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Shopping Optimization System: System and Apparatus for Self-Optimizing Retail Shopping Experience

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241715D
Publication Date: 2015-May-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 161K

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Abstract

A system and method for optimizing a user's shopping experience is disclosed.

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Shopping Optimization System: System and Apparatus for Self-Optimizing Retail Shopping Experience

Disclosed is a system and method for optimizing a user's shopping experience.

A retail shopper may have a potentially large shopping list. The shopper would like to be able to optimize their shopping experience to spend the least amount of time looking for the items on the list. Some retail stores already have a shopping list concept, such as a Wedding Registry, which can roughly identify which items haven't been purchased yet, and what aisle they are located. Warehouses also include the ability to retrieve items in the most efficient order for shipment. There is no current system that allows a consumer to customize and optimize their shopping experience based on criteria that's important to them. The disclosed system and method allows a consumer to connect to a business (one or more stores) with their shopping list, and the business can match the items with in-stock merchandise, sorting the list based on various preferences or rules determined by the user, and recommend a store if there are more than one available. It also provides a store layout function with map that identifies the exact location of each item. - not only optimizing the shopping experience but also enhancing the "cart" experience. The Figure below depicts an example embodiment.

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In the example embodiment, there is:

Shopping device with a shopping application used by the consumer. The user has a


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tablet or some smart device that has the ability to create a list of items that the store may or may not carry, The device includes the ability to wirelessly connect and communicate with the shopping optimization system. The device has a graphical display with a mapping function and the ability to track location with a location technology such as GPS . The shopping application includes a set of preferences that describe the various rules in which the list should be sorted for a particular trip. For example:

Minimum shopping time (fastest path)


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Space efficiency (larger items first)


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Cost effectiveness (choose cheaper items)

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