Special Goods Or Handling Procedure Patents (Class 705/332)
  • Patent number: 10118722
    Abstract: A package sorting system is described that can be used to efficiently sort and pack Ropak containers for transporting packages from a sorting facility to a destination facility. The package sorting system can determine a particular Ropak container to place the package in as well as determine if the package was placed in the current Ropak container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dicom Transportation Group
    Inventors: Kirk Serjeantson, Mathew Dunlop, Patrick Beaudoin, Jean-Francois Busque, Pierre David Labre, Jean-Luc Pampin, Olga Aouslender
  • Patent number: 10002342
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system and method for utilizing an automated aerial vehicle for determining the content of items included in bins within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, the automated aerial vehicle may fly along a flight path past one or more bins and capture images of those bins. The images may be processed to determine the content of the bins, and other images of areas outside of the bins may also be processed (e.g., for detecting items on floors, security issues, etc.). The flight path for the automated aerial vehicle may be determined and/or modified based on various parameters (e.g., to most efficiently capture the images of the bins, to temporarily avoid areas with obstacles, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matti Juhani Oikarinen
  • Publication number: 20150120597
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process of determining, at a point during shipment, whether the solid phase refrigerant in a shipment is sufficient to preserve the shipment cargo, which is blood or other biological products, for the remaining shipment period, by: monitoring the temperatures encountered to said point and estimating the temperatures likely to be encountered during the remaining shipment period; determining the likelihood that the remaining refrigerant can maintain the shipment cargo within a specified temperature range during the remaining shipment period; and if the risk that the remaining refrigerant cannot maintain the shipment cargo within said range during the remaining shipment period is above a cut-off level, then taking action to preserve the value of the cargo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: TCP Reliable, Inc.
    Inventor: Saak Dertadian
  • Patent number: 8954354
    Abstract: An IV product transport device is configured to transport an IV product from one location to another in automated fashion. The transport device may comprise a chassis with one or more ports for IV products. A drive mechanism is configured to move the transport device. In one embodiment, the transport device includes a controller. Information may be provided to the controller about an IV product, such as its intended destination or use. The controller may also exchange information with a delivery device, such as an infusion pump, to verify that the IV product is delivered to the proper destination. The transport device may include a delivery mechanism for off-loading an IV product. The transport device may deliver IV products of various configurations, including one in which the product comprises a flexible bag and a container housing for supporting and protecting the fluid bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Graham Ross
  • Publication number: 20150039529
    Abstract: The invention relates to a network of participants connected through a website and thereby forming a virtual cold chain, and wherein the participants can make proposals and/or bids to shipment owners, shippers, receivers, and customers, to provide services or products to keep the shipment at desired conditions (especially, temperature conditions) during a period of the remaining shipment. The shipment can be monitored en route by agents acting for the website or by either the same participants making proposals, or other participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: TCP Reliable, Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice Barakat
  • Publication number: 20150039528
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing information relating to the specialized handling of a package, and articles contained within the package. Data relating to a package containing an article that requires specialized handling is associated with a unique identifier and stored in a database. The unique identifier is also included in a machine readable code affixed to the package. A recipient of the package scans the machine readable code using an application downloaded into a mobile device, which extracts the unique identifier from the machine readable code and transmits a request to the database. The database may then identify data stored in the database that relates to the article based on the unique identifier, and transmit the data to the mobile device for display to the recipient. The data may include instructions on how to unpack the package, and how to store or use articles contained within the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Fisher Clinical Services Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Minogue, Sean Leslie Smith
  • 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
  • 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: 20140365391
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computing system for initiating a shipping inquiry for a piece of heavy equipment. A manufacturer/model is defined for the piece of heavy equipment. A starting location is identified for the piece of heavy equipment. A destination location is identified for the piece of heavy equipment. The shipping estimate is calculated for the piece of heavy equipment based, at least in part, upon the manufacturer/model of the piece of heavy equipment, the starting location of the piece of heavy equipment, and the destination location of the piece of heavy equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Cox, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140289156
    Abstract: A computer-based ordering system configured to select a plurality of foodstuffs for delivery to a client may comprise: an inventory database configured to store a list of available foodstuffs from which the plurality of foodstuffs is selectable; a client database configured to store a plurality of client-specific profiles for a corresponding plurality of clients; and a control processor configured to select, from the list of available foodstuffs, the plurality of foodstuffs to be delivered to the client. The selection by the control processor of the plurality of foodstuffs to be delivered may be final and may be made in accordance with historical order data compiled from one or more prior orders received from one or more other clients that share (i) similar dietary preferences and/or (if) similar purchase profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Nature Delivered Limited
    Inventor: Graham BOSHER
  • Patent number: 8815031
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel systems and methods for processing packages through a delivery network using a hub assist label. Generally described, the hub assist label includes indicia of a sequence of sorting locations that designates the flow of a package through a delivery network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: John Olsen, David Bradley, Rhesa Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8799179
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for filtering of a mail item addressed to a recipient. In accordance with an embodiment, preference information about mail items from the recipient is obtained. The preference information is compared with information on the mail item and based on the comparison, it is determined whether the mail item should be delivered. The preference information may include at least one of a size of the mail items, a type of the mail items, a classification of the mail items, a weight of the mail items, and preference information abut senders. In accordance with another embodiment, the preference information of a recipient may be provided to a sender so that the sender can determine whether the recipient wants mail items from the sender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Michael J. Amato
  • Publication number: 20140214714
    Abstract: A preservation system for storage and logistic transport of nutritional substances. The preservation system obtains information about the nutritional substance to be preserved, senses and measures the external environment to the preservation system, senses and measures the internal environment to the preservation system, senses and measures the state of the nutritional substance, and stores such information throughout the period of preservation. Using this accumulated information, the preservation system can measure, or estimate, changes in nutritional content (usually degradation) during the period of preservation. Additionally, the preservation system can use this information to dynamically modify the preservation system to minimize detrimental changes to the nutritional content of the nutritional substance, and in some cases actually improve the nutritional substance attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Eugenio Minvielle
  • Publication number: 20140195453
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for managing fluid transportation includes at least one client device configured to receive fluid source data from at least one fluid source data resource at a pick-up location and receive fluid destination data from at least one fluid destination data resource at a drop-off location, and at least one server computer in communication with the at least one client device, the at least one server computer configured to receive fluid data comprising at least a portion of the fluid source fluid data and at least a portion of the fluid destination data from the at least one client device, store the fluid data, and generate at least one report based at least partially on the fluid data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: James Chance Richie, Adam M. Klenk
  • Patent number: 8775329
    Abstract: The principles of the present invention provide the ability to flexibly change the delivery point and time for a mail item, while the item is en route. The recipient, sender, or mailer may flexibly change the delivery point of the item alone or in combination with each other. While an item is en route between the sending point and the delivery point, a notification is sent to indicate that the item is in transit. In response, the delivery of the item may be changed. For example, the destination specified by the sender (e.g., the delivery address written on the item) may be changed or a delivery time may be specified. The item is then delivered to the new delivery point and/or at the specified delivery time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Edward J. Kuebert, Scott R. Bombaugh, William J. Dowling
  • Publication number: 20140180914
    Abstract: A method, device and system of an autonomous neighborhood multi-copter commerce network in a community are disclosed. In one embodiment, an autonomous neighborhood multi-copter includes a storage compartment of the autonomous neighborhood multi-copter in which items are storable, a computer system of the autonomous neighborhood multi-copter that is communicatively coupled to a commerce server of a neighborhood communication system through a wireless network to autonomously navigate the autonomous neighborhood multi-copter to a destination in the neighborhood specified by the commerce server using a peer-to-peer network of client side devices in the neighborhood that are geo-constrained to a location of a defined neighborhood, and a navigation server of the autonomous neighborhood multi-copter to provide a remote sensing capability to the autonomous neighborhood multi-copter such that the autonomous neighborhood multi-copter is autonomously navigable to the destination using the peer-to-peer network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Raj Abhyanker
  • Publication number: 20140180953
    Abstract: A system for distributing perishable goods includes a remote central control station, a plurality of local control units, and a plurality of mobile storage containers. By wirelessly transmitting information between the remote central control system and local control units, controlled conditions within the associated mobile storage containers can be optimized to preserve the perishable goods within the containers during lengthy transport trips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Purfresh, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Westcott, Robert A. Hayes, Claude-Nicolas Fiechter
  • Patent number: 8762291
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for increasing the robustness of optimization solutions for bulk gas distribution, relative to uncertain events such as unexpected plant outages. The techniques actively consider different assumptions regarding unexpected plant outages while searching for a solution (i.e., when generating a delivery schedule). A robust solution (delivery schedule) is one on which a plant outage only has a limited impact. A computer-implemented delivery scheduling application may identify a robust solution that performs well with respect to a range of uncertain future conditions (e.g., a variety of plant outages), at the lowest additional cost to the producer/distributor relative to other solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude Et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Nicoleta Neagu, Hugues Dubedout
  • Patent number: 8756165
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for facilitating packing and vehicle loading for order fulfillment. A number of totes associated with each one of a plurality of orders fulfilled in a fulfillment center are tracked in a computing resource. Each of the orders specifies at least one item. A plurality of compartment assignments in a delivery vehicle are generated for the totes associated with each of the orders, the delivery vehicle having a plurality of storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul N. Haake, Dennis Lee, Neha Gupta, Andrew Sean Tyra
  • Patent number: 8719180
    Abstract: A method and system for providing services to a mail delivery point are presented. According to the method, a delivery point identifier is acquired from a device located at the delivery point. Then, delivery point data is accessed corresponding to the delivery point identifier, and mail delivery services are provided in response to the delivery point data. The delivery point data are modifiable by a recipient who receives physical mail at the delivery point, and the delivery point data includes recipient preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Theresa Biasi, Robert A. Cordery, Andrei Obrea, Leon A. Pintsov, Frederick W. Ryan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140122368
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a shipping request system for dynamically identifying one or more restricted items within shipping requests. The system comprises: one or more memory storage areas containing data and one or more computer processors. The computer processors are configured to: receive input content data comprising one or more terms descriptive of one or more items for which shipment is requested, and retrieve trigger data from the one or more memory storage areas, the trigger data being associated with one or more terms related to one or more restrictions placed upon shipment of an item. The input content data is then dynamically compared against the trigger data to identify one or more correlations indicative of the presence of one or more restricted items. If correlations are identified, further shipment request processing is prevented; otherwise processing may continue. Associated computer program products and computer implemented methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence Gittleman
  • Patent number: 8712923
    Abstract: A shipping system for shipping packages involving the coordinated use of at least a first carrier and a second carrier. The shipping system includes physical delivery facilities for the physical delivery of packages, the physical delivery facilities including at least one transfer location at which the second carrier may take over delivery responsibilities for a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Nagesh Kadaba
  • Patent number: 8712922
    Abstract: A shipping system for shipping packages involving the coordinated use of at least a first carrier and a second carrier. The shipping system includes physical delivery facilities for the physical delivery of packages, the physical delivery facilities including at least one transfer location at which the second carrier may take over delivery responsibilities for a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Nagesh Kadaba
  • Patent number: 8688598
    Abstract: One or more images of items for an order being processed at processing station of an order fulfillment center may be captured and associated with the order. Alternatively, a short video clip may be captured of the order being packaged. An electronic notification that the order has been processed may be sent to a customer associated with the order. The electronic notification may include a reference to one or more of the captured images or video clips. The customer may use a reference included in the notification to view the captured images. The customer may view captured images to verify that the order has been correctly processed. The captured images may include images of the items being packaged for shipment and may show the shipping address on the package allowing the customer to verify that indeed it is his package in the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Shakes, Francois M. Rouaix, Donald L. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8682808
    Abstract: Information of articles to be loaded is received, indicating and numbers of the articles to be loaded. A historic loading plan record is read. An item of the historic loading plan record includes at least a loading plan and an adaptive index corresponding to the loading plan. A loading plan suitable for the current transportation is generated based on the historic loading plan record and the information of articles to be loaded. The technical solution of this invention may reduce the requirements on storage and computing resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Wei Ding, Jin Dong, Minmin Qiu, Wei Wang, Yan Qing Xie
  • Patent number: 8676718
    Abstract: Aspects for delivering and displaying warm food products are disclosed. In one aspect, a disclosed method includes determining a threshold delivery time for delivering such products after production, and ascertaining a peak period corresponding to a sale of those products at a delivery location. The method further includes loading the warm food products onto a heat-insulated container at a production source, and scheduling a delivery of those products in the heat-insulated container. A heat-insulated display case is also provided, which includes a housing compartment coupled to a display door that includes a window. Here, a seal between the display door and the housing compartment in a closed position is configured to maintain an optimal ambient temperature range within the housing compartment. In a further aspect, another disclosed method includes receiving warm food products from a production source, and loading those products onto a heat-insulated display case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Frank Villegas
  • Publication number: 20140074741
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention may reduce the amount of time a consumer spends coordinating a move. A system is provided which may guide the consumer through the process of planning the move, including developing an inventory of items to be transported. Based on the consumer's plan, quotes for the move may be provided from multiple movers, and each quote may be an exact price that a mover will charge, rather than merely an estimate. To enable movers to provide exact quotes, some embodiments of the invention implement a standard pricing methodology. The system may allow movers to define pricing information in accordance with the methodology, and this information may be used to calculate a quote for a move when a consumer requests one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Unpakt, LLC
    Inventors: Sharone Ben-Harosh, Daniel Cooke, Amish Gandhi, John Negron, Israel Carmel
  • Patent number: 8620753
    Abstract: A restaurant management system and method interface is provided. In accordance with the invention, data from various restaurant operations is collected and stored for processing. The data is processed into useful metrics, such as those indicative of various categories of restaurant staffing, efficiency, performance and quality. The useful metrics can be displayed as a human-readable chart, graph or report. The data can be processed in real time, permitting managers to promptly make adjustments and to alert restaurant workers or crew members of deficiencies so that prompt and effective remedial action can be taken to improve restaurant performance. Reports may be generated that provide the performance of restaurants individually and as a combined group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Burns, Cathy E. Berenschot, Gerald Calabrese, Charles D. Kasper, III, Rosemarie Lovell
  • Patent number: 8615473
    Abstract: A method and system for anticipatory package shipping are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method may include packaging one or more items as a package for eventual shipment to a delivery address, selecting a destination geographical area to which to ship the package, shipping the package to the destination geographical area without completely specifying the delivery address at time of shipment, and while the package is in transit, completely specifying the delivery address for the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel R. Spiegel, Michael T. McKenna, Girish S. Lakshman, Paul G. Nordstrom
  • Publication number: 20130339264
    Abstract: To provide a material monitoring system for biomass plastic from its source, information, such as weight, mass, or volume, in each nth node is transmitted at prescribed in and out timings to a central management server. Based on the information, the management server carries out monitoring of the original material's mass or volume which is presently onsite at the nth node. While material distribution elements will in reality branch off and become complex, the total quantity of the original material which the management server manages does not change. Should an error arise in a change in the total quantity of the original material which the management server manages, it will be possible to suspect an illicit event and to investigate the cause thereof based on the management information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Hattori, Masanori Tagashira, Dai Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 8600903
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and containers for transporting products, such as medical products are disclosed. The methods and systems involve identifying an environmental condition of a place to where a product is to be shipped, identifying an environmental condition of a place from which the product is to be shipped, identifying the amount of time that the product is expected to be in transit during shipping, and determining the type of container and cooling element that should be employed to transport the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Eller
  • Publication number: 20130311393
    Abstract: A method and electronic system is provided for managing a commodity shipment or container shipment. A Statement of Fact (SOF) is maintained on the electronic system; and electronic access is allowed to the SOF by one or more of a plurality of parties involved in the shipment using data communication. A contract for the commodity shipment may be formulated and electronically stored based on the received information from one of the parties. A laytime calculation may be made using information from the SOF and optionally from the contract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: CLS Limited
    Inventors: Tony Herbert, Daniel Lyons, Adam Lewis
  • Patent number: 8583490
    Abstract: The present invention is a methodology for the delivery of freshly prepared food to a plurality of vehicle-operating consumers. Freshly prepared foods means foods that have, in some manner, recently been transformed into an edible or consumable format. Thus, when frozen ice cream is scooped into a cone, it is freshly prepared; when a frozen or cool item is microwaved to cook it or to merely heat it up, it is freshly prepared; when coffee is taken from an urn or coffeemaker and put into a cup, it is freshly prepared; when soda is dispensed from a dispenser or cooler, it is, in accordance with the present invention, freshly prepared; when frozen pizza is heated, it is freshly prepared, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas Klementowicz, III
  • Patent number: 8577491
    Abstract: Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods Food Ingredients Company, Inc
    Inventors: Robert Mariniello, Edith D. Akins-Lewenthal, Benjamin Warren, Ryan T. Grace
  • Patent number: 8577490
    Abstract: Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Mariniello, Edith D. Akins-Lewenthal, Benjamin Warren, Ryan T. Grace
  • Patent number: 8577492
    Abstract: Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Mariniello, Edith D. Akins-Lewenthal, Benjamin Warren, Ryan T. Grace
  • Patent number: 8560461
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method for automatically splitting a group of items into two or more shipment sets are disclosed. A shipment splitting analyzer may be configured to determine if and how the items should be split into shipment sets dependent on the number of unique or total items, item parameters, container parameters, facility configurations, transportation constraints, and/or business policies. Items may be dequeued from the group into proposed shipment sets directed to a target container. The shipment splitting analyzer may determine which items may be shipped together dependent on a cumulative volume and/or weight of the items, a size and/or weight capacity of the target container, and/or affinity information associated with the items. Over-sized items, over-weight items, and/or large quantities of single items may be removed for exception processing prior to splitting the items into shipment sets. Shipment splitting data may be analyzed for current performance and/or operational trends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Tian, Ritesh R. Garodia, Eric C. Young, Devesh Mishra
  • Publication number: 20130226822
    Abstract: A method of compliance checking includes defining a set of rules related to shipping alcohol to a region. Compliance checking is performed by determining if a shipping client associated with a plurality of shipping orders is compliant with each of the set of rules when executing a plurality of shipping orders to the region. Further, an indication is given indicating whether the client is compliant with the set of rules in relation to execution of the plurality of shipping orders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Jason Paul Eckenroth
  • Patent number: 8494975
    Abstract: A method and tool for estimating a ship date profile for a business (e.g., a business that is not in operation), includes simulating a plurality of dynamic events to estimate the ship date profile for the business. The plurality of dynamic events may include, for example, at least one of stochastic customer shopping traffic, an uncertainty of order size, a customer preference of a product feature and demand forecast, an inventory policy, a sourcing policy and a supply planning policy, and a manufacturing lead time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Young Min Lee, Stephen John Buckley
  • Patent number: 8489472
    Abstract: A system and method for proactively monitoring the status of packages shipped by a package delivery carrier including intervening when certain conditions arise. The system identifies certain packages are requiring proactive monitoring and intervention, and monitors a variety of conditions, including system-wide impacts and package-level specific impacts, which may necessitate intervention by carrier personnel. Intervention may include various exception handling actions, including upgrading the level of service, stabilizing the temperature of the package, inspecting damage to the package. The carrier may notify the consignee or consignor of such detected conditions and may then communicate with appropriate individuals involved with the package delivery to ascertain the most appropriate action necessary. The system facilitates communicating such information to appropriate carrier personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Val Corday Boitet, Erik Paul Sebusch, Guy Ellingwood
  • Patent number: 8489520
    Abstract: The principles of the present invention provide the ability to flexibly change the delivery point and time for a mail item, while the item is en route. The recipient, sender, or mailer may flexibly change the delivery point of the item alone or in combination with each other. While an item is en route between the sending point and the delivery point, a notification is sent to indicate that the item is in transit. In response, the delivery of the item may be changed. For example, the destination specified by the sender (e.g., the delivery address written on the item) may be changed or a delivery time may be specified. The item is then delivered to the new delivery point and/or at the specified delivery time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Edward J. Kuebert, Scott R. Bombaugh, William J. Dowling
  • Patent number: 8447703
    Abstract: A sensor device for detecting product quality conditions is attached to each product to be delivered, and constant monitoring is performed on quality conditions of stock products in a storage room of a delivery center for quality assurance. For products in a storage room of a delivery truck, constant monitoring is also performed on quality conditions thereof in the same manner. If a quality abnormality is found in a product in the storage room, information regarding product sensing items and information regarding the current location of each delivery truck are processed to select a replacement stock product less susceptible to recurrence of a similar quality abnormality at the time of redelivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naohiro Yuasa, Yohei Kawada, Daisuke Shibata
  • Publication number: 20130117192
    Abstract: A computer-based food delivery system is configured to select and ship to specific customers perishable fruit and vegetables through a postal network. A process controller is operable to select, from an inventory database, a plurality of perishable foodstuffs that are to be assembled into a box and sent through the postal network. Selection by the process controller may be based on: (i) a customer order instruction received by the process controller from the specific customer and the availability of the foodstuffs as reflected in the inventory database; and (ii) similar orders placed by other customers sharing similar dietary preferences or similar purchase profiles. A supply database may be configured to maintain historical order data on prior orders for multiple individual customers may be accessed by the process controller such that overall selection may also be based on a weighting of earlier historical order data from the specific customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Nature Delivered Limited
    Inventor: Graham BOSHER
  • Patent number: 8438118
    Abstract: The present invention relates to transportation management processes and systems. One aspect of the invention is directed toward a method in a computer system for determining one or more routes for transporting items, including receiving multiple orders to transport items from an origination stop to a destination stop, generating one or more consolidations, and generating one or more shipments wherein each shipment includes a selected consolidation that meets at least one shipment parameter or an order. The method further includes generating one or more routes with an ordered sequence of stops wherein each route is associated with one or more shipments. The method still further includes selecting one or more routes based on one or more route parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: William P. C. Ho
  • Publication number: 20130103605
    Abstract: Aspects for delivering and displaying warm food products are disclosed. In one aspect, a disclosed method includes determining a threshold delivery time for delivering such products after production, and ascertaining a peak period corresponding to a sale of those products at a delivery location. The method further includes loading the warm food products onto a heat-insulated container at a production source, and scheduling a delivery of those products in the heat-insulated container. A heat-insulated display case is also provided, which includes a housing compartment coupled to a display door that includes a window. Here, a seal between the display door and the housing compartment in a closed position is configured to maintain an optimal ambient temperature range within the housing compartment. In a further aspect, another disclosed method includes receiving warm food products from a production source, and loading those products onto a heat-insulated display case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Villegas
  • Patent number: 8428870
    Abstract: A system and method of fabricating and assembling of large-sized modules remote from a heavy industrial hydrocarbon processing plant site, and overland transportation thereof to the plant site. The method may rely on a computer-based heavy-haul transportation logistics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventors: Allen L. Berry, Kenneth J. Luhan
  • Patent number: 8412642
    Abstract: Transport scheduling and transport processes for low microbial (“LM”) bulk products are described. The transport scheduling and processes facilitate low microbial activity in a LM bulk product during the transport of the LM bulk product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods Food Ingredients Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mariniello, Edith D. Akins-Lewenthal, Ryan T. Grace
  • Publication number: 20130073477
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved method of logistics and/or operations for conducting a direct-to-consumer e-commerce retail business. The logistics and/or operations system of the present invention may be used in connection with any online or e-commerce retail sector, including, for example, but not limited to, food retail (i.e., grocery retail), electronics, home goods, books, clothing, and shoes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Greg Grinberg
  • Patent number: 8401975
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for analyzing package performance in a materials handling facility may include calculating an expected shipping cost for an item package and an actual shipping cost for the item package to determine excess shipping costs due to shipping item packages in the wrong container. The expected shipping cost may be the sum of the transportation cost and shipping materials cost when the item package is shipped in a recommended container. The actual shipping cost may be the sum of the transportation cost and shipping materials cost when the item is shipped in another container. The shipping materials costs may include the costs of the containers themselves and any non-item contents in the containers. A package performance analyzer may be configured to calculate excess shipping costs, generate various package performance reports according to received report parameters, and recommend corrective actions, including changing the available container types or providing training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Tian, Devesh Mishra, Mackenzie Smith, James E. Bacus
  • Patent number: 8375730
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process of selecting of a container and temperature-control system, such that biological products (including blood) requiring maintenance within a specified range of temperatures are so maintained during shipment. The process requires a prediction of the maximum period of shipment, and the predicted ambient temperature ranges and time of exposure thereto for the system during the period of shipment. With that information, a system of container(s) with temperature-control agents including dry ice, ice, frozen gel packs or a phase change material, is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: TCP Reliable, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus H. Haarmann, Anthony Alleva, Eric Paul Mirabel