US 9,811,798 B2
Systems and methods of locating and selling items at attended delivery/pickup locations
Daniel Lievens, Ressegem (BE); Vincent Dethier, Brussels (BE); Peter Henderickx, Brussels (BE); Luc Pirenne, Brussels (BE); and Denis Payre, Paris (FR)
Assigned to UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC., Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed by United Parcel Service of America, Inc., Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed on Mar. 7, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/201,114.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/791,008, filed on Mar. 15, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/777,968, filed on Mar. 12, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2014/0278603 A1, Sep. 18, 2014
Int. Cl. G06Q 10/00 (2012.01); G06Q 10/08 (2012.01); G06Q 10/02 (2012.01); G06Q 10/06 (2012.01); G06Q 30/02 (2012.01); G06Q 50/28 (2012.01); G06Q 20/40 (2012.01)
CPC G06Q 10/0837 (2013.01) [G06Q 10/02 (2013.01); G06Q 10/06312 (2013.01); G06Q 10/083 (2013.01); G06Q 10/087 (2013.01); G06Q 10/0832 (2013.01); G06Q 10/0833 (2013.01); G06Q 10/0835 (2013.01); G06Q 10/0836 (2013.01); G06Q 10/08345 (2013.01); G06Q 10/08355 (2013.01); G06Q 20/407 (2013.01); G06Q 30/0207 (2013.01); G06Q 30/0233 (2013.01); G06Q 50/28 (2013.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A computer system comprising:
at least one processor, wherein the computer system is configured for:
(A) receiving, at a first server, an item notification associated with a user from a second server associated with a third-party seller, wherein the item notification comprises an indication that the user wishes to purchase a particular item from the third-party seller, and wherein the item notification is transmitted based on a user selection of a user-selectable indicium on a website associated with the third-party seller;
(B) receiving, at the first server, a location frequented by the user as indicated by a GPS location system associated with a user computing device;
(C) receiving, at the first server, delivery/pickup location information associated with each of a plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations, wherein:
i) the delivery/pickup location information comprises a geographic location associated with each of the plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations; and
ii) each of the plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations comprise:
1) a primary form of business other than receiving and storing one or more parcels; and
2) a capacity for storing one or more parcels;
(D) determining that a subset of the plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations are located near the user, based at least in part on:
i) the location associated with the user; and
ii) the location information associated with each of the plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations;
(E) receiving, at the first server, inventory information associated with each of the subset of the plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations, wherein the inventory information comprises the particular item offered for sale by the third-party seller;
(F) searching the inventory information associated with each of the subset of the plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations for the particular item;
(G) at least partially based on searching the inventory associated with each of the subset of the plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations, determining that at least one attended delivery/pickup location of the subset of the plurality of attended delivery/pickup locations has the particular item in stock; and
(H) determining that the at least one attended delivery/pickup location is the closest attended delivery/pickup location to the location frequented by the user;
(I) transmitting an inventory notification to the user computing device, wherein the inventory notification comprises:
i) an indication of the location of the at least one attended delivery/pickup location; and
ii) an indication that the at least one attended delivery/pickup location has the particular item in stock;
(J) receiving a purchase notification from the user comprising a designated attended delivery/pickup location, wherein the designated attended delivery/pickup location is the at least one attended delivery/pickup location closest to the location frequented by the user;
(K) generating an electronic receipt associated with the location of the designated attended delivery/pickup location;
(L) transmitting the electronic receipt to the user computing device;
(M) upon pickup of the particular item in stock at the designated attended delivery/pickup location, validating the electronic receipt by:
i) receiving a geographic location from the user computing device upon presentation of the electronic receipt at the designated attended delivery/pickup location, and
ii) determining the geographic location of the user computing device matches the designated attended delivery/pickup location associated with the electronic receipt;
(N) generating an electronic token based on validating the electronic receipt; and
(O) transmitting the electronic token to the third party seller to validate the identity of who picked up the particular item.