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1. (WO2017156528) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/156528    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/022085
Publication Date: Fri Sep 15 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Mar 14 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G06F 17/30
G06Q 30/02
G06Q 50/00
Applicants: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
Inventors: ATCHLEY, Michael D.
HIGH, Donald R.
Title: APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
Abstract:
Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for analyzing social media messages for inventory management. A system for analyzing social media messages comprises a communication device, an item identifier database, an inventory database, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to aggregate a plurality of social media messages, identify a plurality of messages of interest associated with customers seeking items to purchase, for each message of interest of the plurality of messages of interest: identify an item of interest based on comparing a text of the message of interest with identifying texts in the item identifier database, and identify a customer location associated with the message of interest; determine an item in demand for a geographic location, determine a stock information of the item in demand in the geographic location, and automatically generate an order for the item in demand to be stocked at the geographic location.