Walmart Patent Grants

Attribute-based document searching

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600529
Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing search results, particularly product records from a product database. Tokens of a query are identified. Product records including one or more tokens in values associated with the attributes thereof are identified. A score is generated for attributes of products including a token (an attribute-token score). The attribute-token score is based on a frequency of occurrence of the token in the attribute value and a length of the attribute…

Security bypass environment for circumventing a security application in a computing environment

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600660
Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to performing an operation in a computing environment that is prohibited by a security application governing the computing environment. Exemplary embodiments can generate a security bypass environment in a computing environment governed by the security application to provide a bypass to the security application. In exemplary embodiments, a request to perform the operation can be received via the security bypass environment and…

Wide angle planar antenna assembly

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9601834
Exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure are related to an antenna system including radiating elements and reflectors. The reflectors can be disposed with respect to the radiating elements to reflect radiation from the radiating elements to generate a coverage area that exceeds the coverage area generated by the radiating elements without the reflectors.

System, method, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for analyzing software application modules and provide actionable intelligence on remediation efforts

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9594913
In different embodiments of the present invention, systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media allow a user to analyze software application modules, during development of the software. The present invention may be used to analyze the software application modules, to identify vulnerabilities and to provide the user with actionable intelligence that may be used to improve the security of the software application modules. The actionable intelligence may include a list or groupings…

Reprint of a physical receipt and receipt history from an electronic receipt for reducing fraudulent returns

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9595024
A method is disclosed for reprinting a paper copy of a receipt at a physical store location. The receipt printing may be based off of an electronic receipt. A customer may provide receipt identification to a returns associate at a POS terminal in a store location. Information may be sent to a server or computer system to request that a receipt be reprinted. The server may then process the request and transmit receipt information to the POS terminal where a paper copy of the receipt is…

Methods and systems for rendering an optimized route in accordance with GPS data and a shopping list

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9595062
Techniques for optimizing a shopping agenda are disclosed. The techniques include receiving an electronic shopping list containing one or more items, each item indicating a product sold by a retailer. The techniques further include obtaining a store map, the store map being indicative of a layout of a store associated with the retailer. The techniques further include determining one or more product waypoints based on the one or more items in the electronic shopping list and the store…

Tracking effectiveness of remote sales assistance using augmented reality device

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9589288
A computer-implemented method is disclosed herein. The method includes the step of providing, with a processing device of a commerce server, sales assistance to a consumer shopping in a retail store and considering a first item for purchase. The method also includes the step of receiving, at the processing device, a receipt signal containing a list of items purchased by the consumer. The method also includes the step of determining, with the processing device, if the first item is among…

Location based alerts for shopper

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9589294
Systems and methods are disclosed herein for generating reminders to shoppers to purchase products. Using a customer's current location, products stocked at that location are identified and compared to the customer's purchase history. Items regularly purchased by the customer found among the products stocked at the location are identified. Upon departing the location without adding the product to an electronic shopping cart an alert may be generated to remind the customer to purchase the…

Massive rule-based classification engine

Granted: February 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9582586
Systems and methods are disclosed herein for performing classification of documents or performing other tasks based on rules. A rule generator receives a request for a rule that will receive as an input a document and output an outcome such as a classification of the document, addition of the document to a whitelist or blacklist, or occurrence of some other outcome. The rules are applied to a document and the document and outcome of the rules are presented to a rater. A rating of the…

Delivering customer specified receipt types at checkout

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576283
The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for delivering customer specified receipt types at checkout. A customer specifies receipt delivery preferences at a mobile device (e.g., specifying delivery of a digital receipt and/or a paper receipt at checkout). The mobile device sends the customer's receipt delivery preferences to a receipt preferences database server for storage in a receipt preferences database. During a sales transaction, a…

Normalizing universal product codes

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576310
The current disclosure extends to normalizing UPCs so the normalized UPCs can be readily compared against each other and used for item lookups in a local cache. Embodiments of the present disclosure include a UPC cache on a user's mobile device, such as a smartphone. In such embodiments, a UPC that is normalized following processes set forth in the present disclosure may act as a cache key for related product information stored in the cache. By conducting item lookups in a local cache,…

Integrated loyalty program and game mechanic

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9576428
The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for an integrated loyalty program and game mechanic. When a customer makes a purchase of physical products from a merchant, membership in the merchant's loyalty program can be rewarded with a digital (virtual) asset for use in a computer game. The merchant can also advertise digital assets as loyalty program rewards in the game to persuade customers to purchase physical products from the merchant. In one…

Method and apparatus pertaining to RFID tag tag-type identifiers

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9569707
An RFID tag includes a tag-type identifier. This tag-type identifier can represent data encoder-relevant tag-type information and/or printer-relevant tag-type information as desired. This identifier can comprise an optical or electronic code such as a numeric, binary, or hexadecimal code. This code can be stored within the RFID tag's integrated circuit (for example, within the integrated circuit's stored EPC field). These teachings also provide for recovering from an unassigned RFID tag…

Simultaneous item scanning in a POS system

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9569765
A plurality of items is positioned in a volume scanned by a three-dimensional non-optical imaging system. The imaging system generates a three-dimensional voxel image of the volume. Voxel regions are identified and surfaces of voxel regions are analyzed to identify a symbol printed thereon. The symbols are resolved into product identifiers, which are then added to a transaction and payment for the transaction is processed. The imaging system may be a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)…

Ranking search results based on color

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9563667
Ranking search results based on color including evaluating whether a color term in a search query was intended to identify an actual color and returning different search results based on that determination. When an actual color was intended, an initial product ranking is updated based on color similarity of the product. In some embodiments, a color similarity score is calculated using a color difference formula, a cosine similarity measurement is determined of a cosine of an angle…

Re-ranking results in a search

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9563705
The present disclosure is directed to positioning a new item in search results that may additionally include previously-released items. Items in a search result may be ranked by popularity scores. In embodiments of the present disclosure, a new item may receive a popularity score boost to compensate for that item's relative lack of history in comparison to the previously-released items. Embodiments of the present disclosure utilize outside data sources to rank the items. Outside data…

RFID reader location self-discovery

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9563793
A system and method of determining the location of a RFID reader is disclosed. The system comprises a first RFID reader, and at least one other RFID reader, and a processor. The RFID readers associate unique RFID tag information with at least one antenna that reads the information. The processor receives RFID data from the first RFID reader and the at least one other RFID reader and determines the location of the first RFID reader relative to the at least one other RFID reader based on…

Recommending food items based on personal information and nutritional content

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9558515
The present invention extends to systems, methods, and computer program products for recommending food items based on personal information and nutritional content. A registered customer has members in a customer group. The registered customer provides nutritional information for members of the group (e.g., family members) to a merchant computer system. The merchant computer system uses the nutritional information to recommend food items to the customer. As a customer shops, the merchant…

Shopping space mapping systems, devices and methods

Granted: January 3, 2017
Patent Number: 9534906
Systems, apparatuses and methods for mapping a shopping space are provided. A system for mapping a shopping space includes a plurality of motorized transport units, a store map database, and a central computer system. The central computer system being configured to divide the map of the shopping space into a plurality of sections, assign a unique section identifier to each of the plurality of sections in the shopping space, associate a blocked tag with each section inaccessible to the…

Layout optimization

Granted: January 3, 2017
Patent Number: 9535810
Delivering a page including a plurality of modules is disclosed. A plurality of candidate modules are selected. A corresponding module score for each of the modules in the plurality of candidate modules is evaluated. A plurality of modules is selected from the plurality of candidate modules to be displayed on a page. The position of each module on the page is based at least in part on that module's module score.