Automated package shipping machine

  • US 6,105,014 A
  • Filed: 09/29/1998
  • Issued: 08/15/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/10/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of mailing parcels and envelopes using an automated shipping machine, comprising the steps of:

  • receiving payment information from a customer;

    receiving package type information identifying a parcel or envelope to be mailed;

    weighing said parcel or envelope to be mailed;

    receiving shipping information from said customer including at least a destination of said parcel or envelope to be mailed;

    computing from said package type information, shipping information, and weight information, a delivery date and cost for delivery of said parcel or envelope to said destination via at least two delivery service options available to said customer;

    receiving an indication of the delivery service option desired by the customer;

    printing a tracking bar code label identifying at least said destination;

    printing a shipping receipt for an amount including at least the cost of delivering said parcel or envelope to said destination via the delivery service chosen by said customer;

    validating receipt of said parcel or envelope as the parcel or envelope for which said tracking bar code label was printed; and

    storing a validated parcel or envelope in a secure storage area until said parcel or envelope is subsequently picked up by a commercial delivery person.

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