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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Patents
Assignee:
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Address:
Bentonville, AR
No. of patents:
40
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
D627165 Live device seizure kit November 16, 2010
D503042 Plastic box March 22, 2005
D471214 Freezer array March 4, 2003
D429085 Convertible shoe box and display platform August 8, 2000
8589365 Data access layer November 19, 2013
An improved data access layer (DAL) architecture enables database connection pooling or multiplexing across machine boundaries. Drivers installed at web servers communicate with servers in a DAL. The DAL servers present a virtual database to the web servers, and the DAL servers in tu
8584577 Liquid director and beverage maker including same November 19, 2013
A beverage maker having a liquid director configured to channel liquid toward a lowermost surface thereof, into and though an opening in the beverage maker, and to a fluid container of the beverage maker. The liquid director can be engaged with a lid of the beverage maker and/or at l
8286887 RFID tag sensors and methods October 16, 2012
Radio frequency identification (RFID) devices for use in RFID-based sensors and related methods are described herein. In one implementation, an RFID sensor system includes an RFID device having a near field only RFID tag and a conductive element which functions as a far field antenna.
8286884 Universal RFID tags and manufacturing methods October 16, 2012
Radio frequency identification (RFID) devices, and methods of manufacture are described herein. In one implementation, a RFID device comprises: a near field only RFID tag that does not function as a far field RFID tag and is pre-manufactured; and a conductive element independent from the
8262005 Processing apparatus and method September 11, 2012
A processing apparatus and method includes a housing, including: a motor, and a drive shaft rotatable by a motor about a drive axis, including a drive engagement device movable along the drive axis, a bowl, the drive shaft extending into the bowl when the bowl is secured to the housing i
8260757 Data access layer September 4, 2012
An improved data access layer (DAL) architecture enables database connection pooling or multiplexing across machine boundaries. Drivers installed at web servers communicate with servers in a DAL. The DAL servers present a virtual database to the web servers, and the DAL servers in tu
8255786 Including hyperlinks in a document August 28, 2012
Techniques for including a hyperlink in a document is disclosed. A document is received via a communications interface. An entity pair is determined by a processor. The entity pair includes a concept included in a concept taxonomy and a textual representation included in the document.
8248214 Adjustable lighting for displaying products August 21, 2012
A system and method for controlling a variable light source where a variation in the light source can be triggered by utilizing a product identifier, such as for example RFIDs associated with the product being displayed to tell the controller to control the variable display case ligh
8122030 Dual web graph February 21, 2012
Scoring a document is disclosed. One or more metrics is determined in a forward direction. One or more backwards metrics is determined. The document is scored based at least in part on a combination of the metrics.
8122016 Determining concepts associated with a query February 21, 2012
Determining one or more concepts associated with a query is disclosed. A query is received. A list of concepts and associated scores is received. The concepts fit within a concept hierarchy. A density function is used to evaluate the received concepts. One or more concepts are associated
8120482 System and method of enhanced RFID transport device sensor network February 21, 2012
A mobile sensor system and method for managing inventory of a store includes at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) scanner for receiving readings from RFID tags, at least one external sensors for detecting at least one external events other than RF signals from the RFID
8117200 Parallelizing graph computations February 14, 2012
Performing an operation on a web graph is disclosed. A plurality of computers is initialized. The web graph is divided into portions. The portions are distributed to the plurality of computers. The results of the computation are propagated from the plurality of the computers to each
8096469 Methods for receiving credit card applications at a fuel dispenser January 17, 2012
Credit card applications typically involve the help of a third party to input the necessary data required by a credit card issuing agency. Using the present invention, a customer at a fuel dispenser can complete a credit card application and have it approved or denied in a quick and
8091780 System, method, and apparatus of a customer interface device January 10, 2012
A customer interface device for interfacing with a customer at a store may include a touch screen for displaying information and receiving customer instructions, a keypad, a wireless sensor for scanning tags attached to merchandise of the store, and at least one user input component
8002181 RFID promotional compliance August 23, 2011
A method using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for managing a promotional merchandise display at locational spots in a store includes providing a locational spot in the store with a locational RFID tag uniquely identifying the locational spot, providing the locational spot
7997486 System, method, and apparatus of RFID point of sale August 16, 2011
An RFID Point-of-Sale system for completing a sale transaction to a customer of a plurality of items associated with a plurality of unique RFID tags at a store includes an arrangement of a plurality of RFID tag scanners for detecting the plurality of unique RFID tags associated with
7949686 Method and apparatus for scalable transport processing fulfillment system May 24, 2011
A scalable fulfillment system is presented that supports business processes, manages the transport and processing of business-related messages or documents between a business entity and clients, such as customers, vendors, and business partners, and generally supports business docume
7920063 RFID theft prevention system April 5, 2011
Systems, apparatuses and methods for deterring product theft and preventing the fraudulent return or exchange of products. Products are associated with a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. Tag readers located at store access points can detect the presence of the RFID tag and
7822779 Method and apparatus for scalable transport processing fulfillment system October 26, 2010
A scalable fulfillment system is presented that supports business processes, manages the transport and processing of business-related messages or documents between a business entity and clients, such as customers, vendors, and business partners, and generally supports business docume
7677243 Solar heating system and architectural structure with a solar heating system March 16, 2010
A solar heating system for a building and other architectural structures including a solar heating system. The solar heating system comprises a solar heating module with an enclosure of panels bounding a plenum. An interior panel is disposed inside the enclosure. A collector panel, which
7672930 System and methods for facilitating a linear grid database with data organization by dimension March 2, 2010
A system and methods for organizing and querying data within a linear grid management system. Data having multiple dimensions is associated with physical locations, where a first dimension is associated with a node and a second dimension is associated with a data storage identifier of a
7667602 Multi-directional RFID reader for controlling inventory and shelf stock February 23, 2010
An apparatus and method for a multi-directional RFID reader system where multi-directional readers can be place on opposing sides of a hallway leading from a back storage area to a retail floor area. The readers can be operable to detect an RFID tag associated with a product as well as
7575161 Systems and methods for pre-scanning merchandise in customer's shopping cart while customer is w August 18, 2009
Systems and methods for pre-scanning retail merchandise. A mobile scanning station includes a frame, and a pair of arms mounted to the frame, positioned to hold an open bag for receiving pre-scanned items. A platform is mounted to the frame, positioned under the pair of arms for prov
7445147 Stored value card validation November 4, 2008
An apparatus and method reads magnetic stripe data and bar code data from a stored value card. The magnetic stripe data and the bar code data originally applied to the card are associated with one another. For instance, the magnetic stripe data may be encrypted to determine a number
7364073 Method for receiving credit card applications at a fuel dispenser April 29, 2008
Credit card applications typically involve the help of a third party to input the necessary data required by a credit card issuing agency. Using the present invention, a customer at a fuel dispenser can complete a credit card application and have it approved or denied in a quick and
7320472 Cart for stocking inventory and methods for making same January 22, 2008
A cart is described that has a wheeled base and an upright frame extending upwardly from the base. A side frame extends upwardly from the base and abuts the upright frame. The upper face of the base, the front face of the upright frame and the inside face of the side frame together form
7222745 Plastic boxes and methods for making same May 29, 2007
A box includes a base having a substantially rectangular perimeter. A pair of side walls and a pair of end walls extend upward from the perimeter of the base to form a box bottom having rounded corners and vertices. The box bottom includes a mouth at the top thereof. The mouth has a
7213816 Cart for stocking inventory and methods for making same May 8, 2007
A cart is described that has a wheeled base and an upright frame extending upwardly from the base. A side frame extends upwardly from the base and abuts the upright frame. The upper face of the base, the front face of the upright frame and the inside face of the side frame together form
7137516 Display unit for trailer hitches and trailer hitch accessories November 21, 2006
A hardware display unit includes a front grid having a front matrix of openings, and a rear grid having a rear matrix of openings corresponding in position to the first matrix of openings. The front grid is positioned with respect to the rear grid such that corresponding pairs of opening
7028041 Methods and apparatus for database space calculation and error detection April 11, 2006
Techniques for more accurately analyzing the additional capacity of very large hierarchical databases are described. More particularly, techniques and tools for looking at physical sequential data files, such as the OSAM files used in IMS databases, to determine how much file space an IM
6978484 Convertible pants and methods for making same December 27, 2005
First and second pant legs are removably attached to a pair of shorts to form a pair of long pants. A pouch is attached to an interior surface of the first pant leg. The pouch has a mouth that is accessible through an opening in the first pant leg. The pouch is dimensioned and positioned
6793043 Methods and apparatus for improved register checkout September 21, 2004
Systems and techniques for more efficient checkout are described. A triangular carousel having a relatively small footprint is employed proximate a bar code scanner and point of sale (POS) terminal so that a checker can efficiently load scanned items into bags, and a customer on the
6715308 Methods and apparatus for providing a bank of freezers with enhanced viewing characteristics April 6, 2004
Techniques are described for improved line and clarity of sight for a freezer bank having multiple individual freezers. By selective angling of walls of the freezers, individual doors and the products behind those doors for two or more freezers can be more clearly seen with reduced g
6619546 Systems and methods for pre-scanning merchandise in customer's shopping cart while customer is w September 16, 2003
A mobile scanning station for pre-scanning retail merchandise includes a frame, and a pair of arms mounted to the frame, positioned to hold an open bag for receiving pre-scanned items. A platform is mounted to the frame, positioned under the pair of arms for providing a supporting surfac
6491218 Methods and apparatus for improved register checkout December 10, 2002
Systems and techniques for more efficient checkout are described. A triangular carousel having a relatively small footprint is employed proximate a bar code scanner and point of sale (POS) terminal so that a checker can efficiently load scanned items into bags, and a customer on the
6305533 Convertible shoe box and display platform October 23, 2001
A convertible shoe box and display platform has assembled and disassembled configurations for storing and displaying a pair of shoes. Such box assembly includes a first, container portion, a second, lid portion adapted to cover the container portion, and thereby enclose the pair of s

 
 
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