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Point of Sale Terminal Systems With Enhanced Operational Flexibility and Security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000084842D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Allmendinger, G: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Microprogrammed ("personalizable") Point-of-Sale Terminals (POST's) and the controllers they are attached to, for example, IBM 3650/3660 for retail and wholesale stores, are readily adaptable to changing functional and environmental requirements. The new functions described here improve customer service and provide a better control of customer access and accurate operation. A. Multidepartment Purchase

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Point of Sale Terminal Systems With Enhanced Operational Flexibility and Security

Microprogrammed ("personalizable") Point-of-Sale Terminals (POST's) and the controllers they are attached to, for example, IBM 3650/3660 for retail and wholesale stores, are readily adaptable to changing functional and environmental requirements. The new functions described here improve customer service and provide a better control of customer access and accurate operation. A. Multidepartment Purchase

This function allows the customer to select goods in different departments of a store and to collect and pay these later on at a final check-out terminal. The terminal processing the first transaction issues a unique order number for all further transactions of this customer, either by creating this number or by retrieving it from a customer file or the customer authorization badge. In a particular embodiment, a shopping card with the order number is handed over to the customer at the end of the first transaction; this card has to be used for all further transactions and permits access to the goods purchased during check- out. All transaction data entered at any terminal under this order number are collected in a dedicated file within the controller, and thus are available for final check-out. B. Authorization of Customer Access

This function consists of a two-level authorization process for stores restricting access to certain groups of users (e.g., registered retailers in the case of...