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Automated Retailing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082790D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

August, CP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is an automatic retailing system for high-volume supermarkets that would (a) eliminate labor casts for shelf stocking, (b) eliminate long queues and waiting times at check-out stations, (c) greatly increase the thruput capacity per square foot of the supermarket, and (d) eliminate shoplifting.

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Automated Retailing System

Described is an automatic retailing system for high-volume supermarkets that would (a) eliminate labor casts for shelf stocking, (b) eliminate long queues and waiting times at check-out stations, (c) greatly increase the thruput capacity per square foot of the supermarket, and (d) eliminate shoplifting.

The automated retailing system would comprise product ordering cards magnetically encoded with a unique customer number, product ordering stations which would provide a product information display and have a card reading device, a remote price aggregator (small computer), and a product assembling and packaging machine which would interact as follows.

Each customer upon entering the supermarket takes a product ordering card which is magnetically encoded with a unique customer number. Proceeding through the store towards the check-out station, the customer faces a number of product ordering stations, each of which provides a product information display and a card reading device. The product information display would reveal the price, quantity and quality of a unit order product. For example, it may contain a label or actual product for customer viewing. The card reading device is capable of reading the customer's card number and of generating a product ordering signal, representing the unit price of the product associated with the customer's card number. The customer can place several unit orders of the product, by inserting his card sever...