US Patent No: 6,943,867

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Method and system for shipping of photofinishing orders

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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, CA9431

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hill, David W Orlando, FL 69 463
Litwin, Joshua J San Francisco, CA 4 1
Lu, David Morganville, NJ 58 385

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