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Reporting and Business Process for Perishable Items

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013054D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Checking perishable items in a grocer store for out of date items can be time consuming and costly for grocery stores. This is a heavily manual process. A grocer must visually check every date in a dairy case, meat case, or other perishable item areas. What if there was a faster process of checking? This proposed invention is a process for determining out of date items in the perishable items areas of a grocery store. The process is separated into four phases. 1. When an item is processed and sent for distribution, a small transceiver is added to the packaging. This transceiver is programmed with the expiration date and a perishable code. When polled, the transceiver will transmit it's expiration date. Below is the flow for packaging: 2. The item is then sent to the grocer. The grocer can check the whole load when it arrives by polling the transceivers for out of date items. If any items are unacceptable they can be sorted and polled using binary search techniques.

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Reporting and Business Process for Perishable Items

    Checking perishable items in a grocer store for out of date items can be time consuming and costly for grocery stores. This is a heavily manual process. A grocer must visually check every date in a dairy case, meat case, or other perishable item areas. What if there was a faster process of checking? This proposed invention is a process for determining out of date items in the perishable items areas of a grocery store.

The process is separated into four phases.

1. When an item is processed and sent for distribution, a small transceiver is added to the packaging. This transceiver is programmed with the expiration date and a perishable code. When polled, the transceiver will transmit it's expiration date. Below is the flow for packaging:

2. The item is then sent to the grocer. The grocer can check the whole load when it arrives by polling the transceivers for out of date items. If any items are unacceptable they can be sorted and polled using binary search techniques.

3. Once the items are in stock in the grocer's stock room, the grocer may wish to restock his front shelves. Below is the flow for placing new stock. If an item is out of date it can be removed using binary search techniques.

4. The last phase is store front maintenance. In this phase areas can be polled and transceivers my report items out of stock. This would let the grocer know which perishable items to check.

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