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Method and System to deliver real time In Store Inventory

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132524D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Dec-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Dec-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

System to make in real time an inventory of goods on a shelf

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Method and System to deliver real time In Store Inventory

Nowadays, it is very difficult for a retailer to have an accurate visibility on goods offered to sale on shelves. The use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identifier) partially solve this problem, but this solution assume that each item on the shelves is tagged with a RFID. However, RFIDs are still very costly and most of items are not tagged. The present system solves this problem by using a mature telemeter technology to make in real time an inventory of items on shelves.

The present solution enables a retailer to know in real time the content of the shelves in his store and can take appropriate actions for instance to replenish the shelves. The present solution is cost effective, independent from RFID tags and based on a mature technology.

The present solution integrates telemeters (instruments to measure a distance) in shelves. It is assumed that the shelves are inclined so that the products can slide down the shelves each time one is selected by a consumer freeing a space between the back of said shelves and the last available products. On a given shelf, each telemeter measures the distance between the back of the shelf and the last available product of the raw. Depending on the product and the shelf characteristics, it is possible for an inventory manager to determine the number of products available on a shelf. The result of the inventory manager can then be integrated into an ERP (Enterprise Resource Plann...