Inventory Management Patents (Class 705/28)
  • Patent number: 10289976
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of managing bins audits in a stock room of a retail sales facility include generating at least one bin audit management factor for the bins at the retail sales facility. The bin audit management factor can include an amount of time a total number of products stored in the bin does not change; a number of times a one product is binned or picked from the bin, a number of products stored in the bin; and an accuracy percentage of a worker at the retail sales facility during a preceding audit of the bin. Based on whether the value of one or more of the bin audit management factors meets a predetermined threshold value that supports the auditing of a bin, an indication to a worker at the retail sales facility is generated as to whether that bin is to be audited or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10289990
    Abstract: A store profile generation system includes a mobile base and an image capture assembly mounted on the base. The assembly includes at least one image capture device for acquiring images of product display units in a retail environment. A control unit acquires the images captured by the at least one image capture device at a sequence of locations of the mobile base in the retail environment. The control unit extracts product-related data from the acquired images and generates a store profile indicating locations of products and their associated tags throughout the retail environment, based on the extracted product-related data. The store profile can be used for generating new product labels for a sale in an appropriate order for a person to match to the appropriate locations in a single pass through the store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Charles D. Rizzolo, Dennis L. Venable, Wencheng Wu, Thomas F. Wade, Peter Paul, Ethan Shen, Lee Anne Williams, Daniel S. Hann
  • Patent number: 10282493
    Abstract: A method is provided comprising, receiving, by a computer system comprising a processor and a tangible, non-transitory memory, particle parameters, creating, by the computer system, particle elements in accordance with the particle parameters, and building, by the computer system, a pattern using the particle elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CHIPS UNLIMITED, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Matt, Kenneth Leo Haus, Ryan P. Salsman, Thomas Craig Valenty
  • Patent number: 10282698
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining a weight of merchandise supported by a shelf and obtaining identifier data of the merchandise supported by the shelf. The identifier data may be wirelessly received from tags associated with the merchandise. The method may also include determining information for presentation to a consumer regarding the merchandise based on the weight of the merchandise and the identifier data of the merchandise. The method may also include providing the information for presentation to the consumer of the merchandise when the consumer is proximate the merchandise that is supported by the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Roy L. Camp
  • Patent number: 10282682
    Abstract: A system for tracking, assigning, and issuing equipment to security agency personnel (e.g., officers, administration, command, armorer). An armorer is assigned the task of tracking, assigning, and issuing equipment. Equipment may be assigned to a particular individual officer. The equipment provided to and used by officers may capture (e.g. gather, produce) information (e.g. audiovisual information, data logs, recordings). Equipment may provide information to the armorer via near field communication (NFC) circuits. The information captured may be used alone or in combination with other information received and stored by an evidence management system. The information captured by equipment assigned to a particular individual may be associated with that individual. An armorer may use information supplied by equipment, evidence management system, officers, or other sources to assist in the assignment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Axon Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Charles Dimino, Jr., Michelle Joanne Guarino, Gabriel Joseph Othman, Tyler J. Conant
  • Patent number: 10275825
    Abstract: A method and system create, on a portable electronic device, a real-time graphical view of an in-store product display that pinpoints the location of one or more target products on the product display. The graphical view is generated by capturing merchandise display data, such as a video feed of the in-store product display, and processing the data to detect the one or more target products based on predefined product recognition criteria uniquely associated with the respective target products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Zises
  • Patent number: 10275739
    Abstract: A blockchain of transactions may be referenced for various purposes and may be later accessed by interested parties for ledger verification. One example method of operation may include reading a tag affixed to an asset, transmitting a request to update an asset status of the asset in a blockchain, receiving validation confirmation based on content of the request, and updating the asset status of the asset in the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas T. Hanis, Bruce H. Hyre, Jessica G. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10275823
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein provide a geo-targeted online reservation system that ensures authenticity of customer devices requesting reservations by generating reservations only if threshold authentication conditions are satisfied. For example, a computing device registered with a server system receives inputs for requesting a reservation of a limited release product and for configuring the product. To authenticate the computing device, the server device transmits an electronic message to the computing device requesting the computing device to respond. A response to the message is one threshold authentication condition for generating the reservation. Upon determining that one or more threshold authentication conditions are satisfied, the server device generates a reservation for the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Gordon Gibson Lanpher, Roger Brandon Beaty, Jonathan Matthew Shaw, Katharine Reinhold, Ryan Robert O. Malia, Megan Murphy Millard, Simon Atkins, Todd Ames
  • Patent number: 10267671
    Abstract: A pressure-sensitive device and a computing device are configured to register various steps of a meal lifecycle, including one or more of food purchasing, meal preparation, the serving and consumption of a meal, use of leftovers, management of food inventory, the transferring of a food item from one container to another, the transferring of a food item into a container, the transferring of a portion of a food item into a container. A food item may be automatically identified based on a weight and footprint of the food item. In some instances, a database associates a food item with multiple footprints such that a food item may be identified regardless of its orientation on the pressure-sensitive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Bradley Charles Ashmore
  • Patent number: 10267670
    Abstract: A pressure-sensitive device and a computing device are configured to register various steps of a meal lifecycle, including one or more of food purchasing, meal preparation, the serving and consumption of a meal, use of leftovers, management of food inventory, the transferring of a food item from one container to another, the transferring of a food item into a container, the transferring of a portion of a food item into a container. A food item may be automatically identified based on a weight and footprint of the food item. In some instances, a database associates a food item with multiple footprints such that a food item may be identified regardless of its orientation on the pressure-sensitive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Bradley Charles Ashmore
  • Patent number: 10262293
    Abstract: An inventory location such as a shelf may be used to stow different types of items. The shelf may be equipped with a plurality of lanes arranged parallel to one another. Items may rest upon two or more of the lanes. Each lane includes a weight sensor that provides weight data about a load on the lane. Based on the weight data and item data indicative of individual weights of those items stowed on the shelf, interaction data indicative of an activity such as a pick or place of an item may be determined. The interaction data may specify what item was picked or placed, quantity of that item that was picked or placed, and so forth. Data from other sensors, such as a camera, may be used to determine the interaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Alexander Clark Prater, Ivan Avramov, Ismael Medrano, Benjamin Lloyd Shapiro, Navid Shiee, Brett Allen Skaloud
  • Patent number: 10262297
    Abstract: A part chain management system and method for generating chain sequences for parts in the aftermarket services industry is disclosed. Data on various parts and their substitutes is obtained from an engineering data management (EDM) team and translated into pair wise substitutional relationships represented in a known part substitutional relationship network. The system and method derive a part chain representation from known part substitutional relationships and inferences determined therefrom. The system and method can refine or filter the part chain representation based on rules such as business relationships. The system and method analyzes inferred part substitutional relationships for conflicts, which are either resolved automatically using conflict resolution rules or are referred for manual resolution. Following conflict resolution, the inferred links are finalized and used along with known links to generate a final part substitutional relationship network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Entercoms, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Singh, Lance Johnson
  • Patent number: 10262283
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for mining supply chain information to produce supply chain graphs includes receiving by a computer a set of data; identifying a supplier, a commodity, and a customer from the set of data; generating a query comprising the identified data; determining the absence of any of the supplier, the commodity, or the customer from the set of data; if any items are determined to be absent from the set of data, substituting a placeholder for the missing item from the data set; sending the query; receiving a set of supply chain graph information; generating a supply chain graph signal based upon the set of supply chain graph information; and transmitting the supply chain graph signal. A computing device or system includes a processor an electronic memory; and a program for mining supply chain information to produce supply chain graphs stored in the electronic memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Thomson Reuters Global Resources Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Jochen Lothar Leidner, Ole Siig
  • Patent number: 10255567
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for assigning leads. An example for method for assigning leads comprises receiving a list of one or more merchants, wherein the one or more merchants comprise a sales value and an indication of an ability to provide a service associated with at least one demanded offer, accessing sales resource data comprising at least one or more sales resources and an associated capacity for contacting one or more merchants, assigning one or more sales resources an assignment probability number, wherein an assignment probability number represents a probability that a sales resource will be randomly assigned a next supply source in an assignment process, adjusting an assignment probability number based on the associated capacity, and assigning at least a portion of the one or more merchants according to at least the assignment probability number of the one or more sales resource and the sales value of the one or more merchants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Shafiq Shariff, Kris Urie, Derek Nordquist, Bodaniel Jeanes, Kevin Baribeau
  • Patent number: 10255632
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage to implement a lending or cash advance system that can be (but is not required to be) integrated with an online commerce site. Sellers on the online commerce site can click a button or tab in their web browser that is visiting the online commerce site and information known to the online commerce site is automatically shared with a potential cash provider. Data from a delivery service can be automatically retrieved by the cash provider/cash server in order to determine the volume of shipments that the seller has been making. This volume can be used when the cash server determines the seller's score in order to evaluate an application for cash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kabbage, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Frohwein, Kathryn Petralia, Marc Gorlin
  • Patent number: 10254171
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring and/or controlling a temperature related condition of an item, including from a location different than a location at which the food item is located, are disclosed. At least one remote unit has a temperature sensor, a computing device configured to analyze measured temperature data, and a user interface. The user interface displays information regarding a temperature related condition of the item via light or visual signals. A control unit may wirelessly communicate with the remote unit. The control unit may be used to program the user interface to display particular light or visual signals in response to particular temperature related conditions. The control unit may instruct a temperature control mechanism to adjust the temperature of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Allen
  • Patent number: 10255564
    Abstract: A computerized method implemented in at least one processor for at least one of viewing, editing, and handling Business Process Management artifacts, the method including storing in a database repository coupled to the at least one processor, a plurality of computerized editor representations, receiving, by the at least one processor, a computerized request from a client computer for a database artifact stored in the database repository, accessing, by the at least one processor, the requested database artifact within the database repository, selecting, by the at least one processor, a specific computerized editor representation from the plurality of computerized editor representations, the specific computerized editor representation corresponding to the requested database artifact, and causing, by the at least one processor, the specific computerized editor to be provided to the client computer along with the requested database artifact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SOFTWARE AG
    Inventor: Jens Schimmelpfennig
  • Patent number: 10248912
    Abstract: Systems and methods of this disclosure are directed to displaying travel itineraries. In some implementations, a system receives a search request for a travel itinerary, and identifies a candidate travel itinerary that includes a departure time, an arrival time, a duration, and a price. The system generates a first coordinate on a first axis of a multidimensional graph corresponding to the departure time, and a second coordinate on a second axis corresponding to the arrival time. The system generates a location on the multidimensional graph for the first coordinate and the second coordinate that indicates the duration of the candidate travel itinerary. The system creates a data structure for the candidate travel itinerary and allocates an icon to the data structure. The system sets an attribute of the icon based on the price of the candidate travel itinerary, and provides the icon for display with the multidimensional graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Michael Robinson
  • Patent number: 10241657
    Abstract: An extensibility model is used to provide active and interactive functionality in communication items, but the embodiments are not so limited. A computer system of an embodiment includes components configured to identify one or more activation triggers that operate to activate gadget code using an isolated code execution environment as part of injecting content into an email communication. A method of one embodiment provides an extensibility framework for using defined gadget triggers and associated gadget functionality as part of automatically injecting content inline with a mail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Warren Randall Byrne, Justin Bradley Mahood, Ryan Edward Gregg, Jason Todd Henderson, Andrew Salamatov, David Claux, Oleg Ouliankine
  • Patent number: 10242335
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for courier management. For example, in one embodiment, a courier application is executed on a mobile computing device to retrieve a list of stops associated with a courier from a computing device over a network. The list of stops includes a plurality of orders to be delivered, wherein a customer location is associated with each order. The courier application generates user interfaces to facilitate a confirmation that items associated with orders have been delivered, to facilitate an input of a review of the performance of the courier, and to perform other functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. Griffith, Jinqian Li, Jonathan J. Shakes, Jin Lai
  • Patent number: 10243255
    Abstract: A method begins by a first radio frequency identification (RFID) sensor, that is associated with a first object element, receiving a first data request signal from an RFID reader and sending a first radio frequency (RF) signal that includes first data to the RFID reader in response to the first data request signal. The method continues with a second RFID sensor receiving a second data request signal from, and sending second data to, the RFID reader. The method continues with the RFID reader sending a representation of the first and second data to a data processing unit, which processes the representation of the first and second data to determine a first and second data point regarding first and second object elements. The method continues by the data processing unit processing the first and second data points to determine an environmental relationship between the first and second object elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: RFMicron, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahriar Rokhsaz, Brian David Young, Ahmed Younis, John J. Paulos, Abhay Misra, Benjamin Cooke, Marwan Hassoun
  • Patent number: 10235686
    Abstract: A set of SKUs is divided into a plurality of different Mean Field clusters, and a tracker (or sensor) is identified for each cluster. Product decisions for each Mean Field cluster are generated based on the tracker (or sensor) and each Mean Field cluster is then deconstructed to obtain product decisions for individual SKUs in the Mean Field cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Wolf Kohn, Zelda B. Zabinsky, Rekha Nanda, Yanfang Shen, Michael Ehrenberg
  • Patent number: 10234851
    Abstract: Method for controlled changeover of a container treatment machine having a plurality of RFID reading devices, a control unit and one or more treatment modules, every treatment module having a plurality of remote indicators, and one or more exchangeable handling parts equipped with RFID transponders for unambiguous identification, including displaying, via the remote indicators, predetermined target identifiers for the handling parts which are transmitted by the control unit; displaying, via the remote indicators, actual identifiers for the handling parts that are retrieved from the RFID transponders via the RFID reading devices; comparing respective actual identifiers for the handling parts with respective target identifiers therefor, and signaling when a change of the handling part is required if the actual identifier deviates from the respective target identifier, or signaling that a handling part is correctly used if the actual identifier corresponds to the respective target identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Herbert Spindler, Juergen Werner, Peter Koch
  • Patent number: 10230811
    Abstract: A cache server receives content and an instruction indicating an event associated with the content that causes a processor to invoke a call out to an adjunct device. The instruction further indicates an operation that the adjunct device is to perform. The cache server detects the event associated with the content, halts a flow of the content in response to detecting the event associated with the content, passes via the call out the content to the adjunct device to perform the operation, receives from the adjunct device a response and resulting data from the operation, and performs an additional operation on the resulting data based on the response from the adjunct device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sayko, Gregory J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10230578
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for scanning computer infrastructure within a computer network includes a first host device and a second host device having distinct operating systems. The host devices are coupled to a controller server. The method includes deploying a first scan program to the host devices. The method includes installing a first tool set on the first host device, installing a second tool set on the second host device, executing the first scan program on the first host device for gathering and storing a first set of inventory data on the first host device, executing the first scan program on the second host device for gathering and storing a second set of inventory data on the second host device, collecting the first set of inventory data from the first host device and the second set of inventory data from the second host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Daniel A. Ruggeri
  • Patent number: 10216769
    Abstract: Asset catalog management methods and systems are provided. An asset catalog management service may provide a customer the structured classification, indexing, search and reporting of the customer's inventory of assets As part of the service, a customer may be provided an asset catalog application and a customer catalog and/or a master asset catalog. An asset catalog provides structured information regarding various asset classes, each class referring to a combination of one more asset class attributes such as a manufacturer, a model number, a descriptor of the asset, performance specifications for the asset, and parameters labeling the performance specifications. The service processes asset records received from the customer for cataloging. The service may process an asset record by automatically matching it to an existing asset catalog data entry. The asset catalog management service may also provide a dual-use cataloging service that combines a master catalog with a customer-specific catalog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: PMS Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip Thomas Chase, Christopher John Campbell
  • Patent number: 10204315
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for automated tracking of inventory levels in storage bins. In one embodiment, among others, an adjustable bin divider may comprise a supporting base that has a receiving slot at an end, the receiving slot comprising a slide channel that extends along a top portion of the supporting base; a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that is attached to the supporting base; and a radio frequency (RF)-blocking slide divider that comprises a first panel with an RF shield and a second panel that has a narrowed end, the first panel being connected to the second panel at the narrowed end, the first panel being inserted in the receiving slot, the narrowed end fitting within the slide channel of the receiving slot, wherein the RF-blocking slide divider conceals the RFID tag from detection from an RFID reader at a position along the slide channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: STANLEY INDUSTRIAL & AUTOMOTIVE, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher White, William Coulter, Harold Bolich, Wan-Chun Liao, Teddy Bostic
  • Patent number: 10200913
    Abstract: An information distribution apparatus includes a memory and a processor. The memory is configured to store connection information used to allow one of a plurality of terminals or a group of terminals among the plurality of terminals to be coupled to the information distribution apparatus. The processor is the processor configured to receive an access request from a first terminal among the plurality of terminals. The access request requests to access the information distribution apparatus. The processor is the processor configured to notify the first terminal of first connection information used to allow the first terminal to be individually coupled to the information distribution apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Naoki Nishiguchi, Tatsuro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10192077
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a combined reading apparatus for identifying a product. According to a first aspect of the present invention, a combined reading apparatus may include: a plate panel configured to recognize Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag information, configured such that an antenna adapted to transmit and receive a Radio Frequency (RF) signal to and from an RFID tag is included therein, and formed in a plate shape having predetermined lengths in a horizontal direction and a height direction; a connection bar coupled to one side of the plate panel, configured to support the plate panel, and configured to extend from the plate panel in the horizontal direction; a grip formed in a bar shape so as to be held by a hand, spaced apart from the plate panel, and coupled to the connection bar; and a control unit configured to control the RF transmission and reception of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HANMI IT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hoon Lim, Sung Ki Lim
  • Patent number: 10187616
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a system and method for an unmanned aerial inventory system for maintaining an inventory record of shipping vessels at a storage facility. According to certain embodiments, the aerial inventory system includes an unmanned aerial vehicle having a detector and a transceiver. The detector is configured to detect an identifier of the shipping vessel. The transceiver is configured to transmit information relating to the identifier detected by the detector. The system may also include an operator device having a processor and a display. The operator device may be configured to receive information transmitted from the transceiver relating to the detected identifier and control the display of at least a portion of the information on the display. The operator device may further be configured to control at least a portion of a flight path of the unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: James W. Shondel
  • Patent number: 10176437
    Abstract: The methods, systems, and computer program products described herein provide optimized provisioning of replacement parts for service calls through the use of machine learning. In some aspects, historical hardware maintenance tickets may be processed to generate symptoms vectors identifying sets of symptoms associated with the hardware maintenance tickets. The symptoms vectors and corresponding parts usage records of the historical hardware maintenance tickets may be used train a decision model to predict a probability that a particular part will be used to fulfill the new hardware maintenance ticket. The predicted probability may be used by the system when generating a parts provisioning plan for the new hardware maintenance ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chang Sheng Li, Qi Cheng Li, Shao Chun Li, Soumitra Sarkar, Xin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10169729
    Abstract: A system includes transportation vehicles within a facility, an equipment controller, and a communication unit. The communication unit receives signals indicative of component locations within the facility, vehicle locations within the facility, and/or allocation requests for at least one of the components. The equipment controller schedules enactment of the allocation requests based on designated times associated with operations involved in the enactment of the allocation requests and monitors capacities of the transportation vehicles to carry the components within the facility while the transportation vehicles enact the allocation requests. The equipment controller generates signals for movement control of the transportation vehicles in order to combine the components for the allocation requests in at least one of the transportation vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David Bell
  • Patent number: 10163115
    Abstract: An MD management device manages action statistics associated with each of a plurality of shelving units. Action statistics for one shelving unit indicate actions that store visitors make near the shelving unit. An information terminal device acquires, from the MD management device merchandising information for each shelving unit. Merchandising information for one shelving unit includes a value of statistics for the shelving unit. The information terminal device displays a store screen including one or more shelving unit icons each representing one of one or more shelving units located in a store. Further, the information terminal device displays a graphic item in the vicinity of each shelving unit icon. The graphic item is displayed in a display state that is in accordance with the value of statistics for the corresponding shelving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kento Ogawa, Toru Tanigawa
  • Patent number: 10157392
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a computer-executed method for generating a future sales estimate for an item. The method includes programmatically accessing, from a dataset via a network device, an inventory residence time period of an item. The method also includes programmatically accessing, from the dataset via the network device, prior performance data associated with the item. The method also includes programmatically executing an inventory valuation engine to generate a future sales estimate for the item based on the inventory residence time period and the prior performance data. The method further includes executing a notification generation engine to adjust a notification policy defining a frequency or other characteristic of electronic marketing communications indicating the item transmitted to consumer devices based on the future sales estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Zahra Ferdowsi, Rajesh Girish Parekh
  • Patent number: 10152687
    Abstract: Building and maintaining an accurate and up-to-date inventory of applications deployed throughout an organization are described. In one aspect, an application directory facilitates automated and standardized entry of information on an application. The application directory provides a series of browser-rendered interfaces that collects data about the application. These different types of data are organized according to a logical data model that defines multiple hierarchical levels of data types and relationships amongst the hierarchical levels. The collection of registered applications forms an inventory that may be used to manage these assets. In another aspect, the application directory allows authorized users to manage the inventory of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
    Inventors: Perry Fotinatos, James M. Bessette, Melvin Lew, Syed Husain
  • Patent number: 10149002
    Abstract: A video content provider may maintain its own servers for organizing and distributing its video content as digital files. The video content provider names the digital files according to its own file naming scheme and stores the digital files at particular file locations according to its own file storage scheme. A video-broadcast system analyzes a broadcast schedule to determine attributes of scheduled video content. Using the attributes, the video-broadcast system derives identifying information that the video content provider uses in the file paths and the file names of its digital files. The video-broadcast system uses this identifying information to generate the file paths and the file names for the digital files stored on the video content provider's servers. By automatically generating the file path and the file name for video content from attributes provided by the broadcast schedule, the video-broadcast system can efficiently and consistently retrieve the correct digital files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Allan Propst, Dana A. Lasher
  • Patent number: 10147150
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems for retrieving and serving the regulatory history of a property. For example, an identification of data sources for permits and approvals is stored in a computer system. Property identifiers from the data sources are stored in the computer system. The system identifies the types of permit and approval data available from each of the data sources for each of the property identifiers. A determination can be made of the completeness of the regulatory history available for each property associated with each of said property identifiers. The system receives a request for the regulatory history of at least one of the properties associated with the property identifiers. A web page may be populated with a list of the regulatory history for the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Charles C. Carrington
  • Patent number: 10142170
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a log processing method and client, the method includes: acquiring a log processing instruction, the log processing instruction including a user's identifier; controlling an operating state of a log record switch of the user corresponding to the user's identifier according to the log processing instruction, the operation state of the log record switch including an on state and an off state; when the operating state of the log record switch of the user is the on state, recording a log of the user; when the operating state of the log record switch of the user is the off state, not recording a log of the user. This avoids the overall performance of the system from being affected due to the logs of a large number of users who are being recorded by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Qihoo Technology Comapany Limited
    Inventor: Xinrun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10134003
    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: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Versata Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Loyens, David R. Middleton, Rahul Subramaniam, Aditya P. Kulkarni, Asif Ahmed Sheikh
  • Patent number: 10136259
    Abstract: An inventory tracking system includes a plurality of emitters that each emit a wireless signal and are placed at known locations relative to a plurality of storage areas in a warehouse, including a first storage area for storage of a specified item. The system further includes a mobile device that travels with a material handler. The mobile device: receives a first wireless signal from a first emitter that is one of the plurality of emitters; calculates a first distance between the material handler and the first emitter based on the first wireless signal; determines that the material handler is located at a stocking location for the first storage area based on the first distance and the known location of the first emitter; and sends a message indicating that the material handler is at the stocking location for the first storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTERMEC, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Todeschini, Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 10127575
    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: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Predictive Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William V. Weidman, Jarred D. Brown, Evan L. Newkirk, Eve D. Hanson, Guillaume Vanderschueren
  • Patent number: 10129266
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of providing candidate information comprises: obtaining a challenge code from a verification service at a first device associated with an ID candidate; capturing the challenge code from the first device at a second device associated with an ID checker; verifying the challenge code between the second device and the verification service and, if the challenge code is verified, providing the candidate information from the verification service, such that the candidate information is accessible to the ID checker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Lawrence Lok-Lun Cheng, Jeremy Goldstone
  • Patent number: 10127615
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for intentionally delaying an execution of an executable instruction by determining if a current executable instruction is received from a predefined source for which all executable instructions are to be intentionally delayed. When so, the system sets a sequence time associated with the instruction equal to a receipt time plus a delay time. The system saves the instruction in an intentional delay queue for future execution. When the current executable instruction is received from a source that is not the predefined source, the system determines if a condition for immediate processing of the current executable instruction is present. When so, the system executes the instruction immediately. Otherwise, it performs an intentional delay determination that determines whether the current executable instruction has been intentionally delayed. When the current executable instruction has been intentionally delayed, the system executes the instruction immediately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven I. Givot
  • Patent number: 10121121
    Abstract: Interposer assemblies may be inserted between a traditional shelf and traditional supports for the shelf. Each of the interposer assemblies may be configured to generate signals corresponding to changes in loading on the traditional shelf, and information regarding the changes may be determined to identify items placed onto or removed from the traditional shelf, and locations at which the items were placed or from which the items were removed. The interposer assemblies may include one or more load cells, such as strain-gage load cells, and analog signals generated by the load cells may be processed to determine a mass of an item placed on the shelf or removed therefrom. The item, and a location corresponding to the item, may be determined based on the mass and according to standard equilibrium procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Samuel De Bonet, Nicholas Charles McMahon, Jacob Alex Siegel
  • Patent number: 10121032
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling at least one security device based on the behavior of at least one tag. The methods comprise: generating sensor data relating to movement by at least one sensor disposed in a first tag; analyzing the sensor data to determine if an item to which the first tag is coupled is being handled in an unusual, abnormal or nervous manner; determining if an enterprise system has lost communicative contact with the first tag coupled to the item that is being handled in an unusual, abnormal or nervous manner; and causing an operational state of the security device to change in response to the loss of the communicative contact between the enterprise system and the first tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Melwyn F. Sequeira, Hubert A. Patterson, Mohammad Mohiuddin
  • Patent number: 10121185
    Abstract: A physical item with an affixed identification tag may be distributed to a user of a mobile computing device with an included reader device capable of reading an identifier stored on the identification tag. An association between the physical item and the identifier may be stored. When the mobile computing device is brought into proximity with the tagged physical item, a further association between user and identifier may be stored. The user's mobile computing device may be caused to display a digital application store user interface customized based on associations between the identifier, the physical item, and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Tina Ram Orooji
  • Patent number: 10122915
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for providing an indication about a distance between a retail unit and an electronic device, comprising: acquiring from an image sensor in a retail establishment, at least one image of a product on a store shelf; accessing in a memory that stores a plurality of templates associated with a plurality of differing products, a template associated with the product on the store shelf in the at least one acquired image; comparing at least one dimension associated with the product in the at least one acquired image with at least one dimension associated with the accessed template; based on the comparison, determining whether a distance between the image sensor and the product on the store shelf is within an acceptable range for additional image processing; and providing a notification to a user of the electronic device to adjust the distance between the image sensor and the product on the shelf when the product is outside of the acceptable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TRAX TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Hilit Maayan, Daniel Shimon Cohen, Jacob Greenshpan
  • Patent number: 10108892
    Abstract: A wireless tag apparatus and related medication compliance monitoring techniques are disclosed. In some embodiments, the apparatus may include a motion detector configured to detect at least one of a movement of and an impact to the apparatus. The apparatus also may include a sensing circuit configured to scan, in response to the detection by the motion detector, a sensor array associated with a medication dispenser external to the apparatus to determine whether contents of at least one medication compartment of the medication dispenser have been expelled. The apparatus further may include a transmitter configured to transmit, in response to the detection by the motion detector, a signal including data pertaining to whether the contents of the at least one medication compartment have been expelled, wherein the signal is a radio frequency signal. In some embodiments, the apparatus may be configured for use, for example, in monitoring medication compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: VYPIN, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Sengstaken, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10103956
    Abstract: A network monitor is used to determine resource (e.g., CPU, memory, storage, or network) utilization of one or more virtual machines on one or more corresponding servers. Using resource utilization data for an original configuration of the virtual machines on the servers, the described system and methods simulate reconfigurations of various VMs on servers, determines resource utilization of the simulated reconfigurations, and proposes a reconfiguration that results in lower resource utilization across the one or more corresponding servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Virtual Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Niestemski, Nicholas York
  • Patent number: 10102495
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically determining that delivery of an untagged item occurred are described. Data is received, from a gateway device located on a vehicle on which the untagged item is transported, where the data includes data collected by the gateway device from a set of devices external to the gateway device. A determination of whether the vehicle stopped is performed based on a first part of the data pertaining to the movement of the vehicle. Automatic determination of whether offload of cargo from the vehicle occurred, is performed based on a second part of the data, which is consistent with activity indicative of the offload of cargo from the vehicle as opposed to data collected based on a tag on an item. Responsive to determining that the offload of cargo from the vehicle occurred, a report including information to be used as proof of delivery is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Samsara Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Julia Zhang, James Michael Rowson, John Bicket