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Wish List to Shelf - Method and Apparatus to Augment Situational Shopping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245148D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 110K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and an apparatus to dynamically apply shopping preferences to the retail experience with a handheld device and a system.

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Wish List to Shelf - Method and Apparatus to Augment Situational Shopping

A method and apparatus to navigate a shopper from the associated place of origin to the desired shelf or rack in a store by dynamically applying shopping preferences to the retail experience is disclosed. The computer implemented method dynamically relates the user's personal product preferences and wish list with the in-store availability of products at several stores in geographic locations, and then provides directions to the stores and directions to the location of the products on the shelves and racks

The method for augmenting the shopping experience uses the customer's wish list and visually guides the customer from the location of origin (e.g., home) to the product selection in the store (e.g., shelf or rack). The method and system begins at the macro level, mapping the suggested stores that have available stock of the products on the wish list. When the user arrives at the store, the system provides directions on the floorplan of the store to the appropriate shelves or racks . There, the user can visually locate the products or complementary products with the assistance of a colored light-emitting diode (LED).

The system uses defining categories of data. The first category of data is acquired with the product display (e.g., coat hangers, shelves, etc.) to ascertain product specifications such as price, size and color of item. This category of data is stored on the display equipment; the display "knows" what it is displaying. The second category of data is the shopper's preference or wish list. This category is stored on a handheld device. Both are augmented by a third category of data, which is on the Internet and in-store network and uses map directions, floorplan directions, and a matching color display. The third category of data is used by both the handheld device and the product displays that are in range. The associated display lights up with the same color as shown on the handheld device.

The core components and process for implementing the method and apparatus to augment situati...