Method and system for shipping of photofinishing orders

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6812998
APP PUB NO 20040184017A1
SERIAL NO

10393234

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Abstract

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A system and method for automatically determining the shipping weight and cost of a plurality of photofinishing items from a service provider without physically weighing the photofinishing order. A computer system receives photofinishing orders from the customers and associates an order ID with respect to each of the photofinishing orders. The orders are filled and sent to a packing station for assembling the photofinishing order. Each order is placed in a shipping package having the order ID thereon in a machine readable format. A reading device reads order ID and obtains information for determining the associated estimated weight for each package. A printer produces a manifest to be used in shipping the plurality of photofinishing orders wherein the manifest provides the estimated weight and cost for each of the orders that is given to the shipping agent for shipment to customers.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
APPLE INC.CUPERTINO, CA18826

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hill, David W Walnut Creek, CA 62 582
Litwin, Joshua J San Francisco, CA 2 1
Lu, David Emeryville, CA 40 687

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Konica Corporation (1)
* 2001/0041,072 Photo-service system and image input apparatus 11 2001
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
APPLE INC. (2)
* 6943867 Method and system for shipping of photofinishing orders 0 2004
* 2004/0211,157 Method and system for shipping of photofinishing orders 0 2004
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (1)
* 2005/0232,475 Apparatus and method for the automated marking of defects on webs of material 80 2004
* Cited By Examiner