Shipping Patents (Class 705/330)
  • Patent number: 10315763
    Abstract: Various methods for performing package deliveries by a robotic vehicle may include determining whether an individual at a package delivery location is a requester or an authorized recipient of a package to be delivered by the robotic vehicle at the package delivery location, sending a notification to the requester of the package in response to determining that the individual at the package delivery location is not the requester or an authorized recipient, and delivering the package to the individual at the package delivery location in response to receiving authorization from the requester to deliver the package to the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Shankar Anand, Ashutosh Gupta, Ankit Banaudha, Amandeep Singh Bedi, Michael Franco Taveira
  • Patent number: 10287047
    Abstract: An apparatus for optimizing automated packaging of a shipment set, said shipment set comprising one or more items arranged in an arrangement for being automatically packaged, the apparatus comprising at least one image obtaining device for obtaining three-dimensional image data of said arrangement and at least one computer system and a signaling device, the computer system adapted for processing said image data to obtain information on the dimensions of individual items present in said arrangement and on the orientation and position of said items in said arrangement, performing an analysis of said information with respect to at least one optimization criterion and depending on said analysis, generating signals indicating to either proceed with automated packaging of said arrangement or to modify or to divert said arrangement, and the signaling device adapted for receiving the signals generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Joost Zeilstra
  • Patent number: 10262410
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a system for inspecting goods. The method includes the steps of: obtaining a transmission image and a HSCODE of inspected goods; processing the transmission image to obtain a region of interest; retrieving from a model library a model created based on the HSCODE, in accordance with the HSCODE of the inspected goods; and determining whether there are any goods not registered in a customs declaration that are contained in the region of interest based on the model. With the above solution, it is possible to inspect goods in a container efficiently, so as to find out whether there are goods not indicated in the customs declaration that are concealed in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Li Zhang, Ziran Zhao, Yaohong Liu, Cun Cheng, Qiang Li, Jianping Gu, Jian Zhang, Gang Fu
  • Patent number: 10248120
    Abstract: Navigable path networks herein are defined based on attributes of tasks to be performed by autonomous vehicles traveling thereon, based on attributes of such vehicles, or attributes of the environments in which such networks are provided. The networks include traditional and non-traditional transportation features, and are defined based on prior travel within the environments, including information gathered by such vehicles during such prior travel. The autonomous vehicles are robotic, self-powered units having storage compartments for carrying objects between points of the networks. An optimal route within a navigable path network is selected based on attributes of an autonomous vehicle, a task to be performed by the autonomous vehicle, or the various paths within the network. A navigable path network is updated based on information subsequently learned regarding the environment, including information captured by autonomous vehicles traveling on paths of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 10127517
    Abstract: Techniques for allowing a store to provide same day delivery to customers are disclosed. The techniques include receiving a delivery location for delivery of the item with a customer order, providing the delivery location to a delivery server, the delivery server comparing the delivery location to existing delivery locations for a same day delivery route, and providing potential delivery times to the store server. The techniques also include the store server correlating the possible delivery times with predetermined delivery windows, presenting to the customer potential delivery windows for the order, and receiving from the customer a selection of a delivery window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: David Jon Carr, Richard Mark Ramsden
  • Patent number: 10114597
    Abstract: An information processing device extracts a partial area corresponding to a newly placed printed product, from a captured image as a result of capturing an image of a predetermined image capturing area in which a printed product generated based on an order is placed, acquires from the table, slip information corresponding to image data obtained by searching the table for image data representing an image that matches or is similar to an image in the partial area, and generates print data of a slip corresponding to the newly placed printed product based on the acquired slip information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kimio Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10096060
    Abstract: Information about participants in an auction are received and analyzed along with information about products to be auctioned and other information to generate an interest gauge. The interest gauge may reflect the interest of a buyer, a seller, an auction house or any other entity in the auctioning event. Based on the interest gauge, the operations of the auction can be augmented and/or modified to be optimal in view of revenue generation, products moved, and a balance between the two. For instance, the buyer interest gauge could be used to create packages of items to be auctioned in a combinatorial auction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: XCIRA, INC
    Inventors: Nancy J Rabenold, James A Simmons
  • Patent number: 10074066
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing an order in an Omni-channel order fulfillment system is disclosed. A stock-keeping unit (SKU) node level cost is predicted for a plurality of SKUs. The order is received containing one or more SKUs. A candidate list of fulfillment nodes is determined for fulfilling each of the one or more SKUs in the order using the predicted SKU node level cost and a fulfillment node-destination shipping distance. One or more fulfillment nodes are selected from the candidate list, and the order is fulfilled using the selected one or more fulfillment nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ajay A. Deshpande, Saurabh Gupta, Arun Hampapur, Alan J. King, Ali Koc, Pradyumnha G. Kowlani, Yingjie Li, Ding Ding Lin, Xuan Liu, Christopher Milite, Brian L. Quanz, Chek Keong Tan, Dahai Xing, Xiao Bo Zheng
  • Patent number: 9800564
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for facilitating cross-platform authentication. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to detect that a visual token includes data indicating one or more authentication credentials for accessing a communication device in response to scanning the visual token. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to communicate the authentication credentials of the detected visual token to the communication device to request the communication device to determine whether the authentication credentials are valid for a user. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to enable access to the communication device in response to receiving an indication from the communication device that the authentication credentials of the detected visual token are valid. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Weiqun Jack Zheng, Robert Frederick Myrick
  • Patent number: 9741010
    Abstract: A delivery system and method for delivering packages to multiple recipients uses a mobile robot having a delivery package space suitable for accommodating at least two packages, at least one package sensor configured to output first data reflective of the presence or absence of packages within with package space, at least one processing component configured to receive and process the package sensor's first data and at least one communication component configured to at least send and receive second data. The mobile robot travels to a first delivery location, permits a first recipient to access the package space, and identifies the first recipient's package to the first recipient. The system and method use data from the package sensor to verify that the first recipient removed only his or her package, if other package(s) are also present. The mobile robot then travels to a second delivery location associated with a second recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Starship Technologies OÜ
    Inventor: Ahti Heinla
  • Patent number: 9710776
    Abstract: An overlay bag tag is configured to cover an old bag tag that is attached to a bag of a passenger, with the overlay bag tag including an original bag tag number of the old bag tag and an updated bag route. The overlay bag tag is used to reroute the bag according to the updated bag route when there is a change in a passenger route of the passenger after the bag is checked in with the airlines so that the bag travels with the passenger. If the bag cannot travel with the passenger, the system reroutes the bags to the final destination of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventor: James Clair Lewandowski
  • Patent number: 9639821
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media. A method includes receiving virtual mail piece data and receiving a mail piece, the mail piece having machine-readable indicia on an exterior surface. The method includes decoding the indicia to produce a mail piece identifier and identifying a recipient of the mail piece using the mail piece identifier. The method includes retrieving subscription preferences from a recipient database according to the identified recipient. The method includes electronically sending a virtual mail piece to the recipient, the virtual mail piece corresponding to the mail piece, the virtual mail piece data, and the subscription preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Stanley Wayne Sipe, Michael O. Norris
  • Patent number: 9514429
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for global enterprise workflow management are disclosed. The system may include a communications module, memory, and processor for executing a method of managing job information. The system receives job information and uses a model to identify a desirable resource to execute the job. Then the system sends the job information to the identified resource for execution. The resource may send back information associated with the running and/or completion of the job. Various models may be used in identifying a desirable approach, including a cost model, a staffing model, and other models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Kern, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Brock, Pramod C. Madala
  • Patent number: 9325632
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for enabling collaboration across tenants in a multi-tenant environment using single sign-on (SSO) authentication/authorization. Various examples provide for creating a user account and provisioning a subscription to a user (e.g., to enable single sign-on authentication/authorization). The user is allowed to access services (e.g., collaborative services) in a multi-tenant environment by utilizing a subscription authorization of the user without prompting the user to authenticate by logging-in again (that is, without prompting the user to log-in again after the user has already logged-in and been authenticated for a given session). Other examples provide for mapping webspaces through URL hosts where each organization (that is, tenant) has its own set of namespace(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mustansir Banatwala, David Andrew Brooks, Patrick Y. Lin, Thomas Schaeck, Robert Leslie Yates
  • Patent number: 9199282
    Abstract: A method of tracking mail in a postal sorting system comprising first and second networks of sorting machines with first and second unique identification protocols for uniquely identifying the mailpieces, the first and second networks producing first and second dated tracking data as a mailpiece is passing through the sorting machines, this first and second dated data being associated with first and second unique mailpiece identifiers generated using the first and second protocols, said dated data associated with said first and second unique mailpiece identifiers is retrieved in a data-processing unit for the purpose of measuring a time characteristic of the journey of the mailpiece through the first and second networks, and a match is established between the unique identifiers via digital images of the mailpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventor: Emmanuel Miette
  • Patent number: 9191394
    Abstract: Protecting user credentials from a computing device includes establishing a secure session between a computing device and an identity provider (e.g., a Web service). Parameters of the secure session are communicated to a credential service, which renegotiates or resumes the secure session to establish a new secure session between the credential service and the identity provider. User credentials are passed from the credential service to the identity provider via the new secure session, but the computing device does not have the parameters of the new secure session and thus does not have access to the passed user credentials. The credential service then renegotiates or resumes the secure session again to establish an additional secure session between the credential service and the identity provider. Parameters of the additional secure session are communicated to the computing device to allow the computing device to continue communicating securely with the identity provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mark F. Novak, Andrew J. Layman
  • Patent number: 9043241
    Abstract: Information from a package is read. An encryption key is generated from the information read from the package. A text unit is encrypted using the encryption key. The encrypted text unit is affixed to the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Geoff Lyon, Salil Pradhan, Vinay Deolalikar, Alipio Caban, Lester Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20150142692
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided. In one embodiment, a connection between an electronic door hanger and a customer computing entity can be established at a customer's location. With a connection established, information about an attempted (e.g., successful/unsuccessful) pick-up or delivery can be automatically provided to the customer computing entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: ROBERT J. GILLEN, KENNETH BRADLEY GUBLER
  • Publication number: 20150142690
    Abstract: A method for providing a storage device with content files for exhibition commences by identifying, from a work order, a needed set of content files. Thereafter, a storage device, whose previously written content files most closely match the needed set of content files identified from the work order, is selected from an inventory of storage devices. The set of content files on the selected storage device undergo adjustment so that the storage device stores at least the needed set of content files. For example, if one or more of the needed set of content files are missing from the selected storage device, these files are replicated onto the selected storage device as part of the content file adjustment process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ryan John Sorensen, William Gibbens Redmann
  • Publication number: 20150142691
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided. In one embodiment, a connection between an electronic door hanger and a customer computing entity can be established at a customer's location. With a connection established, information about an attempted (e.g., successful/unsuccessful) pick-up or delivery can be automatically provided to the customer computing entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: ROBERT J. GILLEN, KENNETH BRADLEY GUBLER
  • Publication number: 20150120596
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Publication number: 20150120534
    Abstract: A wireless tracking device may have a unique identifier that identifies the item to which it is attached, distinguishing that item from the other items in a secured location. A database may contain information regarding the item attached to the wireless tracking device. A store may be a secured location, and an item may be authorized to leave the store when it is sold. A checkout process may include scanning a machine-readable code associated with the wireless tracking device. Once the checkout is complete and the customer has paid for the item, the database may be updated to disable the alarm for the wireless tracking device. Based on the information in the database, a wireless tracking device detector may determine whether or not to generate an alarm when the wireless tracking device is detected leaving the secured location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Aimee Cardwell, Scott Gruby, David Geisinger, Mark Hill, Francisco Duarte Barbosa Teixeira e Melo
  • Publication number: 20150120529
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are disclosed for receiving a package identification code at a first location, the code corresponding to a delivery package. The package identification code may then be analyzed and a recipient authentication (e.g., a signature, a PIN code, etc.) may be requested from a user. Access to a portal may be granted based on receiving an acceptable recipient authentication code. The portal may be one of a plurality of portals, and may be selected based on the package identification code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Faaborg
  • Patent number: 9020860
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing mail packages to be sent to recipients includes a carrier envelope with a front address window and a back window. A content document having a style code printed on it is positioned at the back of the carrier envelope. The content style code is positioned to be visible through the back window of the carrier envelope. A reply envelope is enclosed with an address area aligned with the front window of the carrier envelope. Mail packages are prepared by storing a corresponding content style for the recipient. While transported, the content style code is scanned. From the style code, a recipient having the corresponding content style is selected from the stored list. That recipients name and address are printed onto the address area of the reply envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Valentino Guyett, William Greenway, Marc Grimm, Roger B. Hosler
  • Publication number: 20150112885
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 9014354
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to updating routing patterns in an enterprise network. In some implementations, a method for routing sessions includes identifying information associated with call sessions in an enterprise network. The information includes costs to an enterprise for using carrier services during the call sessions. Routing patterns for call sessions are dynamically updated through at least a portion of the enterprise network based, at least in part, on the costs associated with the call sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Service Bureau Intetel S.A.
    Inventor: Claudio Marcelo Lopez
  • Publication number: 20150095254
    Abstract: The invention relates to a baggage drop system for depositing and checking of baggage into airline flights. The system comprises a conveyor (1), equipped with a static or dynamic weighing scale (17), comprising multiple, spaced apart load cells (18), and computing means adapted to compare the output of the weighing scale (17) with allowable baggage weights, and a substantially horizontal frame member (2?), mounted above the first conveyor (1) at a distance from the upper surface of the first conveyor (1) equal to the maximum allowable height of baggage, thereby forming a physical barrier for oversized baggage. The system allows to check for the presence of living creatures on the conveyor belt, and for conformity with baggage handling system requirements. The system may further comprise a baggage check-in apparatus (3) to allow automatic baggage check-in by a passenger, including means for payment (12) of excess and/or overweight baggage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jorick Naber, Leander Henricus Albertus Ross, Reinout Vander Meülen, Bart René Yvonne Houlleberghs, Roel Reijnen
  • Publication number: 20150088779
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an integrated real-time, customer-company process that materially improves the end-to-end customer experience for delivery of products and services. The invention enables more efficient management of a company's supply-demand relationship, unit costs, and return on investment. Example embodiments are directed to an inter-related, customer-company management process for a food delivery business. A process on an intelligent, processor-based platform provides an improved end-to-end customer experience, for example, by reducing wait times and using convenient payment options so that customer does not need to handle money. The process further enables a food truck operator to more efficiently manage the business, both at a single site and across multiple sites. There is a substantial, real-time interdependency between the customers and the food truck operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Falcone, John J. Viola, Dennis J. Reinhold
  • Publication number: 20150081582
    Abstract: An exemplary nonlimiting ernbodirnent of the present invention provides a system that includes a loading/unloading facility, a user apparatus having a user interface configured to communicate with a driver of a delivery/pick-up vehicle, and an administrator apparatus configured to communicate with the user apparatus and the loading/unloading facility. The user apparatus is located remotely from the loading/unloading facility. The driver checks into the user apparatus and the administrator apparatus coordinates arrival of the delivery/pick-up vehicle at the loading/unloading facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald H. Mains, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150081581
    Abstract: Delivering packages among a community of participants is carried out using a computer. Software stores information pertaining to senders, couriers, and receivers, including their images. Information is additionally stored pertaining to the package, including a description, an image of the contents, and geographic locations where the package is to be picked up and delivered. A picture of the courier is taken when she is physically in the presence of the sender, and the computer compares this image to the stored image to confirm the identity of the courier. An image of the receiver is similarly compared, and the images of the contents are compared. The GPS coordinates of the pickup and delivery are compared with previously agreed upon locations. Participants are notified if images or coordinates do not match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Zzzoom, LLC
    Inventor: Kayle Gishen
  • Publication number: 20150081580
    Abstract: A system is provided to generate a video receipt for purposes of creating evidence of shipment of a package to an intended recipient. The kiosk includes a secure drop box into which packages may be placed for later pick up by a shipping service, a computer system having a user interface and means for communicating wired or wirelessly via a public or private network; an electronic communication application installed on the computer system permitting the electronic transfer of a video receipt and text, and a video camera secured to the kiosk and actuatable by the person desiring to ship one or more packaged items via the user interface of the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: JAMES BRIAN FRY
  • Publication number: 20150066794
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing the supply of liquid color to a process machine utilizes an electronic memory device connected permanently to a container of liquid color and an electronic memory controller that interacts with the electronic memory device, preferably wirelessly over the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Sherwood MAGUIRE
  • Publication number: 20150066797
    Abstract: A system and method that authenticates a shipment to a particular address. A cellular telephone application allows total control of who can be the recipient. The telephone number of a particular cellphone is associated by the carrier with the tracking number of a parcel. The carrier, upon receipt of the parcel for shipping sends an authorization code, which may comprise an expiration date, and/or biometric information, and which may be presented as an electronic barcode image, or presented in other ways (e.g., Bluetooth, infra-red communication) by an application in the telephone. The telephone can securely store this information in its memory, in association with the tracking number. To receive or pickup the parcel, the recipient must present this authentication code (e.g., as a barcode) with their telephone, for scanning by the carrier's delivery agent. Only after authentication code is verified is the parcel released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Outwater, William Gibbens Redmann
  • Publication number: 20150066795
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, systems, methods and computer program products are configured for providing a customized content exchange platform between a third party and a consignor shipping one or more packages to one or more consignees. Within such, one or more computer processors are configured to: receive at least a portion of customized content from the third party; compare the one or more components of the received portion of customized content with at least the one or more consignor-defined parameters so as to identify one or more correlations there-between; in response to identifying at least one correlation, generate a match notification; and based at least in part upon approval of the match notification by the consignor, generate at least one customized communication containing thereon at least a portion of the customized content provided by the third party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. Gillen, Jessica Catherine Grimes, David Daniel Alery, David Louis Molvik, Du Phung, Randy Campbell
  • Publication number: 20150066796
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for transmitting information over a wide area network, such as the Internet, in response to receiving at least a portion of mail data. In one embodiment of the present invention, information is stored in a memory. Mail data is then affixed to a mail object. The mail object is then manually delivered to a recipient. The mail data is then provided to a reception device. The reception device then uses the mail data to retrieve the information from a mail device in communication with the memory. In a preferred embodiment, the mail data includes data corresponding to the recipient of the mail object, and the information includes data that identifies the recipient of the mail object and data that corresponds to a content of the mail object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Secured Mail Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Todd Fitzsimmons
  • Publication number: 20150046361
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for managing shipped physical objects. The methods and systems comprise receiving data associated with a journey of the shipped object and determining, using a processor, alert conditions based on the received data. Alert conditions are representative of risk of damage, loss, or delay associated with the shipped object. In addition, the methods and systems comprise transmitting one or more alternative options for mitigating the alert condition to a user, receiving a selection of one of the alternative options, and modifying the journey based on the received selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Amber Moriah Williams, Amy Mays, Cheri Bailey Shirokova, John Marshall Veitenheimer, Jessica Jordan Shoup, Surendra Ajmera
  • Publication number: 20150026089
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable medium for automatically determining appropriate delivery information for one or more items of an order or potential order is described. A variety of types of information can be considered when determining what delivery information is appropriate for one or more items, such as a type of the items, the particular items, relationships of the items to other items, information about the purchaser, and/or information about the recipient. In addition, the automatic determination of an appropriate address for an item being ordered or potentially ordered by a user can be made in a variety of ways, such as based on inferences from past behavior when ordering items, on inferences from information about the item and from available delivery information for the user, and/or on previous explicit indications from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: JOEL R. SPIEGEL
  • Publication number: 20150012456
    Abstract: A delivery station and a method for operating the delivery station including a station server, at least one of storage device for controlling storage facility and a delivery device for delivery including confirmation, located in one of a building and distant and connected to at least one e-provider server via a network for gathering and delivering without error at least one of merchandise and service item included in an order received by at least one e-provider from at least one dweller of the building, each of the devices comprising a CPU, a memory, indicators and touch display screen identifying particulars pertaining to a stored item, the order received from a dweller, a barcode reader, an RFID reader, a communication transceiver for verifying and communicating the gathering and the delivery, including updating of the stored item quantity via the station server upon execution or cancellation of the delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: David ELBERBAUM
  • Patent number: 8924311
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recovering, processing, containing, and transporting water obtained from an ice source, i.e., a glacier, ice sheet, ice cap, etc., are described herein. The ice obtained from the ice source holds unique properties and is processed as a beverage for consumption having unique properties. Further, the resulting product is produced and transported with minimal human alteration and reduced energy input as compared to conventional methods for packaging water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: World's Fresh Waters Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Allen Szydlowski, Ian Szydlowski, Mickey Fouts
  • Publication number: 20140379603
    Abstract: Methods and systems for coordinating shipping services for items. Generally, the methods and systems assist a user in determining the cost of shipping items where the user does not have all of the information typically required by a carrier. The method includes receiving an inquiry for a shipping cost with a generic description of the one or more items, where the generic description omits a value for at least one physical characteristic of an item. The method includes identifying, responsive to receiving the generic description, an estimate for the omitted value using a knowledge base, and generating a shipping cost. In some implementations, a server receives, from a second party, an improved description of the item including a more accurate value for the omitted characteristic of the item, and the server then updates the knowledge base, storing the second value for the characteristic of the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Jeremy Bodenhamer, Aaron Freeman
  • Publication number: 20140379604
    Abstract: Methods and systems for coordinating shipping services for items. Generally, the methods and systems assist a user in determining the cost of shipping items where the user does not have all of the information typically required by a carrier. The method includes receiving an inquiry for a shipping cost with a generic description of the one or more items, where the generic description omits a value for at least one physical characteristic of an item. The method includes identifying, responsive to receiving the generic description, an estimate for the omitted value using a knowledge base, and generating a shipping cost. In some implementations, a user supplies an image of the item. In some implementations, the generic description is automatically generated from the image. In some implementations, a user purchases shipping services based on an image of the item to be shipped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Jeremy Bodenhamer, Aaron Freeman
  • Patent number: 8918341
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a return label for merchandise being returned from a buyer or consumer in a first country to a merchant in a second country. A name and address of a consumer in the first country desiring to return merchandise and merchant or seller information including a merchant identifier is received. An address for receiving returns for the merchant or seller in the second country is accessed based on the merchant information. One or more machine readable identifiers for use by a first country carrier and for use by a second country carrier based at least on the consumer information, and information for routing the return merchandise are generated. A return label for merchandise being returned from the consumer to the merchant is generated. The return label can include the machine readable identifiers and a customs declaration for the merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Shea R. Felix, Kate A. Sobel, Rachel E. Clausen
  • Publication number: 20140372334
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sending a an item via mailing or shipping process to a destination mailing address without the sender of the item obtaining any identifiable information about the recipient of the item. The process also allows the user with the ability to provide unidentifiable information to third party mailing or courier/shipping services. The system and method safeguards personal information about recipients of items. The process involves leveraging a waypoint processing facility and the assignment of unique codes for the final destination locations. The waypoint processing facility is responsible for receiving items mailed or shipped from the original sender, looking up the unique anonymous code provided by the anonymous address to obtain the appropriate final destination address assigned to the code, and sending the item to the final destination address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Craig D. Wrentmore
  • Publication number: 20140358814
    Abstract: Product order and shipping information received via email messages is automatically aggregated for ready user review. Once the user is authenticated, authorization to access their email mailbox is obtained and the email message headers of their emails are analyzed to identify those messages of interest. The bodies of the email messages of interest are parsed to extract the product order and shipping information which is stored and presented for display to the user typically grouped by individual product thus greatly simplifying user review of orders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Scott J. Brady, Benjamin A. Suppe, Eric J. Botto, Harpinder Singh Madan, Ievgen Mastierov, Aditya Khosla, Dmytry B. Mykhaylov, Georgii Verbytskyi
  • Publication number: 20140358703
    Abstract: Item delivery optimization may be provided. Items may be identified as available for delivery at a first location to at least one second location. A route from the first location to the second location may be calculated and at least a portion of the route from the first location to the second location may be provided to a delivery mechanism, such as an automated delivery device and/or a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SkySocket, LLC
    Inventors: Erich Stuntebeck, John DiRico
  • Publication number: 20140351161
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, media and code for routing a mail item are provided. A conveyor in mechanical communication with a mail item registration station may include a processor for registering a first part of the mail item. The processor may: determine that: the first part is a payment part; and a second part that corresponds to the first part is exceptional; identify a destination that corresponds to the first part; and route the first part to the destination along with an indication corresponding to the missing second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Bank of America
    Inventors: Mark D. Felse, David T. Frew, John B. Hall, Tessa R. Cooke
  • Publication number: 20140351163
    Abstract: The methods and systems disclosed enable objective verification of the delivery of goods based on comparative data sets; one associated with a given address location and the other associated with retrieved positional coordinates using a global positioning system (GPS) while at the location of delivery, with the retrieved coordinates tagged to a digital photograph of the intended recipient. Comparative data sets are also obtained from a digitized photograph showing an intended recipient's face, the photograph provided by the customer requesting the delivery, and from a photograph taken at the location of delivery to the recipient. Facial recognition technology is utilized to determine if there is a match between the two images. Satisfaction and assurance of delivery is further achieved by delivery to the customer of the photograph taken at the location of delivery showing the recipient with the goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Alan Tussy
  • Publication number: 20140351160
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, media and code for routing a mail item part are provided. A receiver device may electronically receive: an indication that a first mail item part of a mail item is a check; an indication that a second mail item part of a mail item is a payment coupon; and an indication that a third mail item part of a mail item is a message. A processor device may: route the first mail item part and the second mail item part to a first destination; and route the third mail item part to a second destination that corresponds to terms in the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Felse, David T. Frew, John B. Hall, Tessa R. Cooke
  • Publication number: 20140351162
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a delivery unit comprises a plurality of objects. The delivery unit is encapsulated within a transport container for delivery to an entity for installation. As new versions of the objects are created by modifying the source code, the modified versions of objects are included in the delivery unit along with unmodified versions of the remaining objects of the delivery unit. The modified versions of the objects are marked for installation, while the unmodified versions are not marked for installation. Upon installation, the objects marked for installation are extracted from the delivery unit while the objects not marked for installation are discarded. The extracted objects are then installed, thus updating any previous versions of the objects, while unmodified objects are not installed. In one representative embodiment, objects are procedures of a database system, which may be organized hierarchically into folders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: SAP AG
    Inventor: Andreas Kemmler
  • Publication number: 20140351159
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, media and code for routing mail items to different destinations. A driven mail conveyor may receive: a first mail item that includes a paper envelope displaying in an addressee segment an institution name and institution address information, the first mail item including a first part; and a second mail item that includes a paper envelope displaying in the addressee segment the institution name and the institution address information and no other institution address information, the second mail item including a second part. A processor may electronically route, based on a first text string vector of the first part, the first mail item to a first mail item destination in the institution; and, based on a second text string vector of the second part, the second mail item to a second mail item destination in the institution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Felse, David T. Frew, John B. Hall, Tessa R. Cooke