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"Truck Inventory Locator" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor Villardito, Anthony (Brookfield, IL), filed on February 19, 2013, was made available online on August 28, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Technicians may travel to a customer's residence or place of business in order to service or repair an item. Such servicing and/or repairing may require replacement parts and/or specialized tools. Parts and/or tools for a service call may be anticipated based on information received prior to dispatching a technician to the customer's location. However, sometimes the parts and/or tools desired for a service call may not be determined until the technician arrives at the location and has a chance to inspect the item first hand. As a result, the technician in some circumstances may not have the parts and/or tools desired for the job.

"For example, an inventory of parts, products, and/or tools may be maintained in a service vehicle used to transport the technician to the customer's location. While the service vehicle may maintain an inventory of parts, products, and/or tools for common services, the service vehicle may lack parts and/or tools for less common services. When a service vehicle does not have the desired part, product, and/or tool in its inventory, the service call is less profitable because a second attempt to the customer's location is required. Furthermore, completing a service call in a single visit improves customer satisfaction since follow-up visits are commonly inconvenient to the customer.

"Limitations and disadvantages of conventional and traditional approaches should become apparent to one of skill in the art, through comparison of such systems with aspects of the present invention as set forth in the remainder of the present application."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Apparatus, systems, and methods of managing inventory, and more, particularly apparatus, systems, and methods of managing inventory distributed across multiple locations are substantially shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, and are set forth more completely in the claims.

"These and other advantages, aspects and novel features of the present invention, as well as details of an illustrated embodiment thereof, will be more fully understood from the following description and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 shows an inventory management system in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 shows a block diagram for an embodiment of a computing device that may be used to implement various aspects of the inventory management system in FIG. 1.

"FIG. 3 shows a flowchart of a technician management process implemented by an embodiment of the inventory management system in FIG. 1.

"FIG. 4 shows a flowchart of a vehicle location tracking process implemented by an embodiment of the inventory management system in FIG. 1.

"FIG. 5 shows a flowchart of an inventory process implemented by an embodiment of the inventory management system in FIG. 1.

"FIG. 6 shows a flowchart of a process implemented by an embodiment of the inventory management system in FIG. 1."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Villardito, Anthony. Truck Inventory Locator. Filed February 19, 2013 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=917&p=19&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140821.PD.&OS=PD/20140821&RS=PD/20140821

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