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Automatic Generation of Carrier-Supplied Contract Numbers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037248D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anouilh, RL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Contract Numbers are often referred to as Freight Bill Numbers, PRO Numbers, and Bills. The disclosed Contract Number Program allows a carrier to provide the Company a range of numbers to be used by it in generating freight bills. This means that the Company and the carrier's Contract Numbers match, and eliminates the need for translation between Contract Numbers.

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Automatic Generation of Carrier-Supplied Contract Numbers

Contract Numbers are often referred to as Freight Bill Numbers, PRO Numbers, and Bills. The disclosed Contract Number Program allows a carrier to provide the Company a range of numbers to be used by it in generating freight bills. This means that the Company and the carrier's Contract Numbers match, and eliminates the need for translation between Contract Numbers.

Carriers are companies that transport goods for a fee. Carriers identify the goods (usually called a shipment) by a unique Contract Number. This number is used to track the progress of the shipment and to charge for services. Each carrier has its own method of generating Contract Numbers with a range from five to fifteen characters and with special digits having significance to the carrier. The Contract Number is usually preprinted on the carrier's special forms and not known by the person requesting the service until the time of shipment. Herein lies the problem; normally with a large business, the company prints its own freight bills and presents them to the carrier. The carrier then attaches a cover sheet with its Contract Number to the company- produced freight bill. This means that the company knows the shipment by its own Contract Number and the carrier by another Contract Number. When questions arise concerning the disposition of the shipment, the company number has to be translated to the carrier's number before the company and carrier can identify which shipment is in question...