Kroger is a Cincinnati company founded in 1883. Listed on the NYSE (KR), the firm has annual revenue of $76 billion. And Kroger has 75 patents as of this blog post, you can see them here from the most recent.
Safeway? They're Pleasanton, CA-based, founded in 1912, with $44 billion in annual revenue-- their stock symbol on the NYSE is SWY. And they have just one more patent than Kroger, a total of 76 as of right now, the closest Patent Faceoff ever (every Friday in this blog we face off two like companies on IP). Here's the Safeway collection.
The present application discloses systems and methods for managing nutritional information which in some embodiments comprises a database coupled to a central processor, a storage module configured to store in the database a plurality of records comprising loyalty card data for products purchased with a loyalty card and nutritional information for products available for purchase with the loyalty card, and a plurality of records relating to after sale product information. These systems and methods may further comprise a data processing module configured to compare products purchased with a loyalty card with the after sale product information, and determine if there are conflicts and an output module for transmitting results, wherein the central processor is configured to generate a report based upon the information found in the storage module.
The inventors are: Kaushik Subramanian (Fremont, CA), Stuart Aitken (Pleasanton, CA) and Jonathan Quinn (San Mateo, CA).
So there you have it, for this week's Patent Faceoff:
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