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Donald R High, Shuvro Chakrobartty, David C Winkle, Robert C Taylor: Systems, devices and methods of controlling motorized transport units in fulfilling product orders. WAL MART STORES, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, February 20, 2018: US09896315 (10 worldwide citation)

Some embodiments include apparatuses to fulfill customer orders comprising a motorized transport unit; a product pick unit (PPU) that cooperate with the motorized transport unit; a wireless communication network; and a central computer system configured to communicate with the multiple motorized tra ...


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Donald R High, Michael D Atchley, David C Winkle: Method and apparatus for transporting a plurality of stacked motorized transport units. Wal Mart Stores, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, January 23, 2018: US09875503 (9 worldwide citation)

A housing contains a plurality of motorized transport units in a stacked relationship to one another, with a bottom-most one of the plurality of motorized transport units serving as a locomotion mechanism that selectively causes movement of the housing with the plurality of motorized transport units ...


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Donald R High, Michael D Atchley, Karl Kay, Robert C Taylor, David C Winkle: Shopping facility assistance object detection systems, devices and methods. Wal Mart Stores, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, October 31, 2017: US09801517 (9 worldwide citation)

Some embodiments provide apparatuses and methods useful to providing control over movement of motorized transport units. In some embodiments, an apparatus providing control over movement of motorized transport units at a shopping facility comprises: a central computer system comprising: a transceive ...


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Donald R High, David C Winkle, Michael D Atchley: Shopping facility assistance systems, devices and methods to drive movable item containers. Wal Mart Stores, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, March 6, 2018: US09908760 (3 worldwide citation)

Some embodiments include a motorized transport unit providing customer assistance at a shopping facility, comprises: a transceiver; a control circuit; a motorized wheel system; a lift system; and a memory coupled to the control circuit and storing computer instructions that when executed by the cont ...


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Donald R High, Robert C Taylor, David C Winkle: Shopping facility track system and method of routing motorized transport units. Walmart Apollo, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, January 29, 2019: US10189691

Some embodiments include a track system comprising: an elevated track system comprising a series of elevated tracks that are positioned elevated above a sales floor and products distributed over at least a portion of the sales floor of a shopping facility, and configured such that multiple motorized ...


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Donald R High, Michael D Atchley, David C Winkle: Shopping facility assistance system and method to retrieve in-store abandoned mobile item containers. Walmart Apollo, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, September 11, 2018: US10071893

A central computer system identifies a mobile item container in a retail shopping facility as being abandoned. The central computer system then directs a motorized transport unit through the retail shopping facility to the abandoned mobile item container and causes that motorized transport unit to p ...


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Michael D Atchley, Donald R High, David C Winkle: Shopping facility assistance systems, devices and methods. Walmart Apollo, Fitch Even Tabin and Flannery, November 20, 2018: US10130232

System, apparatuses, and methods for bringing a shopping container to a customer in a shopping space are provided. A system for bringing a shopping container to a customer in a shopping space comprises a plurality of sensors, a plurality of motorized transport units, and a control circuit. The contr ...


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Donald R High, Michael D Atchley, David C Winkle: Shopping facility assistance systems, devices and methods to address ground and weather conditions. Walmart Apollo, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, September 25, 2018: US10081525

Some embodiments provide methods, systems and apparatus to enhance safety. In some embodiments, a system comprises: a central computer system comprising: a transceiver; a control circuit; and a memory coupled to the control circuit and storing computer instructions that when executed by the control ...


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Donald R High, Eric E Welch, Michael D Atchley, David C Winkle: Systems, devices, and methods for providing passenger transport. Walmart Apollo, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, September 11, 2018: US10071891

Systems, apparatuses and methods for providing passenger transport are provided. A system for providing passenger transport includes a plurality of passenger carriers, a plurality of motorized transport units each configured to mechanically couple at least one of the plurality of passenger carriers, ...


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Donald R High, Michael D Atchley, Brian G McHale, Robert C Taylor, David C Winkle: Apparatus and method of obtaining location information of a motorized transport unit. Walmart Apollo, Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, September 11, 2018: US10071892

Methods and apparatuses are provided, some apparatuses comprise: a location controller separate from a motorized transport unit, comprising: a transceiver configured to receive communications from the motorized transport unit; a control circuit; a memory storing computer instructions that when execu ...