08000988 is referenced by 5 patents and cites 36 patents.

A method and system for selecting a shipping method dependent upon a dynamic model of shipping activity. In one embodiment, a method may include detecting a given shipment event for which one of a plurality of shipping methods is to be selected, determining a current output state of a discrete event model representative of shipping method selections for one or more previous shipment events, and in response to detecting the given shipping event, producing a selection of a particular one of the plurality of shipping methods that mathematically optimizes an objective function, wherein the objective function is dependent on a cost of shipping associated with the given shipment event and on a weighted deviation between the current output state of the discrete event model and a target output state of the discrete event model.

Title
Selecting shipping methods dependent on a dynamic model of shipping activity
Application Number
11/506721
Publication Number
8000988 (B1)
Application Date
August 18, 2006
Publication Date
August 16, 2011
Inventor
Girish S Lakshman
Issaquah
WA, US
Keith B Ligon
Seattle
WA, US
Llewellyn W Bezanson
North Bend
WA, US
Agent
Meyertons Hood Kivlin Kowert & Goetzel P C
Robert C Kowert
Assignee
Amazon Technologies
NV, US
IPC
G06F 17/60
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