Global Patent Index - EP 1573422 A2

EP 1573422 A2 20050914 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EFFICIENT PACKAGE DELIVERY AND STORAGE

Title (en)

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EFFICIENT PACKAGE DELIVERY AND STORAGE

Title (de)

VERFAHREN UND VORRICHTUNG ZUR EFFIZIENTEN PAKETABLIEFERUNG UND -LAGERUNG

Title (fr)

METHODE ET DISPOSITIF DE LIVRAISON ET DE STOCKAGE EFFICACES DE PAQUETS

Publication

EP 1573422 A2 20050914 (EN)

Application

EP 02725174 A 20020315

Priority

  • US 0207886 W 20020315
  • US 81090301 A 20010316
  • US 86479701 A 20010524

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO02075493A2] A method and system for efficient bulk package delivery to recipeients. Items ordered by different customers from different retailers, suppliers or manufacturers can be organized by common item identifiers and shipped in buld from retailers or manufactueres to an origiantion regional distribution center. The items can be sorted at the origination regional distribution center based on the location of destination regional distribtuion centers that can serve as destination centralized pickup locations chosed by the customers. Ordered items can be sorted by recipient and the destionation centralized pickup location specified in the customer's order, and can be packed into recipient-specific packages a the destination regional distribution center. The packages can be transported in bulk to the destination centralized pickup locations where they can be randomly loaded into any available locker bins in an automated system of configurable storage locker bins. During loading, an association can be made between and identifier of the locker bins to alert the recipient of hte delivery.

IPC 1-7

G06F 1/00

IPC 8 full level

G06F 7/04 (2006.01); G06F 17/00 (2006.01); G06Q 10/00 (2012.01); G06Q 20/00 (2012.01); G07F 7/00 (2006.01); G07F 17/12 (2006.01)

CPC (source: EP)

G06Q 10/08 (2013.01); G06Q 20/00 (2013.01); G07F 7/00 (2013.01); G07F 17/12 (2013.01)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

DOCDB simple family (publication)

WO 02075493 A2 20020926; WO 02075493 A3 20080327; AU 2002255757 A1 20021003; AU 2002255757 A8 20080508; CA 2441053 A1 20020926; EP 1573422 A2 20050914; EP 1573422 A4 20081126

DOCDB simple family (application)

US 0207886 W 20020315; AU 2002255757 A 20020315; CA 2441053 A 20020315; EP 02725174 A 20020315