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1. (WO2018160305) METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING OR TRACKING PRODUCTS IN A RETAIL SHOPPING FACILITY
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Pub. No.: WO/2018/160305 International Application No.: PCT/US2018/015844
Publication Date: 07.09.2018 International Filing Date: 30.01.2018
IPC:
G06F 17/30 (2006.01) ,G06Q 10/08 (2012.01) ,G06Q 30/02 (2012.01) ,G06Q 50/28 (2012.01)
G PHYSICS
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COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
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ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
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Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
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Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
G PHYSICS
06
COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
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DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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Administration; Management
08
Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping; Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
G PHYSICS
06
COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
Q
DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
02
Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
G PHYSICS
06
COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
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DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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Systems or methods specially adapted for a specific business sector, e.g. utilities or tourism
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Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping
Applicants:
WALMART APOLLO, LLC [US/US]; 702 Southwest 8th Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72716, US
Inventors:
JONES, Nicholaus A.; US
JONES, Matthew A.; US
Agent:
KRATZ, Rudy; US
MENGHINI, Scott; US
O'DONNELL, Amanda; US
Priority Data:
62/464,83028.02.2017US
Title (EN) METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING OR TRACKING PRODUCTS IN A RETAIL SHOPPING FACILITY
(FR) PROCÉDÉS ET SYSTÈMES DE SURVEILLANCE OU DE SUIVI DE PRODUITS DANS UNE INSTALLATION DE COMMERCE DE DÉTAIL
Abstract:
(EN) In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful for a retail shopping facility to track products being shelved therein. In one example, this tracking is accomplished without the use of RFK) tags and RFK) readers, but instead, employs overhead electronic image capturing devices. By one approach, the images obtained are compared to a store planogram and alerts are sent to the associate or worker stocking the shelves to correct the stocking process. As the images may be captured and analyzed in real-time, the system may redirect the worker during the shelving process to prevent items from being stocked or shelved in an incorrect location for long. In one embodiment, the system includes a product database, overhead electronic image capturing devices, portable electronic devices, and a control circuit in communication with the product database, overhead electronic image capturing devices, and the portable electronic devices.
(FR) La présente invention concerne, dans certains modes de réalisation, des appareils et des procédés utiles à une installation de commerce de détail pour le suivi de la mise en étagères de produits dans celle-ci. Dans un exemple, ce suivi est accompli sans l'utilisation d'étiquettes RFK et de lecteurs RFK, et fait plutôt appel à des dispositifs de capture d'image électronique aérienne. Selon une approche, les images obtenues sont comparées à un planogramme de magasin et des alertes sont envoyées au collaborateur ou au travailleur procédant au stockage dans les étagères afin de corriger le processus de stockage. Au fur et à mesure que les images peuvent être capturées et analysées en temps réel, le système peut rediriger le travailleur pendant le processus de magasinage afin d'empêcher le stockage et la mise en étagère d'articles dans un emplacement incorrect pour une longue période. Dans un mode de réalisation, le système comprend une base de données de produits, des dispositifs de capture d'images électroniques aériennes, des dispositifs électroniques portatifs, et un circuit de commande en communication avec la base de données de produits, les dispositifs de capture d'images électroniques aériennes, et les dispositifs électroniques portatifs.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (BW, GH, GM, KE, LR, LS, MW, MZ, NA, RW, SD, SL, ST, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Office (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (EPO) (AL, AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, SK, SM, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, KM, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)