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Real-Time Interactive Tracking And Control System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102190D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gregory Jr, WD: AUTHOR

Abstract

The disclosed system tracks and controls the distribution of product through a distribution center or warehouse environment. This system receives input on inbound shipments to the warehouse. The information would interact with existing purchase order files for validity checks as well as initiate the merchandise-tracking aspects of the system.

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Real-Time Interactive Tracking And Control System

       The disclosed system tracks and controls the distribution
of product through a distribution center or warehouse environment.
This system receives input on inbound shipments to the warehouse.
The information would interact with existing purchase order files for
validity checks as well as initiate the merchandise-tracking aspects
of the system.

      The disclosed system uses data that allows control of the
merchandise from vendor shipment until it is shipped to the ultimate
customer.  The disclosed system schedules dock resources to handle
the inbound load.  Each processing area would have advance
information regarding the unit count and type of merchandise prior to
its arrival in the facility.

      Using up-to-date information, a worker can schedule the
checking and marking functions to coincide with the business needs.
Given the interactive nature of this system, the processing areas in
the Distribution Control Center (DC) can react to rush shipments,
advertised merchandise that must be expedited, as well as seasonal
imports that can be allowed to accumulate for later processing and
distribution to the stores.

      The outbound aspects of this system would be to enable the dock
manager at the distribution center to load trailers with the most-
needed merchandise.  An electronic manifest would be created, passed
to the host, and made available to the customers as an electronic
form.  The administrative staff would have all information needed to
manage the product and resolve discrepancies.

      The disclosed system is being architected...