Tracking Patents (Class 705/333)
  • Patent number: 10290047
    Abstract: Items, such as produce items, may be placed in containers, imaged, weighed, and stored for subsequent retrieval. Images that depict the items and attributes associated with the items may be presented to customers via an interface. Upon receiving an indication that a customer has purchased one or more items via the interface, a container that includes the one or more items is retrieved. The one or more items are removed from the container and packaged for delivery to the customer. The resulting empty container is refilled with new items, which are then imaged, weighed, and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dushyant Goyal, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 10266350
    Abstract: The unpacked depth of a cargo container is automatically measured as the items are removed therefrom. Information regarding where the unpacked items are to be placed is automatically presented using an active display and determined as a function, at least in part, of the measured unpacked depth. By one approach the foregoing includes using received information that correlates particular items with corresponding packed locations within the cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10210727
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating in a network using parcel theft share signals in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure are provided. In one embodiment, an audio/video (A/V) recording and communication device comprises: a camera configured to capture first image data of a drop-off zone; a communication module; and a processing module comprising: a processor; and a parcel theft deterrence application that configures the processor to: monitor a parcel in the drop-off zone, wherein the parcel is associated with parcel tracking data; determine that the parcel has been removed from the drop-off zone; generate a parcel theft share signal using the first image data and the parcel tracking data, wherein the parcel theft share signal includes a command to share the first image data with a network of users; and transmit the parcel theft share signal to the backend server using the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Siminoff
  • Patent number: 9984348
    Abstract: Methods and systems for context management of a wireless node network having at least a plurality of nodes and a server are described. The server identifies at least one of the nodes. The server determines what context data relates to an operating environment of the identified node as the identified node moves along a path within the operating environment. Based upon the determined context data (e.g., scan data, historic data, shipment data, and layout data), the server performs a management task related to the identified node (e.g., instructs the node to alter its operation, associate the node with the another node, locates the node, tracks and reports the location of the node) with an adjustment made to account for the determined context data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud, Terence Hollahan, Steven Benton
  • Patent number: 9892353
    Abstract: Features are disclosed for collecting wireless identifier signals such as from RFID tags to accurately determine the location of items associated with the wireless identifier. Carefully coordinating when to begin and end collection of the signals and analysis of the signals and signal characteristics (e.g., received signal strength) allow a carried item to be identified and its location determined. Additional features are described to further validate the location of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tak Keung Joseph Lui, Jeremy Dashe, Oleg Kantor, Maju Cheruvallil Kuruvilla, Alton Paul Werronen, Nelson Ramon
  • Patent number: 9850001
    Abstract: A system including a payload bay having at least one sensor configured to determine the identity of an object being transported in the payload bay and verify that the object is properly seated within the payload bay. As an object is inserted into the payload bay of the vehicle, the sensor(s) detects a pattern located on the side of the object. As the sensor(s) detects the pattern, it transmits information that enables the system to determine both the identity of the object and position of the object within the payload bay. In this way, the sensor(s) enables the system to identify when a wrong object is loaded into the payload bay, and/or when the object is improperly seated within the payload bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramsey Gill, Walker Chamberlain Robb
  • Patent number: 9713675
    Abstract: Structures and protocols are presented for configuring an unmanned aerial device to participate in the performance of tasks, for using data resulting from such a configuration or performance, or for facilitating other interactions with such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9558513
    Abstract: Querying for business service processing status information is disclosed, including: receiving a query reference message from a server, wherein the query reference message includes information associated with a set of processing nodes associated with a business service, a sequence associated with the set of processing nodes, and a set of predicted measures of time corresponding to the set of processing nodes; determining a next information query time associated with a current processing node of the set of processing nodes based at least in part on a predicted measure of time of the set of predicted measures of time corresponding to the current processing node; in response to occurrence of the next information query time, sending an information query request to the server; and receiving an information query response from the server, wherein the information query response includes a current business service processing status information associated with the business service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Min Li
  • Patent number: 9538018
    Abstract: A non-transitory storage medium stores instructions executable by an information processing server communicable with a device capable of executing a print processing and a scan processing. A delivery address and a second surface image are to be printed on first and second surfaces of a delivery object. First feature information indicates a feature of the second surface image. The information processing server reads delivery address information and the first feature information associated with each other, when scan information is newly received. The information processing server extracts sample image information when the read delivery address information is the same as the delivery address information contained in the newly-received scan information. The sample image information is for displaying a sample image corresponding to the second surface image having a feature indicated by the first feature information associated with the read delivery address information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiko Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9286591
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of a version of the invention is directed to a system that streamlines and manages the process of managing shipments, deliveries, returns, customers and manifesting. A preferred implementation comprises a system that is based on user's being grouped with specific customers and each specific customer's information being grouped separately from other customers in the system. Preferably, the system comprises permission levels for granting user's access to specific customer information. Permission levels may grant users access to customer specific or system wide information. A preferred implementation further comprises a system for creating manifests and a mobile manifest application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Shiptrack.US, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Lehner, Marvin Windham
  • Patent number: 9254363
    Abstract: Structures and protocols are presented for configuring an unmanned aerial device to participate in the performance of tasks, for using data resulting from such a configuration or performance, or for facilitating other interactions with such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9229994
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for selective server-side tracing of user requests that match tracing criteria. For example, internal server processing data and/or a server-side perspective of web traffic data associated with a server processing a user request may be generated server-side as tracing data. The tracing data may be utilized in troubleshooting issues that may arise between a client machine and the server (e.g., error in uploading a photo to a website hosted by the server). Because a web-based resource (e.g., website) may be hosted by a large number of servers configured to process numerous user requests over time, an overwhelming amount of tracing data may be produced in the absence of weeding out requests for which tracing data is not needed. Thus, utilizing tracing criteria to selectively trace particular user requests promotes efficient troubleshooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Moulhaud, Daron Spektor, Federico Emmanuel Gomez Suarez
  • Publication number: 20150134559
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of tracking a vessel at a processing system, including: receiving location coordinates for the vessel associated with a vessel identifier; obtaining vessel data associated with the vessel identifier; processing the vessel data; and determining whether the vessel is berthed at one of a plurality of berth locations using the processed vessel data and the location coordinates. A system for tracking a vessel is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Duncan MURRAY
  • Publication number: 20150134557
    Abstract: Techniques for physical event management while tracking physical assets are disclosed. In one aspect, data identifying locations of interest in a journey of an asset is received. A position fix for the asset is received and a determination is made that the asset is within a location of interest. In another aspect, data identifying one or more milestones in a journey of the asset is received. An event notification is received from a tag coupled to the asset, and it is determined that there is a problem in the shipment of the asset. In yet another aspect, data identifying one or more actions that should be taken after events of interest in a journey of the asset is received. An event notification is received from a tag coupled to the asset, and it is determined that a particular action should be taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Cova, Nalini Subramaniyam
  • Publication number: 20150134558
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of tracking cargo at a processing system, including: determining whether a vessel has berthed at one of a plurality of berths, each berth tagged with a commodity type; receiving information about the vessel; determining whether the vessel has called at a port; and utilising the berth tag and information about the vessel to calculate the quantity of a commodity delivered between the berth and the port. A system for tracking cargo is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Duncan MURRAY
  • Publication number: 20150120598
    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: 20150112886
    Abstract: An information processing method, a server, and a logistics terminal are provided. The information processing method includes receiving a query request sent by a logistics terminal; determining, in at least one prestored order, target order information that corresponds to an authentication identifier and includes a delivery address within a delivery distance threshold range that uses a current location of the logistics terminal as a center; feeding back the determined target order information to the logistics terminal; and pushing online prompt information to a corresponding ordering user terminal according to the ordering user account in the target order after an arrival notice instruction sent by the logistics terminal is received. It can be seen that, in this solution, the objectives are achieved of improving goods delivery efficiency and reducing a delivery cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jiangyi Luan, Zijun Li, Ning Piao
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9007623
    Abstract: A system for enabling at least one mobile device to communicate with at least one multi-function printer over a network, including at least one processor and a computer-readable storage medium in communication with the at least one processor, wherein the computer-readable storage medium comprises one or more programming instructions for: registering the at least one mobile device with a web-based service; accessing, via the at least one mobile device, a user interface program providing a plurality of Extensible Interface Platform (EIP) options and services; prioritizing, sorting, and ranking the plurality of EIP options and services based on user preference so as to create a customized mobile EIP User Interface (UI); and enabling the customized mobile EIP UI of the at least one mobile device to communicate with and be executed on the at least one multi-function printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Robert St. Jacques, Jr., Hua Liu
  • Publication number: 20150095214
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of purchasing an item and transmitting a message to a recipient of the item is presented. The method entails receiving location data about where the item can be picked up, obtaining a recipient address, receiving personal content for the recipient, and combining the location data with the personal content to create an electronic data package. The personal content may include one or more of an image, a written message, an audio segment, and a video segment. The electronic data package is transmitted to the recipient address. Optionally, the data in the data package (other than the location data) may be customized such that it is disclosed to a recipient at a pre-specified physical location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Richard AHN, Nicholas AHN
  • Publication number: 20150095255
    Abstract: A method and system related to container identification through an electrical receptacle and plug associated with the container of an intermodal freight transport system is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method includes coupling an electrical power plug of a container and an electrical power receptacle of a transport vehicle. Also, the method includes activating a tracking device of the container through a switch and actuator coupling. Further, the method includes verifying an identity of the container upon coupling the electrical power plug to the electrical power receptacle through an identification tag of the container and an electronic reader. Furthermore, the method may include conserving battery power through deactivating the tracking device of the container when the electrical power plug is de-coupled to the electrical power receptacle. The method may also include delivering an alert message to a driver when an incorrect container is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Hall, Jason Wright, Jionghao Yu, Scott Anderson, Levi Marshall Baade
  • Publication number: 20150081584
    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. The shipping system also includes an information system having a shipper computer system configured to record and determine whether the delivery address of a package is an efficient destination for the first carrier. If not an efficient destination, such as a delivery address having a rural zip code, the shipper computer system is configured to label the package for delivery to one of the transfer locations, allowing the first carrier to transfer the selected package to the second carrier for completion of the less efficient portion of the delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Nagesh Kadaba
  • Publication number: 20150081585
    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. The shipping system also includes an information system having a shipper computer system configured to record and determine whether the delivery address of a package is an efficient destination for the first carrier. If not an efficient destination, such as a delivery address having a rural zip code, the shipper computer system is configured to label the package for delivery to one of the transfer locations, allowing the first carrier to transfer the selected package to the second carrier for completion of the less efficient portion of the delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Nagesh Kadaba
  • Publication number: 20150081586
    Abstract: Tracking and management data for distribution of informational, legal, or contractual notices and tracking associated response, or non-response, is disclosed. The system generates and links tracking data for both the distribution and the response, generates indicators that include the tracking data, and encodes the indicators so that the indicators are detectable as they traverse various events and locations throughout the lifecycle. A detailed audit trail of each event in the distribution and response lifecycle is constructed using data matching methods and various statistics regarding the lifecycle, such that the response habits of notice recipients are formulated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Brian William Ford, Dean Victor Vocaturo
  • Publication number: 20150081583
    Abstract: A system and method for confirming a delivery location. A delivery agent equipped with a device, for example, a mobile device, delivers a package to a location. When the package is delivered, the delivery agent triggers a delivery-event on the device, and in response to the delivery-event the device determines an RF fingerprint at the location. The RF fingerprint is stored, and a comparison of the RF fingerprint to previously stored RF fingerprints correlated to particular locations is performed. If the RF fingerprint determined by the first device corresponds to a previously stored RF fingerprint at the correct delivery location, the current delivery location is confirmed as correct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David George Butler, John Christopher O'Hare, Sreekar Ramachandra Tanuku, Arvind Thiagarajan
  • Publication number: 20150074011
    Abstract: An integrated supply chain management with anomaly detection. An order schedule has one or more orders, each of which has a production requirement and a due date. An asset schedule has asset commitments associating assets with orders. Each asset has equipment specifications, including an asset class and one or more operational thresholds. The computer system identifies an asset of a class corresponding to a production requirement of an order and modifies the asset schedule to commit the asset to the order prior to the due date of the order. The computer system receives sensor input for the asset and determines whether an anomaly exists. If so, the computer system commits a second asset to the order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rajaraman Hariharan, Krishnakumar Nagarajan, Kameshwaran Sampath, Alfiya Tezabwala, Vignesh Velusamy Ravindran
  • 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: 20150058246
    Abstract: An improved system and method for tracking inventory or hauling events, such as debris removal loading and disposal events, are disclosed. Also disclosed is a peripheral printing device for use with a tablet computer, smart-phone, or other computing device. The peripheral printing device can be used with the improved system or method in the tracking of inventory or hauling events. Also disclosed is a method of communication between a host device and a peripheral device using audio port channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: William L. Nail, III, Brooks Randall Wallace
  • Publication number: 20150058247
    Abstract: A system is described for determining a relative location of a plurality of items upon a plurality of platforms. The system may include a memory, an interface, and a processor. The memory may store a first item, a second item, a first period of time and a second period of time. The interface may be operative to communicate with a user and an antenna. The antenna may be able to detect an item for a period of time. The processor may be operative to receive from the antenna, via the interface, the first item, the first period of time, the second item and the second period of time. The processor may determine whether the periods of time overlap. If the periods of time overlap the processor may communicate to the user that the items are upon the same platform, otherwise that the items are on consecutive platforms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Oliver Krener, Loic J. Feinbier, Lars Schittko
  • Publication number: 20150058245
    Abstract: A method for item storage and distribution to a user, each stored item associated with a storage identifier, the user associated with a user identifier, the method including associating a set of storage identifiers with the user identifier, in response to receiving a description for a first storage identifier from a user device associated with the user identifier, storing the description as an storage description for the first storage identifier, setting a fill status of the first storage identifier to packed, and removing storage identifiers having an empty fill status from the set of storage identifiers associated with the user identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Boxbee, Inc.
    Inventor: Kristopher D. Matthews
  • Patent number: 8958985
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for determining the accuracy of map data. In one embodiment, map data and collected telematics data can be compared. The difference between the map data and the telematics data can be used to determine the accuracy of the map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 8959036
    Abstract: Remote monitoring and control of the interior environment of a refrigerated shipping container is described. A communications and monitoring device is coupled to a data communications port of a controller of a shipping container. The device is able to receive an operational parameter directly from the controller, without having to install additional instrumentation within the interior of the refrigerated shipping container, and send the operational parameter to a remote station. The device is also able to receive data to control the operation of the refrigerated shipping container from a remote station and send this control data to the controller of the refrigerated shipping container through the data communications port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: APL Limited
    Inventor: Ah Huat
  • Publication number: 20150046363
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics operation management platform that can efficiently and effectively configure factors of product development, production, supply chains, and logistic operations and dynamically control such factors, supply chain and logistics to optimize performance. The platform will also provide the means of selectively and securely displaying data related to production factors, logistics, and supply chain to enable real-time monitoring to support the sales, financial management, or post sales process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Michael M. McNamara, Thomas K. Linton, Nader K. Mikhail
  • Publication number: 20150046364
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for tracking a shipping container. Information from a third-party shipping entity is combined with information retrieved from a data logger attached to the shipping container while the shipping container is in transit. The third-party portal provides updates through Email or the like, transmitted to an address that is uniquely associated with the shipping container and its current itinerary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Kriss
  • Publication number: 20150046362
    Abstract: Described are a system and methods for forecasting a delivery time and updating the forecasted delivery time of an object when a delay occurs. The delay of delivery may be determined based on information of a delivery vehicle provided by an on-board device or delivery status of the object stored in a delivery server. A historic delivery time to a place corresponding to the destination of the object or data collected from an outside service provider may be used for detecting delay condition of the delivery. A delivery service provider, a sender or a recipient may be notified of the delay or an updated delivery time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ronald Muetzel, Thomas Roesch
  • Patent number: 8947252
    Abstract: A device, system, and associated methods for the management of firearms for locating, tracking, monitoring, indentifying discharge, and related management tasks are disclosed. In one embodiment, a firearm is disclosed having a processor adapted for storing information and receiving and acting upon command and a location monitor adapted to provide specific geographic location information. The processor and location monitor can be integrally formed in a single electronic device. The firearm also includes a connectivity port and a connectivity cable. The system can also include a monitoring station and a configuration computer. In at least one embodiment, a firearm utilizes a processor and a GPS monitor for locating, tracking, monitoring, indentifying discharge, and related management tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Paul H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8942920
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for determining the accuracy of map data. In one embodiment, map data and collected telematics data can be compared. The difference between the map data and the telematics data can be used to determine the accuracy of the map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Publication number: 20150012457
    Abstract: A method, system and device are provided that collect and provide information related to goods in transit, as made available for purchase and/or after purchase. The goods may be or include consumer products, commodities, equipment, food, food products, agricultural supplies and agricultural products. A label may include a bar code, a quick response code, an RFID chip and/or a radio frequency or photonic communications device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: HOUND DOG LLC
    Inventors: ABEL GONZALEZ, ALVARO GONZALEZ, ANTONIO SABAREZ, II
  • Publication number: 20150012458
    Abstract: A shipping container reuse recommendation system receives an identifier of a shipping container. An online marketplace interface module associates the identifier of the shipping container with a first transaction. A transaction analysis engine determines a number of transactions associated with the identifier. A transaction detection engine detects a second transaction where a buyer identified in the first transaction is identified as a seller in the second transaction. A reuse recommendation engine generates a recommendation to reuse the shipping container for the second transaction based on a number of prior uses of the shipping container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Lorin Catherine May
  • Publication number: 20150006427
    Abstract: A system, computer program product and method for a global transaction manager in a federated value chain network. The federated value chain network includes a plurality of local networks having shared access to two or more shared databases on a service provider computer over a network via a database router module. The computer program product includes receiving a request for an order for goods or services from a first company in one of the plurality of local networks in the federated value chain network, searching for one or more second companies having matching goods or services over one or more of the plurality of local networks, sourcing the matched one or more second companies, creating a transaction over one or more segments to effect the movement of the good or services, involving one or more third companies, from a source location to a destination location, and managing the handoffs between the relevant first, second and third companies in order to ship the goods or services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: ONE NETWORK ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Ranjit Notani, Greg Brady
  • Patent number: 8924312
    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. The shipping system also includes an information system having a shipper computer system configured to record and determine whether the delivery address of a package is an efficient destination for the first carrier. If not an efficient destination, such as a delivery address having a rural zip code, the shipper computer system is configured to label the package for delivery to one of the transfer locations, allowing the first carrier to transfer the selected package to the second carrier for completion of the less efficient portion of the delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Nagesh Kadaba
  • Publication number: 20140379606
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for an improved consumer oriented secure surveillance system directed to a freight hauling. The method disclosed includes that an authorized tractor driver (e.g., contractor) and/or authorized tractor and the trailer (provided by the consumer) utilize a specified authorization code. A location tracking device is attached to the trailer and stores the specified authorization code. Location information of the location tracking device and the authorized tractor driver and/or an authorized tractor are monitored by an end-user along a destination route. The consumer can control usage of unauthorized tractor driver(s) (e.g., subcontractor(s)) and/or and unauthorized tractor(s) (e.g., subcontractor's tractor(s)) for freight shipment; thus, freight integrity can be controlled, optimized, and maintained to a desired consumer confidence level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: John Lozito
  • Publication number: 20140379605
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for automatic valuation of the quality of a shipment process in terms of environment conditions and in terms of logistics. The system and method performs automatic statistical analysis on the collected data to facilitate identification of anomalies or inefficiencies in the process. At least one or more information on the shipment is used when shipment is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Gisli Herjolfsson, Erlingur Brynjulfsson
  • Patent number: 8918340
    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. The shipping system also includes an information system having a shipper computer system configured to record and determine whether the delivery address of a package is an efficient destination for the first carrier. If not an efficient destination, such as a delivery address having a rural zip code, the shipper computer system is configured to label the package for delivery to one of the transfer locations, allowing the first carrier to transfer the selected package to the second carrier for completion of the less efficient portion of the delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Nagesh Kadaba
  • 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: 20140372335
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which a tracking device is attached to an object and receives nearby object routes from multiple nearby tracking devices, each attached to respective nearby objects. The tracking device compares an expected route corresponding to the object with the received nearby object routes to determine whether the object is being transported along the expected route. When the tracking device determines that the object has been incorrectly routed, the tracking device generates a notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher P. Jones, Jonathan Lenchner, Nathan E. Masters
  • Patent number: 8899479
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the flow and usage of a plurality of medical devices (4) in a hospital (2) environment, in which before shipping the medical devices (4) to a hospital (2) identification tags (17) are connected to said medical devices (4) which are detectable at a distance and contain a medical device identification code and, upon receiving the medical devices (4) in the hospital (2) store (13; 14), they are scanned to detect and store the medical device identification codes of the received medical devices (4) as entrance codes in a data base (31;28) and, when medical devices (4) leave the hospital (2) store (13;14) towards an operation theater block (9) or clinical department, they are scanned to detect and store the medical device identification codes of the medical devices (4) which left the hospital store (13; 14) as exit codes in the data base (31;28) and a medical device stock level in the hospital store (13, 14) is calculated on the basis of the previously stored medical device identification en
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandro Cappuzzo, Antonio Rizzi, Andrea Volpi
  • Publication number: 20140337245
    Abstract: In a method for compiling shipping information, one or more emails are received. A processor analyzes the one or more emails to determine tracking information and initial shipping information for one or more shipments. A processor determines current shipping information for each of the one or more shipments using the tracking information for each respective shipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dhruv A. Bhatt, Kristin E. McNeil, Nitaben A. Patel
  • Publication number: 20140330737
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for resolving a risk associated with a shipped physical object. The methods and servers comprise associating a time with a geographical region. The methods and servers also comprise receiving a set of locations associated with transport of a physical object. In addition, the methods and servers comprise determining that the set of locations fails to satisfy a condition associated with the time and the geographical region. The sensor devices report location data to a server at a first time interval, wherein the location data fails to satisfy a condition associated with a time and a geographical region. The sensor devices also receive an indication of a panic mode. In addition, the sensor devices also report location data to the server at a second time interval, wherein the second time interval is different than the first time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: FedEX Corporate Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Amber Moriah Williams, Chris Swearingen, Cheri Bailey Shirokova
  • Publication number: 20140324726
    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: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Edward J. KUEBERT, Scott R. Bombaugh, William J. Dowling