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Determining the Location of Items Based on Retrieved Collection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247237D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-17
Document File: 4 page(s) / 211K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to use location-tracking systems to identify the location of products in a store based on the paths that individuals (i.e., customers) took to obtain the products.

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Determining the Location of Items Based on Retrieved Collection

Two methods for mapping a retail store are by scanner or by manual product placement on the shelf. These methods are not always efficient and effective. For example, to build the knowledge of item locations in a store, employees might have to go through the store and scan/record the location each item.

A method is needed that continuously learns the location of products based on both the paths taken by customers and the products that were purchased.

This proposed solution is a method to use location-tracking systems to identify the location of products in a store based on the paths that individuals (i.e., customers) took to obtain the products.

To implement this method:

1. Venue is set up with a customer location tracking system 2. Customers travel throughout the store, per current processes A. Customer picks up items B. Customer purchases items at the point of sale station 3. System analyzes purchased items and the path of the customer 4. System determines where the product is, based on the path the customer took in the store compared to previous paths and receipts of customers 5. System can provide a location (or possible locations if it has not ingested much customer data) of where a product is in a store

The following figures illustrate an example embodiment for implementing the solution in a retail environment. Three customers go to Store X to get various groceries.

Figure 1: Customers' paths

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