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Method and System for Pro-actively Locating and Procuring Time Sensitive and Perishable Inventory through Social Networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238338D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-18
Document File: 6 page(s) / 84K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for pro-actively locating and procuring time sensitive and perishable inventory through social networks.

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Method and System for Pro-actively Locating and Procuring Time Sensitive and Perishable Inventory through Social Networks
Time sensitive and perishable inventory can be superfluous in certain districts whilst being scarce in others. This can be applicable to both urban and rural areas. Presently, it is difficult for pharmacists with small inventories to determine availability and acquire medication across healthcare professionals when the pharmacists have no stock of the medication being sought by the customer or information of timeliness and other trust worthiness of multiple possible suppliers.

Disclosed is a method and system for pro-actively locating and procuring time sensitive and perishable inventory through social networks. Examples of time sensitive and perishable inventory include, but are not limited to, short expiry medication commodities, farmer's agricultural produce such as milk and cheese commodities, stocks and securities with time sensitive price quotes. The method and system utilizes an algorithm that considers social networks attributes such as, but not limited to, relationship and feedback scores for optimally locating best possible neighboring sources for obtaining a desired inventory in a desired amount.

In accordance with an embodiment of the method and system, as shown in the figure, initially, a customer sends a query for required medicinal commodity from a network enabled mobile device to multiple recipients known to the customer such as, pharmacists. Accordingly, the recipients determine if the query can be satisfied based on set constraints and send a response back to the customer using a Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol or alternate channels such as, a Short Message Service (SMS). The set constraints can include, but are not limited to, trustworthiness of relationships, reliability scores, cost, price, physical distance, special storage requirements, depth of search, location, timestamp, special handling requirements, query expiry timestamp and transportation options. The algorithm running in each pharmacist device such as, for example, a mobile phone, further propagates the query to the pharmacist's contacts (neighbors) using the same set criteria.

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The algorithm running on the pharmacist's device initially checks the stock available

within the store using a mobile database. Thereafter, the algorithm pro-actively determines neighboring sources using multiple social connections such as, but not limited to, contacts from mobile device phone, social network connections and contacts from email address book stored in the mobile device. Accordingly, based on the connection, the algorithm determines one or more optimum channels for

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communication or in combination to communicate such as, a sequence of TCP/IP, SMS, then a social network, then an email service or combination of all. Further, the algorithm constructs a request that is transm...