Inventory Management Patents (Class 705/28)
  • Patent number: 10664801
    Abstract: Among other things, product data is repeatedly communicated from an application on a device associated with a retail location to a server of a platform controlled independently of the application on the device. The product data identifies (a) current numbers of units of products available for retail customers at the retail location and (b) purchasing behavior of retail customers of the retail location with respect to combinations of the products. The retail location is repeatedly restocked with additional units of products to maintain the products in an in-stock state, the additional units have been received in deliveries made from one or more upstream product distribution entities based on predictions facilitated by the server of future demand for the products by retail customers of the retail location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Jane Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Socrates Munaf Rosenfeld, Abraham Munaf Rosenfeld, Benjamin Aaron Green, Scott Robert Tracy-Inglis, Howard Hong, Simon James Roddy
  • Patent number: 10664797
    Abstract: Features are disclosed for an interface for verifiable tracking of an item through a supply chain using a distributed electronic ledger. For example, when an item is added to a catalog system, the item information may be included in the creation element at the start of the ledger for the item. A certification authority may be included to verify that items received correspond to the item included in the catalog based on one or more certification rules. If a certification rule is satisfied, a record may be added to indicate transfer of the item from a provider to the catalog system. The certification information may be dynamically presented with item description information such as in response to searches of the catalog system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Louis Chappell, Rui Filipe Lopes Joaquim, Anselmo Talotta, Hakan Bahcivanci, Ana Paula Ribeiro Atayde
  • Patent number: 10666720
    Abstract: A method for maintaining a persistent master identifier includes receiving a first plurality of clusters including a first plurality of user device identifiers and at least one first cluster attribute associated with the first plurality of identifiers. The first plurality of user device identifiers is stored as separate entries in a master table. Each entry includes at least a persistent master identifier, a user device identifier contained within the identified cluster, and the at least one attribute associated with the identifier. A second plurality of clusters including a second plurality of user device identifiers and at least one attribute associated with the second plurality of identifiers is received. Persistence of each entry in the master table is determined based on a comparison between the second plurality of clusters and the master table. The second plurality of clusters is selectively associated with a persistent master identifier based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Free Stream Media Corp.
    Inventors: Ruben Gersons, David de Jong
  • Patent number: 10657418
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may provide automated techniques for quickly and easily installing a different model for image recognition on each of numerous devices without doing manual configuration of each and every device. For example, in an embodiment, a computer-implemented method for configuring devices may comprise capturing data at a device, transmitting the captured data to a remote system, receiving configuration data for the device, wherein the configuration data has been generated by processing the captured data at the remote system using a plurality of different machine learning techniques and generating the configuration data based on at least one of the plurality of different machine learning techniques, and configuring the device using the received configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Mattias Marder
  • Patent number: 10656585
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a consumable management apparatus includes a detecting unit, a storage unit, an analyzing circuit, a predicting circuit, and a notifying circuit. The detecting unit detects a use condition of a consumable. The storage unit stores therein a use history of the consumable. The analyzing circuit is configured to analyze a consumption speed of the consumable based on a degree of use frequency of the consumable, the degree of use frequency being obtained from the use history of the consumable stored in the storage unit. The predicting circuit is configured to predict a replacement time of the consumable from the use condition of the consumable detected by the detecting unit and the consumption speed of the consumable analyzed by the analyzing circuit. The notifying circuit is configured to give a notice of the replacement time of the consumable predicted by the predicting circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeo Seki, Akiyoshi Nakai, Ko Tokumaru, Masaru Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10657490
    Abstract: A method, system and computer-readable medium are provided for generating and maintaining a catalogue of belongings for a user. The method includes the steps of receiving image data from a user, the image data containing images of one or more items of belonging; identifying one or more items from the image data, determining information regarding the identified one or more items, and adding at least one of the identified one or more items and information regarding the at least one of the identified one or more items to a catalogue of belonging for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Esurance Insurance Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholas Lekas
  • Patent number: 10650432
    Abstract: Some aspects of the present disclosure relate to generating and training a neural network by separating historical item interaction data into both inputs and outputs. This may be done, for example, based on date. For example, a neural network machine learning technique may be used to generate a prediction model using a set of inputs that includes both a number of items purchased by a number of users before a certain date as well as some or all attributes of those items, and a set of outputs that includes the items purchased after that date. The items purchased before that date and the associated attributes can be subjected to a time-decay function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rejith George Joseph, Oleg Rybakov
  • Patent number: 10650064
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for preventing or controlling an inflammatory skin disorder (such as acne) in a subject. The method comprises administering to the subject a diet that is low in fructose, oligosaccharides and/or polyol sugars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: RED PINNACE LIMITED
    Inventor: Marie Helen Ryan
  • Patent number: 10650344
    Abstract: A method of determining an inventory mirroring plan for a set of distinct items in a heterogeneous fulfillment network is presented. The fulfillment network can include a plurality of distribution centers, each distribution center having differing capabilities. The method can include determining a solution value of the number of clusters for each distinct item that minimizes a sum of a total shipping cost of each distinct item, subject to a total distinct item capacity of the plurality of distribution centers in the fulfillment network. The method can further include using a probability of the item being placed in a specific distribution center based on either the capacity of the distribution center or historical data. The probability can be used to stock items. Overages and deficits can be used to further refine the distribution. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Zhiwei Qin
  • Patent number: 10643173
    Abstract: An improved method and system for the delivery of items to at least one of a plurality of locked storage appliances comprising determining the availability of a locked storage appliance to receive the delivery at one or more times, identifying a time during which the delivery can be made, sending to the identified locked storage appliance an access signal allowing a delivery agent access to the locked storage appliance during the time interval for delivery, the improvement wherein at least one of the plurality of storage appliances is a smart appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: John Simms, Noel Simms, John Simms, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10635324
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein relate to systems and methods for predicting and managing drive hazards for Solid State Drive (SSD) devices in a data center, including receiving telemetry data corresponding to SSDs, determining future hazard of one of those SSDs based on an a-priori model or machine learning, and causing migration of data from that SSD to another SSD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventors: Yaron Klein, Verly Gafni-Hoek
  • Patent number: 10628788
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed at least in part to dynamically determining triggering events and/or an amount of time to encumber inventory of an item. By encumbering inventory, the inventory of the item is made unavailable, at least temporarily, to other customers. Encumbrance may be based on one or more factors, which may include current on-hand inventory and/or a rate of sales for the item. However, many other factors may also be used in various combinations. Inventory of items may be encumbered for a dynamically determined amount of time. At the end of this time, the item may be released and made available to other customers assuming the item was not purchased in a completed transaction. The dynamic determination of the triggering event and the dynamic determination of an amount of time to encumber items may be deployed individually or in combination with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bhavnish H. Lathia
  • Patent number: 10628660
    Abstract: A system for processing images captured in a retail store and automatically identifying misplaced products is provided. The system may comprise at least one processor configured to receive one or more images captured by one or more image sensors from an environment of a retail store, detect in the one or more images a first product, determine that the first product is not located in the first correct display location, cause an issuance of a user-notification associated with the first product, detect in the one or more images a second product, determine that the second product is not located in the second correct display location, and after determining that the second product is not located in the second correct display location and when the second urgency level is lower than the first urgency level, withhold issuance of a user-notification associated with the second product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TRAX TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Yair Adato, Youval Bronicki, Ziv Mhabary, Dolev Pomeranz
  • Patent number: 10628882
    Abstract: A loan determination system configured to determine and provide customized loans to an auto dealership based on iteratively updated dealership loan tiers (using predictive modeling that factors in performance of the specific dealership and others for a particular type of loan), a current dealership state, and input from the dealership. The system may analyze the success rates of various loan programs of one or more dealerships, build predictive models in order to determine a dealership state and associated loan tier, and recommend a particular loan program to the dealership based on the determination. Based on the dealership making a loan program selection and updated performance data, the predictive model data is updated and used to determine a new dealership state. Accordingly, the system may react to changes in dealership performance by recommending loan programs associated with a different loan tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Kristina Whitcomb Casey, Paul David Quinn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10621544
    Abstract: An order management system including a server including a processor, a network interface for communicating with at least one medical device having an associated plurality of consumables, data storage means for storing relationship information for each consumable, current inventory for each consumable, usage history for each consumable, and an order management module including program instructions that, when executed by the processor, are configured to calculate consumable order information based on the relationship information, current inventory, and usage history for each consumable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ORTHO-CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS, INC.
    Inventors: William G. Ginster, II, Joseph P. Napoli
  • Patent number: 10621547
    Abstract: An inventory, disposition, and order management system and method utilizes multiple data sources to obtain complementary and augmented product data to determine an enhanced set of product data that reflects product inventory and disposition history information in a supply chain. The system and method can utilize the complementary and augmented product data to formulate recommended orders to achieve product dealer sales goals. The system and method compare the product data obtained from the data sources and reconcile any discrepancies. In at least one embodiment, the product data includes product identification data, product inventory data, product configuration data, and product disposition history data. Obtaining data from multiple sources allows the system and method to develop more accurate and complete data through an audit and reconciliation process as opposed to data obtained from a single source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: VERSATA DEVELOPMENT GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Jon Loyens, David R. Middleton, Rahul Subramaniam, Aditya P. Kulkarni, Asif Ahmed Sheikh
  • Patent number: 10621602
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to providing intelligent alerting and automation for marketing analytics software. In implementation, intelligent alerting is initiated by a user, which enables deep learning models to analyze various data patterns. Intelligent alerting learns about preferences and data consumption patterns of the user with marketing analytics software. Intelligent alerting also accounts for and learns from any manually created alerts set up by the user and/or alerts created automatically by anomaly detection. Intelligent alerting analyzes all other users within the organization of the user to find similar users based on their consumption patterns. An on-demand game may be provided to the user to determine the criticality of one metric change over another. This enables intelligent alerting to automatically provide alerts which pass a critical threshold of importance to the user and context to help the user understand why a metric changes in a significant way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: John Bevil Bates, Ryan Elliott Cobourn, Benjamin Russell Gaines, Brooke Suzanne Wyckoff
  • Patent number: 10614538
    Abstract: Described in detail herein are methods and systems for detecting absent physical objects using autonomous robot devices. In exemplary embodiments, the system includes shelving units disposed throughout a facility storing sets of physical objects. A first set of machine readable representations can be disposed on the front surface of the shelving unit and a second set of machine readable representations can be disposed on the back wall of the shelving unit. The first and second set of machine readable representations can be encoded with identifiers associated with the sets of physical objects. An autonomous robot device can be configured to detect and read a first set of machine-readable representations in response to successfully detecting and reading the second set of machine readable representations the autonomous robot device can determine the absence of a set of like physical objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Matthew Allen Jones
  • Patent number: 10614407
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods, systems, computer program products, and apparatuses for processing package delivery exceptions. In one embodiment, a method for processing an item delivery exception for an item that is to be delivered by a carrier is provided. The method comprises receiving an exception request associated with the item; notifying a delivery vehicle driver of the exception request; receiving input indicating a unique RFID identifier, wherein the unique RFID identifier identifies an exception RFID tag attached to the item; associating the unique RFID identifier with the unique item identifier; after receiving a request to locate the item, activating an RFID reader array, wherein the RFID reader array is located at a facility associated with the carrier; and based at least in part on the detection of the item by at least one RFID reader of the RFID reader array, calculating an estimated location of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Perez
  • Patent number: 10614416
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a device and system for verifying the content of items in a bin within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, a bin content verification apparatus may pass by one or more bins and capture images of those bins. The images may be processed to determine whether the content included in the bins has changed since the last time images of the bins were captured. A determination may also be made as to whether a change to the bin content was expected and, if so, if the determined change corresponds with the expected change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Marshall Friend Tappen, Barry James O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10607051
    Abstract: A method for setting tire pressure measurement device applicable for a detection device electrically couple to an image code scanner is provided. The method comprises the steps of: providing a look-up table (LUT) recording a plurality of image codes, each of the plurality of image codes corresponding to at least one piece of manufacture information, and the at least one piece of manufacture information corresponding to a vehicle; capturing one of the plurality of image codes by the image code scanner so as to generate a scanning result; and based on the scanning result, the detection device selecting one of a plurality of communication protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Orange Electronic Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chin-Yao Hsu, Min-Hsuan Chang
  • Patent number: 10600102
    Abstract: A graphical user interface displays inventory data that has been determined based on user supplied data and merchant supplied data. When a user searches for a product on a search engine computing system, the search engine computing system associates the searched items with the user. The search engine computing system logs if a user visits a local merchant location associated with the searched product. The search engine computing system requests inventory data from the user for the product at the local merchant location. The search engine computing system aggregates the user response with other user responses and incorporates the responses with the inventory data provided by the merchant. The inventory display may include one or more inventory metrics to provide more useful inventory data to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Haubold
  • Patent number: 10592858
    Abstract: A system and method for just in-time reverse logistics management directed to receiving one or more product orders associated with one or more individual SKU's; tracking one or more products SKU's through a cyclical product lifecycle, matching a product order with a product in the cyclical product lifecycle; assembly the product order based on the priority hierarchy; and shipping the product order based on the priority hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rent The Runway, Inc.
    Inventor: Vijay Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10592859
    Abstract: An example shelf system and associated methods are described. The shelf system includes a frame with a base member and a vertical member, first and second shelves extending from opposite sides of the vertical member, and first and second pairs of sensors disposed below the base member. In response to positioning a physical object on the first shelf or the second shelf, the physical object applies a torque on the vertical member and each of the sensors output electrical signals corresponding to a change in weight sensed by each of the sensors based on the torque. The shelf system includes a central computing system configured to determine which of the first shelf or the second shelf received the physical object, an estimated location of the physical object on the first or second shelf, and whether the physical object is positioned on the first or second shelf in an expected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Matthew Allen Jones, Aaron James Vasgaard
  • Patent number: 10586205
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods are provided herein for monitoring stock information in a shopping space. A system for monitoring stock information in a shopping space comprises: a support structure configured to hold a plurality of items in the shopping space, a sound emitter device configured to produce a sound in response to a movement of at least one of the support structure and an item placed on the support structure, and a sound sensor configured to capture a sound produced by the sound emitter device and transmit the sound produced by the sound emitter device to a stock tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Taylor, Aaron J. Vasgaard, Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10585910
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards generating a representative sampling as a subset from a larger dataset that includes unstructured data. A graphical user interface enables a user to provide various data selection parameters, including specifying a data source and one or more subset types desired, including one or more of latest records, earliest records, diverse records, outlier records, and/or random records. Diverse and/or outlier subset types may be obtained by generating clusters from an initial selection of records obtained from the larger dataset. An iteration analysis is performed to determine whether a sufficient number of clusters and/or cluster types have been generated that exceed at least one threshold and when not exceeded, additional clustering is performed on additional records. From the resultant clusters, and/or other subtype results, a subset of records is obtained as the representative sampling subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SPLUNK INC.
    Inventors: R. David Carasso, Micah James Delfino
  • Patent number: 10581639
    Abstract: Method for a communication system comprising an electronic device and a plurality of gateways, the electronic device and each gateway being adapted for sending and receiving frames on a radio frequency band, each gateway being connected to the same central server, a first frame being sent by the electronic device to the central server, the frame comprising an identifier of the electronic device, each gateway receiving said frame and transmitting the received frame, in association with an identifier of the gateway, to the central server, a response delay being predefined for responding to the first frame, the method allowing selection by the central server of a gateway among the plurality of gateways for sending a second frame to the electronic device in response to the first frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAGEMCOM ENERGY & TELECOM SAS
    Inventors: Yassir Sennoun, Marc Le Gourrierec
  • Patent number: 10579965
    Abstract: A method of supplying a palletizing device with goods for order-related palletization in a warehouse, which method may include delivering pallets to the incoming goods area of the warehouse and temporarily storing the pallets. Pallets containing goods required for replenishing of a buffer storage area may be removed from temporary storage and depalletized from the pallets in a depalletizer. The goods can be singulated and buffered in a buffer storage area. The buffer storage area can be connected to the palletizing device, and the goods required for an order can be removed from the temporary storage and transported to the palletizing device individually and in a controlled manner according to a specified sequence. The buffer storage area may be supplied with new goods from the pallets in the temporary storage by removal therefrom, depalletizing and singulation by means of a dynamic adaptation of the quantity removed from storage and depalletized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Christoph Meurer
  • Patent number: 10579956
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for verifying user-provided data feeds. A data feed is received from a client and stored in a data store. An error detection process is initiated upon the data feed. A flag is set indicating that the data feed is being processed. A detected error from the error detection process is stored in the data store. The flag is updated indicating that processing of the data feed is finished upon completion of the error detection process. Upon a polling of the flag indicating that the processing of the data feed is finished, an update is generated to the user interface employed in the client to transfer the data feed. The update describes the detected error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Chirag Nikanth Thakkar, Nicholas Bailey, James Baumgarten, Sean Blackbourn, Stephen Matthew Curial, Thomas Dunn, Saurabh Gupte, Bradie Loeffel, Hongyang Sun, Ananth Vyasarayamut
  • Patent number: 10579957
    Abstract: A system, a method, and computer readable medium for storing and displaying user-selected returned goods information for a retailer having a plurality of stores and a plurality of vendors. The system, method and computer readable medium includes a computer database of returned goods information for a retailer having a plurality of stores and a plurality of vendors. A user interface receives at least one condition for displaying user-selected returned goods information for one or more of the plurality of stores or one or more of the plurality of vendors. The system, method and computer readable medium determines whether the condition for displaying the returned goods information is satisfied for each of the plurality of stores and each of the plurality of vendors. The system, method and computer readable medium displays returned goods information for which the condition is met for each of the plurality of stores and each of the plurality of vendors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: INMAR SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Sean McCarthy, Andrew Francis Robbins, Kevin Reece Goode
  • Patent number: 10575045
    Abstract: A sales administration system that manages online sales via overlays on a video stream. Customers can comment on or respond to the video stream, and may order products using simple phrases such as “Sold”. The system can stream video with overlays to multiple clients simultaneously, including websites and mobile apps. Comments from all clients are received, aggregated, processed for orders, and displayed to the sales administrator. The system is coupled to a merchant's operational data, providing immediate visibility to changes in inventory and orders. Video overlays may be updated automatically by the system as this operational data changes, for example highlighting products with low stock. The system may analyze customer comments and orders both during the video stream and after the sales session is complete, and may generate recommendations to improve sales effectiveness. For backorders, customers may preauthorize charges to be at the front of the queue for shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CommentSold, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Kruse
  • Patent number: 10572846
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a crowd management planning system, the system comprising a plurality of store servers configured to be coupled to a network, and a central server, the central server comprising an interface configured to be coupled to the network, a database, and a crowd planning module coupled to the interface and the database and configured to communicate with each one of the plurality of store servers, wherein the crowd planning module is further configured to provide a crowd planning tool to at least one of the plurality of store servers, receive crowd planning information from the at least one of the plurality of store servers based on users' interactions with the crowd planning tool, and store the received crowd planning information in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Kurtis Dale Carlson, Ryan Allen Maute
  • Patent number: 10574600
    Abstract: Techniques providing an email service for particular activities may be described. For example, an email message sent by an entity to an email address of a user may be received. The email address may identify an email box accessible to the user via a user interface of the email box. The email message may describe a status of an item ordered by the user from the entity. The description may use a format specific to the entity. A summary may be generated based on the email message. The summary may describe the status of the item in a different format. This format may be common to generated summaries, such that the summary may include fields common to another summary generated for another email message of another entity. The summary may be provided for presentation in the user interface of the email box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharon Elizabeth Chiarella, David W. Law, Balaji Nageswaran, Nassir Samatar, Shreeraj Sutaria, Amber Autrey Taylor
  • Patent number: 10572854
    Abstract: A method for grouping a plurality of orders in an order queue of a warehouse management system, each order including one or more items and each item being associated with a physical location in a warehouse. The method includes determining a physical location in the warehouse of each item in the plurality of orders. For each order, the method also includes establishing at least one cluster region, each cluster region including at least one item from the respective order. The method further includes grouping the plurality of orders based on the physical locations of the cluster regions in the warehouse to form at least one order set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Ryan Johnson, Michael Charles Johnson, Sean Johnson, Bruce Welty
  • Patent number: 10565537
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing outcomes in multi-factor systems are described. Business process management, consulting intelligence, business intelligence, mobile intelligence, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and transportation management are integrated, as discussed herein, for optimizing transportation and logistics processes. Users may input legacy knowledge and data such as text, numbers, formulas, algorithms, and automated processes into a computing system for providing the system with industry insights for intelligently analyzing situation contexts, or the system may leverage third-party data. The system may suggest recommended actions based on analyzed situation contexts, and the system may furthermore execute various actions for responding to the situation contexts. The system may be configured to automatically analyze situation contexts and furthermore automatically execute various actions for responding to the situation contexts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: William Spencer Askew
  • Patent number: 10565624
    Abstract: Particular embodiments provide a system to support orchestration of media assets that are delivered across multiple media spaces, time, and multiple device types in a coordinated manner. The system exposes a sequence of media assets to a user under media space, time, and device constraints. A campaign may be broken up into multiple media assets (e.g., different creatives, such as advertisement creatives). To target a user across different media spaces, the system may generate spanning rules based on metadata concerning multiple media spaces, time, and multiple device types for the campaign. An analytics service may provide analytics information for the delivered media assets to allow the coordination to continue in the sequence. Also, the analytics information may be used to change the spanning rules for future delivery of media assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Venugopal Vasudevan, Jehan Wickramasuriya, Myungcheol Doo
  • Patent number: 10565665
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and systems are provided for determining an actual maximum density capacity and/or development potential in view of the zoning code applicable to a particular location. Such methods and systems seek to overcome frustrations and alleviate other impediments that affect efficient use of zoning codes. In a first aspect, a computer-implemented system for determining development potential includes at least one input interface for receiving property information; a computer program for calculating a building envelope allowable under the zoning code and for calculating an actual maximum density capacity available for a geographic area of interest using the zoning code and additional factors affecting the area of interest. The results of at least the actual maximum density capacity calculation is provided to an output interface for displaying assessment of zoning code compliance and generating a virtual build of a building permitted under the zoning code for the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GRIDICS LLC
    Inventor: Max Enrique Zabala Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10565535
    Abstract: A system and method includes a computer network system configured to provide output to a plurality of distribution centers for a retailer, an inputting system configured to allow ordering of a quantity of an item from a vendor having a minimum order quantity (MOQ) and vendor pack size for the item, an allocation system configured to allocate the order quantity based on an allocation policy including specific distribution centers and allocation percentages associated with the specific distribution centers, and an inventory allocation tool (IAT) configured to receive the allocation policy, order quantity, MOQ, and vendor pack size as inputs, optimizes distribution of the order quantity among the specific distribution centers so that MOQ and vendor pack size according to the allocation policy are respected, and outputs an executable purchase order over the computer network system for each specific distribution center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Arash Asadi-Shahmirzadi, Jagtej Bewli, Arun Prasad Nagarathinam, David Win
  • Patent number: 10565549
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to monitoring retail products. In some embodiments, there is provided a system for monitoring retail products including: one or more shelf image capturing devices disposed within a retail shopping facility. The one or more shelf image capturing devices configured to capture shelf images of retail store shelves. The captured shelf images having an associated shelf timestamp. By one approach, a control circuit in communication with the one or more shelf image capturing devices is configured to analyze the captured shelf images by comparing brightness, contrast levels, and luminous intensity at a particular frequency between at least two shelf images of the captured shelf images to determine a rate of shelf product depletion for a particular retail product and send a shelf depletion warning regarding a particular retail item to an associate device or a central computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Aditya R. Cheruku, Stephen Steel, Hamza Farooq, Trinath Patri
  • Patent number: 10565547
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for generating an inter-store inventory transfer are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a computer-implemented method may include defining a subset of stores of a plurality of stores to fulfill inter-store inventory transfer request for a product category of a plurality of product categories. The method may further include, responsive to determining that an order for a product of the product category cannot be fulfilled by one of the stores of the subset of stores of the plurality of stores, determining, by a processing device, an alternate store of the subset of stores to fulfill the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Wayfair LLC
    Inventors: Ajay A. Deshpande, Arun Hampapur, Yingjie Li, Ding Ding Lin, Xuan Liu, Dahai Xing, Xiao Bo Zheng
  • Patent number: 10567334
    Abstract: Implementations detailed herein include description of a computer-implemented method. In an implementation, the computer-implemented method including training a machine learning model using domain mapped third party data; and performing inference using the machine learning model by: receiving scoring data, domain mapping the received scoring data using a domain mapper that was used to generate the domain mapped third party data, and applying the machine learning model to the domain mapped received scoring data to generate an output result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ragav Venkatesan, Gurumurthy Swaminathan
  • Patent number: 10564934
    Abstract: A method and system for improving an operation of an automated IT system is provided. The method includes identifying pre-tested software applications associated with requirements of processes executed by a hardware device with respect to an IT system. A list of available software applications associated with required features is generated and each feature is defined such that the currently available software applications are configured to provide and execute the required features. Evaluation code is executed and a resulting a list of validated software applications is generated. A list of short listed software applications and identification software code enabling an automated encoder learning process are generated. A software operational solution is identified and modification code is generated and executed code resulting in improved operation of the validated software applications and the hardware device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Harish Bharti, Rajesh K. Saxena, Balakrishnan Sreenivasan
  • Patent number: 10552792
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for managing residual mobile display inventory. A system for managing a store inventory comprises a plurality of mobile modular displays, a mobile modular display inventory database, and a control circuit coupled to the mobile modular display inventory database and configured to: track, in the mobile modular display inventory database, inventory levels of mobile modular displays in a store location, detect a modular display replacement condition, cause a replacement mobile modular display to be deployed to replace the at least one mobile modular display on at a sales floor of the store location in response to detecting the modular display replacement condition, and determine a residual handling instruction selected from a plurality of residual handling methods for the residual products, and communicate the residual handling instruction to a user interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Todd D. Mattingly, Greg A. Bryan, Benjamin D. Enssle, David C. Winkle, Cristy C. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10552502
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: obtaining a request for in venue pickup of an article by a customer user, the request specifying an article identifier for the article; obtaining from a data repository article dimensional information of the article; evaluating loading of the article into a transport apparatus associated to the customer user based on the article dimensional information and transport apparatus dimensional information of the transport apparatus; and outputting a notification to the customer user based on the evaluating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jialin Li, Pradeep K. Nanjundaswamy, Srikanth Sundararajan, Danai Tengtrakool
  • Patent number: 10540682
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein attempt to capture the impact on both the promoted items and other related products. The systems and methods analyze attached sales impact only for items that are more likely to be purchased with the featured product. The systems and methods also allow for measuring a cannibalization impact by analyzing the impact on potential cannibalized products and items that are more likely to be purchased with the cannibalized products. By aggregating the promoted impact and cannibalized impact, including the items with strong co-selling relationships, a full picture of the promotion can be obtained. Further, combining the item-level results into custom groupings can allow for further business insights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Predictive Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William V. Weidman, Jarred D. Brown, Evan C. Newkirk, Eve D. Hanson, Guillaume Vanderschueren
  • Patent number: 10540553
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses, and methods are described herein including a shelf assembly that utilizes the accumulated weight of products stocked thereon to compress a compression member disposed within the assembly. An electronic imaging device can be mounted proximate to the assembly and can be oriented to capture an image of the compression member to determine whether a particular shelf needs to be restocked and avoid having to manipulate or remove products from a shelf to determine a current stock level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10540555
    Abstract: There is provided herein an apparatus and method for roadside asset tracking and maintenance monitoring having a mobile unit with data capture devices for capturing roadside asset imagery, global positioning system (GPS) receivers and data interfaces for communicating with an asset management server. As such, the apparatus may take roadside imagery for automated asset identification which may include utilising an asset type image recognition technique for automating the identification of the roadside assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Norman Boyle
  • Patent number: 10540631
    Abstract: Shelves or other fixtures may be used to support items at a facility. Load cells at the fixtures may be used to acquire weight data indicative of changes to the fixture as items are added or removed from the fixture. The load cells may occasionally fail to provide accurate information. Described are techniques for comparing the data from a first sensor with data from other sensors to determine if the first sensor has failed. A linear regression may be performed using the data from the other sensors, and the results compared with the output from the first sensor. If the difference exceeds a threshold amount, an error in the first sensor may be determined. Once determined, other actions may be taken, such as generating a repair ticket to fix the first sensor, disregarding weight from that sensor, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Eugene Munger
  • Patent number: 10540703
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of product supply networks (e.g., for order fulfillment and inventory control). In one specific example, mechanisms are provided for presenting visualizations to aid in co-locating two or more products in the same location (e.g., at a common order fulfillment facility) based upon associations between the products. In various embodiments, systems, methods and computer program products are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Wayfair LLC
    Inventors: Ajay A. Deshpande, Hongliang Fei, Arun Hampapur, Xuan Liu
  • Patent number: 10535039
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems for determining stocking locations of products having more than one stocking location on a sales floor of a retail facility include an electronic inventory management database that stores product identification data indicating an identify of one or more products at the retail facility and product location data indicating a stocking location of the products on the sales floor of the retail facility. An electronic inventory management device including a processor-based control circuit is configured to correlate the product identification data and the product location data stored in the electronic inventory management database, determine that one or more products are stocked in first and second stocking locations on the sales floor of the retail facility, track worker task events associated with the products, and determine whether the product is to be stocked or was stocked at the first or second stocking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Matthew A. Jones, Aaron J. Vasgaard