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A System and Method for Electronic Shopping List Management Based on Retailers' Physical Floor Plans and Product Placement Augmented by "Crowd-Sourced" Data and Geo-Location Services

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236630D
Publication Date: 2014-May-06
Document File: 5 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system to improve the flexibility and responsiveness of an application for managing an electronic shopping list. The system uses either the geo-location or a local retailer provided network connection (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth*, etc.) to enable applications to automatically become aware of the layout of products in a specific retail location, as well as automatically reorder items on the list to correspond with the store layout.

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A System and Method for Electronic Shopping List Management Based on Retailers ' Physical Floor Plans and Product Placement Augmented by "Crowd-Sourced" Data and Geo-Location Services

Current smart phone shopping list applications (apps) have free-form lists. These apps have a level of sophistication that allows users to not only share lists amongst devices, but also order list items that roughly match the layout of a targeted shopping destination. Some allow the user to reorder the list and the relative order of items is remembered so that when that item is re-selected from a list of saved items to add again, it is placed in the proper relative position in the list based on the other items in the list. Over time, remembered items are added to the list in an accurate position as the user passes through the store in a typical/usual direction. The problem is that when a user visits a shopping location other than the (usual) programmed location, the user cannot use the stored layout to locate the needed items. When the user shops in an alternate store, the list order is usually incorrect.

A more flexible and responsive system is needed to improve the management of an electronic shopping list based on the user's present location.

The novel contribution is a system that uses either the geo-location or a local retailer provided network connection (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth*, etc.) to enable applications to automatically become aware of the layout of products in a specific retail location, as well as automatically reorder items on the list to correspond with the store layout. This solution builds on existing technologies and applications to provide a unique capability that offers value to the user of the shopping list application and offers new product promotion capabilities for retailers and product suppliers. With this solution, the user can shop in any comparable store (e.g., grocery, department, clothing, etc.) and the list is automatically sorted based on that store's floor plan. This is applicable to any sort of shopping retail location such as grocery, hardware, home improvement, clothing etc.

This system integrates location awareness, predefined product location mappings, and product promotions in a shopping application to make it easier for the consumer to shop at various locations. In addition, provides a platform for retailers to promote products. Further, enhanced shopping support capabilities can be provided by the retailer that can help consumers know what product have active promotions, where consumers can find products based on specific needs (e.g., gluten free menu, vegan foodstuffs or products, etc.). This can also increase shopper loyalty for retailers with multiple locations.

The system provides retail product/location mapping, usingsuggested industry standard product categories by retail industry (e.g., grocery, hardware, etc.). It enables an active crowd sourced mapping of retail products to common or standardized pr...