calculated target cost estimates from the subset of the network of production entities; calculating customer prices for the plurality of customers for producing and distributing customer designated media products based on the received actual cost estimates; and using the communication network to provide customer prices to plurality of customers for producing and distributing customer designated media products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Marcello Balduccini, Joseph Anthony Manico, Kevin Michael Gobeyn
  • Publication number: 20140214582
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for adjusting a customer catalog for the production and distribution of visual media products based on system capacity. The method includes using a communication network to receive data including production pricing grids, distribution pricing grids, and production capacity thresholds from a network of visual media production entities; and receiving quoting requirements from a plurality of customers for producing and distributing visual media products selected from an on-line catalog. The method further includes using a processor to calculate system capacity, an aggregation of customer orders, and initial customer pricing for the aggregation; calculating adjusted pricing based upon system capacity; and updating the catalog with the adjusted pricing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Gobeyn, Joseph Anthony Manico, Marcello Balduccini
  • Publication number: 20140188650
    Abstract: A mobile group-buying method including: receiving, by a Location-Based Service (LBS) platform, a group-forming request initiated by a mobile user; and sending, by the LBS platform, a group-forming invitation to mobile users whose geographical locations meet a requirement, recording mobile users who accept the group-forming invitation, and launching a corresponding group-buying service in the case where the number of the recorded mobile users reaches a predetermined threshold. The method is capable of enhancing the accuracy of information pushing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Liang Sun, Huifang Deng
  • Publication number: 20140180861
    Abstract: A method and a system for collaborative bundling of items in an online marketplace are provided. For example, a first identification of a first item for sale in an online marketplace and an indication of availability to bundle may be received from a client device. Based on the indication of availability to bundle, an identification interface that presents identifications of one or more items suitable for bundling with the first item may be provided to the client device. A selection of a second identification of a second item may be received. The second identification may be selected from the identifications of the one or more items. A negotiation within the online marketplace pertaining to a bundling of the first and second items may be facilitated. A bundle listing including the first identification of the first item and the second identification of the second item may be generated based on the negotiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Chandrashekar Basavaiah
  • Patent number: 8762220
    Abstract: A network transaction method is for consumers and users to trade a product via the internet. The network transaction method provides a must-buy or first-to-buy transaction mode and includes the steps of exhibiting product information to allow one of the consumers to select the product; generating a transaction webpage and a sign-in webpage according to the selected product to trade, and the sign-in webpage being provided for the users to sign in directly or push a post to recommend other users to sign in; using the sign-in action to change a transaction price of the product, such that the consumer can end the sign-in action according to the current transaction price or product information provided by the system automatically, and finally allow the consumer to close the transaction and make a payment for the product to be traded. In addition, a network transaction system is also introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Chen-Hung Chen
  • Publication number: 20140172612
    Abstract: A method for the offer and sale of one or more products and/or services with a discounted price associated with a minimum number of buyers. An expiry time is associated to the offer. The offer is opened with a starting price that is higher than the prearranged discounted price. Once the offer has been opened, users can subscribe to it through paying the discounted price. For every person subscribing to the offer, the price decreases by an amount that is proportional to the number of persons that subscribe to the offer until it reaches the prearranged discounted price. If the number of persons who subscribed the offer is equal to the prearranged minimum number of buyers the offer is dosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Riccardo Maggiolo
  • Publication number: 20140172611
    Abstract: Members of a buyers' group hosted at an online marketplace submit desired-item descriptions for items the desired purchase. The desired-item descriptions are developed into desired-item listings presented at the buyers' group. Multiple buyers may be interested in the same desired-item listing and having expressed a purchase commitment for the item listing, their cumulative numbers as potential buyers may be displayed to sellers navigating the marketplace. A seller having a corresponding sale item to the desired-item may submit an item description that is developed into an item listing and containing an offer to sell the item. In this way buyers are able to attract offers to sell items that the buyers desire and by attracting multiple sellers, bidding wars between sellers develop higher value deals for the buyers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Amrita Kaushik, Savtanter Gadoo
  • Patent number: 8751330
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for ordering a product and forecasting consumer interest, including a computer, software executing on the computer for listing a plurality of products for purchase, software executing on the computer for determining when a user views a product of the plurality of products, software executing on the computer for determining when a user orders a product of the plurality of products, software executing on the computer for tolling the views of each product and for tolling the orders of each product, software executing on the computer for identifying a first customer based on the tolled views, and software executing on the computer for identifying a second customer based on the tolled orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Francis A. Malsbenden
  • Publication number: 20140149244
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system of demand aggregation in a geo-spatial network are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes creating an item group associated with a registered user of a geo-spatial network, inviting a set of neighboring users geo-spatially proximate to the registered user to join the item group, placing at least one of the set of neighboring users as a member of the item group and/or communicating items of the item group to a set of providers of the items of the item group. The method may include placing a good and/or a service in the item group, and/or generating a frequency data, a pricing data, a unit data, and/or a time data. The method may further include geo-fencing the item group in an area that encompasses a neighborhood community in a threshold geographical radius from the registered user who creates the item group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Raj Abhyanker
  • Patent number: 8738462
    Abstract: A multiple criteria buying and selling system and method is provided. A seller initially establishes a deal structure for a product, which provides seller defined selling criteria information relating to the purchasing of the product, such as volume per unit price, quality, delivery time and warranty information. A buyer will be able to review a list of deals if the seller's selling criteria matches a buyer defined buying criteria. The deal structure is preferably set up so as to provide buyers with both price and non-price criteria information that the buyer's would consider important in a purchase of the type of product being offered by the seller. The deal structure is electronically made available to potential buyers of the product. For example, the deal structure may be displayed on an Internet site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: eWinWin, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Mesaros
  • Patent number: 8738470
    Abstract: A method and system for creating of gift clusters of multiple items in a client/server environment by users, and for the ordering of such user-defined gift clusters of multiple items. In particular, a user can specify multiple items to be associated together as a gift cluster, and can also specify a variety of descriptive information about the gift cluster. That user or another user can then order the gift cluster as a gift for themselves or for another recipient, and may also order the gift cluster for the same or different recipients multiple times. When customers are later searching for appropriate gift clusters, the various categorization or other descriptive information can then assist is identifying appropriate gift clusters. The gift clustering functionality may be provided by and work in conjunction with a particular item ordering service, or instead may work independently from any particular item ordering service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Amit D. Agarwal