Walmart had seven patents in batteries during Q4 2023. Walmart Inc has filed patents for an order fulfillment facility with a delivery system using mobile robots and UAVs, as well as an automated storage and retrieval system with autonomous rovers for transferring payload. These systems aim to streamline order fulfillment operations and improve efficiency in storage and retrieval processes. GlobalData’s report on Walmart gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Walmart grant share with batteries as a theme is 42% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Apparatus and method for replacing power supply device in a uav (Patent ID: US20230415997A1)

The patent filed by Walmart Inc. describes a delivery system that utilizes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for transporting customer orders from an order fulfillment facility to a delivery location. The system includes a central control system, a UAV docking station, a workstation with a loader, a mobile robot to transport containers, and a storage location with container stations for charging power supply devices. The system also features a monitoring system to track container location and power supply parameters, ensuring timely delivery of customer orders.

The delivery system patent includes claims related to the construction of containers with optimal temperature maintenance and fire-proof materials, the use of lithium-ion or lithium-polymer batteries as power supply devices, and the monitoring of power supply device parameters such as charge cycles and health status. The method outlined in the patent involves docking the UAV at a workstation, loading the customer order from a container onto the UAV, and replacing the power supply device on the UAV with a fully charged one from the container. The method also includes tracking container location, monitoring power supply device parameters, and insulating the container for fire safety, with operations potentially performed by a non-human operator.

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