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Invalidating Coupons With a Point-Of-Sale System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101109D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cato, RT: AUTHOR

Abstract

Handling coupons is an expensive process for grocery manufacturers. After the coupon is given to the checker, the store has to total the coupons and ship them to a clearing house. At the clearing house, the coupons are also totaled to determine the amount each manufacturer should reimburse the retailers. The manufacturers would like the coupons totaled and destroyed by the retailer. This article describes a way to automatically handle the coupons with a modification to the existing point-of-sale printer.

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Invalidating Coupons With a Point-Of-Sale System

       Handling coupons is an expensive process for grocery
manufacturers.  After the coupon is given to the checker, the store
has to total the coupons and ship them to a clearing house.  At the
clearing house, the coupons are also totaled to determine the amount
each manufacturer should reimburse the retailers.  The manufacturers
would like the coupons totaled and destroyed by the retailer.  This
article describes a way to automatically handle the coupons with a
modification to the existing point-of-sale printer.

      The IBM Point-of-Sale Terminals have a document-insert station
built into their printers.  This allows the checker to insert a
document, such as a check or charge slip, into the printer.  The
printer then prints on the document.  This same print station could
have a want head built into it, near the print head.  The printer
document transport system transports a coupon into the print station,
under the wand head, until it gets under the print head.  The wand
head scans the coupon as it goes by and sends the digital coupon bar
code data to the scanner that is attached to the point-of-sale
terminal.  The scanner decodes the coupon bar code.  if the coupon is
read correctly, it is logged into the system.  The print head prints
a pattern over the bar code so that the coupon cannot be scanned
again.  At the end of the day, the system tallies all the store's
coupons and bills the appropriate...