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Reporting and Business Process for Perishable Items

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013054D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Checking perishable items in a grocer store for out of date items can be time consuming and costly for grocery stores. This is a heavily manual process. A grocer must visually check every date in a dairy case, meat case, or other perishable item areas. What if there was a faster process of checking? This proposed invention is a process for determining out of date items in the perishable items areas of a grocery store. The process is separated into four phases. 1. When an item is processed and sent for distribution, a small transceiver is added to the packaging. This transceiver is programmed with the expiration date and a perishable code. When polled, the transceiver will transmit it's expiration date. Below is the flow for packaging: 2. The item is then sent to the grocer. The grocer can check the whole load when it arrives by polling the transceivers for out of date items. If any items are unacceptable they can be sorted and polled using binary search techniques.