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1. (WO2018022375) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING PERISHABLE ITEMS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/022375    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/042769
Publication Date: Fri Feb 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Jul 20 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: F28F 13/00
B64C 39/02
B65D 81/18
B65D 81/38
G05D 23/00
G06Q 10/08
Applicants: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
Inventors: WINKLE, David C.
WILKINSON, Bruce W.
MATTINGLY, Todd D.
Title: SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING PERISHABLE ITEMS
Abstract:
In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to delivering and maintaining perishable items within a certain temperature range during delivery. In some embodiments, there is provided a system for transporting merchandise including: a container for transporting merchandise within a predetermined temperature range in a delivery vehicle along a delivery route from a source location to a destination location, the container including: a merchandise storage area receiving merchandise and a coolant; an insulation compartment adjacent the merchandise storage area; a temperature sensor measuring the temperature in the merchandise storage area at predetermined time intervals during transport; and a control circuit configured to receive the temperature measurements from the temperature sensor during transport and to modify the insulation characteristics of the container during transport in response to the temperature measurements to maintain the merchandise within the predetermined temperature range.