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1. WO2020220108 - BUILDING-INTEGRATED LOT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A computing platform configured for preparing items for a customer in advance of a customer fitting session, the computing platform comprising:

a non-transient computer-readable storage medium having executable instructions embodied thereon; and

one or more hardware processors configured to execute the instructions to:

receive one or more preliminary item selections from the customer through an online portal;

determine a fitting date and time for the customer fitting session at a fitting location;

determine the final item selection from the last of the one or more preliminary item selections not more than 48 hours before the fitting session, the final item selection comprising a plurality of items from an available assortment of items, the available assortment of items being maintained between a plurality of locations comprising at least the fitting location and a warehouse location, the customer not committing to purchase any of the items in the final item selection; after determination of the final item selection:

lock the one or more items in the final item selection from the available assortment of items;

locate each of the preliminary items between the plurality of locations in an electronic inventory system; using an automated mechanical system, assemble the preliminary items located at the warehouse location into a lot;

using the automated mechanical system, sort the lot into at least one transfer bin;

mark the at least one bin for transfer from the warehouse location to the fitting location in advance of the date and time of the fitting session;

at the date of the fitting session:

before the time of the fitting session, prepare a final lot at the fitting location from the transferred at least one bin; and

before the time of the fitting session, store the prepared final lot in a temporary storage system operating in the building at the fitting location.

2. The computing platform of claim 1 , wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by the instructions to, after preparing the final lot and using an automated storage and retrieval system of the temporary storage system, deliver the final lot to a fitting room in the building at the fitting location.

3. The computing platform of claim 1 , wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by the instructions to, after determination of the final item selection, flag unavailable ones of the preliminary items.

4. The computing platform of claim 1 , wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by the instructions to, before determining the final item selection, modify the last of the one or more preliminary item selections by modifying at least one of the items therein considering one or more past purchases from the customer.

5. The computing platform of claim 4, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding different sizes of an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

6. The computing platform of claim 4, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding different models of an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

7. The computing platform of claim 4, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding one or more different products in relation to an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

8. The computing platform of claim 1, wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by the instructions to, after the fitting session:

return unselected items from the final lot into the temporary storage system; unlock the unselected items from the available assortment of items; and after the fitting session, transfer the unselected items from the temporary storage system towards the warehouse location.

9. The computing platform of claim 8, wherein returning the unselected items from the final lot into the temporary storage system comprising using a rejection bin outside of the automated storage and retrieval system of the temporary storage system and wherein transferring the unselected items from the temporary storage system towards the warehouse location comprises transferring the rejection bin from the fitting location to the warehouse location.

10. The computing platform of claim, wherein the plurality of locations also comprises a photo shoot location and the one or more hardware processors are further configured by the instructions to, after locating each of the preliminary items between the plurality of locations in the electronic inventory system:

assemble the preliminary items located at a photo shoot location into a second lot;

sort the second lot into at least one additional transfer bin; and transfer the at least one additional bin from the photo shoot location to the fitting location in advance of the date and time of the fitting session.

11. A method for preparing items for a customer in advance of a customer fitting session comprising:

receiving one or more preliminary item selections from the customer through an online portal;

determining a fitting date and time for the customer fitting session at a fitting location;

determining the final item selection from the last of the one or more preliminary item selections not more than 48 hours before the fitting session, the final item selection comprising a plurality of items from an available assortment of items, the available assortment of items being maintained between a plurality of locations comprising at least the fitting location and a warehouse location, the customer not committing to purchase any of the items in the final item selection;

after determination of the final item selection:

locking the one or more items in the final item selection from the available assortment of items;

locating each of the preliminary items between the plurality of locations in an electronic inventory system;

using an automated mechanical system, assembling the preliminary items located at the warehouse location into a lot;

using the automated mechanical system, sorting the lot into at least one transfer bin; and

transferring the at least one bin from the warehouse location to the fitting location in advance of the date and time of the fitting session; and

at the date of the fitting session, before the time of the fitting session:

preparing a final lot at the fitting location from the transferred at least one bin; and

storing the prepared final lot in a temporary storage system operating in the building at the fitting location;

12. The method of claim 11, further comprising, after preparing the final lot, using an automated storage and retrieval system of the temporary storage system, delivering the final lot to a fitting room in the building at the fitting location.

13. The method of claim 11, further comprising, after determination of the final item selection, flagging unavailable ones of the preliminary items.

14. The method of claim 11, further comprising, before determining the final item selection, modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item selections by modifying at least one of the items therein considering one or more past purchases from the customer.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding different sizes of an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

16. The method of claim 14, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding different models of an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

17. The method of claim 14, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding one or more different products in relation to an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

18. The method of claim 11, further comprising, after the fitting session:

returning unselected items from the final lot into the temporary storage system; unlocking the unselected items from the available assortment of items; and after the fitting session, transferring the unselected items from the temporary storage system towards the warehouse location.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein returning the unselected items from the final lot into the temporary storage system comprising using a rejection bin outside of the automated storage and retrieval system of the temporary storage system and wherein transferring the unselected items from the temporary storage system towards the warehouse location comprises transferring the rejection bin from the fitting location to the warehouse location.

20. The method of claim 11, wherein the plurality of locations also comprises a photo shoot location, the method further comprising, after locating each of the preliminary items between the plurality of locations in the electronic inventory system:

assembling the preliminary items located at a photo shoot location into a second lot;

sorting the second lot into at least one additional transfer bin; and transferring the at least one additional bin from the phot shoot location to the fitting location in advance of the date and time of the fitting session.

21. A system configured for preparing items for a customer in advance of a customer fitting session, the system comprising:

one or more hardware processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:

execute an online portal that:

receives one or more preliminary item selections from the customer through;

determines a fitting date and time for the customer fitting session at a fitting location;

determines the final item selection from the last of the one or more preliminary item selections not more than 48 hours before the fitting session, the final item selection comprising a plurality of items from an available assortment of items, the available assortment of items being maintained between a plurality of locations comprising at least the fitting location and a warehouse location, the customer not committing to purchase any of the items in the final item selection; execute a processing agent that, after determination of the final item selection:

locks the one or more items in the final item selection from the available assortment of items;

locates each of the preliminary items between the plurality of locations in an electronic inventory system; using an automated mechanical system, assembles the preliminary items located at the warehouse location into a lot;

using the automated mechanical system, sorts the lot into at least one transfer bin;

marks the at least one bin for transfer from the warehouse location to the fitting location in advance of the date and time of the fitting session;

execute the processing agent that, at the date of the fitting session:

before the time of the fitting session, prepare a final lot at the fitting location from the transferred at least one bin; and

before the time of the fitting session, store the prepared final lot in a temporary storage system operating in the building at the fitting location.

22. The system of claim 21, wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by machine-readable instructions to, after preparing the final lot and using an automated storage and retrieval system of the temporary storage system, deliver the final lot to a fitting room in the building at the fitting location.

23. The system of claim 21, wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by machine-readable instructions to, after determination of the final item selection, flag unavailable ones of the preliminary items.

24. The system of claim 23, wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by machine-readable instructions to, before determining the final item selection, modify the last of the one or more preliminary item selections by modifying at least one of the items therein considering one or more past purchases from the customer.

25. The system of claim 24, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding different sizes of an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

26. The system of claim 24, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding different models of an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

27. The system of claim 24, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding one or more different products in relation to an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

28. The system of claim 2f, wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by machine-readable instructions to, after the fitting session:

return unselected items from the final lot into the temporary storage system; unlock the unselected items from the available assortment of items; and transfer the unselected items from the temporary storage system towards the warehouse location.

29. The system of claim 28, wherein returning the unselected items from the final lot into the temporary storage system comprises using a rejection bin outside of the automated storage and retrieval system of the temporary storage system and wherein transferring the unselected items from the temporary storage system towards the warehouse location comprises transferring the rejection bin from the fitting location to the warehouse location.

30. The system of claim 21, wherein the plurality of locations also comprises a photo shoot location and wherein the one or more hardware processors are further configured by machine-readable instructions to, after locating each of the preliminary items between the plurality of locations in the electronic inventory system:

assemble the preliminary items located at a photo shoot location into a second lot;

sort the second lot into at least one additional transfer bin; and transfer the at least one additional bin from the phot shoot location to the fitting location in advance of the date and time of the fitting session.

31. A non-transient computer-readable storage medium having instructions embodied thereon, the instructions being executable by one or more processors to perform a method for preparing items for a customer in advance of a customer fitting session, the method comprising:

receiving one or more preliminary item selections from the customer through an online portal;

determining a fitting date and time for the customer fitting session at a fitting location;

determining the final item selection from the last of the one or more preliminary item selections not more than 48 hours before the fitting session, the final item selection comprising a plurality of items from an available assortment of items, the available assortment of items being maintained between a plurality of locations comprising at least the fitting location and a warehouse location, the customer not committing to purchase any of the items in the final item selection; after determination of the final item selection:

locking the one or more items in the final item selection from the available assortment of items;

locating each of the preliminary items between the plurality of locations in an electronic inventory system;

using an automated mechanical system, assembling the preliminary items located at the warehouse location into a lot;

using the automated mechanical system, sorting the lot into at least one transfer bin; and

transferring the at least one bin from the warehouse location to the fitting location in advance of the date and time of the fitting session; at the date of the fitting session:

before the time of the fitting session, preparing a final lot at the fitting location from the transferred at least one bin; and before the time of the fitting session, storing the prepared final lot in a temporary storage system operating in the building at the fitting location.

32. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 31, wherein the method further comprises, after preparing the final lot, using an automated storage and retrieval system of the temporary storage system, delivering the final lot to a fitting room in the building at the fitting location.

33. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 31, wherein the method further comprises, after determination of the final item selection, flagging unavailable ones of the preliminary items.

34. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 31, wherein the method further comprises, before determining the final item selection, modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item selections by modifying at least one of the items therein considering one or more past purchases from the customer.

35. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 34, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding different sizes of an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

36. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 34, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding different models of an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

37. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 34, wherein modifying the last of the one or more preliminary item comprises adding one or more different products in relation to an item in the last of the one or more preliminary item selections.

38. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 31, wherein the method further comprises, after the fitting session:

returning unselected items from the final lot into the temporary storage system; unlocking the unselected items from the available assortment of items; and after the fitting session, transferring the unselected items from the temporary storage system towards the warehouse location.

39. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 38, wherein returning the unselected items from the final lot into the temporary storage system comprising using a rejection bin outside of the automated storage and retrieval system of the temporary storage system and wherein transferring the unselected items from the temporary storage system towards the warehouse location comprises transferring the rejection bin from the fitting location to the warehouse location.

40. The computer-readable storage medium of claim 31, wherein the plurality of locations also comprises a photo shoot location, the method further comprising, after locating each of the preliminary items between the plurality of locations in the electronic inventory system:

assemble the preliminary items located at a photo shoot location into a second lot;

sort the second lot into at least one additional transfer bin; and transfer the at least one additional bin from the phot shoot location to the fitting location in advance of the date and time of the fitting session.