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20100088199System and Method for Increasing Asset Utilization Using Satellite Aided Location Tracking - A system and method for increasing asset utilization using satellite aided location tracking. Smart sensor technology incorporated into mobile tracking hardware affixed to an asset can be used to support decision processes related to management of multiple assets. Automated decision processes based on customized business rules can operate on asset positions at various defined landmark locations and customized geographical areas.04-08-2010
20090198596Third-Party Certification Using Enhanced Claim Validation - Third party certification using enhanced claim validation, in which identification information uniquely identifying an item that has moved through a node in a supply chain is received and event data associated with the uniquely identified item is received from the node based on receiving the identification information. The process also includes performing a third party validation of an associated characteristic of the uniquely identified item based on the received event data, and providing a third party certification of the associated characteristic based on performing the third party validation.08-06-2009
20080306840COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR ENHANCING SALES FORCE EFFECTIVENESS AND DOWNSTREAM ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT IN A MULTI-TIERED DEMAND CHAIN - A software application program is disclosed for allowing an upstream channel member such as a supplier to enhance sales force automation and performance by making it easier to manage a downstream channel member such as a retailer.12-11-2008
20090192924Method and System for Providing Mobile Inventory Control Service Using Mobile Communication Terminal - A method and system for providing mobile inventory control service using a mobile communication terminal are provided. The method for providing mobile inventory control service includes receiving a text message containing goods information from a mobile communication terminal of a seller; searching for goods corresponding to the received goods information; and setting an inventory status of the searched goods to an out-of-stock status or ending the out-of-stock status.07-30-2009
20090192923EFFICIENT RETRIEVAL OF RETURN ASSEMBLIES FOR OPTIMIZED PARTS FULFILLMENT - A method and apparatus for a pull back optimizer in conjunction with an inventory management system allows for efficient retrieval of return assemblies for optimized parts fulfillment. The inventory management system includes a return assembly inventory and a list of parts needed for order fulfillment. The return assembly inventory lists the part numbers and quantities of parts in each return assembly. The pull back optimizer allows a user of the inventory management system to efficiently determine the optimal return systems to pull back to production for parts fulfillment to minimize the impact on those using the return assemblies.07-30-2009
20090192922INVENTORY-BASED PAYMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM AND APPROACH - Transaction management for financial institution-based transactions is facilitated in various example embodiments. According to one such embodiment, a transaction management approach involves the processing of financial aspects of a transaction using transaction rules associated with a buyer for auditing the transaction and any associated invoices. A processor arrangement processes transactions for merchant offerings subject to a related set of inventory data by auditing the transactions relative to inventory data corresponding to an inventory to which the transaction applies and stored contract data for the transaction, by processing payment in response thereto, and by assessing a processing fee against one or more parties to the transaction.07-30-2009
20090192921METHODS AND APPARATUS TO SURVEY A RETAIL ENVIRONMENT - Methods and apparatus to survey a retail environment are disclosed herein. A disclosed example method involves moving a cart in a retail establishment having a camera. The method also involves capturing a first image of a first area and a second image of a second area. A stitched image is generated based on the first and second images. The stitched image is associated with product codes based on products appearing in the stitched image.07-30-2009
20100049635PRODUCT STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM - A system for easily locating goods stored in a storage area including a computer coupled with a radio frequency transmitter or transceivers and goods placed in containers that are coupled to hangers that each has distinct electronic addresses. The hangers each have a hook that allows the hangers to be stored on rails coupled to racks in a storage area. The identifications of the goods and the electronic addresses for the corresponding hangers are associated with each other and stored on a computer database. When a user wants to pick up goods stored in the containers, the user inputs the identification for the goods and the computer will cause the radio frequency transmitter to emit a data packet that includes a search address and illumination data. The hangers each compare the search address to the electronic address and if there is a match, the hanger illuminates the light according to the illumination data. The system notifies the user of the color and flash pattern and the goods can then be easily found by locating the hanger having the corresponding illumination.02-25-2010
20110202434METHODS FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT - According to various embodiments, the present teachings include inventory control policies that are defined in terms of functions of aggregate cost rates, involving thresholds Ω and an order-up-to point S. An embodiment of the present teachings includes a method. The method includes tracking an inventory position of each of the plurality of items by a logistics network and determining an item cost rate for each of the plurality of items based on the tracked inventory position. The method also includes determining an aggregate cost rate for the plurality of items based on the determined item cost rates, comparing the aggregate cost rate with a cost rate threshold Ω, and ordering the plurality of items to an order-up-to point S if the compared aggregate cost rate is greater than or equal to the cost rate threshold Ω.08-18-2011
20110202433LICENSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LICENSE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A license management system includes image processing apparatuses and a license management server that rents out licenses to the image processing apparatuses. The license management server includes: a storage unit that stores a purchased license count and a rented-out license count that are associated with type of a program; a first receiving unit that receives a license borrowing request from one of the image processing apparatuses; a rent-out control unit that, if the rented-out license count is equal to or greater than the purchased license count, determines to rent-out a trial-version license to the one image processing apparatus whereas, if not, determines to rent out a formal-version license to the one image processing apparatus; an obtaining unit that obtains license usage status; and a first notification unit that notifies a user of the usage status.08-18-2011
20090048947Lot/serial engine for a warehouse management system - A novel method for configuring an item specific user-definable lot or serial attribute. The method also provides for grouping one or more attributes into an time specific context. The method also provides for capturing, maintaining and querying attribute data values according to the item specific context.02-19-2009
20130085901INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A statistical inventory management system may optimize inventory investment using historical usage and/or consumption of an inventory component by determining one or more target inventory levels (e.g., replenishment levels). Historical usage data may be summed for a plurality of at least partially non-overlapping time periods that may be each equal in duration to a supplier lead-time period for the component to create lead-time usage data. The lead-time usage data may be utilized to more accurately determine future inventory levels (e.g., target inventory levels) because the lead-time usage data may have a reduced variance compared to, for example, day-to-day usage. The inventory management system may be employable by a computing system having a display module (e.g., GUI) that allows a user to receive at least one graphical representation indicative of at least one target inventory level of at least one inventory component (e.g., by selectively interacting with the display module).04-04-2013
20100076872Product Information Management System and Product Information Management Method - Information recorded to a tag device can be used effectively. A terminal device 03-25-2010
20080301009METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING FULFILLMENT SERVICES - Method and apparatus for providing inventory fulfillment services to customers who have small quantities of heterogeneous items to sell. A self-service registration interface for generating lists of items to sell via the inventory fulfillment service is provided. The inventory fulfillment service may provide pricing suggestions to the customer. The inventory fulfillment service may determine whether a listed item satisfies one or more listing rules. Shipping information for a list of items may be automatically generated and provided to the customer. The customer may ship the items in one shipment to a specified facility. The customer is the seller of record for all items listed. The customer may not be charged for services until an item is sold. A listing period may be specified for which listed items will be carried. If an item does not sell within the period, option(s) for disposal of the item may be provided.12-04-2008
20090106130Systems and Methods Involving Rotable Components - Systems and methods involving rotable gas turbine engine components are provided. In this regard, a representative system includes: a component pool control system; an inventory system operative to store inventory information corresponding to a current inventory of rotable components and to provide the inventory information to the component pool control system; and an inspection system operative to store inspection information corresponding to analyzed one of the rotable components and to provide the inspection information to the component pool control system.04-23-2009
20100070389METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING, IDENTIFYING AND FINDING AUTOMATICALLY, BY MEANS OF INFORMATIC DEVICES AND SYSTEMS, OF SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS OF VARIOUS KIND, AND FOR PROCESSING AND MANAGING DATA RELATING TO THE AUTOMATIC CLASSIFICATION, IDENTIFICATION AND FINDING OF SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, OBTAINED BY MEANS OF SUCH INFORMATIC DEVICES AND SYSTEMS - A method for classifying, identifying and finding automatically, by means of informatic devices and systems, particularly personal computers, of surgical instruments of various kind employed in sanitary structures for performing surgical operations. The method includes the following steps:03-18-2010
20090076933System and method of planning and managing real-time postal delivery work - The present invention relates to a system and method of planning and managing real-time postal delivery work that formulates a delivery plan according to a delivery workload in real time, provides information about the delivery plan, and provides and manages information about collection work of returned and confirmed mail items.03-19-2009
20100325020Systems and/or methods for globally tracking items and generating active notifications regarding the same - Certain exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for fraud reduction and/or product recovery. For example, in certain exemplary embodiments, a central repository for item-level data related to stolen, missing, counterfeit, or other items may be provided. The item-level data may be stored as a function of EPC/RFID and/or serial number information in certain exemplary embodiments of this invention. According to certain exemplary embodiments, notification and/or subscription systems may be deployed to search for missing, stolen, or other items throughout the various “touchpoints” in the sales universe by consulting the centralized electronic registration (ER) database. This searching may be performed among and between, and/or on behalf of, interested parties including, for example, retailers, manufacturers, pawnshops, online auction houses, etc. These and/or other parties may be notified, as appropriate, with the notifications being based on subscriptions may by the entities and/or predefined rules.12-23-2010
20090157533INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, INVENTORY MANAGEMENT METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A market-demand-forecasting-value calculation section acquires order entry actual achievement data from an order-entry-actual-achievement-data storing unit of an order receiving system, and calculates a market demand forecasting value using the order entry actual achievement data. A correction safety inventory quantity calculation section calculates an error rate, which becomes negative when an ordering required-quantity becomes large, based on a number of ordered parts and a past ordering required-quantity. Subsequently, the correction safety inventory quantity calculation section calculates a correction safety inventory quantity using the error rate and the market demand forecasting value and a money-amount-zone index value. Further, the correction safety inventory quantity calculation section calculates a determined safety inventory quantity which is a value obtained by adding the correction safety inventory quantity and a reference safety inventory quantity calculated based on the market demand forecasting value.06-18-2009
20090157532Materials management system - A material management system includes integrated modules that cooperate to electronically manage a pooled inventory of material held at differing locations and used in the maintenance of multiple fleets of aircraft. The system includes a material request module for processing requests for material and for determining whether the requested material is present at one of the locations. A material transfer module responds to material requests by transferring parts between the differing locations. A material receiving and inspection module controls receiving and inspection of the material. A material shipment module manages the shipment of the material from a supplier in response to a material request.06-18-2009
20100106624METHOD OF INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - A method of managing an inventory of a consumable substance stored in a portable container including sensing at least an indication of an attribute of the substance and generating data from said sensing. The method may further provide generating a notification based on the generating, such as by applying a notification trigger rule, receiving data including the indication of the attribute of the substance, evaluating the notification trigger rule using the data, and selectively generating an access notification based on the evaluating. The method may include sensing or generating in association with a container access event. The method may include associating an identifier with one of a container, a sensor or a substance. A system implementing this and other inventory management methods is also disclosed.04-29-2010
20100106625INVENTORY COMPONENT ACTIVATION - A method of activating a portable container containing a consumable substance configured to determine and selectively report information about the substance. The container is configured to self report an attribute of the consumable substance. An identifier is associated with at least one of the container, the substance or a sensor provided to sense the attribute of the container.04-29-2010
20130041785Methods and Systems for Collaborative Demand Planning and Replenishment - The present invention provides systems and methods for generating replenishment orders for products sold to a multi-store retailer. Store trait data is mapped with planogram information and the mapped data is used to generate a fixture level safety stock for a particular product in a particular store. The fixture level safety stock triggers fixture level replenishment orders.02-14-2013
20130041784SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PHARMACEUTICAL MANAGEMENT AND TRACKING - A product inventory management system including a cabinet configured to contain an inventory of product units having RFID tags and further configured to monitor the inventory by wirelessly detecting the RFID tags, and a server system configured to communicate over a network with the cabinet, the server system capable of managing the inventory of the cabinet. There is also a method for product inventory management, including receiving, in a server system and via a network, inventory data from a cabinet, the inventory data corresponding to an inventory of product units stored in the cabinet, and generating an order to have additional product units added to the cabinet according to the cabinet inventory.02-14-2013
20130041783SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC SPARE PART MANAGEMENT - A dynamic spare part management system includes a database stored in a memory of a computing device, the database including at least fired hours and starts for a plurality of parts in a machine and a controller coupled to the database configured to create model factors after receiving an indication of a maintenance event on the machine. The controller is also configured to create updated models from existing models and the model factors. The system further includes a part replacement engine that creates an updated part replacement model based on the updated model.02-14-2013
20090125424Method and device for indicating future need for product replacement of random use dispensing - A method is presented for indicating whether a dispensable product will require refilling prior to the next scheduled service interval. The inventive method includes tracking the amount of use over a first interval, calculating a frequency based from the use over the first interval; comparing the quantity remaining with the required amount, which is the product of the number of weeks in the service interval and the calculated frequency. Based on the usage, when the quantity remaining is less that the required amount, a warning will be provided to indicate that the dispensing product should be replaced, as it will be empty before the next service interval. A dispenser incorporating such method is also described.05-14-2009
20130046659RF-ID PRODUCT TRACKING SYSTEM WITH PRIVACY ENHANCEMENT - A method for using electronic product identification devices to track product sales and enable sales transactions to be registered in an electronic registration (ER) system without causing privacy or security concerns for the purchasers. RF-ID devices are placed on products being sold and include detailed information about the products. When the products are purchased, the detailed information is loaded into an ER database and all but a limited amount of information is removed from the RF-ID device. The limited information is sufficient to enable the detailed information to be located in the ER database by authorized individuals in connection with a return transaction or the like.02-21-2013
20090307112Two Tier Authentication - There can be provided a complete and flexible multi-tier article authentication system. A number of different authentication systems are applied to a given article in order to allow multiple levels of authentication to be performed by different persons throughout the supply chain, and using different levels of equipment to perform the authentication. By using such a flexible approach, authenticity can be verified to one or more different levels, depending upon the interest, capability and equipment of an individual. A corresponding method and apparatus can be provided. A tracking system based upon similar principles can additionally or alternatively be provided.12-10-2009
20090307111CATTLE MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM - A highly automated method and system for providing individual animal electronic identification, measurement and value based management of cattle in a large cattle feedlot. Through the use of (1) a computer system integrated with (2) automatic individual animal identification (3) multiple measurement and remeasurement systems with automatic data input and (4) a cattle handling and sorting system, animals are individually (a) identified and (b) measured by weight, external dimensions and characteristics of internal body tissue. With this information together with animal physiological characteristics and historical data, the computer system calculates the optimum (c) slaughter weight, (d) economic end point and (e) marketing date for shipment to a packing plant. After measurement, individual animals are (f) sorted by direction of the computer in response to calculations from the measurements. The computer system also calculates from individual animal data and other data (g) each animal's pro rata share of total feed intake for the animal's feed group. The computer system (h) stores individual animal measurement, performance and location data, which is used by management to (i) select animals for shipment from the feedlot for slaughter at the optimum time. Following an animal's shipment to a slaughter facility, its identification in the computer system is used to (j) correlate the live animal physical characteristics and performance data to the measured and evaluated carcass characteristics data obtained during the slaughter process and (k) build a data base to more accurately identify and measure value-based characteristics in subsequent animals produced and fed for more effective value-based selection and management of those animals.12-10-2009
20090307110MANAGEMENT OF VIRTUAL UNIVERSE ITEM RETURNS - The present invention relates to relates to the management of virtual universe item returns. A method for in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: initiating a return of a item by a user in a virtual universe; granting control of the return of the item to a return agency, the return agency submitting a return request on behalf of the user to a vendor associated with the item; upon approval of the return request by the vendor, sending instructions to the user to destroy the item; and upon confirmation of the destruction of the item by the user, crediting the user for the return.12-10-2009
20090112738Service management method, product-in-circulation to which the same is applied, service management device, service management network system, service management program, and computer readable program product with the program stored thereon - According to a service management method to supply products-in-circulation to service receivers, a service management system is built that enables the service provider to manage whether the service receivers are using those products-in-circulation delivered from the service provider in an authorized manner. This provides a reasonable service whereby the service receiver is charged only for those products-in-circulation the service receiver has actually used. To this end, the service management device in accordance with the present invention includes: a memory section for registering data of products-in-circulation to be delivered to the service receivers; an input section for entering current status of the products-in-circulation; and an arithmetic processing section for calculating charges on the basis of the number of products-in-circulation that are regarded as having been actually used, not the total number of the delivered product-in-circulations.04-30-2009
20120191578STORAGE BATTERY MANAGING SYSTEM, AND RECYCLE EQUIPMENT AND MANAGEMENT SERVER TO BE APPLIED THEREIN - In a system including a storage battery, primary use side equipment for using the battery, a management server for managing and/or reserving condition of use and histories, etc., in primary use of the storage battery, and re-use side equipment for re-using the storage battery, a condition of use when the storage battery is primarily used, and/or history thereof, etc., are recorded in the management server, and the re-use side equipment obtains the use condition and/or the histories, etc., from the management server when re-using, to notify it to a user, and thereby enabling to confirm fluctuations of performances or capacities of the storage battery, which is generated depending on the use condition when it is used primarily, when re-using the storage battery.07-26-2012
20090094141Business integration of integrated gasification combined cycle power plant and coal to liquid fuel plant - Methods of operating a business arrangement for an integrated CTL process and IGCC facility are disclosed herein. An embodiment of the method encompasses operating the integrated CTL and IGCC facility to optimize profitability, revenue and monitor inventory. Some advantages of the disclosed methods include reduced capital expenditures and increased availability of power or syngas during emergencies. Further advantages of the disclosed methods will be described in more detail herein.04-09-2009
20090094140Methods and Apparatus for Inventory and Price Information Management - Systems and techniques for managing product inventory and pricing and product information. A moving camera platform is directed to desired locations in an environment to capture visual information relating to shelf labels affixed to shelves in the environment and visual information relating to products on the shelves. Image recognition is performed on the visual information to extract information on the shelf labels. The information from the shelf labels is compared against corresponding stored information, and mismatches between the shelf label information and the stored information are noted. Image recognition is also performed on the visual information to extract inventory information of the products. The inventory information is also compared against corresponding stored information, and mismatches between the inventory information and the stored information are also noted.04-09-2009
20090271297MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS PURCHASING AND USE - A system for tracking and presenting communication services consumed by an organization from a plurality of communications service providers is provided. The system includes an invoices data store for information relating to communication services expenses of the organization from two or more separate providers, a services data store for information relating to services approved for use by the organization, and an inventory data store for information relating to communications equipment in use by the organization. The system provides an interface for tracking and presenting the consumption of both wireless and wired communications services, including invoices, services and inventory associated with the wired and wireless communications services.10-29-2009
20090063307Detection Of Stock Out Conditions Based On Image Processing - Image analysis techniques, including object recognition analysis, are applied to images obtained by one or more image capture devices deployed within inventory environments. The object recognition analysis provides object recognition data (that may include one or more recognized product instances) based on stored product (training) images. In turn, a variety of functionalities may be enabled based on the object recognition data. For example, a planogram may be extracted and compared to a target planogram, or at least one product display parameter for a product can be determined and used to assess presence of the product within the inventory environment, or to determine compliance of display of the product with a promotional objective. In yet another embodiment, comparisons may be made within a single image or between multiple images over time to detect potential conditions requiring response. In this manner, efficiency and effectiveness of many previously manually-implemented tasks may be improved.03-05-2009
20130066752Automating Life Cycle Inventory Data Collection - Collection of life cycle inventory (“LCI”) data for all phases of the life of goods and/or services is provided. Suppliers of goods and/or services may log into a LCI and assessment data hub via one or more access points for entering LCI data on all phases of development, production use and/or disposal of their goods and/or services. Access to the data hub, as a central data collection point, requires authentication of accessing suppliers via a security framework associated with the data hub. LCI data may be provided via a structured data template, or raw business or business transaction data may be entered in association with a unit process model requested by the supplier. Entered LCI data may be validated as being appropriate for the associated data type and the entered data may be audited to ensure accuracy of the data03-14-2013
20130066753METHODS, APPARATUSES, AND SYSTEMS RELATING TO INVENTORY SHARING NETWORKS - An inventory sharing network includes a manufacturer of a plurality of manufacturer's products and a plurality of authorized merchants that are independently owned and operated from the manufacturer as a non-exclusive seller of products. The inventory sharing network is controlled by the manufacturer, who may select the plurality of authorized merchants that are authorized to participate in an inventory sharing network and select the key products that may be offered by the authorized merchants within the inventory sharing network. The inventory sharing network may be implemented by an e-commerce platform stored on an access server that manages access to an inventory sharing database and display of related information.03-14-2013
20120116931Method for establishing an impromtu geofenced area to organize and analyze shipments - A method of establishing a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area in which a zone is digitally customized to receive and disburse ad-hoc supplies including procedures for authorizing volunteers and other relief entities to draw supplies from the geo-fence zone utilizing wireless technology. The method of the present invention includes establishing geo-fences and communication links between the geo-fences to form a virtual warehouse. The present invention is well suited for disaster relief operations or other emergencies in which donated supplies require distribution throughout a widespread area of need.05-10-2012
20120116930METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESS-BASED ORIGIN MANAGEMENT - A method for process-based origin management of a product includes inputting information regarding a product and an origin of a raw material of the product, extracting a list of determining processes matched to an agreement related to the product, determining an origin of the product by using the information of the product and the determining processes in the list, and outputting an origin determination result of the product.05-10-2012
20120116929SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUDITING REMOVAL OF CUSTOMER PERSONAL INFORMATION ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A system and method for auditing electronic devices to verify removal of customer personal information (CPI). An electronic device is received at a facility. An electronic device is tested utilizing a test device to determine whether there is CPI on the electronic device. An identification of the electronic device is recorded in response to determining the CPI is on the electronic device. An alert associated with the identification is stored to indicate that CPI is on the electronic device.05-10-2012
20120116928SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING CUSTOMER PERSONAL INFORMATION IN A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A system and method for a warehouse management system for tracking devices with customer private information. The system includes one or more testing devices for testing devices to determine whether the customer personal information is present. The system further includes a receiving system operable to receive devices for entry as inventory. The shipping system prevents the devices from being entered as inventory in response to the testing device determine CPI is present on one or more of the devices. The system further includes a shipping system operable to prevent the one or more devices from being shipped to a recipient in response to determining the CPI is present on the one or more devices.05-10-2012
20120271742INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM PROCESS - The inventory control system process includes storing product information in a database. Location information is also accepted and stored in the database in association with the product information. The system receives a command associated with the database and analyzes the command for an instruction and one or more keywords. Next, the database is searched for one or more products associated with the one or more keywords. A list of products related to the one or more keywords is then displayed. The system then accesses, modifies, retrieves, or deletes database information in response to the instruction.10-25-2012
20130166420ENTERPRISE INVENTORY ASSET CONTROL WITH TRANSACTION STACKER - Systems and methods for managing inventory life cycles are described, in which first and second transactions that correspond to distinct first and second assets, respectively, are analyzed based at least in part upon at least one lifecycle map having a series of lifecycle points. Each of the transactions can be mapped to a lifecycle point of the lifecycle map, and can be stored as a function of its associated lifecycle point.06-27-2013
20090248548METHOD FOR LOCATION BASED INVENTORY LOOKUP - A method is provided which enables a user of a mobile communications device to identify a local vendor of a product or service of interest to the user. In accordance with the method, input is received from the user regarding a product or service of interest to the user. The location of the mobile communications device is then determined through a location determination algorithm. Vendor information is then obtained which identifies vendors which are local to the determined location, and status information is obtained which identifies the availability of the product or service of interest at the identified vendors.10-01-2009
20100287073METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING A TRANSPORTATION SCHEME - A method and apparatus for optimal transporting of cargo is provided. The method includes optimizing a plurality of transportation decisions and mechanically transporting cargo through movement of a plurality of vehicles in accordance with a set of optimized transportation decisions. The decisions include transportation routes and schedules for the transportation vehicles, allocation of cargo to be transported to one or more demand locations by the transportation vehicles, nomination of cargo pickup by the transportation vehicles from the one or more supply locations, the use of specialized transportation locations, and vehicle assignments for each of the transportation vehicles. The set of decisions is optimized by collecting data relating to the various transportation decisions, using the data collected as part of a mixed integer linear programming model, and obtaining a solution to the model to arrive at a set of optimized transportation decisions.11-11-2010
20110282768SYSTEM FOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - The present invention relates to a system for detecting and communicating the position of a pusher assembly on a shelf. In an embodiment, a system includes a control module, a pusher assembly, and a laser scanner. The laser scanner is configured to transmit a swept beam to a mirrored reflective surface located behind the pusher assembly. The control module analyzes the laser beam at the laser scanner to detect the position of the pusher assembly on the shelf. In another embodiment, a system includes a control module, a pusher assembly, and an infrared transceiver that sends and receives infrared signals. The transceiver may be located behind the pusher assembly. The control module analyzes the infrared signals to determine the position of the pusher assembly on the shelf.11-17-2011
20130024330Ticket Based Harvest Management System and Method - A system and method is presented for gathering data concerning harvests. Data tickets are generated when the harvest is received at a point of origination (i.e., the field), local storage, processing, or a customer location. Data tickets can be manually generated using apps running on mobile devices. Users of the mobile devices input the data tickets when harvest is received at these locations. Data tickets are transmitted to a remote server over a wide area network. Analysis of the data tickets is possible through a web interface to the remote server. Beacons that identify various equipment or locations can be used to trigger the automatic generation of data tickets.01-24-2013
20090144179PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES FOR VENDING A PLURALITY OF PRODUCTS VIA DEFINED GROUPS - Products and processes are disclosed for defining at least one inventory group. This at least one inventory group includes at least two products that are available for sale by a vending machine. The vending machine outputs an indication of products that the at least one inventory group includes. The vending machine receiving, from a customer, a selection of a first product that the at least one inventory group includes. The vending machine processes a sale of a unit of the first product and a respective unit of at least one additional product for a single price.06-04-2009
20080313060OPENLY ACCESSIBLE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system enabling users to view and initiate action to alter the geographic distribution of the pooled inventory of an item includes an inventory registry, a transaction module, and a viewing module. The inventory registry includes information indicative of a pooled inventory of an item including inventory from two or more suppliers of the item. In some embodiments, the registry is openly accessible to multiple suppliers and multiple consumers of the item. The transaction module enables a remote user to execute an inventory transaction to alter the pooled inventory distribution indicated in the inventory registry. The viewing module accesses the inventory registry and produces information enabling a user to visualize the inventory distribution. The inventory management system may interface with value added service including as examples, an auction/bidding module, a price negotiation module, and a cost estimation module.12-18-2008
20080228602CREDIT CARD LOST-AND-FOUND NOTIFICATION - A method, system, and computer-usable medium for sending a first notification message to a credit card agency alerting the credit card agency of a misplaced credit card, an identification of a credit card owner, and a location of the misplaced credit card; in response to receiving the first notification message, sending a second notification message to the credit card owner corresponding to the misplaced credit card; and in response to receiving the second notification message, specifying a procedure for returning the misplaced credit card to the credit card owner.09-18-2008
20110288966SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING ASSET INSTALLATION AND EVALUATION - Efficient and effective centralized management of automated field force installation and evaluation of assets. Service representatives can each perform an asset installation and/or an asset evaluation with the aid of a handheld device. The handheld device can display worksheets comprising a sequence of instructions and prompts related to the installation/evaluation. In performing the asset installation/evaluation, the service representative can follow the instructions and enter responses to the prompts into the handheld device. The handheld device can communicate with a server to download the worksheets onto the handheld device and to upload from the handheld device data related to the installation/evaluation. Authorized users' network devices can interact with a reporting module of the server to generate reports based on the uploaded data. The reports can provide the authorized users with real-time or near real-time information about the service representatives' performance and about particular assets, including, e.g., information about particular asset installations/evaluations.11-24-2011
20090281929Proactive Monitoring and Intervention Capabilities in a Package Delivery System - A system and method for proactively monitoring the status of packages shipped by a package delivery carrier including intervening when certain conditions arise. The system identifies certain packages are requiring proactive monitoring and intervention, and monitors a variety of conditions, including system-wide impacts and package-level specific impacts, which may necessitate intervention by carrier personnel. Intervention may include various exception handling actions, including upgrading the level of service, stabilizing the temperature of the package, inspecting damage to the package. The carrier may notify the consignee or consignor of such detected conditions and may then communicate with appropriate individuals involved with the package delivery to ascertain the most appropriate action necessary. The system facilitates communicating such information to appropriate carrier personnel. The system may also maintain a real-time case log regarding the package, which can be accessed by service representative, package handling personnel, and said appropriate individuals.11-12-2009
20120089490METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR LABELING LABWARE - The present invention includes a system for marking labware. The system includes an instruction set with markings to be applied to pieces of labware and the order in which the markings are to be applied to the labware. The system also includes a marking device that receives the instruction set and then places the non-toxic marks on the pieces of labware. The invention also includes methods tracking chain of custody of biological material in a facility. The methods include assigning a unique marking for biological materials, storing that marking in a database, applying a non-toxic marking to a piece(s) of labware and then scanning the marking.04-12-2012
20110295723ADVERTISEMENT INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - Systems and methods are provided for automating booking and pricing of inventory atoms are provided, where each atom defines a granular traffic target in a k-dimensional booking space. In operation, a content delivery system receives a request for an inventory slot, consisting of at least some segment characteristics and a cost objective. In response to this request, the content delivery system retrieves availability for each atom in the target inventory slot from an inventory atom database. Additionally, a pricing for each atom in the request inventory slot is also obtained. Thereafter, the content delivery system will assemble a proposed inventory slot for the advertiser that includes the atoms that meet the advertiser's cost objective and the total cost for the proposed inventory slot. If accepted, the atom inventory database can be updated to reflect the new unavailability of the atoms in the proposed database.12-01-2011
20110295724METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TRACKING AND MONITORING INVENTORY - Apparatus and methods for monitoring and tracking collateral and inventory are disclosed. The methods include receiving location information and collateral or inventory identification information from one or more location devices attached to one or more pieces of collateral or inventory. The methods also include storing the received location and collateral or inventory identification information for the one or more pieces of collateral or inventory and identifying a location of one more pieces of collateral or inventory using the received location and collateral or inventory identification information. The methods further include presenting on a dashboard information regarding the location of the one or more pieces of collateral or inventory.12-01-2011
20100036755Recall System and Method for RFID Medical Item Tracking System - A medical item recall system for medical items at one or more medical facilities at which the medical items are consumed and/or distributed to patients provides each of the medical items has stand-off readable tags, such as RFID tags. The system comprises medical facilities storage devices at the one or more medical facilities containing medical items, the medical items being identified via the stand-off readable tags and associated with individual medical facilities storage devices. The system further comprises an inventory management system that receives recall information for the medical items, receives content information concerning the medical items contained in each of the medical facilities storage devices, and issues reports for locations of medical items matching the recall information.02-11-2010
20120089489COMPONENT SAFETY INVENTORY AMOUNT CALCULATING METHOD, PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING SAME, AND DEVICE FOR EXECUTING SAME04-12-2012
20110218889Retail Display System With Integrated Security and Inventory Management - A retail display system with integrated inventory management and security is provided. The retail display system is operably connected to a control module operable to detect the addition or removal of inventory from the retail display system. The control module may be configured to manually or automatically associate a quantity of merchandise with a value of a sensed parameter, such that control module recognizes that the occurrence of the sensed parameter corresponds to the addition or subtraction of merchandise.09-08-2011
20090313142INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, AND STORE SYSTEM - An information terminal displays a coordinate screen acquired from a coordinate database on a liquid crystal display, acquires data of an article code of clothes coordinated in the coordinate image from the coordinate database, acquires data of inventory status and display status associated with the acquired article code from an inventory database which stores and saves an article code of an individual article in association with inventory status of the article in a warehouse and display status of the article in a sales floor, and displays an inventory screen which reports a place where the article exists as an article inventory list on the liquid crystal display.12-17-2009
20090150264DYNAMIC ASSET MONITORING USING AUTOMATIC UPDATING OF RULES - A novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for controlling movement of assets is provided. A method for controlling movement of assets can include reading a first information from a first electronic marker coupled to an asset and reading a second information from a second electronic marker of a transport mechanism in possession of the asset. The method can further include storing in a record the first and second information and a third information comprising a location of the asset. The method can further include retrieving at least one rule comprising at least one value and an action. The method can further include executing a statistical test on the information in the record and executing the action of the at least one rule if a result of the statistical test is outside a predefined confidence level. Information from the record is then added to the empirical data.06-11-2009
20090150263DYNAMIC ASSET MONITORING USING ELECTRONIC MARKERS - A novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for controlling movement of assets is provided. A method for controlling movement of assets can include reading a first information from a first electronic marker coupled to an asset and reading a second information from a second electronic marker of a transport mechanism in possession of the asset. The method can further include storing in a record the first and second information and a third information comprising a location of the asset. The method can further include retrieving at least one rule comprising at least one value and an action and comparing information in the record to the at least one value. The method can further include executing the action of the at least one rule if the information in the record matches the at least one value.06-11-2009
20080281731Customer support system, an office system, a customer support center, a supply center and a customer support method - Resupply, recycling and exchange of consumption items of office apparatuses made by two or more manufacturers can be facilitated by a customer support center, a supply center, office systems and customer support terminals connected via a communication network, wherein an apparatus management database, a cost and supply information database, an analysis database, and a supply management database are installed at appropriate locations, each associated with functional units such as a data acquisition unit, a data analysis unit, a report generating unit and the like for issuing purchase orders, recycling orders, exchange orders and office system improvement proposals.11-13-2008
20080275795System and Method for Allocating Manufactured Products to Sellers Using Profitable Order Promising - A system and method is disclosed for allocating products to one or more sellers. The system includes a database operable to store data associated with one or more enterprises. The system further includes an order promising system coupled with the database and operable to model the flow of the products through the one or more enterprises and allocate resources to the one or more sellers based on the modeled flow of the products.11-06-2008
20100088200Binary Trees for Detecting Inventory Problems in an Enterprise Model - A binary tree structure for detecting inventory problems. A first embodiment detects on-hand inventory problems. A second embodiment detects inventory requirements problems. Both embodiments use a binary tree whose nodes store time values and delta values. The delta values represent inventory consumers or producers. The time values of trees used for inventory requirements problems are shifted in accordance with build-ahead times.04-08-2010
20100088198INVENTORY FILTERING SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A system, method and computer program product for inventory filtering includes filtering one or more inventory items offered for sale. A primary list of the inventory items from a primary logistics information database may be obtained. A first restriction requirement based on the primary list may be generated. A second list may be generated pertaining to the inventory items and may include a list of one or more internally generated second restriction parameters different than any parameters used to establish the first restriction requirement. A second restriction requirement may be generated based on the second list. A combined restriction requirement may be generated based on any combination of the first restriction requirement and the second restriction requirement. The sale of the item may be restricted based on the combined restriction requirement.04-08-2010
20100138322ELECTRONIC SHELF LABEL AND PRODUCT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An electronic shelf label includes a display unit and a display control unit. The display unit is configured and arranged to display product information pertaining to a product corresponding to the electronic shelf label. The display control unit is configured to control the display unit to display on-order information when the display control unit receives a first prescribed signal from outside the electronic shelf label. The on-order information indicates that the product corresponding to the electronic shelf label is on order.06-03-2010
20100138321METHOD OF POSTAL FRAUD DETECTION FOR STAMPS ACTIVATED AT POINT OF SALE - A method of paying for postage stamps, that involves offering a postage stamp for sale by a distributor to a consumer, wherein the stamp has a unique identification code and is initially inactive; distributing the postage stamp to the consumer; activating the stamp for use; and accounting with the distributor for postage associated with the stamp after the stamp has been distributed to the consumer.06-03-2010
20100082460Binary Trees for Detecting Inventory Problems in an Enterprise Model - A binary tree structure for detecting inventory problems. A first embodiment detects on-hand inventory problems. A second embodiment detects inventory requirements problems. Both embodiments use a binary tree whose nodes store time values and delta values. The delta values represent inventory consumers or producers. The time values of trees used for inventory requirements problems are shifted in accordance with build-ahead times.04-01-2010
20090063306Determination Of Product Display Parameters Based On Image Processing - Image analysis techniques, including object recognition analysis, are applied to images obtained by one or more image capture devices deployed within inventory environments. The object recognition analysis provides object recognition data (that may include one or more recognized product instances) based on stored product (training) images. In turn, a variety of functionalities may be enabled based on the object recognition data. For example, a planogram may be extracted and compared to a target planogram, or at least one product display parameter for a product can be determined and used to assess presence of the product within the inventory environment, or to determine compliance of display of the product with a promotional objective. In yet another embodiment, comparisons may be made within a single image or between multiple images over time to detect potential conditions requiring response. In this manner, efficiency and effectiveness of many previously manually-implemented tasks may be improved.03-05-2009
20090204512METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A RESTOCKING STATE OF A PRODUCT - The present invention is directed to a method and system for determining a restocking state of a product in a retail store. A method in accordance with an embodiment includes: acquiring an image of a current state of a product at an assigned shelf location; determining a remaining number of the product at the assigned shelf location based on the acquired image; comparing the remaining number of the product at the assigned shelf location to a predetermined restocking level for the product; and generating a restocking alert if the remaining number of the product at the assigned shelf location is less than the predetermined restocking level for the product.08-13-2009
20090089187Article Vending Machine And Method for Auditing Inventory While Article Vending Machine Remains Operational - An article vending machine capable of performing an inventory audit and automatically pausing the inventory audit in response to a customer transaction request and method for performing the same are shown. After completing the customer request, the article vending machine resumes the inventory auditing process. The article vending machine thereby remains available for customer use during the inventory auditing process.04-02-2009
20090276338SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHARING INFORMATION AND CAUSING AN ACTION BASED ON THAT INFORMATION - A physical objects tracking system and a method for sharing information about objects and causing an action based on that information is provided. Short range communication networks collect data which identify physical objects and attributes associated with the objects. Long range communication networks provide both central data processing equipment, which is hosted by a trusted third party, for aggregating and storing the collected data and user terminals for enabling authorized user to access the data processing equipment and to evaluate the aggregated data. The authorized user is enabled to define a business rule, which specify a matching condition and an action. The matching condition is matched against the aggregated data and if it is determined that the matching condition is fulfilled, the action is executed. Embodiments implementing an auto-ID clearing and risk management process and a secondary market process are introduced.11-05-2009
20090138383INVENTORY LOCATION MANAGEMENT - An inventory management method and system may be capable of monitoring an inventory by compiling historical data relating to the inventory, defining net inventory needs, and calculating the quantity and/or types of inventory that may be needed to maintain a suitable level of inventory. More than one inventory and respective source may be included in the calculation of the inventory needs. The calculation may determine the inventory needs at a particular location or the inventory that must be maintained at a particular location based at least in part on the historical data, the inventory needs, and the customer's needs. The inventory and/or inventory locations may be consolidated, increased, decreased, and eliminated, as suitable to meet the needs of the customer. The net change in inventory related costs resulting from facility changes such as consolidation, increase, decrease, and elimination may be calculated and optimized.05-28-2009
20090276337TARGETED PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A targeted product distribution system is described herein with respect to an exemplary management of product flow through a distribution center. Specifically, the system and method described herein is directed to the management and display of direct and easily-understood instructions, such that average individuals, as well as those with mental disabilities, will be able to contribute equally to the overall process.11-05-2009
20090281930AUTOMATIC ANALYZER, ORDER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND ORDER MANAGEMENT METHOD - An automatic analyzer for analyzing a specimen includes an estimating unit that estimates, based on history information of an analysis period corresponding to a period required for upcoming analysis, a usage quantity of the reagent for the upcoming analysis by calculating a product of a usage quantity of a reagent specified in an analysis item in the history information and a specimen count in the analysis period. The analyzer also includes an upcoming-remaining-quantity calculating unit that calculates a post-upcoming-analysis reagent remaining quantity by subtracting the usage quantity of an estimated reagent from the current reagent remaining quantity.11-12-2009
20090281928Battery management system with runtime reserve analysis - The invention relates to the management of large stationary batteries. The invention is a comprehensive system and process for the management of stationary batteries that are used for backup power and are deployed in widely dispersed locations. The system may be comprised of a plurality of batteries and web-based software. The system software can automatically analyze, determine and report the number of batteries and total cost based on required runtime reserve by computing the power of batteries currently in a system and available batteries for installation.11-12-2009
20090287589MOBILE, COMPACT COMMUNICATION DEVICE INCLUDING RFID - A system and process including mobile communication devices having two RFID's each, one with the device and another with the SIM. An assembly/packaging system and process is disclosed along with service provider communications network(s) including a retail distribution processing system is provided including RFID readers at selected points in the process and system.11-19-2009
20090210325INVENTORY VERIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method of verifying the completeness and accuracy of inventory records is disclosed. A remote verification device is deployable from a control desk to a specified area within a facility to acquire certain verification data. Once acquired, the verification data is compared with the inventory records on the verification device to determine a verification status. The particular mode of verification may be user-selected on the verification device or device-prompted based the inventory records, the verification data or other parameters. If successfully verified, the verification device communicates the verification data and/or verification status to the control desk. If not successfully verified, the verification device may be used to acquire inventory data for replacing the inventory records or providing an alert related to the discrepancy.08-20-2009
20080275796SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF EXPENSIVE PRODUCTS - A method and system are described for managing component supply for complex products by monitoring the delivery performance of component suppliers and optimizing the times at which orders are placed. Performance of component suppliers is monitored by setting supply delivery performance targets for each supplier, and then monitoring and managing supply delivery performance for each supplier. Component order times are optimized by 1) optimizing safety stock for each component, 2) calculating optimal times to place supply orders for each component in order to maintain the safety stock level, and then 3) iterating safety stock calculations in order to minimize overall inventory costs and maximize supply availability, taking into account supply lead times, component costs, and target tolerances for delays in the assembly of components. The method also provides projections of effects of changes in supply lead time performance on assembly schedules so that managers can seek delivery improvements from component suppliers.11-06-2008
20120296782System for Managing Product Inventory Counts - A system for managing product inventory includes an Internet-connected server and software executing on the server from a non-transitory physical medium, the software providing establishment of a first association of at least one stock keeping unit (SKU) and any associated metadata including product availability counts to at least one point in time and or at least one time range identified within an interactive shopping media presentation, establishment of a second association of at least one potential consumer to the interactive shopping media presentation, monitoring for and tracking of interaction sequences initiated by the at least one potential consumer, the interaction sequences enabled from within the interactive shopping media presentation or from within an interactive display associated thereto, and adjustment of the SKU-based product availability counts in the SKU metadata relative to the latest interaction results.11-22-2012
20120296781Compartmentalized Delivery and Removal Container System for Construction Materials - A roll-on, roll-off compartmentalized container developed for the construction industry and the method of utilizing the container. The present invention is concerned with a compartmentalized roll-off container for use on construction sites, especially for roofing projects, and designed to be delivered by a transport truck equipped to transport the container, such as a hoist truck, and roll the container off of the truck onto the ground. Additionally, the container includes various compartments to allow for delivery of new construction materials in certain compartments and removal of waste material and material to be recycled in the same or other compartments.11-22-2012
20110208620MANAGING STOCK INVENTORY LEVELS - The present invention provides a method of managing a stock replenishment system in a way that explicitly controls the in-stock rate. Also provided by the present invention is a method of managing a collection of stock replenishment systems in a way that the combined in-stock rate of the collection is controlled to a selected value. In addition, the present invention provides a method to set up a collection of stock replenishment systems in replenishment software systems in an identical fashion while controlling the combined in-stock rate. The methods of the present invention use point-of-sale data to determine packages-per-shopper rates, which are used as one of the inputs to statistical models of multiple-day retail sales.08-25-2011
20080243648SYSTEM FOR REMOTELY MANAGING A HOME HEATING SYSTEM - A centralized fuel monitoring system for allowing a plurality of fuel dealers to monitor the fuel level at customer locations, the system having a central computer accessible by the plurality of fuel dealers to access customer account information, the customer account information including an indication of a fuel level at a customer location. The fuel level may be remotely measured or may be calculated by the system. Also included is authorization software that allows a fuel dealer to access customer accounts and administration software that allows a fuel dealer to create new customer accounts.10-02-2008
20080243646Methods for proactively reconciling bin denials in inventory management environments - A method for reconciling bin denials in inventory management environments comprises receiving a bin denial for a part number, the bin denial including data identifying a denied bin and a quantity associated with the bin denial. The method also includes determining a number of bins associated with the part number. The method further includes determining whether a quantity associated with the bin denial exceeds a predetermined threshold. An inventory count request for one or more bins associated with the part number is generated if the quantity associated with the bin denial exceeds the predetermined threshold.10-02-2008
20080243647Product management system and product management method - A product management system is disclosed. The product management system comprises a product detection device disposed on a product display rack and configured to detect presence/absence of a product on the product display rack, a wireless communication device disposed on the product display rack and configured to wirelessly transmit information about the presence/absence of the product detected by the product detection device, a relay device to relay communications between the wireless communication device and a network, a product management device to store and display the information transmitted from the wireless communication device via the relay device and the network, and a terminal device capable of wireless communications with the wireless communication device and configured to travel with a shopper.10-02-2008
20080249900Methods and Systems For Managing Dealer Inventories - A computer-implemented method and system for maintaining a plurality of dealer inventories in a supply chain management system comprising a plurality of dealer inventory data objects representing dealer inventories, a plurality of interfaces for accessing the dealer inventory data objects and a plurality of participants within the supply chain management system, wherein the dealer inventory data objects are stored with the supply chain management system; the dealer inventory data objects located with the supply chain management system of a second participant are owned by a first participant; the participants are accessing the dealer inventory data objects, wherein the first and the second participant having read and write permissions and the further participants having read permissions; and the interfaces are adapted to support online collaboration between the participants.10-09-2008
20100169190Method and Apparatus for Monitoring Inventory - A method for monitoring inventory on a shelf and apparatus for accomplishing the same. The invention describes a method for determining the number of packages on a shelf or hanger. The number of packages on a shelf or hanger are determined by detecting the presence of a package on the shelf and adding all detections together to determine the number of product on a shelf. In another embodiment, the product is identified by an identifying device such as an SKU reader. Thus, the quantity and type of product located on a shelf or hanger is known. Such information allows a store to know the type and quantity of packages needed to restock a specific shelf.07-01-2010
20080228603SYSTEMS AND MEDIA FOR MANAGING ELECTRONIC ASSET TAGS FOR ASSET DEVICES - Systems, methods, and media for managing electronic asset tags for asset devices are disclosed. Embodiments include a system having one or more asset devices in communication with a network where each asset device has an electronic asset tag, where the electronic asset tag has contents including an asset number associated with the asset device having the electronic asset tag. The system may also include an asset tag manager in communication with the network to access the contents of the electronic asset tags of the one or more asset devices. In a further embodiment, the asset tag manager may be adapted to modify the contents of the electronic asset tags of the one or more asset devices. In another further embodiment, the asset tag manager may be adapted to reload to an asset device the contents of the electronic asset tag of the asset device.09-18-2008
20080228601Techniques for Reconstructing Supply Chain Networks Using Pair-Wise Correlation Analysis - Techniques for reconstructing networks are provided. In one aspect, a method for reconstructing a synthetic network, such as a synthetic biological network, is provided. In another aspect, a method for reconstructing a supply chain network is provided. Exemplary supply chain networks include supply chains for petroleum distribution.09-18-2008
20080281730Method and system for digital image inventors and claims processing - An electronic system for inventorying shipments of items and processing claims for damages to those items. Furthermore, the system also generates digital image inventories of shipments and processes claims for damages.11-13-2008
20080294536SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING EXPORT SERVICES TO MERCHANTS - A fulfillment services provider may offer export services to merchants, including generation of required export documentation; calculation, collection, and remittance of customs duties; and transportation via an international carrier. Such export services may be offered through a registration service, and may be integrated with other fulfillment services provided to registered merchants (e.g., domestic order fulfillment and/or warehousing of inventory), or may be offered to merchants that do not receive other fulfillment services from the provider. Export services may be provided to merchants who certify that all registered or specified items may be legally exported to all (or specified) international destinations, or the provider may verify compliance to export regulations on behalf of registered merchants. The provider may assume the role of Principal Party in Interest for registered merchants or the merchants may retain this role. Registration and provision of export services may be implemented in one or more software modules.11-27-2008
20090265258Bag Tracking System and Bag Counting Rack Associated Therewith - A sensor-based bag counting system for monitoring bag use at a check out stand or the like. The preferred embodiment teaches a scale, pressure switch, or like sensor unit which integrates with a bag rack to sense the load generated by a bag as it is loaded and use same to count the bags at they are removed from the rack, and compile data including the number of bags per customer per transaction, the average amount or product per bag, the amount of bags packed overweight or underweight, and other data which can be used to for instructional purposes, monitor bag usage, or calculate the deposit to be charged the customer for the bags used, for example. tracking, managing, dispensing and recycling bags, particularly retail and grocery-type bags such as t-shirt bags and the like. An RFID based bag monitoring and management system is also disclosed. An alternative system contemplates a sensor which Lastly, the present invention contemplates a recycling bin which incorporates an RFID scanner to scan a collection of bags simultaneously as they are returned by the user, utilizing the data to calculate a refund due the customer.10-22-2009
20080313059METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A RECEIVING, INSPECTION, AND SUPPLIER QUALITY SYSTEM - The disclosure provides a computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for managing inspection of items. In one embodiment, an identifier for an item is received in a shipment of items to form a received item. Inspection criteria for inspecting the shipment of items are adjusted using a quality history. The quality history is data regarding results of inspections of items. A result of the inspection is received. The quality history is updated with the result of the inspection.12-18-2008
20080313058Process And System For Identifying Demand For Inventory - A computer-implemented process for identifying demand for excess inventory includes the steps of determining an inventory level and a forecasted demand of at least one part at least one facility; determining a part interchangeability of a first part with a second part of the at least one part; inputting an inventory level reflecting the part interchangeability and a forecasted demand reflecting the part interchangeability of the at least one part into an inventory module embodied in a server in communication with the at least one facility; accumulating the inventory level reflecting the part interchangeability and the forecasted demand reflecting the part interchangeability in the inventory module embodied in the server; determining an inventory position reflecting the part interchangeability for the at least one part for all of the at least one facility; determining a real-time demand reflecting the part interchangeability for the at least one part for all of the at least one facility; and conveying the real-time demand reflecting the part interchangeability for the at least one part to all of the at least one facility.12-18-2008
20080215460Merchandise location system - The present invention is generally directed to providing an improved system for accessing merchandise location information in a sales environment. Specifically, the present invention implements a system to record, store, and make available for remote access by authorized users merchandise location information within a sales environment.09-04-2008
20090313143DELIVERY PAYMENT SYSTEMS - Various embodiments of the invention are directed to computer systems for facilitating payment for an item that is sent from a consignor to a consignee. In particular embodiments, the computer system facilitates an automatic, electronic transfer of payment for the item at a designated time that, for example, may be defined in relation to the delivery of the item to the consignee. For example, payment for the item may be electronically transferred to the consignor's bank account via a clearinghouse server at a designated time after delivery of the item, by a common carrier, to the consignee.12-17-2009
20100293078Reverse Failure Analysis Method and Apparatus for Diagnostic Testing - A reverse failure analyzer determines a group of diagnostic test procedures related to a particular vehicle component from a pool of diagnostic procedures, and then identifies the specific failure modes of each of the diagnostic test procedures. The reverse failure analyzer further associates the specific failure modes with the respective vehicle component associated with each of the diagnostic test procedures, and the symptoms associated with each of the diagnostic test procedures to the correlated vehicle components and failure modes. In addition, the reverse failure analyzer can cross-reference various vehicle components that can be the root cause of a particular symptom or a vehicle operational problem. Furthermore, the reverse failure analyzer can receive observed symptoms regarding a particular test subject vehicle and correlate the observed symptoms to the vehicle components that can cause the symptoms based on the results of reverse failure analyses.11-18-2010
20100145830Making an availability determination regarding a requested ware - Among other disclosed subject matter, a computer-implemented method for making an availability determination regarding a requested ware includes identifying a first request to provide a quantity of a ware at a first date. The method includes recording, in response to the first request, a second request for a critical part of the ware, the second request to be satisfied at a second date selected using the first date. The method includes determining a confirmation date for the critical part based on the second request. The method includes generating a confirmation for the first request using the confirmation date.06-10-2010
20080270267System and method for logistics management - A method for logistics management includes receiving recorded employee specific facility data and updated employee specific facility data generated from a facility audit. The method also includes comparing the recorded employee specific facility data and updated employee specific facility data to generate employee specific comparison data. The method further includes generating a report based on the employee specific comparison data, and automatically sending the report in an electronic communication to one or more management entities.10-30-2008
20080270269Method for stock record verification for small inventory populations - A method for stock record verification for small inventory populations comprises establishing a first group that includes a plurality of part numbers having values above a predetermined threshold, and establishing a second group that includes a plurality of part numbers having values below the predetermined threshold. A plurality of part numbers is randomly selected from among the plurality of part numbers in the second group. The method also includes receiving physical count data associated with each of the part numbers in the first group and the randomly selected part numbers from the second group. An inventory error is determined based on a comparison between the physical count data and inventory record data for each of the part numbers counted. The method further includes adjusting the inventory record data based on the inventory error.10-30-2008
20080270268System and method for service loss analysis and reporting - A method for analyzing service loss in inventory environments comprises receiving sales order data associated with a plurality of warehouses, the sales order data including at least one sales order line that includes data indicative of a customer requirement associated with a part number. The method also includes analyzing sales order lines that are not filled by a predetermined completion date based on a predetermined service loss hierarchy and determining a cause of service loss for one or more sales order lines that are not filled by a predetermined completion date based on the analysis. The method further includes generating a service loss report summarizing the cause of service for the one or more sales order lines that are not filled by a predetermined completion date.10-30-2008
20100153238Suggesting a Transaction Between Parties Based on Inventory - A method for suggesting a transaction in the disclosed technology proceeds by comparing an inventory of a transactor with a desired inventory of a plurality of other transactors. A desired inventory of the transactor is also compared with an inventory of the plurality of other transactors. A distance between the at least one transactor and the plurality of other transactors is compared. The plurality of other transactors and the at least one transactor are ranked together based on the comparing and the determining. At least one transaction between the transactor and at least one of the plurality of other transactors is then suggested.06-17-2010
20100145831AUTOMATED DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An automated data management system that includes a database that receives and stores data related to multiple products and services sold by resellers and distributors. The database contains current and historic sales data that is cross-referenced by product identifier, reseller, and distributor. The data management system also includes a user interface that permits a user to access the data management system and generate reports that summarize and display the sales data in selected formats. A method of implementing and operating such a data management system is also disclosed.06-10-2010
20090070237DATA RECONCILIATION - Reconciling corresponding data reported by multiple data sources and pertaining to hardware, software, and telecommunications assets distributed throughout an organization is described. In one aspect, a reconciliation framework receives data maintained by a first data source and pertaining to a portion of the hardware, software, and telecommunications assets distributed throughout the organization. The reconciliation framework then also receives data maintained by a second data source and pertaining to the portion of the hardware, software, and telecommunications assets distributed throughout the organization. The reconciliation framework then compares the data maintained by the first data source to the data maintained by the second data source effective to determine differences between the data maintained by the first data source and the data maintained by the second data source.03-12-2009
20090164344Method and Server for Management of Electronic Receipts - A system for managing electronic receipts is provided. According to one aspect, the system includes a portable device, a base device, a user device and an electronic receipts administration system. The electronic receipts administration system provides the base device with the appropriate data to allow the base device to generate, store and manage electronic receipts accordingly. A user uses the portable device to conduct a transaction with the base device. The base device uses a variety of information to generate an electronic receipt for the transaction. Such information includes, for example, information stored on the portable device, information stored locally on the base device and information stored on another device such as an electronic cash register. The electronic receipt is then stored on the portable device. The user device allows the user to subsequently retrieve the electronic receipt for management purposes.06-25-2009
20090164342Making an Availability Determination Regarding a Requested Ware - Among other disclosed subject matter, a computer-implemented method for making an availability determination regarding a requested ware includes identifying a request to provide a quantity of a ware at a delivery date. The method includes determining, in response to the identification, which one of multiple time periods includes the delivery date. The multiple time periods are at least three and run serially from a beginning time. Each of the multiple time periods corresponds to a step in a process to provide the ware and is associated with a different supply scope for determining ware availability. The method includes determining availability of the ware for the request using the supply scope of the determined time period.06-25-2009
20090138385Crate Tool - A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for processing aircraft software parts. A crate containing an aircraft software part is received from a source. Signatures are validated for the crate and the aircraft software part. If the signatures are valid, the crate is unpacked. The contents of the incoming crate are displayed. The aircraft software part is unpacked. Responsive to a request to upload the stored part to a library in the aircraft software part management apparatus, a determination is made as to whether the stored part meets a policy. If the stored part meets the policy, the part is signed. The signed part is placed in a crate and is signed to form a signed crate wherein signatures for the signed aircraft software part and the signed crate are different from the set of signatures in the incoming crate. The signed crate is sent to the library.05-28-2009
20090187494VIRTUAL INVENTORY SYSTEM - A system and method are provided that allow a user to search for products within the inventory of multiple vendors. The disclosed web-based application allows a customer to maintain a virtual inventory. A web server is maintained separately from the customer's and vendor's computer system and the web server runs virtual inventory software. A database server is interfaced with the web server and the database server stores user settings specific to the user. A plurality of vendor inventory databases is interfaced with the web server. The web server is configured to receive a product search request from the user and search the plurality of inventory databases pursuant to the product search request07-23-2009
20080306841System and method for processing orders - An order processing system includes a staging area for receiving a shipping medium prior to shipment. The shipping medium supports at least one item. An imaging device is positioned for capturing an image of the at least one item supported by the shipping medium. A data storage device is configured to store the image and order information associated with the image.12-11-2008
20090138384LEVELED-FLOW REPLENISHMENT USING DEADBAND LIMITS - Inventory replenishment that levels the flow of products from a collection of supplying distribution centers (DCs) to a receiving DC. Products are shipped in calculated, predetermined quantities at calculated, predetermined intervals to match the outflow rates at the receiving DC. Inventory levels at the receiving DC are monitored daily, and exceptions or adjustments to the shipment pattern (e.g., quantities and time intervals) are executed in a systematic manner when they stray outside of calculated minimum and maximum levels.05-28-2009
20080319878Dynamic Time Series Update Method - Updating metadata for a set of time series quantity data, and re-creating the set of time series quantity data in response to updating the metadata while reading at least one of the set of time series quantity data.12-25-2008
20090006222System for the Operation and Management of a Fleet of Refrigerated Autonomous Containers - System for the operation and management of a fleet of refrigerated autonomous containers for transporting perishable goods, comprising: containers provided with a passive tag comprising identification information and with an active tag comprising a temperature probe and a recorder connected to said probe and capable of recording the measured temperature values; a gun or means for injecting a refrigerant into the container, which means is provided with a device capable of reading the passive tag of the container, so as to be cognizant of the identification number of the passive tag; and a data acquisition and processing unit capable of carrying out the following operations: receiving said identification information from said device and linking this identification number of the passive tag with the number of the active tag in the container; calculating, as a function of data associated with the logistic travel of the container and physical data of a refrigerant, an amount of liquefied gas to be injected into the container; and providing said gun or injection means with the characteristics of the injection of liquefied gas to be injected into the container.01-01-2009
20090177559AGGREGATE USER DEFINED FUNCTION (UDF) PROCESSING FOR MULTI-REGRESSION - An aggregate User Defined Function (UDF) processing used for multi-regression is provided. The aggregate UDF initializes storage space for multiple nodes of a database environment. Data is then extracted from a relational database and populated according to groupings on each of the nodes. Multiple rows or records are then processed to create a merge and multi-regression processed.07-09-2009
20090187493Method for offsetting carbon dioxide emissions associated with shipping - The invention is a method that provides consumers and retailers an easy way to track shipments, use shipment information (e.g. tracking information) to accurately calculate carbon dioxide emissions generated by the shipment, and provide a means to offset the carbon dioxide emission either before or after the shipment takes place.07-23-2009
20090187495SIMPLIFICATION OF INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - A simplified inventory management method. The method employs a plurality of stock-keeping unit labels, with each of the plurality of stock-keeping unit labels having a same stock-keeping unit number. Individual ones of the plurality of stock-keeping unit labels are utilized to track individual items of a plurality of items. A sale price of individual ones a first set of the plurality of items is different from a sale price of individual ones of a second set of the plurality of items.07-23-2009
20130218730Systems And Methods For Authenticating Bulk Products - This application generally relates to systems and methods for authenticating a bulk quantity of a consumable product with a corresponding product. More specifically, the invention associates a bulk quantity of the consumable product with a product parameter such as a consumption rate of the consumable product within the corresponding product; provides and authorizes a key and/or reader with the bulk quantity and consumption rate data to a specific corresponding product wherein the bulk quantity and consumption rate data are correlated to a maximum consumption quantity value; monitoring consumption of the consumable product within the corresponding product until the maximum consumption quantity value is reached; and providing an event output to the corresponding product when the maximum consumption quantity value is realized.08-22-2013
20090327104SYSTEM FOR TRACKING AND PROVIDING VISIBILITY OF ORIGIN OF FOOD ELEMENTS - A method and apparatus which facilitates the application of GPS or other location-specific information directly to discrete units of food products. In one embodiment, a tractor pulls a harvesting apparatus which facilitates not only the harvesting and packaging of discrete food product units but also the application of location-specific time-stamped data directly onto the food product units or their packaging. Food product units planted in substantially parallel rows are cut from the ground by cutter personnel walking behind the moving apparatus, whereupon the cutters pass the food product to a cut product station atop the harvesting apparatus. The food product units are picked and packed by packer personnel situated atop the harvesting apparatus; during this step indicia is applied to the packaging (or the food product) which provides the association of GPS or other location-specific information with the discrete units of food products.12-31-2009
20090327103METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF MAINTAINING AN INVENTORY LEVEL IN A PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT - A method of maintaining an inventory level of a consumable in a production environment may include monitoring an inventory position associated with a consumable in a production environment, and, based on the monitoring, identifying a plurality of window sets. Each window set may include a plurality of windows, and each window may include a portion of a historic demand distribution associated with the consumable and corresponds to a total inventory management cost. The method may also include selecting, from the plurality of window sets, the window set having the window corresponding to a lowest total inventory management cost. A lower inventory threshold level for the consumable and an upper inventory threshold level for the consumable may be automatically determined. An amount of the consumable may be ordered if the monitored inventory position is less than the lower inventory threshold level.12-31-2009
20090327102SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REAL TIME ASSET VISIBILITY - A method and system for providing real time asset visibility for a plurality of assets and for providing a set of applications based on real time asset visibility, in particular, for the health care facility. The method includes the steps of collecting tag data from a plurality of active readers, identifying a particular asset coupled to the tag data and identifying the zone where the particular asset is located using an algorithm; and associating an asset state information, tag data, zone information, and other device information in the same environment of the asset for providing real time asset visibility. The invention activates an alerts frame work and sends action messages to the respective departments in the health care facility and also supports a set of applications including searching for availability of assets and location, data mining applications, dashboard applications, handheld applications, mapping applications, and reporting services.12-31-2009
20090024492Method and system for disk drive inventory - A post manufacturing inventory system to improve disk drive inventory after manufacturing are disclosed. One embodiment provides a computer system having serial number scanning capabilities to scan manufactured disk drive during a post manufacturing inventory count to reconcile with a drive count during manufacturing. In addition, a count verifier is coupled to the scanning unit to enable the inventory control system to verify real-time information read from the disk drives during inventory with pre-stored information pertaining to each drive.01-22-2009
20090024493METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING FORESTRY PRODUCTS - A method and system for monitoring forestry products are provided in the present invention, wherein at least one active communicating device is disposed on a forestry product, and reading and transmitting devices are also disposed in specific locations for building a monitoring and management mechanism to protect the forestry products from stealing. By means the method and system of the present invention, it is capable of providing real-time monitoring information and collecting evidence of illegal actions immediately so that the management staff can control the situation and status of the forestry products, which is useful for improving the efficiency of forestry management. Meanwhile, the present invention may also help to find those lawless persons who steal and fell illegally the forestry resources so as to ensure the safety of working environment for forest managing staff and sustainable management of forest and natural resources.01-22-2009
20090024491SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CALCULATE PROCUREMENT OF ASSETS - A system and method to calculate a mode of procurement of at least one asset is provided. The system comprises a tracking element operable to generate a signal representative of a location of the at least one asset, and a controller in communication with the at least one tracking element. The controller includes a processor operable to execute program instructions representative of the acts of measuring a utilization of the at least one asset having a unique identifier over at least one time interval, calculating a projected need of the at least one asset over a predetermined future time interval dependent on the utilization of the at least one asset, calculating a mode of procurement of the projected need of the at least one asset dependent on the projected need of the at least one asset, and displaying the mode of procurement to the user.01-22-2009
20090198597SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REGISTRATION OF VALUABLE ITEMS - A system and method are provided for keeping track of the ownership of unique items in a system including a server computer connected to a database and at least one client computer connected to the server computer over a network. In operation information concerning the item is entered into the client computer. This information, includes at least a description of the item and its owner, is uploaded from the client computer to said server computer where the information is stored in the database. In response, the system provides from the server to the client computer a transaction identification number related to the information and an item number related to the item. A user at the client computer can use the transaction identification number to access the uploaded information at the database to determine the current owner of the item. Upon a transfer of ownership, the new owner can use at least one client computer to enter the transaction identification number and new owner information to update the information in the database to indicate the new owner and to indicate the prior owner as a seller of the item. In response a new transaction identification number is provided from the server computer to the client computer.08-06-2009
20090198598Optimizing Inventory In Accordance with a Constrained Network - In one embodiment, optimizing inventory includes accessing service level band sets. Each service level band set is associated with a policy group, and includes service level bands. Each service level band of a service level band set has a service level priority with respect to any other service level bands of the same service level band set. An inventory band set is determined for each service level band set. Each inventory band set includes inventory bands, where each inventory band satisfies a corresponding service level band assuming an unconstrained network. Each inventory band of an inventory band set has an inventory priority with respect to any other inventory bands of the same inventory band set. A feasible supply chain plan that satisfies the inventory band sets is generated in order of the inventory priorities until a constrained network is depleted.08-06-2009
20090198595Hand-held web browser inventory checking system - This invention provides a system and a method for real-time checking and inputting business inventory. The business operations range from a single branch to a large chain of stores or branches. The application utilizes a hand-held web-browser based system which allows store and business operators to view and input inventory to a back-office server in real-time to assist in the management and security of businesses. The programming for the system resides in an out-of-store back office server. The hand-held device is simply a web browser with a bar code scanner. This system and method facilitates easy inventory checking for real-time theft and loss prevention.08-06-2009
20090083165Computer method and apparatus for engineered product management including simultaneous indication of working copy status and repository status - A computer method and apparatus for managing revisions to engineered products includes a repository, a local data store (working copy) and a revision manager. Each engineered product is formed of one or more assets. The repository holds the plurality of assets and tracks changes of the assets. For a given asset, the revision manager provides, together in a certain screen view, display of (a) indications of changes made to a working copy of the given asset relative to the given asset as held in the repository, and (b) indications of changes made to the given asset in the repository relative to the working copy of the given asset. The certain screen view in one embodiment employs a tabular format with sortable columns, color coded symbols, textual summaries of changes made to assets and textual description of changes made to assets in the repository.03-26-2009
20090048948APPARATUS, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, FOR MAINTAINING AN ASSET REPOSITORY - Apparatus, and an associated method, for updating and reconciling asset repositories. A user event, generated by, or otherwise associated with, an asset is detected. The operations event identifies characteristics of the asset with which the event is associated. The information is compared with repository-stored information. If comparison indicates dissimilarity with the newly-obtained information and the repository-stored information, the contents of the asset repository are updated to indicate the updated information.02-19-2009
20090099943Item Position Indicator and Optimized Item Retrieval for a Sensor Equipped Storage Unit - A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for communicating the shelf position of an item within a storage unit. An item to be located in the storage unit is identified. The storage unit system determines the shelf position of the identified item. The system then communicates the shelf position of the identified item to the user. If the user requests multiple items, the optimal sequence of retrieval for the items is determined based on a user configurable algorithm.04-16-2009
20090070238DATABASE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING GOODS - An online database method, comprising marking a plurality of gemstones with respective identifiers; maintaining a database linking the identifiers with at least a portion of at least one of a transaction history and a subjective description of the plurality of gemstones; updating the database with an economic value based on transactions involving respective gemstones; determining normalization parameters for extracting objective parameters determinative of value for each of a plurality of gemstones from the respective subjective description of the gemstones; and predicting a market value for a respective gemstone based on the subjective description of the respective gemstone, the normalization parameters, and the transaction history of a plurality of gemstones.03-12-2009
20120078759CALL CENTER INTEGRATED PRINTING DEVICE CONSUMABLE CABINET DEVICE SERVICE - A system and method for tracking, controlling, and replenishing consumption of at least one consumable item in a printing system are disclosed. The system includes a first network and a printing device coupled to the first network. A cabinet device coupled to the first network stores and controllably dispenses the at least one consumable item.03-29-2012
20080262948Alert distribution and management system and returns module - A method for managing a returns process in response to product alerts is provided. The method includes receiving an alert related to a product. The method also includes processing the alert into an alert repository. The method further includes retrieving product data based on the alert. The method further includes associating the product data with the alert. The method further includes facilitating a return of the product to a vendor using the product data. The method further includes receiving data in response to the return of the product. The method further includes providing an actionable display including the product data, the data in response to the return, and data related to a return action.10-23-2008
20090204513POINT-OF-CARE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method are disclosed for controlling an inventory of point-of-care diagnostic devices. The inventory includes a main inventory and at least one subinventory. Each device has an ambient temperature shelf life. Data associated with the devices is entered, including: the current quantity and predetermined minimum quantity of devices in the main inventory; and the current quantity and predetermined minimum quantity of devices in the subinventory. A first timestamp is associated with each device when the device is transferred from the main inventory to the ambient temperature subinventory. The first timestamp is compared to a second timestamp prior to use of the device to determine whether the device's ambient temperature shelf life is exceeded. The current quantity of devices in the subinventory is updated in response to an event that causes a change in the current quantity of devices in the subinventory.08-13-2009
20090210326PURCHASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A purchase management system includes a database, a search module, an order receiving module, a consignment setting module, a receipt management module, and an inspection management module. The database stores order information. The search module acquires the order information from the database responding to a request and outputs the order information. The order receiving module receives the order information and adds the order information to the database. The consignment setting module receives consignment information corresponding to the order information and adds the consignment information to the order information. The receipt management module receives receipt information corresponding to consignment information and adds the receipt information to the order information. The inspection management module receives inspection information corresponding to receipt information adds the inspection information to the order information.08-20-2009
20090240603DETERMINING TOTAL INVENTORY OF BATCH AND CONTINUOUS INVENTORIES IN A BIOFUEL PRODUCTION PROCESS - System and method for determining total inventory of batch and continuous biomass inventories in a biofuel production process. Measured biomass inventory values are received, including batch inventories from multiple batch fermenters and at least one continuous beer well inventory. The values are premised on a controlled vapor pressure of the batch fermenters and beer well(s), where the pressure fluctuates in an uncontrolled manner. A measured vapor pressure for the batch fermenters and beerwell(s) is received, and pressure compensated inventory values determined based on the measured inventory and pressure values. Measured biomass input flow to the batch fermenters and output flow from the beerwell(s) are received, and are premised on a constant biomass temperature and density, where biomass temperature and density fluctuate in an uncontrolled manner. The total inventory of batch and continuous inventories is determined based on the measured flows and the pressure compensated inventory values, and stored.09-24-2009
20090210324Tracking of Shared Inventory in a Virtual Universe - Generally speaking, systems, methods and media for tracking shared inventory in a virtual universe are disclosed. Embodiments of the method may include receiving indications that a plurality of users of a virtual universe have borrowed one or more shared inventory items, each shared inventory item having an associated item owner. Embodiments may also include determining and storing metadata associated with borrowing of the shared inventory items and tracking usage of the borrowed shared inventory items by the plurality of the users. Embodiments may also include receiving a query requesting performance of an action relating to one or more shared inventory items and performing the requested action relating to the one or more shared inventory items. In further embodiments, performing the requested action may include recalling the borrowed shared inventory item and returning it to an item owner associated with the borrowed shared inventory item.08-20-2009
20090222359Stock Monitoring - System(s) and method(s) for stock monitoring are provided. Stock monitoring system(s) may include e.g., a housings one or more doors disposed in or on the housing, a sensor for sensing the condition of the door(s) and providing a door closed signal indicative of the door(s) having been closed by a user; one or more containers for stock items, located within the housing, the or each container having associated therewith a weight sensor for providing a weight signal indicative of the current weight of the container, and control circuitry, coupled for communication with the weight sensor(s). Method(s) may include, e.g., receiving a door closed signal; receiving one or more weight signals; and determining, for the or each container, the number of stock items removed from the container(s) by the user, from the weight signal(s) occurring during a predetermined sensing period, the predetermined sensing period being dependent upon the door closed signal.09-03-2009
20090254460Methods and Systems for Accessing Information Related to an Order of a Commodity - A commodity inspection method, including gathering inspection information from a commodity lot; collecting grower, field, and packing information associated with the commodity lot; recording purchase orders associated with the commodity lot; assigning a trace code to each of the purchase orders; entering the inspection information, the grower, field, and packing information, the purchase orders, and the trace codes into a central database; updating a content of a web-based application with the inspection information, the grower, field, and packing information, the purchase orders, and the trace codes within the central database; and allowing the customer to access the inspection information, and the grower, field, and packing information, by entering one of the trace codes into the web-based application; wherein each of the purchase orders associated with the commodity lot is linked within the web-based application; and wherein the method incorporates Global Standards One (GS1) standards.10-08-2009
20120197769CHROMATIC DISPERSION COMPENSATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Dispersion compensation is provided in an optical transmission system. An optical line couples first and second transceivers, and a plurality of amplifiers coupled to the optical line are spaced throughout the optical line with variable span distances. A plurality of dispersion compensation modules include a coarse granularity fiber, a connector, and a fine granularity fiber. A memory is associated with the dispersion compensators to provide information related to the value of the dispersion compensation.08-02-2012
20120197768Method and System for Automatic Inventory Variance Identification - A system for performing an inventory count. A scan of an object is initiated according to a profile in order to perform the inventory count of the object. A scan result is compared with a recorded level for the object to determine if a variance exists between the scan result and the recorded level. A variance analysis is performed if the variance exists.08-02-2012
20090259571INVENTORY MODULE FOR A VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR TAKING INVENTORY OF A MONITORING REGION, AND A COMPUTER PROGRAM - An inventory module for a video monitoring system including at least one monitoring camera which is directed or directable to a monitoring region, in particular a storage and/or sales area which contains products, including a detection device which is designed to detect products, and when detection takes place, position information and information regarding the identification of detected product are ascertained, includes an assignment device which is designed to model—based on the position information and the identification information of a plurality of detected products—a spacial distribution of the products in the monitoring region.10-15-2009
20100179889METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR PROVIDING SHOPPING ASSISTANCE TO CONSUMERS - A method, system, and computer program that assist consumers in quickly locating items in a store without requiring dedicated electronics equipment and without requiring the store to map the precise location of every item in the store. One exemplary method includes receiving at a host computer location information representative of locations of a plurality of items in a store; providing at least some of the location information to a mobile communications device operated by a consumer to enable the consumer to locate at least some of the items in the store; receiving from the mobile communications device corrected location information for at least one item in the store; and updating the location information in the host computer to account for the corrected location information.07-15-2010
20100161452COMPUTER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING LIMIT NUMBER OF DISPLAYED COMMODITIES - In order to easily calculate a maximum number of commodities that can be displayed in a display space on a display shelf, a computer system executes: processing for dividing space width of a display space specified by a space code by commodity width of a commodity specified by a commodity code to calculate a width direction number of commodities that can be displayed in a width direction of the display space; processing for dividing space depth of the display space specified by the space code by commodity depth of the commodity specified by the commodity code to calculate a depth direction number of commodities that can be displayed in a depth direction of the display space; and processing for multiplying together the width direction number of commodities and the depth direction number of commodities to calculate a limit number of displayed commodities.06-24-2010
20090259573METHOD FOR LOCATION-BASED ASSET MANAGEMENT - A method provides for real-time asset location tracking. An asset in a wide area network, be it a utilities network or a communication network, registers itself with a network management center. The registration process includes identification of a physical location of the asset usable for mapping and tracking the asset.10-15-2009
20090259572Collaborative alert distribution and management system - A method for managing remediation of alerted products implemented using a computer having a processor and a display device is provided. The method comprises identifying an alert related to a product. The method also comprises facilitating handling of the alert by a user of the product. The method further comprises receiving data related to alert handling from the product user. The method further comprises analyzing the data related to alert handling with other data related to the alert. The method further comprises displaying the analyzed data on the display device. The method further comprises, based on the analyzed data, monitoring remediation efforts related to the alert.10-15-2009
20090259569METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - A method and system for inventory management includes a communication device at each of a plurality of point of sale locations communicatively coupled to a distribution center. Each communication device stores initial inventory information; periodically determines whether an item has been sold, and when an item has been sold, stores the sold item information; stores accumulated inventory information comprising the initial inventory information and the sold item information; and transmits the accumulated inventory information. The distribution center receives the accumulated inventory information; evaluates a current inventory at each of the point of sale locations using the received accumulated inventory information; identifies a demand information comprising an adequate supply of items to ship to each of the point of sale locations using the associated evaluated current inventory; and programs suppliers to meet the point of sale locations' needs using the demand information.10-15-2009
20110112938EFFICIENT INVENTORY MANAGEMENT FOR PROVIDING DISTINCT SERVICE QUALITIES FOR MULTIPLE DEMAND GROUPS - An inventory management method for managing an inventory of goods for a plurality of demand groups with each demand group having at least one service quality, the method includes determining a total safety stock level for the plurality of demand groups that satisfies the distinct service quality of each demand group, determining a shipment limit Z05-12-2011
20120123911SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING A PLURALITY OF TIRES - Systems, methods and computer program products are provided for managing a plurality of tires from their procurement through their disposal. An embodiment may include a method for determining all the costs of a tire over its total service life including procurement costs, repair costs, retread costs and disposal costs. An embodiment may include managing an inventory by automatically replenishing the inventory by following a set of stored inventory management rules. An embodiment may include helping to ensure that an impermissible tire is not mounted on a vehicle. A stored set of tire mounting rules automatically check the tire being mounted against requirements for the tire set by the rules, the requirements set as to by vehicle type and wheel position.05-17-2012
20080215462STILL IMAGE SHOPPING EVENT MONITORING AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD - The still image shopping event analysis systems and methods provided herein may implement low frequency still image sampling and perform a computer analysis of the still images captured, including discriminating differences between frames of the still images based on changes of pixels between the frames and detecting and/or analyzing one or more shopping events based on the discriminated differences between frames of the still images. The systems and methods provided herein may further count and/or analyze the shopping events based on patterns of changes between frames, including for example, numbers of customers visiting and amounts of time customers spent visiting a shopping area, whether the visit was a transitory visit or involved more detailed shopping, whether a purchase occurred, and/or which and number of item(s) purchased.09-04-2008
20100262520Optimizing Inventory In Accordance with a Constrained Network - In one embodiment, optimizing inventory includes accessing service level band sets. Each service level band set is associated with a policy group, and includes service level bands. Each service level band of a service level band set has a service level priority with respect to any other service level bands of the same service level band set. An inventory band set is determined for each service level band set. Each inventory band set includes inventory bands, where each inventory band satisfies a corresponding service level band assuming an unconstrained network. Each inventory band of an inventory band set has an inventory priority with respect to any other inventory bands of the same inventory band set. A feasible supply chain plan that satisfies the inventory band sets is generated in order of the inventory priorities until a constrained network is depleted.10-14-2010
20100217692AUTOMATED ACCRUAL ACCOUNT RECONCILIATION - Systems and methods of a reconciliation engine for accrual accounts associated with purchase order documents are provided. The reconciliation engine applies a set of business rules a set of purchase order documents for which the accrual account is nonzero. The business rules allow the system to determine discrepancies that are inconsequential and may be disregarded. Those accounts are marked for clearance and automatically cleared. An interface is provided to reverse the automatic clearance, as well as to adjust accrual accounts manually.08-26-2010
20100241532SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR THIRD-PARTY AND FOURTH-PARTY LOGISTICS - The present invention provides a system and method for managing supply chain, goods handling, and logistics services for third-party and fourth-party logistics providers (asset-based and non-asset based). The invention provides logistics provider(s) with the functionality to manage and organize multiple supply chain service providers, and the services they provide, in order to maximize efficiency and profit and minimize cost to the customer(s) of the logistics provider(s).09-23-2010
20100228648MOLD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A mold management system connected to a shopping floor control (SFC) system is operable to manage a plurality of molds. Each of the plurality of molds bears an exclusive barcode containing basic information of the mold. The mold management system includes a query module, a selection module, an input registration module, and a notification module. The query module queries basic information for requested molds in a database, and production information from the SFC system to obtain a scheduled usage history of the requested molds. The selection module selects a mold with usage history most exceeding the scheduled usage history to be outbound. The input registration module updates a usage history of the outbound mold when the outbound mold is to be inbound. The notification module determines whether the inbound mold is to be discarded based on the updated usage history.09-09-2010
20100250402GRAIN AERATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNIQUES - In one embodiment, the invention is directed toward a networked grain aeration control system. For example, the system can provide centralized monitoring of the aeration of a number of grain storage facilities, thereby improving the management of stored grain. The networked grain aeration control system can allow the custodian of the system to offer an aeration service. Farmers, or other individuals, cooperatives, or companies can purchase the aeration service at a cost proportionate to the amount of stored grain to be aerated and the duration of storage. In this manner, the purchaser of the aeration service can avoid relatively high fixed costs that can be associated with various aeration hardware.09-30-2010
20100161451EFFICIENT COMPUTATION OF AVAILABLE TO PROMISE (ATP) IN SUPPLY CHAINS - An inventory supply management procedure involves representing inventory supply events in a data processing device memory with indications of times at which the supply events take place, and associating with each supply event at least an Available to Promise (ATP) and an ATP Restoration Guide (ATPRG) value.06-24-2010
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20100191621HISTORICAL VEHICLE PARTS DATABASE SYSTEM - A historical vehicle replacement part database system is disclosed.07-29-2010
20100191620MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - A consumables stock subtraction processing unit in a management apparatus calculates a counter value used in the determination of stock subtraction for a consumable product by using the value of a counter included in a residual amount notification acquired from an image formation apparatus. When the difference of the determination counter value calculated upon receipt of a previous residual amount notification and a determination counter value calculated upon receipt of a new residual amount notification is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, stock subtraction processing for the consumable is performed.07-29-2010
20100088197SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING REMOTE SYSTEM INVENTORY CAPABLE OF DIFFERENTIAL UPDATE REPORTS - Embodiments relate to systems and methods for generating a remote system inventory capable of differential update reports. A network management server communicates with a set of hosts, e.g. local servers, each in turn serving a set of client computers or other targets. A systems administrator can interrogate any target and/or host to receive an inventory of the hardware, software, or other resources installed on the subject machine. The resulting inventory report can be stored as a tree, database, or other record based on the host name of the host or target being inventoried. A series of inventory reports generated over time can be stored. The systems administrator can access the inventory data store and generate comparative or differential reports on the inventory of a subject machine captured at different times. Differential updates can be transmitted to an administrator or other user via an RSS or other feed.04-08-2010
20090259570METHOD OF INVENTORYING AN ELECTRICALLY POWERED BEVERAGE BREWER - A method of inventorying electrically powered beverage brewers (10-15-2009
20090164343AUTO-CASCADING CLEAR TO BUILD ENGINE FOR MULTIPLE LOCATION ORDER LEVEL PARTS MANAGEMENT - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for multiple-location auto-cascading clear to build inventory management. In an embodiment of the invention, an order processing method can be provided. The order processing method can include determining a required allocation of parts necessary to build an order, recursively soft allocating parts in different locations until enough parts have been soft allocated to satisfy the required allocation of parts necessary to build the order, and hard allocating the soft allocated parts. In one aspect of the embodiment, it can be determined that not enough parts remain amongst the different locations to satisfy the required allocation of parts necessary to build the order. In that circumstance, the soft allocated parts can be cleared for allocation by a different order. Alternatively, the order can be built short by hard allocating the soft allocated parts even though not enough parts are soft allocated to satisfy the required allocation of parts.06-25-2009
20090319400METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING AND MANAGING ANIMALS AND/OR FOOD PRODUCTS - Embodiments of a method and system are described for tracking and managing animals and/or food products. These embodiments can include entering into a computer system identification data for animals and location data for locations occupied by the animals. This data can be collected, for example, by a data service provider and transmitted to a data trustee. The data trustee may filter the data into official data and non-official data. The official data may be sent to an official database. When a public health issue arises, such as an occurrence of mad cow disease, the government may use an identifier for a diseased animal or a location identifier to request a trace report from the data trustee. The data trustee may then use the official data to provide a report showing, for example, which animals have commingled with the diseased animal. Based on this report, other sick or potentially sick animals can be treated, quarantined, or slaughtered. As another example, the disclosed embodiments may be used to facilitate commercial transactions by providing data that validates, for example, an animal's health and food quality.12-24-2009
20090319399INVENTORY RACK WITH MEASURING MEANS - An inventory rack comprising a measuring means for inventory control. Also, methods of inventory control and theft deterrence with use of the inventory rack.12-24-2009
20080281729Method of Developing, Inventorying and Distributing Content - A method of developing, inventorying and distributing content with particular applicability to the advertising industry with regard to how agencies may be compensated by advertisers for the development of this content. The method may include the steps of developing a plurality of concepts conceived by at least one creative team working for an agency and inventorying the plurality of concepts in a first computer system. Each one of the plurality of concepts may be saved as a computer file during the inventorying step. The method may further include testing the plurality of concepts to determine at least one winning concept conceived by a winning creative team and a plurality of unselected concepts, distributing the winning concept to an advertiser via electronic transmission to a second computer system, wherein the advertiser is permitted to use the winning concept for a period of time in return for consideration, and sharing rights in at least one unselected concept with the advertiser and the winning creative team. Also included may be a step of allocating a portion of the consideration to the winning creative team.11-13-2008
20090112739PRODUCT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS - Product supply management system and methods are provided. The system and methods are typically adapted to be used with the manufacture, distribution and sale of programmable electronic devices. The method generally comprises the tracking of each programmable device through each participant in the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the retailer, and the programming of each programmable device at the retailer's premise with generally individualized software. The tracking information, collected via different stations and transmitted to a central server via a communication network, is then typically used to identify each of the participants in the supply chain through which each of the programmable devices has transited. This tracking information is then typically used to monitor inventory and to redistribute commissions to each participant.04-30-2009
20090112737SUPPLY AND DEMAND MANAGEMENT OF INTELLIGENT ASSETS - A computer-performed method of managing supply of and demand for a plurality of assets. A demand is received via a communications network. Based on the demand, one or more intelligent elements are queried via the network, each intelligent element being hosted by a corresponding asset. One or more replies to the querying are received from the intelligent element(s). Based on the replies, at least one of the asset(s) is selected in response to the demand. The method is performed in substantially real time.04-30-2009
20100223162Supply-chain side assistance - An apparatus, device, method, computer program product, and system that identifies an item having a presence within a geographic locale in response to a signal indicative of the item, obtains a first instance of a supply-chain assistance corresponding to the identified item from a first source and obtaining a second instance of a supply-chain assistance corresponding to the identified item from a second source; and aggregates the first supply-chain assistance and the second supply-chain assistance.09-02-2010
20100312674SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING THE DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING OF A PHARMACEUTICAL - A system and method for managing the development and manufacturing process of a pharmaceutical is disclosed. The method comprises capturing and recording the development and manufacturing history of the pharmaceutical in order to generate a product history. The product history is stored on a computer and is searchable in multiple data dimensions in order to easily retrieve information. The system automatically provides compliance management procedures in order to comply with regulatory standards for the pharmaceutical industry.12-09-2010
20090037299Systems and methods for inventory level improvement - Methods and systems for inventory management are disclosed. In one embodiment, an inventory manager may use an inventory management system to perform an inventory management process. The inventory management process includes receiving inventory management data related to a service level, a supply chain response time, and demand, and determining a base inventory based on the supply chain response time the demand. The inventory management process further includes determining a variability inventory based on one or more variations in the supply chain response time and the demand and the service level, and providing a proper inventory level based on consideration of the base inventory and the variability inventory.02-05-2009
20090037301INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH TIME FEATURE - An inventory system which stores information indicative of a time until the inventory will be ready for reuse. The inventory system may automatically estimate that time based on information. The information can include a time of testing, a time until testing can be carried out, and/or a repair time.02-05-2009
20090037300Systems, Methods, and Computer Readable Storage Media for Tracking Assets - Systems, methods, and computer readable storage media for tracking assets are disclosed. A system for tracking assets include a processor and memory comprising instructions configured to enable the processor to provide selectable options corresponding to respective premises. After the user selects a premises, then the user is provided with selectable options corresponding to aisles within the premises. The user is then provided with selectable options corresponding to frames along the selected aisle, shelves on a selected frame, and equipment or equipment locations on a selected shelf The user may then view and/or enter information related to a selected piece of equipment.02-05-2009
20130138537SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF MANAGING FIBER REEL DATA AT A CENTRALIZED LOCATION - A system for and method of managing fiber reel data at a centralized location is presented. A centralized database may track and maintain fiber cable reels stored throughout one or more networks. The system and method may include receiving a request from a user to access a centralized database comprising fiber reel data for one or more locations; providing one or more management options for managing fiber reel data to the user, wherein the one or more management options comprise managing fiber reel data inventory on a location specific basis; and displaying fiber reel data on a display comprising a tree panel, a location panel and an inventory panel, the display further providing an option to view a map display illustrating fiber reel inventory for one or more site locations.05-30-2013
20130138538Method And System For Monitoring A Supply-Chain - A method of monitoring supply chain activity throughout supply chain sites includes extracting, at each site, supply-related data to be monitored. The data is in plural formats and translated to a common format. The data is uploaded to a data collection center (DCE). Upon request, a portion of the data is formatted dependent on rights granted. The DCS comprises a data collector where the uploaded data is stored, and a publisher for publishing data collector data. Each site maintains its supply-chain data, a DTE for transferring the data to the DCS, input means for allowing a data collector query, and a display for displaying published data responsive to a query. The inbound data is monitored at the DCS. If a problem condition is detected, such as a shortage/surplus, an alert is asserted, e.g. by highlighting an Alert indicator. Upon alert indicator selection, details of the problem condition are displayed.05-30-2013
20110029411METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ROUNDING WITH AVAILABILITY CHECK - Systems and methods are provide for optimizing the result of an availability check of a required quantity of products, wherein a plurality of rounding algorithms are provided. In one embodiment, a method is provided that comprises a first step of rounding, according to at least one predetermined rounding algorithm, the required quantity of products. The method may also comprise a second step of checking availability of the rounded quantity of products and a third step of rounding down, according to the at least one predetermined rounding algorithm, the available quantity of products if the available quantity of products is lower than the rounded required quantity of products.02-03-2011
20110016026PORTABLE INVENTORY TRACKING SYSTEM - A system for tracking the quantity of an item is disclosed. The system includes a portable terminal, a client, and a cabinet. The portable terminal is configured to receive information indicating a change in the quantity of the item in a container. The portable terminal includes a unique identifier, an input device configured to be actuated to indicate the change in the quantity of the item in the container, and a transceiver configured to transmit the information indicating. The client is configured to associate the portable terminal with the item based on the unique identifier, and includes a transceiver configured to receive and transmit the information. The cabinet includes the container and a controller configured to change a value indicating a quantity of the item based on the information transmitted from the client. A method for tracking the quantity of an item is also provided.01-20-2011
20110016027Medical Resource Storage And Management Apparatus And Medical Supply Management System - Locations of storage on a rack for arranging and storing medical resources are partitioned by a partition member, where a medical resource detecting member and a retrieval guidance member are provided in each partition on the rack, by configuring the partition member to be removable from a depression in the rack, and by providing an input for configuration in a control unit to designate whether or not the partition member is inserted, the control unit is operable to collectively process medical resource detecting members and retrieval guidance members, such that a large variety of large and small medical resources can be stored for automatic management.01-20-2011
20110029414Transport Vehicle Capacity Maximization Logistics System and Method of Same - Disclosed is a system for substantially optimizing logistics for loading vehicles and transporting goods and a method of accomplishing the same.02-03-2011
20110029412APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INVENTORY - A system for providing products to a customer operates with an open purchase order having an acceptable inventory range bounded by a lower and an upper limit for each product supplied to the customer. The system includes a storage unit, a first processing unit that maintains a product inventory count, and a second processing unit that monitors the product inventory count. A system for transferring electronic files includes a first processing unit that stores and transfers the electronic file, generates a pointer associated with the transferred electronic file, generates a reference electronic file and thereafter includes the pointer in the reference electronic file. A second processing unit then displays the reference electronic file. A system for generating composite electronic files includes a first processing unit having composite locations including component electronic files, and generating the composite electronic files when the respective composite location is accessed from a second processing unit.02-03-2011
20110029413PERISHABLE LIFETIME MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for managing perishables in a supply chain, including at least one sensor module adapted to sense at least one parameter of at least one monitorable shipping unit of perishables through multiple stages in a supply chain, a plurality of sensed inputs integrator and communicators (SIICs), each communicating with the least one sensor module at least one different one of the multiple stages in the supply chain, for receiving information relating to the at least one parameter, a perishable lifecycle manager (PLM) communicating with at least some of the plurality of SIICs and a user interface providing to a user an indication of at least one of remaining lifetime prediction, supply chain link accountability and first expired, first out logistics outputs relating to the at least one monitorable shipping unit of perishables whose at least one parameter is sensed by the at least one sensor module.02-03-2011
20110035301TARGETED PRODUCT COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A method of tracking consumer purchases from the safety first financial instrument and method of notifying consumer about product recall advisory based on the consumer purchase history tracked by the safety first financial instrument. When consumer purchases product using safety first financial instrument, the purchased product information is added to the consumer purchase database. The consumer is notified when a product recall notice is posted for the registered products in consumer database using multitude of communication channels. Invention also discloses method of notifying consumers on the product recall notice posted on used products.02-10-2011
20110040660Monitoring And Management Of Lost Product - A waste monitoring system includes a portable device to monitor product wastage. The portable device includes a processor and a memory in communication with the processor. The memory stores processor-executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to control operation of the portable device to generate a graphical user interface (GUI) to collect quantity data relating to respective quantities of a plurality of types of wasted products, and to calculate cost data as a function of the quantity data. A display device displays the GUI. A server is in communication with the portable device and is configured to receive the quantity data and the cost data from the portable device. A computing device is in communication with server and is configured to receive the quantity data and the cost data from the server and to display at least one of the quantity data and the cost data.02-17-2011
20110040659TRANSPORTATION PLANNING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - A transportation planning system comprises a first transportation mode and a second transportation mode having a longer transportation time than the first transportation mode. The transportation planning system determines a first transportation amount transported by the first transportation mode and, after the first transportation amount has been determined, determines a second transportation amount transported by the second transportation mode, wherein: the first transportation amount is an amount obtained by subtracting, from a demand amount prediction value at a future time point when the transportation time from a supply source to a supply destination by the first transportation mode elapses, a stock plan amount at the future time point and an amount of goods arriving at the supply destination by the second transportation mode; and the second transportation amount is a base demand amount that is part of a demand amount prediction value at a future time point when the transport time by the second transportation mode elapses.02-17-2011
20110246338Method and apparatus for managing installation information - A method and apparatus for managing installation information. In one embodiment the method comprises obtaining, via an installation application on a mobile device comprising at least one processor, identification information for at least one component of an installation; obtaining, via the installation application, position information for the at least one component; and generating, via the installation application, a template for indicating a physical layout of at least a portion of the installation based on the identification information and the position information.10-06-2011
20110087566ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE REPLENISHMENT OF FILLING OF PLANT STORES IN HOSPITALS - System for the replenishment and filling of stores which comprises at least one full function device (FFD) capable of bidirectional wireless communication with at least one RFD and is capable of data processing, and at least one reduced function device (RFD) capable of bidirectional wireless communication, characterised in that said RFD comprises a push-button, an RF transceiver, an indicator device and a battery and also emits a restocking request signal to the FFD when said button is pressed.04-14-2011
20110246337METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING AN ASSET IN A DATABASE SYSTEM - A method for managing an asset in a database system is provided. The method embodiment includes receiving by a node hosting an asset management service module asset information corresponding to an asset, and generating automatically by the asset management service module an asset identifier based on the received asset information. In an embodiment, the asset identifier uniquely identifies the asset and includes a manufacturer's serial number of the asset and at least one of a make and a model of the asset. The asset information is associated with the asset identifier, and the asset information and the asset identifier are stored in a database system.10-06-2011
20110087565Methods and Systems for Providing Wireless Enabled Inventory Peering - Systems and methods for providing wireless enabled inventory peering are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a system for providing wireless enabled inventory peering includes a wireless enabled inventory peering vehicle system (WEIPVS). The WEIPVS is configured to receive an inventory search request. In response to receiving the inventory search request, the WEIPVS searches inventories of proximate technician vehicles. If a needed inventory item is located in an inventory of a proximate technician vehicle, the WEIPVS generates a request for an inventory transfer and sends the request to the proximate technician vehicle. When the item is received at the WEIPVS, the WEIPVS updates the inventory associated with the WEIPVS.04-14-2011
20090228375LIFECYCLE TRACKING AND MANAGEMENT USING RF - Tracking and management data for a solicitation and response lifecycle is disclosed. The system generates and links tracking data for both the solicitation and the response, generates indicators that include the tracking data, and encodes the indicators so that the indicators are detectable as they traverse various events and locations throughout the lifecycle. A detailed audit trail of each event in the correspondence and response lifecycle is constructed using data matching methods and various statistics regarding the lifecycle, such that the response habits of customers are formulated.09-10-2009
20090216664Method and Administration System for Management of Electronic Receipts - A system for managing electronic receipts is provided. According to one aspect, the system includes a portable device, a base device, a user device and an electronic receipts administration system. The electronic receipts administration system provides the base device with the appropriate data to allow the base device to generate, store and manage electronic receipts accordingly. A user uses the portable device to conduct a transaction with the base device. The base device uses a variety of information to generate an electronic receipt for the transaction. Such information includes, for example, information stored on the portable device, information stored locally on the base device and information stored on another device such as an electronic cash register. The electronic receipt is then stored on the portable device. The user device allows the user to subsequently retrieve the electronic receipt for management purposes.08-27-2009
20090216663SECURE TRANSACTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD08-27-2009
20090216662SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE CUSTODIAL INVENTORY (CI) PROCEDURES - Systems, methods and consumer-readable media for enhancing compliance with the Federal Reserve Custodial Inventory procedures are provided. The system may include an inventory management system for retrieving cash balance inventory information and an information management system for receiving Fed Cash information. This information may be retrieved using specific process steps and predetermined timing. The cash balance inventory information may include information about the amount of unverified cash in inventory. The Fed Cash information may include Custodial Inventory information, minimum vault holding requirement information, a Federal Reserve Cap and physical space cap for Custodial Inventory. The system may also display an amount that can be deposited in the Custodial Inventory. The amount may be based at least in part on the cash balance inventory information, the Custodial Inventory information, the minimum vault holding requirement information, the Federal Reserve Cap for Custodial Inventory and a ratio of 10 and/or 20 dollar bills in unverified cash balance to a total unverified cash balance.08-27-2009
20110153470SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RAIL TRANSPORT OF TRAILERS - A trailer transport system for tracking trains having a plurality of rail cars, wherein each rail car can transport a trailer, is described. The system includes a computer system having a trailer tracking program, wherein the trailer tracking program receives information regarding a trailer to be transported and stores the information in a record and a plurality of terminals, wherein each terminal includes a terminal management system communicatively connected to the computer system, wherein the terminal management system pulls up the record corresponding to the trailer to be transported when the trailer arrives at the terminal and modifies the record to reflect the trailer's transportation status.06-23-2011
20100063902CO2 COMMODITY TRADING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method of generating and trading a CO03-11-2010
20100063901Oilfield Inventory control and Communication System - Methods and apparatuses for providing inventory visibility and on site material control to support services provided at a well site are disclosed. A system for communicating inventory information is provided. The system includes a mobile storage unit and a load cell coupled to the mobile storage unit. The load cell generates an electric signal representing the amount of materials in the mobile storage unit. A command center is communicatively coupled to the load cell. The command center receives a signal from the load cell representing the amount of materials in the mobile storage unit.03-11-2010
20100057591INVENTORY ITEM EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL IN A VIRTUAL UNIVERSE - The present invention relates to inventory item expiration and renewal in a virtual universe. A method for in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention provides at least one item in the inventory of an avatar with metadata specifying whether the item must be renewed and how often. Instructions are obtained regarding a renewal of the item and the item is renewed based on the instructions.03-04-2010
20080255969Parts list system used for part number management and method for preparing the same - A method of preparing parts list system used for part numbers management, composed of a parts table database and a parts list controller. The parts table database includes a parts list which stores a state data and a part number data. The state data indicates a progress state of a part. The part number data includes a number of the part as an identifier. The method comprises preparing a part list storing the state data and part number data, setting the state data to indicate permission to change a part number, assigning a tentative part number, setting the state data after changing design of the part, defining the tentative part number as a normal part number, and checking validation of the tentative part number versus used part numbers and whether the tentative part number complies with predetermined rules for each part number data.10-16-2008
20120271741INVENTORY PRICE OPTIMIZATION WITH KEY PRICE LIST - Generating one or more secondary price lists from a key price list is disclosed. A first selection of the key price list is received via a user interface. The key price list is stored on a catalog database and includes a plurality of initial key prices associated with corresponding inventory stock keeping units (SKUs). A second selection of a first one of the secondary price lists is received via the user interface, followed by a first price adjustment rate for the first one of the secondary price lists. The first price adjustment rate is applied to each of the initial key prices in the key price list, and a first set of secondary prices is derived thereby. The first set of secondary prices are stored together in association with the corresponding inventory SKUs in the first one of the secondary price lists.10-25-2012
20100070388APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING A CONSUMER PRODUCTS DATABASE - This invention relates generally to an apparatus and a method for remotely capturing consumer product data and updating a consumer products database by a communication connection. A remote capture station provides data such as images and physical dimensions of consumer products for updating a consumer products database at a home location. This invention also relates to a method for consumer products database management including providing a capture station, engaging a consumer product with the capture station, capturing product data, transmitting the product data, and updating the consumer products database.03-18-2010
20120271739Methods, Devices, and Computer Program Products for Tracking Product Inventory - Product inventory is tracked from a raw product form through sale/disposal in association with a specific consumer. Procession of a specific product is monitored, in association with the specific consumer, from a raw form of the product through processing and distribution. Disposal of at least one of a portion of the raw form of the specific product and a portion of the product resulting from processing the specific product is tracked in association with the specific consumer. Inventory of the specific product is updated based on the disposal of at least one of the portion of the specific product and the portion of the product resulting from processing the specific product.10-25-2012
20110251929SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO OUTSOURCE SERVICE AND SUPPORT OPERATIONS - Systems and methods to outsource service and support operations are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein includes electronically maintaining an inventory at an outsourced service and support partner (OSSP) without intervention by a separate manufacturing entity by ordering inventory items from a supplier separate from the manufacturing entity and the OSSP at a cost determined based on an amount of similar or substantially identical inventory items obtained separately by the manufacturing entity for manufacturing units, and using the inventory to at least one of service a unit returned to the OSSP by a customer or ship an inventory item from the OSSP to the customer in response to receiving an order notification from the manufacturing entity at the OSSP.10-13-2011
20110153469SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MOBILE INVENTORY WITHIN A VIRTUAL WAREHOUSE - A system is provided for managing mobile inventory within a virtual warehouse. The system includes mobile units, each configured to house a respective portion of the mobile inventory. The system further includes communication devices, each configured to collect respective data relating to the portion of the mobile inventory within each mobile unit. Additionally, the system includes a central station in communication with the communication devices, to receive the respective data and to optimize a movement of the mobile inventory within a service area, based on the respective data. The central station is also in communication with a plurality of delivery locations, to receive a delivery request from a respective delivery location of a requested inventory and a requested delivery location, and to determine a movement of the mobile inventory, based on the respective data, respective locations of the mobile units, requested inventory and delivery location.06-23-2011
20110153466SENSOR BASED INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A sensor based inventory management system and method is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of real time inventory management includes providing a communication backbone between an inventory system and an inventory management server. The method also includes communicating a signal generated by a sensor unit of a sensor based inventory bin of the inventory system to the inventory management server through an interface. In addition, the method also includes determining a quantity of an inventory item in the sensor based inventory bin by processing the signal using an algorithm through a processor of the inventory management server. The method also includes communicating a request to a supplier for updating the quantity of the inventory item in the sensor based inventory bin of the inventory system. The method further includes updating the quantity of the inventory item in the sensor based inventory bin of the inventory system.06-23-2011
20110082774Inventory Optimizer - Embodiments of the present disclosure include a computer implemented method for an automated selection of an optimal inventory strategy from a set of available strategies based, at least in part, on a set of optimal individual policies associated with one or more items of a plurality of items maintained in a particular inventory stock.04-07-2011
20110071928Methods and Systems for Collaborative Demand Planning and Replenishment - The present invention provides systems and methods for generating replenishment orders for products sold to a multi-store retailer. Store trait data is mapped with planogram information and the mapped data is used to generate a fixture level safety stock for a particular product in a particular store. The fixture level safety stock triggers fixture level replenishment orders.03-24-2011
20110071927INVENTORY FILTERING SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A system, method and computer program product for inventory filtering includes filtering one or more inventory items offered for sale. A primary list of the inventory items from a primary logistics information database may be obtained. A first restriction requirement based on the primary list may be generated. A second list may be generated pertaining to the inventory items and may include a list of one or more internally generated second restriction parameters different than any parameters used to establish the first restriction requirement. A second restriction requirement may be generated based on the second list. A combined restriction requirement may be generated based on any combination of the first restriction requirement and the second restriction requirement. The sale of the item may be restricted based on the combined restriction requirement.03-24-2011
20120303493INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, ORDERING SYSTEM, AND ORDER MANAGEMENT METHOD - An information processing apparatus connected via a data communication channel to an electronic apparatus and a management apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes an apparatus status reception unit configured to receive, from the electronic apparatus, apparatus status information including error identifiers indicating errors detected at the electronic apparatus; an ordering unit configured to place error support orders corresponding to the error identifiers in the received apparatus status information to the management apparatus and to receive order results from the management server in response to the error support orders; and a message transmission unit configured to send a message indicating order status of the error support orders to the electronic apparatus based on the received order results and thereby request the electronic apparatus to display the order status.11-29-2012
20120303492NON-INSTRUMENTED PERISHABLE PRODUCT TRACKING IN A SUPPLY CHAIN - There are provided a system, a method and a computer program product for tracking an inventory distribution of a perishable product in a supply chain. The system receives shipment data and point of sale data for the product from every location in the supply chain. The system creates, based on the obtained shipment data and the point of sale data, a network graph that represents a flow of the product in the supply chain. The system identifies an age of unsold inventory of the product at each node of the graph based on the created graph. The system provides a notification to a user at each location that informs the age of the unsold inventory of the product at that location.11-29-2012
20100332358SYSTEM AND METHOD OF TRACING ITEMS - A system and method of managing items mishandled during transit using a computer system includes the steps of finding an unclaimed item on hand and creating a record for identifying the on hand item using predetermined attributes, and each of the predetermined attributes is assigned a predetermined weight. A record for a mishandled item is created using the attributes. It determines if each mishandled item attribute compares with the corresponding on hand item attribute and if comparable, determining a percentage match using the assigned attribute weight. An overall percentage match between the lost item and the on hand item is calculated by summing together the weighted percentage match for each compared attribute pair. The overall percentage match is compared to a match threshold to correlate the on hand item with a claim for the mishandled item if the overall percentage match is above the predetermined match threshold.12-30-2010
20110153467SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MODIFYING MENU DATA FOR SELF-SERVICE COMPUTERS - A system and method of modifying menu data. The system includes a computer for receiving menu data from a host computer, for modifying the menu data to exclude items unavailable for sale at a location, and for making modified menu data available for use by self-service computers at the location.06-23-2011
20110153468INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An inventory management system and method are disclosed wherein the inventory management system comprises a central database populated with product information from a supplier catalog from at least two suppliers wherein the product information is standardized into a common format; software capable of extracting the product information from the central database and inputting the product information into an end-user database; and an inventory management computer program running in the end-user database keeping track of end-user product inventory.06-23-2011
20110161206SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTION OF DATA RELATED TO THE SALE OF A VEHICLE - Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method and related data collection system including one or more of the following: receiving, at the data collection system, a first message from a DMS (Dealer Management System), the first message including a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for the vehicle; determining a set of description data describing the vehicle using the VIN; constructing a second message including the VIN and the set of description data; transmitting the second message to the DMS; receiving, at the data collection system, a third message from the DMS, the third message including the set of description data and a set of sale information but not including the VIN; and transmitting the set of description data and the set of sale information for storage in a database.06-30-2011
20100036754STOCKED PRODUCT SENSING SYSTEM - A stocked product sensing system that can be used with a product display, displaying product items on one or more shelves thereof, to determine the level of product availability and/or configuration of product items on one or more shelves of the product display. According to one embodiment of this invention, the stocked product sensing system utilizes capacitive sensing at the shelf-level. According to another embodiment of this invention, the stocked product sensing system utilizes optical sensing at the shelf-level. The stocked product sensing system of this invention may utilize a store-level management system and/or a central management system and generate low stock alarms based on user-defined criteria in a software system.02-11-2010
20080243649CLIENT APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO COMMUNICATE WITH DEVICE AND SERVER VIA NETWORK - A client apparatus is configured to communicate with a device and with a server via network. A status-information acquiring portion acquires, from the device, status information indicative of status of the device. A requesting portion makes a predetermined request to the server based on the status information. A request-status-information acquiring portion acquires, from the device, request status information indicative of a request status of the predetermined request. A determining portion determines whether the predetermined request is already made to the server, based on the request status information acquired by the request-status-information acquiring portion. A request controlling portion determines that the predetermined request should be made to the server, if the determining portion determines that the predetermined request is not yet made. An instructing portion instructs the device to set the request status information to a requested state, if the request controlling portion determines that the predetermined request should be made.10-02-2008
20090063308METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENCOURAGING REDUCTIONS IN POLLUTANT GAS PRODUCTION - The methods and systems described herein encourage reductions in the production of pollutant gases by converting the individual's local efforts into a demonstration of the individual's global impact. The systems and methods enable an individual to establish a network of associated individuals. The efforts of the individuals within the network are then associated in a way that enables the individuals to see the results of their own efforts and the results of others they have influenced. Individuals in the network may be associated in a hierarchical-type structure, similar to a family-tree type structure, and some or all of the carbon savings of descendants may be attributed to the parent, grandparent, etc. Any of a variety of computational methods may be applied to reward an individual for efforts to encourage others to reduce the production of pollutant gases.03-05-2009
20090063305Method and System for Automatically Adjusting Inventory Based on Loaner Parts and Order Demands - A system for performing a part inventory analysis. In response to determining a current part inventory, current order demands on the current part inventory are determined. The current part inventory is segmented. An order demand coverage is determined for each segment of the segmented inventory based on the current order demands. A conditioned part inventory is determined based on a loaner part inventory analysis of the segmented inventory. A part purchase recommendation is calculated based on the conditioned part inventory. Then, data for the segmented inventory, the order demand coverage, the conditioned part inventory, and the part purchase recommendation are stored in a storage device.03-05-2009
20090012882ADAPTIVE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An adaptive inventory management system and method eliminates or minimizes frequency interference issues within a facility that employs a plurality of RFID readers for purposes of tracking and managing inventory. A middleware server activates and deactivates adjacent RFID readers within the facility based on the location of an item having an RFID tag. The middleware server also queries an inventory database based on the information collected from the RFID tag of the item and generates a command signal based on information retrieved from the database to control the travel route of the vehicle transporting items of inventory within the facility.01-08-2009
20080270270System and method for monitoring and management of inventory of products and assets in real time - A system for real time monitoring and management of an inventory of products and assets includes one or more smart storage units, each comprising a storage unit for housing inventory products and assets, coupled with a general purpose interface board (GPIB) for automatic detection and communication of one or more inventory events. A central server is coupled with at least one smart storage unit, and comprises an aggregation module for aggregating the inventory events received from at least one smart storage unit, an analysis module for processing the aggregated inventory events for producing inventory tracking reports, and a communication module for communicating at least one of the inventory events and the inventory tracking reports. One or more destination devices are coupled with the central server for displaying at least one of the received inventory events and the inventory tracking reports.10-30-2008
20100287074INVENTORY MANAGEMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM PRODUCT - A management server for managing inventory of articles and a terminal device for inquiring the condition of inventory are provided. The management server is provided with an inventory database and a database control portion for controlling input and output of data to and from the inventory database. The inventory database stores, as management information, information identifying articles and salespersons responsible for the articles as well as, for articles specified to be included in open inventory, information indicating that persons other than the salespersons responsible for the articles are permitted to sell the particular article. Furthermore, the management server accepts access by particular users from the terminal device to the management information on the articles included in ordinary inventory and also accepts access by users other than the particular users from the terminal device to the management information on the articles included in open inventory.11-11-2010
20100332359ACTIVE CONTAINER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A system for monitoring chain of custody of contents of a container includes a lock mechanism configured to lock at least one door of the container in a closed position, a housing enclosing at least a portion of the lock mechanism, and a lock circuit at least partially enclosed within the housing. The lock circuit includes a memory, a lock controller, a wireless module configured to receive information from at least one sensor associated with the container, the information regarding at least one property of the contents of the container, wherein the wireless module is configured to store the information in memory, wherein at least one of the wireless module or the sensor is powered wirelessly, and a lock controller configured to receive commands related to operation of the lock mechanism, to monitor the stored information to identify a change of state of the at least one sensor, and to generate chain of custody data to be transmitted to a remote location via the wireless module. The chain of custody data includes at least two of sensor data, an authentication code associated with the sensor, and/or an authentication code associated with the lock mechanism.12-30-2010
20110010275METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED MEDICAL SUPPLY TAKE/STORE TRACKING - A supply cabinet is fitted with an outer sensor and an inner sensor. The outer and inner sensor wirelessly sense inventory items tagged with radio frequency tags and in proximity of the sensors. A method of tracking inventory items stored in a supply cabinet includes determining, based on time sequencing of sensing by the outer and the inner sensor, if an inventory item was removed from the cabinet or stored into the cabinet, and updating an inventory database accordingly. An alarm is optionally triggered if an inventory item is removed by an unauthorized user.01-13-2011
20110022501SERVICE CHANGE COMPONENT GENERATION SYSTEM, METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A service component change generation system is provided with a dependence relationship information creation means that, when service change information including information to specify a component to be changed out of a plurality of components is inputted, refers to a database that stores definitions of dependence relationships indicating the dependence relationships between the change of a component and the change of related components, and creates information of dependence relationships between components to be changed in the service; and a changing component set creation means that refers to the information of the dependence relationships, extracts components to be changed that are mutually related by the dependence relationships and creates a set of components to be changed.01-27-2011
20110119162System and Method for Tracking Inventory - A computer-based system for tracking inventory based on sales. The system can include a processor configured to process, manage, and analyze data. Additionally, the system can include a computing device operably coupled to the processor, wherein the computing device is associated with an entity. Notably, the processor can be configured to request information associated with a product from the computing device, wherein the information comprises an on-hand inventory quantity of the product and a total sales quantity of the product for a designated period of time for the entity and receive the requested information associated with the product from the computing device. The processor can also be configured to determine whether the on-hand inventory quantity is at least one and the total sales quantity of the product for the designated period of time is zero. Furthermore, the processor can be configured to select the entity when it is determined that the on-hand inventory quantity is at least one and the total sales quantity of the product for the designated period of time is zero.05-19-2011
20120150699INVENTORY VERIFICATION USING INVENTORY SNAPSHOTS - Various embodiments of systems and methods for inventory verification using inventory snapshots are described herein. In response to a first inventory posting in a current time period, a current open inventory snapshot is created with inventory information. If there is a previously open inventory snapshot that is created in a previous time period before the current period, then the previously open inventory snapshot is closed. To verify inventory for a past time period, a difference between an inventory snapshot that is valid for the past time period and an inventory snapshot that is valid for a time period previous to the past time period is compared with aggregated inventory change confirmations posted in the past time period. An error indicator is provided if there is a mismatch between the difference and the aggregated inventory change confirmations.06-14-2012
20110125615SELF-SERVICE DEVICE INVENTORY INFORMATION CONTROL - Apparatus and methods for servicing a self-service device (“SSD”) such as an ATM. The SSD may include a customer service module that may perform part of a transaction or provide a service in support of the transaction. For example, the customer service module may be a currency acceptor, a printer, EPROM or any other device or circuit that is present in the SSD. The SSD may include a component map that may be stored in machine readable memory. An element of the map may correspond to the component. The SSD may include a central processing unit that may revise the map based on input from a service technician or machine-generated information. The map may be used to track the presence of the component in the SSD.05-26-2011
20110137759SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION REGARDING A STATUS OF AN ITEM - A system. A system includes a computing system. The computing system includes a processor, a first module, a second module, and a third module. The first module is communicably connected to the processor and is configured for receiving chain of custody information associated with an item. The second module is communicably connected to the processor and is configured for determining a status of the item based on the received chain of custody information. The third module is communicably connected to the processor and is configured for arranging data into a specified format. The data includes the status of the item and the chain of custody information. The third module is also configured for transmitting the data.06-09-2011
20100198706Security System for Inventory - A security system for inventory automatically detects removal of inventory items from an area or areas protected with security sensors. A person removing the item then scans an identifying code of the item, such as its bar code or radio-frequency identification (“RFID”) tag, with a device such as a portable shopping assistant device; if the item is not scanned in an appropriate manner, such as within a particular a time period, then theft of the item may be suspected. Information for completing a purchase transaction can be sent from the portable shopping assistant device. In this manner, items can be purchased directly from the protected areas.08-05-2010
20100325019SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR DOCUMENTING NETWORK ASSETS - A system for asset inventory and management that includes a data input module, an asset storage database, a search module, and a display module is provided. The data input module can be used to input asset data, location data, and container data, the location data and the container data associated with the asset data. The asset storage database can have asset data and/or location data stored therewithin and the search module can search for and select at least part of the asset data and the location data as a function of one or more input search parameters. The display module can display at least part of the asset data and the location data selected by the search module.12-23-2010
20100262519Checking substance volume limits - The disclosure provides a method, software, and system for checking substance limits. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request from user for a report associated with at least one substance. A document including amounts of the at least one substance is identified. One or more volumes of the at least one substance is determined based, at least in part, on the amounts. A report including the aggregated volume is generated.10-14-2010
20100185533Voice recognition method and apparatus using model number lookup - A voice response system for use in obtaining return qualification information for a product using a non-unique product identifier, including: a dial-in voice system operable to prompt a caller for the non-unique product identifier, wherein the non-unique product identifies the product as a member of a defined product group: a product registration database including a plurality of different, non-unique product identifiers: a return policy storage that defines return policies for each of the non-unique product identifiers: and an arrangement that looks up a specific return policy for the non-unique product identified entered by the caller and provides information to the caller regarding return qualification for the product identified by the non-unique product identifier.07-22-2010
20100179890TOOL INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An inventory management system and method for operating said system, wherein the system comprises an enclosure for containing a plurality of inventory items; a locking mechanism for preventing unauthorized access of the enclosure; and a computing system for controlling the locking mechanism and recording a transaction. The computing system further comprises a processor, a data storage unit, and a graphical user interface. The computing system logs information regarding the specific item, the location of use, and the date and time of the transaction. In a preferred embodiment, the inventory items are tools. The present disclosure discloses methods for operating the inventory management system, including methods for assigning a desired item to an authorized user; returning an item from a user to whom the item has been assigned; transferring an item from a first user to a second user; and taking inventory.07-15-2010
20120310793SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING CARBON EMISSION-CONSCIOUS ORDER FULFILLMENT ALTERNATIVES WITH MULTIPLE SUPPLY MODES - A system and method for optimizing order fulfillment by considering multiple supply modes in one aspect, plans supply of inventory by forecasting demand, estimating accuracy of said forecasted demand, and establishing reorder point policy based at least on said accuracy of said forecasted demand, a plurality of supply transportation modes, cost of carbon emissions and limit on carbon emission credits. Current inventory position is monitored and if the current inventory position is below the reorder point policy, orders are placed according to a selected shipping method. The selected shipping method may be based at least on customer order priority, transportation budget, and carbon emission limit.12-06-2012
20120310792PRODUCT COMMON OBJECT - Stored product management information in a first format for use by a first computerized system is transformed to readily make the stored product management information available for use in a second computerized system that utilizes a second format in a cost-efficient and time-efficient manner.12-06-2012
20110078057METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING MANAGEMENT OF A GENERICS PROGRAM - A method for providing management of a generics program may include determining, for a remote facility among a plurality of remote facilities in communication with a distributor, inventory items in an inventory list that correspond to a generics program, providing an indicator of generics program inclusion to the remote facility in response to a determination that a particular inventory item corresponds to the generics program, and enabling display at the remote facility of an identifier in association with the particular inventory item. A corresponding computer program product and apparatus are also provided.03-31-2011
20100082457Method and System of Tracking Hotel Linen Products - A tracking system for tracking hotel linen includes a tracking control, a plurality of check points setting at different key locations in a hotel respectively to communicatively link with the tracking control, and a plurality of identification tags arranged for permanently affixing at a plurality of hotel linen products respectively. Each of the identification tags contains a unique code preset by the tracking control to wirelessly communicate with each of the check points. Therefore, when each of the hotel linen products is moved to one of the check points, the corresponding identification tag is registered thereat. A tracking record is generated in the tracking control for the hotel linen products in responsive to each of the check points to monitor and manage the hotel linen products so as to greatly improve linen utilization in the hotel.04-01-2010
20100082458ADAPTIVE CRITICAL LOW LEVEL MANAGEMENT - An adaptive critical low level management system is described. In some embodiments, the system includes a configuration module configured to receive a service level setting and a storage module configured to receive usage information for at least one inventory of at least one type of medical item. The system also includes a processor configured to adaptively determine a critical low level based on the usage information and the service level setting, and an analysis module configured to determine when the critical low level has been reached by the at least one inventory of the at least one type of medical item, and to produce an output indication that the critical low level has been reached.04-01-2010
20090299882CONVERTING ASSETS FOR REUSE DURING MANUFACTURING - Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to manufacturing production and provide a novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for reuse of cancelled products that are partially manufactured. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for reusing a partially manufactured product during a manufacturing process can be provided. The method can include reading a configuration of the partially manufactured product and reading a set of rules that match a given configuration with one of a set of defined target configurations. The method can further include executing the set of rules upon the configuration of the partially manufactured product so as to match the configuration of the partially manufactured product with a target configuration. The method can further include initiating re-configuration of the partially manufactured product to the target configuration with which it was matched and stocking in inventory the partially manufactured product that has been re-configured to the target configuration.12-03-2009
20110191212SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING CONSUMABLE RETURN REFUND PROCESSING - Account manager systems and methods are disclosed for managing consumable return refund programs for repaid document processing devices, in which automated or semiautomatic refunds are provided by adding account credits to prepaid customer accounts and/or by directly applying print units to specific document processing devices for customers who return spent consumable products.08-04-2011
20100030668SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RETAIL INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - Methods and systems for managing retail inventory are described, including automatically grading and pricing used or specialty goods (e.g., used clothing) based on market-based criteria. In one example, an employee at a thrift store can receive a shipment of donated used clothes. The employee can sort through each clothing item and enter information for each item, such as brand, type of item, condition, style and other desired information. Based on the information inputted by the employee, the system can accesses a database that stores information about similar items and corresponding market-based parameters, and automatically assign a price or other grading value for the clothing item currently being graded based on a predetermined pricing/grading algorithm. In this manner, a grading or price can be automatically calculated based on statistical market-based criteria. Advantageously, a relatively untrained employee need not have to speculate or guess a price for the used clothing item. Accordingly, exemplary systems can automatically price various types of merchandise based on statistical market-based criteria so that a relatively unskilled employee can sort and assign a price label for each item that more accurately reflects the true value of such an item in the market place.02-04-2010
20100030667Adaptive Pharmaceutical Product Management Methods and System - Methods and systems adaptive storage and management of pharmaceutical product containers at a pharmacy are described. Pharmaceutical product containers are managed so that the containers for more-frequently-used pharmaceutical products are stored among plural storage locations more-efficiently accessible to a pharmacy workstation. Containers for less-frequently-used pharmaceutical products are managed so that the containers for such products are stored among the storage locations which are less-accessible to the pharmacy workstation. As the frequency of pharmaceutical product usage changes, the inventory of pharmaceutical product containers is managed adaptively so that the containers used most frequently are stored at locations more-easily accessible to the pharmacy workstation, thereby facilitating fulfillment of prescriptions by pharmacy personnel. Further efficiencies may be achieved through use of an optical positioning system providing directed placing and picking of pharmaceutical product containers. The methods and system have particular application to management of partially-full pharmaceutical product containers which may be repeatedly taken from and returned to inventory.02-04-2010
20100023431PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION CONTAINER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - It is an object of the present invention to provide a physical distribution container management system that can properly manage shipment and receipt of physical distribution containers, even if the physical distribution containers are shipped and received between a site performing individual management of physical distribution containers and a site performing total volume management.01-28-2010
20100023430SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COORDINATING THE PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING OF SEED SUPPLIES, AND THE PREPARATION AND UTILIZATION OF SEED SAMPLES - A system and method for coordinating the production, processing, and utilization of seed is provided. In various embodiments, the method and system aggregate seed inventory data, identify seed requests, and query the seed requests against the seed supply information. If the query results in a match a seed source can be automatically identified. Further, identified seed can be automatically allocated to the identified seed request from the identified seed source.01-28-2010
20100023429EMBEDDING ITEMS WITH RFID TAGS FOR TRACKING AND CALIBRATION - RFID tags of very small size are embedded in products or composed of products in a manufacturing process. The system employs different read and write modes to enable auto-tracking of material, some assembly, assembly and component items through various stages of the manufacturing process. As each item passes special predetermined points in the manufacturing process, the embedded tag is activated and placed in track mode. The tag transmits its ID and a track count representing the number of stations passed. The tag's track count is incremented and the updated track count is stored in non-volatile memory in the tag. The tags can be programmed so that once the count exceeds a predetermined count, a status bit is set in the tag's memory indicating that the item has been completely through the manufacturing process. Thus, the system can determine whether an item or product has been completed. After manufacture the same RFID tag can be used for tracking, inventory and item authentication.01-28-2010
20100017313Foldable, One-Piece Mailer and Methods of Use Thereof - Disclosed herein is a foldable, one-piece mailer having at least one portion thereof that may be easily detached and retained by a recipient. The mailer comprises a sheet having a front side for placing postage and indicating the recipient's address, and a back side that includes space for printing text to the recipient. On the back side of the mailer appears a means for visibly indicating sections of the mailer that are intended to be folded for mailing. Such means may include dotted lines, pre-formed creases, or any other indicator that delineates the sections that should be folded by a user to form the mailer into a shape resembling an envelope. The detachable portion of the mailer is removably secured to the mailer so that it can be removed by the recipient and retained. Methods for collecting information pertaining to the manufacture and sale of said mailers are also disclosed.01-21-2010
20100017312MATERIAL DELIVERY SYSTEM TO ONE OR MORE UNITS AND METHODS OF SUCH DELIVERY - Material delivery systems and methods are disclosed. A material delivery system includes a delivery vessel and at least one dispense mechanism outlet. The delivery vessel is configured to deliver material to at least one unit, with the proviso that when the unit is an FCC unit, the unit includes a plurality of units. The at least one dispense mechanism outlet is configured to couple the delivery vessel to the at least one unit. A method includes providing a material to at least one unit. The method includes dispensing material from a delivery vessel, wherein a metering device provides a metric indicative of the dispensed material with respect to at least a unit, and delivering the metered material to at least one unit via at least one dispense mechanism outlet of the delivery vessel coupled to the at least one unit. Another method includes providing a material to a plurality of units.01-21-2010
20100017311ASSET RECOVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD - An asset recovery system and method is provided for recovering value from shipped products that are returned and/or rejected by the purchaser or recipient. The system and method include inspecting the rejected or returned product at a returns center, assessing the cost to repair or refurbish the product. If the assessment is within a predetermined cost structure the product is repaired or refurbished and placed in a saleable item inventory for resale to a customer. If the assessment is outside the predetermined cost structure, the product is liquidated.01-21-2010
20100017310CURRENCY ORDERING BY DENOMINATION - Apparatus and methods for calculating a currency shipment amount for a banking center. The currency shipment amount may correspond to currency having a uniform denomination. The apparatus and methods may involve formulating a historical mix fraction for the uniform denomination; calculating a future order period desired starting balance based on the historical mix fraction; and calculating the currency shipment amount based on the future order period desired starting balance and a banking center ending balance.01-21-2010
20090248547Managing Consistent Interfaces for Retail Business Objects Across Heterogeneous Systems - A business object model, which reflects data that is used during a given business transaction, is utilized to generate interfaces. This business object model facilitates commercial transactions by providing consistent interfaces that are suitable for use across industries, across businesses, and across different departments within a business during a business transaction. In some operations, software creates, updates, or otherwise processes information related to a retail allocation and/or a retail event business object.10-01-2009
20090144178CONSIGNMENT INVENTORY MANAGEMENT AND RECONCILIATION SYSTEM - A consignment inventory management and reconciliation method and system that tracks and reconciles on-hand quality which represents consignment items that were placed at the consignment location and are physically located at the consignment location at a given time; unbilled quantity which represents consignment items which were placed at the consignment location and are not physically present at the consignment location and have not been purchased at a given time, excess quantity which represents items found at the consignment location but are not considered consignment items at a given time; and perpetual quantity which represents the consignment items which have been delivered to the consignment location at a given time.06-04-2009
20110153472DISPLAY SUPPORT SYSTEM, DATA MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND PORTABLE PROCESSING TERMINAL, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND DATA PROCESSING THEREOF - Provided is a display support system which helps a display staff of a commodity supply company to simply and correctly display specific display commodities at specific commodity display positions.06-23-2011
20110153471EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The invention is a system and method of managing equipment. The system incorporates a tagging device to attach identification tags to each piece of equipment. A scanning device is used to read the identification tags and relay this information to an equipment server. An input device is used to input information to the equipment server. The equipment server runs the equipment management program. The system flags a potential asset assigned to an asset creating individual. Equipment is designated an asset after use in an asset creating event.06-23-2011
20100145832LIGHT WEIGHT, STRONG, FIRE RETARDANT DUNNAGE PLATFORM BAG AND SYSTEM OF LOADING, DISPENSING AND USING BAG - The present invention provides a dunnage platform bag that is light weight, strong, made of a fire retardant material and which forms an ultra violet light, weather and dust particle barrier to protect the integrity of the dunnage platforms when not in use. A system and method for supplying, dispensing, positioning, tracking, transporting, forwarding and storing dunnage platforms based on the dunnage platforms bag is disclosed. In an embodiment of the invention, a modified dunnage platform made up of a dunnage platform base and attached legs can be stored in the dunnage platform bag.06-10-2010
20090171815SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PRODUCT RETURNS - A computer-implemented method for managing product returns includes: receiving information of a set of returned products, and recording the returned product information into a storage of a computer; generating a returned product order based on the returned product information; determining if any returned products are reusable; determining to scrap the non-reusable products if the returned products are non-reusable; selecting the reusable products from the returned products if there are reusable products in the returned products; determining if there are any qualified products in the reusable products; warehousing the qualified products into a stock of a manufacturer if there are qualified products in the reusable products; generating a reproduction report for the unqualified products according to the returned product order, and storing the reproduction report into the storage of the computer.07-02-2009
20090171814REMOTE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The invention relates to a remote warehouse management system comprising a central processing system and one or more remote data collection terminals, which exchange data with the central processing system, wherein each of the remote data collection terminals includes a wireless transceiver module which conducts wireless communication with the central processing system through a wireless base station, wherein the central processing system includes a matched wireless transceiver module which receives entry-exit data of various goods delivered by the data collection terminals through the wireless base station, wherein the central processing system making statistics and analyzes on the entry-exit data received and making them stored. This system can not only collect and process data automatically but also optimize the stock mode, stock balance and stock time of goods according to the enterprise's operating conditions.07-02-2009
20120047050INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEM PROCESS - The inventory control system process includes storing product information in a database. Location information is also accepted and stored in the database in association with the product information. The system receives a command associated with the database and analyzes the command for an instruction and one or more keywords. Next, the database is searched for one or more products associated with the one or more keywords. A list of products related to the one or more keywords is then displayed. The system then accesses, modifies, retrieves, or deletes database information in response to the instruction.02-23-2012
20120047049SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVISIONING PHARMACEUTICAL INVENTORY - Systems and methods are disclosed for provisioning a pharmaceutical inventory including pharmaceutical products. In one embodiment, a local monitoring subsystem located at a medical office includes an interface configured to input data relative to the pharmaceutical inventory, including information about the removal, reduction, recall, and addition of pharmaceutical products. A disbursed tracking subsystem is distributed through the medical office, a remote server, vendor, and distributor in order to store inventory data about the pharmaceutical inventory. A reconcile engine associated with the remote server compares the input data and the inventory data to determine reorder times for the pharmaceutical inventory. Also, the reconcile engine monitors the shelf life and expiration of the pharmaceutical products, including injectable drugs, peroral drugs, oral drugs, topical drugs, transmucosal drugs, transdermal drugs, sublingual drugs, intranasal drugs, and inhalant drugs.02-23-2012
20120047048DELIVERY AND PRICING INFORMATION IN EXPOSURE MANAGEMENT - An exposure management system may include customizable pricing and delivery components interfacing with existing organizational systems and third party systems. The pricing component may enable an organization to enter variable pricing terms, such as customizable pricing formulas that depend on a published price averaged over time. Data used in the pricing formulas and terms may be obtained electronically from various sources. The delivery component may enable the exposure management system to measure risks associated with split or periodic deliveries. The delivery component may also interface with existing systems, such as ERP, CRM, and inventory management systems, to verify that deliveries actually occurred. Methods and devices are provided.02-23-2012
20120173393System and Method for Tracking and Managing the Relocation of Equipment and Inventory - A system to monitor and/or manage the logistics and transportation of equipment and/or inventory is disclosed. The system comprises a web server tier, an application server tier and a database tier that employ real time tracking, vendor consolidation and reporting capabilities in a single secure web interface. A method of monitoring and/or managing the logistics and transportation of equipment and/or inventory from origin to destination and final placement by using the system is also disclosed.07-05-2012
20110166966Sharing Assets Across Applications - A system and method allows for display to a user assets from a plurality of applications as well as sharing and creation of assets across multiple applications thereby facilitating interaction between users of the multiple applications.07-07-2011
20100005011AUTOMATED RECEIVING SYSTEM - A package processing system is disclosed for a distribution facility. The package processing system includes a reader and a controller. The reader is configured to automatically identify vendor labels on each package of a shipment of packages, each such vendor label being one of a plurality of label types and including a package identifier code representative of the corresponding package. The reader is configured to select a vendor label for each package from identified vendor labels based on label type. The controller is configured to receive distribution instructions based on electronic shipment data representative of the shipment and each package of the shipment and on inventory and to assign a routing code for each package based on a comparison of the package identifier code of the corresponding selected label with electronic shipment data and distribution instructions. Each package is distributed within the distribution facility based on the corresponding routing code.01-07-2010
20120066098METHOD FOR MONITORING ORIGIN OF A LIQUID FOOD, FRUIT JUICE OR VEGETABLE JUICE PREPARATION - The present invention provides a method for continuously monitoring origin of a liquid food preparation in a storage vessel, said liquid food preparation being prepared by combining a plurality of original batches, where specific amounts of said liquid food preparation are repeatedly removed from said first liquid food preparation, and where each of said original batches has been produced at a specific site of origin. According to the invention the composition of batches is constantly recalculated whenever new batches are added.03-15-2012
20120066097Uncle Gem V, Universal Automatic Instant Money, Data and Precious Metal & Stone Transfer Machine - The Universal Automatic Instant Money, Data and Gold Transfer Machine, Uncle GEM V, system is a multiplicity of devices on a communications network available 24 hours a day, used interchangeably as sender, receiver and dispenser of funds and data. The sender accepts standard currency and includes removable medium storage devices to transfer to another such device acting as a receiver/dispenser. Remitted amounts are inserted or deducted from credit/debit accounts or currency and who pays the fees charged is indicated by an initiator of the transaction. Transfer transaction information includes: the type of transfer (money/funds or data); which device deducts the fee; how much money or what data to transfer; and to who and where the transfer transaction is to be made available All Precious metal coins and currency can be Digitally imaged and viewed in real time at anytime throughout this process. A receipt is generated by the sender via the system and a receiver becomes a dispenser when the recipient retrieves a pending transaction using the appropriate password or identification. The cash, data, or financial instrument is then dispensed. The Uncle GEMs also feature acceptance of alternate payment options, such as, precious metal coins, i.e., gold, silver platinum rhodium, and precious stones, i.e. diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. In essence, virtually anything can be bought, purchased, bartered, traded or sold.03-15-2012
20120016780LOCAL SHOPPING AND INVENTORY - Estimating product inventory comprises determining a rate of sales events for a product and an amount of time that has elapsed since a previous product availability estimate from the product. Then, a new product availability estimate for the product is determined based on the rate sales events for the product. The rate of sales events for the product can be determined based on product data feeds from the merchant or other sales data.01-19-2012
20120016779SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSISTING A CONTRACTOR TO EFFICIENTLY SERVICE AN EQUIPMENT - A method and system are disclosed for assisting a contractor to efficiently service an equipment. The method and system enable contractors, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors, dealers, and technicians, to improve efficiency in providing services to their customers. The method and system formalize the repair planning execution tasks, and provide data in useful formats immediately available at a work site to contractors, thus reducing avoidable errors and improving efficiency in repairing or replacing equipment.01-19-2012
20110093364SYSTEMS, METHODS AND COMPUTER PRODUCTS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL SAMPLES MANAGEMENT - A system for pharmaceutical samples management is provided, the system including: (1) an allocation module adapted to allow a user to create allocation models for pharmaceutical samples, wherein an allocation model specifies quantities of pharmaceutical samples that are allocated amongst a sales team for specified time periods; (2) an order module adapted to allow the user to order pharmaceutical samples based on an allocation model; (3) a transaction module adapted to allow the user to monitor a transaction in the system; (4) a reconciliation module adapted to allow the user to perform samples inventory reconciliation; (5) a reports module adapted to allow the user to obtain reports regarding the system; (6) an analytics module adapted to allow the user to obtain analytical information regarding the system; (7) a dashboard module adapted to allow the user to display data regarding the system; and (8) an alerts module adapted to provide alert information regarding the system. Numerous other aspects are provided.04-21-2011
20110093365System and Process for Monitoring, Control and Withdrawal of Consumable Items in a Production Environment - The invention refers to a system and a process for the measure and collection of consumables consumption and performance data to build a reliable, real-time database and to monitor the consumption and performance of a consumable tool through its life cycle. A system according to the invention comprises a) first storage means to store data concerning the consumables; b) means to capture the performance data; c) second storage means to store performance data during operation of the consumable when is mounted on a machine; d) means to transfer in real-time the performance data to the said second storage means; e) process means to assess the performance of the tool and on the basis of the said assessment to instruct or not the withdrawal of the tool; and output means to deliver the said instruction to a user of the system. A process according to the invention, comprises the following steps: a) capture performance data during operation of the tool when the tool is mounted on a machine; b) transfer in real04-21-2011
20120158553Method and System for Inventory Management Over a Peer-To-Peer Network - Present invention embodiments pertain to managing inventory via a peer-to-peer (P2P) infrastructure. Inventory owners or providers employ modules (tailored to the type of inventory owned or provided) to automatically store the definition of the products and/or services of the inventory on the inventory provider computer system. Once the inventory is defined, the inventory provider computer system may automatically join a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, and publishes information about the inventory to enable access and transactions by other participants in the peer-to-peer network. The peer-to-peer network includes several different types of participating nodes with each node interconnected via encrypted links over the public Internet.06-21-2012
20100082459MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAKING AND USING SAME - A comprehensive medical waste management system for establishing and maintaining medical waste preparedness and cradle to grave asset management in the event of non-emergency and emergency situations is disclosed, where the system includes at least: a central control subsystem, a warehousing subsystem, a distribution subsystem, a tracking subsystem, a retrieval subsystem, and a disposal subsystem, and methods for making and using same.04-01-2010
20110106666REMANUFACTURED PART CORE RETURN PROCESS AND SYSTEM - One aspect of the present invention is a computer-implemented method for processing remanufactured part cores. The method includes receiving manufactured part core inventory information. The inventory information can include an inventory forecast and an inventory level for a number of parts. The method further includes receiving a part number of a part to be processed. The part to be processed is a member of the number of parts. The method further includes receiving one or more business rules for processing the part to be processed. A part disposition for the part to be processed is determined based on the remanufactured part core inventory information, the one or more business rules and the part number.05-05-2011
20100094731SECURITY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTEGRAL TRACEABILITY AND TRACKING - A safety system for integral traceability and tracking is described. The system singles out products as sooon as they are identified and coded, along their entire shelf life.04-15-2010
20120317000METHODS AND APPARATUS TO VISUALIZE LOCATIONS OF RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAGGED ITEMS - Methods and apparatus to visualize locations of radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged items are described. One example method includes receiving a request from a portable electronic device to access product information associated with an individual radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged item, determining a location of the product information in a database, transmitting the located product information to the portable electronic device for display thereon, receiving modified product information associated with the individual RFID tagged item from the portable electronic device, and storing the modified product information to the location of the product information in the database.12-13-2012
20120084182RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING, DISTRIBUTION AND RETAILING OF KEYS - An automated inventory control system including a merchandising rack for displaying one or more products that is located at a retail outlet store is disclosed herein. The merchandising rack receives or displays one or more products having associated electronic identification devices secured thereto. An electronic reading device automatically scans all of the one or more electronic identification devices and determines data related to the products without the need for a manual initiating a scan for each of the one or more electronic identification devices. A host computing device receives instructions to initiate a scan from the receiver, initiates the scan by, and receives the data from, an electronic reading device and causes data to be transmitted to a computer under the control of a distributor, supplier or manufacturer.04-05-2012
20120221443Method and Apparatus for Providing Production Information - Methods and apparatus are described for comparing and validating information provided by a manufacturer of an individual product item against information provided by a trusted third-party. The information provided by the manufacturer includes an identifier of the individual product item. The information provided by the manufacturer is stored and associated with the information provided by the trusted third-party in a database. When a request for information that includes data representing the identifier is received from a potential purchaser of the individual product item, information associated with the individual product item is looked up in the database using the identifier. At least part of the information associated with the individual product item is transmitted to the potential purchaser. Upon purchase of the individual product item, the identifier can be used to link ownership information provided by the purchaser to the individual product item in the database.08-30-2012
20120130867COMMODITY INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM AND COMMODITY INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a commodity information providing system includes: a commodity-data acquiring section configured to acquire, on the basis of location data indicating a location of an information terminal including a display screen and commodity data associated with a place or an area, commodity data that is provided to or can be provided to the information terminal; and a display-data generating section configured to generate display data for displaying, on the display screen of the information terminal, information concerning a commodity corresponding to the commodity data acquired by the commodity-data acquiring section.05-24-2012
20120130868METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL OF TRACK AND TRACE INFORMATION - A system and method for tracking and tracing items that in one aspect comprises generating a group of unique codes, where a unique code is a unique encrypted reference, transferring the group of unique codes to an item marking location, marking items with the unique codes. Further, for tracking the items, decrypting the unique codes of a marked item to obtain the unique reference, and creating and storing the tracking records in a unique storage location, where the unique reference refers to the unique storage location. A tree structure resembling the packaging hierarchy is disclosed, where the nodes are referenced by the unique reference, and tracing of entire sub-trees may be performed by entering a unique code. Storage locations and sub-trees may be assigned to tracking cells in a distributed system architecture.05-24-2012
20120166318Making an Availability Determination Regarding A Requested Ware - Among other disclosed subject matter, a computer program generating on a display device a graphical user interface for specifying an availability determination regarding a ware. The graphical user interface includes a critical part area configured for a user to (i) specify that a part identified in the critical part area is to be recognized as a critical part for providing a ware, and (ii) associate one of a plurality of supply scopes with the critical part for making a first availability determination regarding the critical part. The critical part area is configured so that a second availability determination regarding the ware takes into account the first availability determination regarding the critical part.06-28-2012
20120166317Auto-Suggesting IT Asset Groups Using Clustering Techniques - An information technology (IT) asset management system provides for logically grouping IT assets and performing actions on the logical groups. Cluster analysis techniques are used to analyze the configuration data corresponding to IT assets in the IT asset management system, generating proposed logical groups from the clusters determined by the cluster analysis techniques. A system administrator may be allowed to accept or reject the proposed logical groups.06-28-2012
20100205072METHOD AND SYSTEM THAT MONITORS SUPPLY OF PHYSICAL CONSUMABLES RELATIVE TO CONSUMPTION SPECIFICATIONS - A method and system for monitoring supply of physical consumables for one or more vehicles receives at an input port supply data associated with a corresponding one of the one or more vehicles. The supply data is originated at a supply device that supplies the physical consumables. Consumption specification data associated with the one or more vehicles are retrieved from a storage device. The consumption specification data is specified by at least one of a vehicle manufacturer or an authority, e.g. a commercial, governmental or military authority. The method and system provides the supply data to a processing unit over a physical transmission medium to determine a variance relative to the consumption specification data.08-12-2010
20100205073INVENTORY SURVEY SYSTEM USING RADIO FREQUENCY - The present application relates to an inventory survey using radio frequency, where the monitoring procedure is carried out automatically by means of a movement self-monitoring of the inventory in cabinet (08-12-2010
20100205071METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF MAINTAINING AND MONITORING VEHICLE TRACKING DEVICE INVENTORIES - Systems and methods of tracking an installer's inventory of vehicle tracking devices performed by the supplier of the devices are provided. Inventory levels of the devices are checked based on activation and/or registration of a tracking device and a subsequent stock-out notification is sent to the installer based on the checked inventory level.08-12-2010
20120136758PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT WITH MULTI-TYPE KANBAN MODELING - Setting a plurality of reorder points for a plurality of products, the plurality of reorder points including a first reorder point and a second reorder point, the second reorder point greater than the first reorder point. Determining for one or more products, issuing one or more normal kanbans and one or more build ahead kanbans over one or more periods of time based on inventory levels and product demand. Approving for production in the current time period the one or more normal kanbans issued for the current time period. Determining if excess capacity exists to produce additional kanbans and approving for production in the current time period one or more of the build ahead kanbans in response to determining that excess capacity exists.05-31-2012
20120136759AUTOMATIC INVENTORY BALANCING - A method and system for automatic inventory balancing includes a scanning device 05-31-2012
20100174624SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FINANCING HIGH-VALUE ITEMS - Methods and supporting systems for inventory financing and tracking receives information from potential borrowers, potential lenders, and from inventory tracking sub-systems. The information includes information regarding items in inventory, information about the potential borrowers, information about potential lenders and information identifying the items in inventory held by the borrowers. Potential borrowers are matched with potential lenders, thus identifying lenders to provide financing to borrowers, and provides the lenders with access to the inventory information.07-08-2010
20120253995SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MERCHANDISE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT TO MAXIMIZE GROSS MARGIN - A system and method for merchandise inventory management to maximize gross margin is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes modeling inventory to maximize gross margin as a function of replenishment of each item in each location based on optimum customer service level. Further, a desired customer service level range is determined. Furthermore, a safety stock level is computed for each customer service level in the determined customer service level range based on supplier information and forecasted future demand. In addition, replenishment quantity is computed for each customer service level in the determined customer service level range based on the computed safety stock level, lost sales information, markdown costs, and economic order quantity. Moreover, gross margin is computed for each customer service level in the determined customer service level range based on the computed replenishment quantity, markdown schedule and other financial information.10-04-2012
20120173391MEDICATION INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for medication inventory management. In one embodiment, a medication server may receive medications requests. The medication server may then assign the medication requests to one or more medication filling devices for filling based at least in part on their inventory available for filling such requests. The one or more medication filling devices can then process and fill the assigned medication requests.07-05-2012
20120173392METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING INVENTORY - According to embodiments described in the specification, a method, system and apparatus for managing inventory are provided. The method comprises storing at least one job record in a memory, the at least one job record comprising a first of a plurality of job identifiers and at least a first subcomponent identifier; receiving a transaction record comprising a second subcomponent identifier; and storing the transaction record in the memory in association with one of the plurality of job identifiers.07-05-2012
20100049636CONSUMABLE SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONSUMABLE SUPPLY MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND CONSUMABLE SUPPLY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - A consumable supply management system, connected to an image forming apparatus storing an apparatus identification data and using a consumable supply, includes a system controller and a management information storage. The management information storage stores management information including the apparatus identification data and a delivery-completed flag. The system controller includes a remaining amount information recording unit, a search unit, a delivery instruction unit, and an information clearing unit. The remaining amount information recording unit stores the management information to the management information storage when notification of remaining amount of the consumable supply is received. The search unit searches management information. The delivery instruction unit determines to deliver or suspend a delivery of a spare consumable supply in view of information clearing status of the management information and status of the delivery-completed flag. When consumable supply replacement information is received, the information clearing unit clears the management information.02-25-2010
20100049634COST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH FLEXIBLE UNIT OF MEASURE - A system determines the cost of a transaction. The system receives a transaction for an item. The transaction is in terms of a first unit of measure. The system then determines the quantity in terms of a second unit of measure and calculates the cost of the transaction based on the second unit of measure.02-25-2010
20090099942Identification of Discrepancies in Actual and Expected Inventories in Computing Environment having Multiple Provisioning Orchestration Server Pool Boundaries - A system for establishing and maintaining inventories of computing environment assets comprising one or more custom collector interfaces that detect movement of assets from one environment to another, and an inventory scanner which modifies inventories for each environment based on monitored asset movements. The present invention is of especial benefit to autonomic and on-demand computing architectures.04-16-2009
20100274685RECEIPT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A receipt management system receives receipt data including biometric data which is issued when a product is purchased at a store, and judges whether or not biometric data that coincides with an employee's biometric data is registered in an employee management table of a company.10-28-2010
20100274684Inventory analysis - A method for the control of an inventory, and hence the material flow in an inventory is provided. In the method the inventory composition and a ratio named Inventory Control Ratio is calculated and simulation regarding minimum stock and cyclic stock is performed. There is also provided a filtering function enabling a precise analysis of the articles in an inventory. There is also provided a computer system operating in accordance with the method, an inventory operated under the control of the method and a method for the building of diagrams in accordance with the method.10-28-2010
20120179585Method and System for Laboratory Asset Identification and Management - The present disclosure relates approaches that may be used to manage research assets, such as equipment and consumable items. In certain implementations, asset information from multiple input sources is stored in a database or other mass storage device and may be used to provide a report of the real time condition of any individual research asset. In further implementations, the information may be used to provide indications or reminders associated with an individual research asset, such as maintenance reminders.07-12-2012
20100306085RAPID ITEM AUTHENTICATION VIA CONVENTIONAL COMMUNICATION CHANNELS - An authentication manager is provided that is accessible by a mobile wireless device through conventional networks. The mobile wireless device is configured to obtain information regarding at least one identification code displayed on an item and send such information to a the authentication manager. In response, authentication manager provides authentication information to the mobile wireless device. The authentication information indicates whether the at least one identification (and, by implication, the item to which it corresponds) is authentic or not. Additional information regarding the item may also be provided by the authentication manager. The authentication manager can decode and/or translate any received information regarding the at least one identification code as needed. The authentication manager provides the information regarding the at least one identification code to an authenticating entity that returns the authentication information to the authentication manager. Likewise, the additional information may also be provided by the authenticating entity.12-02-2010
20120185367METHOD OF PROVIDING AN ONLINE SECURED ASSET SYSTEM - A method of providing physical escrow of assets includes receiving a request for escrow of an asset from a securing party computer, creating a record of the asset in the vault computer, receiving the asset at a vault storage, receiving a verification of the asset and updating the record with the verification, providing the verification of the asset to the securing party, receiving a notification of a completed transaction at the vault computer, and updating the record to reflect a new owner of the asset.07-19-2012
20090018933Method and apparatus for dealer connectivity - An adaptable application is installed throughout a distribution network for directly accessing a variety of different databases utilized by different business systems. The direct access application periodically queries the database with which it is associated. In response to the query, sales and inventory data is read from the dealer business computer system by a data access services module. The information retrieved from the query is placed in a transmission queue. A data mapping module transforms the data into the manufacturer's standard transaction format, and presents the transformed data to a communications module. The information is then transmitted to the manufacturer or other upstream distribution channel entity. The information forwarded from each of the dealers is accumulated at the manufacturer's location. Various reports can be run which are useful to the efficient running of the distribution channel.01-15-2009
20120259745METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CENTRAL ACCOUNTING AND BILLING SYSTEM FOR ENTERPRISE EMPLOYING MOBILE FIELD SERVICE INVENTORIES - A central accounting and billing system for enterprises providing service and supply operations for business machines located in a plurality of customer locations employing a fleet of vehicles each carrying a trunk inventory of frequently required repair parts and supplies. An ERP system at a central location generates machine-readable identification tags which are applied to parts and services carried in each of the trunk inventories and are applied to the machines to be serviced. Smart handheld devices such as cell phones contain programs which allow the identification tags to be read and communications to be established to the central ERP system relating to transfer of goods and supplies into and out of the trunk inventory and to the businesses and also the time involved in servicing particular machines at particular businesses in order to generate bills from the central enterprise to such businesses.10-11-2012
20120233041HANDHELD SCANNER DEVICE WITH DISPLAY LOCATION DATABASE - A method of managing inventory may include using a handheld scanning device to locate one or more inventory items on a retail display. The method may further include scanning the identification symbols of inventory items on a retail display to determine the type of the scanned item. An associated apparatus may include a communication interface to receive information from a remote database and to send information to a remote server. The received information may include predetermined information about proper locations for individual inventory items on the retail display, thereby reducing the need to manually determine the proper locations of multiple inventory items, which may be, for example, greeting cards on a retail store display.09-13-2012
20120233040Electronic Acknowledgement of Receipt of Inventory - A method for tracking status of an inventory shipment sent to a recipient includes monitoring whether the recipient has transmitted an electronic acknowledgment of the status of the shipment; and automatically transmitting a message to the recipient requesting acknowledgment of receipt of inventory if the electronic acknowledgment is not transmitted by the recipient within a first predetermined amount of time.09-13-2012
20090132392MOBILE ELECTRONIC WALLET - Association of personal, financial, and/or business-related identification information with a mobile communication device (MCD) is provided for herein. For example, an MCD can be associated with a financial account and can further include an identification component that verifies an identity of a user of the MCD. Identity can be verified by biometric analysis (e.g., finger/thumb print scan), username and password, optical feature scan, or a combination thereof or of like mechanisms, for instance. Accordingly, the claimed subject matter provides a mechanism to verify identification of a user of an MCD and incorporate user ID into remote data exchange, including remote financial transactions, with one or more networked devices.05-21-2009
20120233039Inventory Management - A method for inventory management performed by a computerized inventory management system includes, with an inventory management system, receiving an initial inventory line comprising an item, a quantity, and a bin. The method further includes, with the inventory management system providing a split quantity user interface window in response to determining that the quantity of the item exceeds an actual quantity stored at the bin, creating and displaying a plurality of new inventory lines to replace the first inventory line in response to an autosplit control of the user interface being engaged, the new inventory lines including different bins, and providing a control through the user interface window to allow manual adjustment of the new inventory lines.09-13-2012
20080301011METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HANDLING RETURNED PREPAID PAYMENT CARDS - A method and system for handling returned prepaid device in a payment system. In one embodiment, upon receipt of a returned prepaid device corresponding to a consumer's account, a method indicates in the consumer's account that an address of the consumer is invalid; and determines whether the device should be stored in order to possibly re-send the device to the consumer if a new valid consumer address is received, or to destroy the device and refund the purchaser.12-04-2008
20080301008Method and system for vehicle transactions management - RFID tags are used to track motor vehicles on and around a vehicle dealer's facility. The information may extend to customer contacts, pending deals and detailed vehicle information. The dealer's salesmen and service writers can access the information using handheld RFID tag readers with which to scan vehicles and integrated PDAs on which data are displayed.12-04-2008
20080301010Component Inventory Management - A component management system can comprise one or more software tools that streamline creation and adjustment of documents that indicate parts stocking requirements for manufacturing assets. The manufacturing assets may comprise machines, sub-assemblies, and the like, while the components comprise parts, tools, and other equipment used to maintain operation of the manufacturing assets. The component management system can be used to enhance authorization processes by handling authority to stock documents online. Furthermore, by interfacing with an enterprise resource planning system, such as SAP, component and inventory management can be made more efficient and flexible. For instance, simulations of future versions of the installed component base can be used to generate component forecast documents useful for proactive component management. As another example, by handling asset definition and authority to stock in an online form, information can be easily retrieved from and uploaded to an enterprise resource management system.12-04-2008
20090299881TIME PHASE WORK POOL MANAGEMENT FOR RETURNED INVENTORY ASSET ROUTING - Embodiments of the present routing returned inventory assets and provide a method, system and computer program product for routing items in a manufacturing environment. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for routing items in a manufacturing environment can be provided. The method can include defining attributes of work pools in the manufacturing environment, defining a set of reuse strategies for use in the manufacturing environment, receiving a returned inventory asset in the manufacturing environment and obtaining at least one attribute of the returned inventory asset, comparing the obtained at least one attribute of the returned inventory asset to the set of reuse strategies to select the reuse strategy to apply to the returned inventory asset and applying the selected reuse strategy to the returned inventory asset to assign the returned inventory asset to one of the work pools in the manufacturing environment. The method can further include the transportation of the returned inventory asset to a temporary location other than the assigned work pool, and can include updating a returned inventory asset tracking record to indicate the assigned work pool.12-03-2009
20110004536ARTICLE VENDING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR AUDITING INVENTORY WHILE ARTICLE VENDING MACHINE REMAINS OPERATIONAL - An article vending machine capable of performing an inventory audit and automatically pausing the inventory audit in response to a customer transaction request and method for performing the same are shown. After completing the customer request, the article vending machine resumes the inventory auditing process. The article vending machine thereby remains available for customer use during the inventory auditing process.01-06-2011
20120265653Secure, Differentiated Reading of Sensors and RFID Tags - Secure access to inventory data concerning a supplier's product located at a seller's premises is provided by tagging units of product with a supplier identifier and a product identifier. The identifiers may be embedded in RFID tags or EPC labels. A secure VPN tunnel is established between a supplier and a seller. The VPN tunnel is associated with a particular supplier identifier such that only inventory data associated with the supplier identifier that matches the supplier is transmitted on the VPN tunnel, and inventory data associated with supplier identifiers that do not match the supplier are filtered out. Hence, the seller can provide the supplier with access to inventory data without exposing sensitive information related to the seller and other suppliers.10-18-2012
20120330795SHOE WITH RECONFIGURABLE INSOLE AND METHOD - A reconfigurable article of footwear has a reconfigurable insole inserted through an opening for receiving the foot of the user that is supported on a midsole. The reconfigurable insole has a primary footbed and a removable footbed. The primary footbed has a top side for supporting the foot of the user and a bottom side for contacting at least a portion of the midsole and for engaging the removable footbed. The removable footbed has a top side for engaging a portion of the bottom side of the primary footbed and a bottom side for contacting the midsole. Detachable corresponding and aligned fasteners on each of the bottom side of the primary footbed and the top side of the removable footbed detachably secure the removable footbed to the primary footbed.12-27-2012
20120271740MANAGING FRESH-PRODUCT INVENTORY - Freshness inventory control problem may be formulated as a stochastic dynamic program. In one aspect, a stochastic dynamic programming formulation takes as input inventory status, stochastic demand forecast and cost information associated with on-hand inventory. The stochastic dynamic programming formulation is maximized to determine order quantity and depletion quantity of the product per period.10-25-2012
20120323746SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FILLING AN ORDER - A method for fulfilling inventory requests includes receiving an inventory request requesting an inventory item and selecting the requested inventory item from an inventory holder. The method further includes storing the requested inventory item in an order holder associated with the inventory request and moving the order holder to a storage space. In addition, the method includes detecting a triggering event and in response to detecting the triggering event, retrieving the order holder from the storage space.12-20-2012
20120323744MANAGING AN INVENTORY OF SERVICE PARTS - An inventory of service parts may be managed by assessing a company's capability, optimizing the inventory and implementing a management program based on the assessment and optimization. Optimizing target stock levels for the inventory of parts may be accomplished by calculating an inventory baseline for understanding information about the currently held inventory; developing a service strategy for a set of segments; quantifying a service level for each of the segments; analyzing the segments and their service levels for identifying at least one logistically distinct business; assigning each of the segments to a “best-fit” planning model for indicating each segment's deployment, replenishment, forecasting and review characteristics; identifying a probability distribution function for estimating a demand process of each of the segments; and calculating a target stock level for each segment.12-20-2012
20120323745METHOD AND SYSTEM THAT MONITORS SUPPLY OF PHYSICAL CONSUMABLES RELATIVE TO CONSUMPTION SPECIFICATIONS - A method and system for monitoring supply of physical consumables for one or more vehicles receives at an input port supply data associated with a corresponding one of the one or more vehicles. The supply data is originated at a supply device that supplies the physical consumables. Consumption specification data associated with the one or more vehicles are retrieved from a storage device. The consumption specification data is specified by at least one of a vehicle manufacturer or an authority, e.g. a commercial, governmental or military authority. The method and system provides the supply data to a processing unit over a physical transmission medium to determine a variance relative to the consumption specification data.12-20-2012
20120278205Vertical Network Computing Integration, Analytics, And Automation - Embodiments of the invention can relate to methods, systems, apparatuses directed to integration of computing networks, especially within supply chains, and use of information from these integrated networks to generate analytics. To generate such analytics, an analysis computer or payment processing network may receive purchase data. In various embodiments the purchase data may include a product identifier that is associated with a product or service that is involved in the purchase. Once the purchase transaction with the product identifier is received, consumption of inventory at the merchant or supplier may be tracked. Tracking the consumption of inventory may involve storing and using a relationship between the product identifier and the inventory.11-01-2012
20110276440System for Generating and Delivering Both Real-Time and Historical Analytic Reports for Data Captured Through Sensor Related Technology - A system and method are disclosed in which the system is a business intelligence system that captures data in real time and allows for historical and analytical reporting. The solution relies on RTLS and UHF RFID sensor technology that captures the exact x, y, and z coordinates of a particular asset, i.e., person or object and based upon the detection of a pre-encoded UHF RFID tag. The system is comprised of various components that are beneficial in order to produce reports. The system relies on hardware components such as tags and sensors that communicates and passes data to the application framework that handles data, stores data captured from sensors as events in database and Lygase using algorithms, business rules and SQL to generate meaningful real time reports.11-10-2011
20120095884PART INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, PART INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM IN WHICH PART INFORMATION PROVIDING PROGRAM IS STORED - The part information providing system includes a part information database a retrieving section, and a notifying section. The part information database stores part information including a price of a first part and identification information of a cheaper second part, serving as a substitute for the first part, in association with identification of the first part. The retrieving section retrieves identification information of a third part, which is a component of a device, from the database and, if the identification information of the third part is associated with that of the second part, retrieves the second part, which serves as a substitute for the third part and is cheaper than the third part, from the part using the identification information of the second part by following a link of the identification information of the second part. The notifying section notifies a user of information about the second part retrieved.04-19-2012
20120330794METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING CUSTOMER PERSONAL INFORMATION ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A system and method for marking electronic devices for processing. A determination is made whether one or more electronic devices include customer personal information during at least receiving the one or more electronic devices. An electronic device is marked as quarantined in response to determining CPI is included on the electronic device. The electronic device is separated from an inventory of electronic devices in response to marking the electronic device.12-27-2012
20110320322INVENTORY MONITORING USING COMPLEMENTARY MODES FOR ITEM IDENTIFICATION - A technique for inventory monitoring using complementary modes for item identification includes; storing items in known locations within a defined area; tracking a user in the defined area; detecting that the user has removed an item from its known storage location; ascertaining a first identity of the item using first means; scanning the item to obtain a second identity of the item using second means different than the first means; correlating the results from detecting, ascertaining and scanning to determine if there is a discrepancy, and providing an alert if there is a discrepancy. If there is no discrepancy, checkout can proceed.12-29-2011
20100169191TURBINE COMPONENT TRACKING SYSTEM - A turbine component tracking system is provided. The turbine component tracking system is advantageously adapted to determine the remaining life of individual turbine components based on how and where they are used as well as if and how they are repaired. The turbine system is also advantageously adapted to track and analyze design, manufacturing and repair changes or modifications performed on turbine components.07-01-2010
20100169189Method and Apparatus for Monitoring Inventory - A method for monitoring inventory on a self-adjusting shelf and apparatus for accomplishing the same. The invention describes a method for determining the number of packages on a shelf or hanger of a self-adjusting shelf. The number of packages on a shelf or hanger are determined by measuring the distance from the back end of a shelf to the package closest to the shelf with a sensor, ascertaining the thickness of the product, and by calculating the amount of space occupied on a shelf or hanger and consequently the number of packages on a shelf. In another embodiment, the product is identified by a product identifying means such as an SKU reader. Thus, the quantity and type of product located on a shelf or hanger is known. Such information allows a store to know the type and quantity of packages needed to restock a specific hanger.07-01-2010
20130013466MANAGEMENT OF LOSS RECONCILIATION DATA - A cargo management system receives parcel data associated with cargo on a vessel. The parcel data may include bill of lading date, successor and predecessor data, cargo type data, and the like. The cargo management system identifies parcels that may be related, performs a parcel validation on the identified parcels, and receives or determines a relationship between the parcels. Then, the cargo management system performs voyage validation on the related parcels to create a voyage. The cargo management system then calculates a loss associated with each parcel, between parcels, and the entire voyage.01-10-2013
20120150700METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTING INVENTORY OF A REPLACED OR DISCONTINUED DISTRIBUTION CENTER PRODUCT - A method and system for distributing inventory of a replaced or discontinued product from a warehouse or distribution center to a plurality of stores. The method optimally distributes the inventory of the replaced or discontinued product from the distribution center, keeping in mind the demand for a replacing product at the stores supported by the distribution center. The described system and method calculates replaced (old) and replacing (new) store product order quantities; rounds the replaced and replacing product order quantities if necessary due to product packaging; and ensures that the aggregate of the replaced product order quantity does not exceed distribution center on-hand inventory for the replaced product.06-14-2012
20110161208SAFETY STOCK AMOUNT CALCULATION METHOD, SAFETY STOCK AMOUNT CALCULATION DEVICE, REORDER POINT CALCULATION METHOD, REORDER POINT CALCULATION DEVICE, AND ORDER QUANTITY CALCULATION METHOD - A safety stock amount calculation method includes calculating a probability Pb that a delivery time for a certain commodity required by a customer is shorter than its lead time L, calculating an average value LL of a difference between the lead time L and the customer's required delivery time when the lead time L exceeds the customer's required delivery time, correcting an inventory adjustment period N by using the average value LL, and calculating a safety stock amount SS by the equations SS=PB×k×(√{square root over ( )}N×F)×σ, wherein σ is a standard deviation of demand for the commodity, N is a corrected inventory adjustment period, Pb is a probability, F is a shipment frequency, and k is a safety coefficient.06-30-2011
20110161207Biological Reagent Catalog - Embodiments relate to providing one or more recommended biological reagents in response to receiving a biological reagent order. An exemplary embodiment includes identifying biological reagents based on a biological reagent order that has been received. Characteristic data of the identified biological reagents may then be evaluated to identify a characteristic conflict among the identified biological reagents. Similarly, inventory data of the identified biological reagents may then be evaluated to identify an inventory conflict among the identified biological reagents. If a conflict, either characteristic or inventory, is identified, a recommendation for an alternative biological reagent may be provided that is free from conflict. Additionally, historical use data may be maintained and referenced to aid in identifying a biological reagent as either a potential biological reagent based on a suspected biological condition or as a substitute biological reagent.06-30-2011
20130173434COMPUTERIZED VALUATION OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - Methods and systems for computerized valuation of electronic equipment. The computerized valuation method includes receiving an accurate identification of an asset, receiving a current value of the asset, and outputting the accurate identification of the asset and the current value of the asset to a user device. The receiving of the accurate identification of the asset includes receiving a computerized inventory of the asset.07-04-2013
20130173435SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING PRODUCT LOCATION INFORMATION - Techniques for managing product location information are described. Managing product location information may include collecting, storing, generating, and synthesizing information about the location of products or other items in a store, retail location, warehouse, or other location. In one embodiment, a user operates a mobile device (e.g., scanner, smart phone) to efficiently scan item identifiers corresponding to items on the shelves of a store. In some cases, the user need only scan a single item identifier in a section or shelf, which is then used to obtain information about other items in that section, such as based on a planogram or other store inventory information. In some embodiments, shelves, sections, and/or aisles include location identifiers that can be scanned in order to reset, save, and/or initialize a record that stores information about products located at that shelf, section, or aisle.07-04-2013
20080255968TIME-BASED PHYSICAL INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - The present disclosure relates to software for performing and managing physical inventory processing. The physical inventory processing may be performed by a software application. The software can be operable to analyze timestamp data associated with a physical count of the inventory and timestamps associated with a movement of goods in the physical inventory. The timestamp may include a date and a time to an appropriate level of granularity as to quickly or easily distinguish between goods movement or to appropriately process or ignore such movement in calculating book stock. The analysis can dynamically calculate book stock that reflects the physical inventory by comparing timestamp data over a particular time period. This physical count can be performed utilizing a scanning device that automatically associates an initial timestamp for an inventory item.10-16-2008
20090055293SYSTEM FOR MANAGING INVENTORIES COMPRISING DOWNHOLE TOOLS USED IN THE DRILLING, COMPLETION, AND PRODUCTION OF OIL AND GAS WELLS - A method of managing an inventory comprising downhole tools includes the steps of securing a passive RFID device to each downhole tool and utilizing an RFID signal generator/reader to read the passive RFID devices secured to the downhole tools as the downhole tools are introduced into a well. The output from the RFID signal generator/reader is utilized to prepare a listing of all of the downhole tools that have been directed into the well including the location of each of the downhole tools relative to each other. The RFID signal generator/reader is also employed to record the removal of the downhole tools from the well.02-26-2009
20080249899System and Method for Inventory - Systems and methods for conducting an inventory of items at a retail or wholesale site include affixing RFID transponders to items and a computer-assisted inventory procedure determines which items are present at the retail or wholesale location, and the locations of these items, and provides instructions to operators as to how to proceed with the inventory.10-09-2008
20090030816Method, computer program, warehouse management system, billing process and web interface to provide collection, storage and delivery service to individuals - A method for receiving, storing, retrieving and delivering a container is presented. The container may contain a client's personal items, and the method may be used by clients who periodically stay at a resort, for example. The method automates the attendant storage or warehouse management, billing system, and container pickup and delivery scheduling among others activities.01-29-2009
20080235116PROCESS AND METHOD FOR SYSTEMATICALLY EXCHANGING PRODUCT BETWEEN MANUFACTURER OF PRODUCT OR REPRESENTATIVE OF PRODUCT AND PURCHASER FOR AN ESTABLISHED TERM - There is provided by this invention a process that obligates and joins manufacturers and or distribution outlets with customers for a predetermined fee to provide and allow purchasers to exchange purchased products after a predetermined time for a new product. Manufacturers and or outlets assume responsibility to sell or if chosen re-exchange the returned product. The products may be the type that depreciates with age and use, such as automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, equipment, machinery, etc. Manufacturer and or outlet provides product at the established value level to the customer for a certain length of time. Customer uses the product for a determined length of time, for example one year, then returns and exchanges said product each year for new product throughout the term of the agreement, allowing customer to maintain new status and factory warranty and eliminating the hassles of selling the product. Manufacturer and or outlet markets and sells or begins another exchange process with returned product to a second customer through outlets and community database web sites.09-25-2008
20130179311LOCAL SHOPPING AND INVENTORY - Estimating product inventory comprises determining a rate of sales events for a product and an amount of time that has elapsed since a previous product availability estimate fro the product. Then, a new product availability estimate for the product is determined based on the rate sales events for the product. The rate of sales events for the product can be determined based on product data feeds from the merchant or other sales data.07-11-2013
20130179309Methods and Systems For Restocking Inventory - Methods and systems for restocking inventory. Machine readable code associated with a product that is part of a stockroom inventory is scanned with a mobile device. Based on data in the machine readable code, the mobile device obtains data relating to the product via a wireless network and displays the data to the user. The data may include product images, details, prices, marketing promotions, regulatory or safety media, inventory rules, and other data that is retrieved from an updated database. The mobile device may also populate an order amount window with a desired amount of the product to be ordered based on known and desired inventory levels. Products may be added to an order and the order placed or saved for later submission though the mobile device based on the displayed data.07-11-2013
20130179310INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONSUMABLES STOCK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONSUMABLES STOCK MANAGING METHOD, CONSUMABLES STOCK MANAGING PROGRAM, AND MEMORY MEDIUM - A frequency of a residual amount signal which includes the absence of consumables and is issued by a printing apparatus is analyzed, whether new consumables have been attached or not is properly discriminated, and proper stock management is made.07-11-2013
20120253996METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CORRELATING INFORMATION AND LOCATION - In one aspect, embodiments of a method of correlating information and location comprise establishing a reference point for an entity. A three-dimensional coordinate is assigned to a device that comprises the entity. The assigned three-dimensional coordinate is relative to the reference point. Information about the device is correlated with the assigned three-dimensional coordinate and stored in a computing device. The computing device receives secondary information, and in response to the secondary information received by the computing device, the computing device provides at least one of the three-dimensional coordinate of the device or at least a portion of the information about the device.10-04-2012
20080215463Method of Selling and Activating Consumer Products and Services - A business method for products and services. The business model provides for retail purchase of a product or service. The product or service is then transported from the retail point of purchase to a professional. The professional then activates the product or service for the consumer.09-04-2008
20080215461Inventory Controls With Radio Frequency Identification - Inventory control with inventory item attributes wherein the attributes describe an inventory item, the inventory item has an RFID identification tag having an RFID identification tag code, and the inventory item attributes include an RFID identification tag code field, a control value, an acceptable control value range, and an out of range action. Detecting changes in the inventory item attributes, including reading, through an RFID reader, the RFID identification code from the RFID tag associated with the inventory item, recording detected changes in inventory item attributes, comparing the control value and the acceptable control value range, and taking action in dependence upon the result of the comparing and the out of range action.09-04-2008
20130091040Methods and Systems for Providing Wireless Enabled Inventory Peering - Systems and methods for providing wireless enabled inventory peering are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a system for providing wireless enabled inventory peering includes a wireless enabled inventory peering vehicle system (WEIPVS). The WEIPVS is configured to receive an inventory search request. In response to receiving the inventory search request, the WEIPVS searches inventories of proximate technician vehicles. If a needed inventory item is located in an inventory of a proximate technician vehicle, the WEIPVS generates a request for an inventory transfer and sends the request to the proximate technician vehicle. When the item is received at the WEIPVS, the WEIPVS updates the inventory associated with the WEIPVS.04-11-2013
20130103552SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT USING MOBILE DRIVE UNITS - A method for inventory management includes deploying a first mobile drive unit having first dimensions and deploying a second mobile drive unit having second dimensions, the first and second dimensions being different. The first and second mobile drive units are operable to transport inventory items to a plurality of inventory stations in the same workspace.04-25-2013
20130124375FOOD TRACING AND TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A food tracing and tracking system, method, and computer-program product are provided. The present invention allows companies that operate within these supply-chains, to exchange information bi-directionally throughout the entire supply-chain while maintaining data integrity and appropriate levels of security at all times and in real-time. The present invention enables a continuous linkage across the supply-chain-entities and changing of supply-chain entities in near real-time and ensures data integrity and data security, performs language translation, maintains a continuous history over time without the need for data conversion, and provides each entity within the supply chain the option of publishing their identity and data to the other supply chain entities. New fields can be added as needed for processes and materials. The present invention supports distributed data hosted on various machines by various organizations over a public or private data network.05-16-2013
20130132241IMPUTED PROBABILISTIC PRODUCT LOCATION BASED ON SHOPPER PATH AND TRANSACTION LOG DATA - Systems and methods for imputing the location of a product in a shopping environment are provided to address the above discussed problems. One example system disclosed herein includes a sensor system configured to track paths for a plurality of shoppers in a shopping environment. The system may further include a data analyzer computing device configured to receive signal data from the sensor system and transaction data from a point of sale system in the shopping environment. The transaction data may indicate the products purchased by the shopper in the shopping environment. The signal data may be matched to corresponding transaction data for the same shopping path. The system may impute one or more product locations of products in the transaction data associated with multiple shopper paths. The imputed product locations may be represented in a probability map, or used to make corrections to a preexisting planogram.05-23-2013
20080201244Network-facilitated central storage/shipping/cleaning and maintenance service for frequent travelers and method thereof - An Internet-facilitated storage, shipping, cleaning and maintenance service and method thereof, wherein the repeated, time-consuming management and organization of personal belongings, the burdensome process of packing, and the increasingly complicated chore of carrying and/or checking luggage may be essentially eliminated.08-21-2008
20110225071INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes an input unit, a generating unit, and a transmitting unit. The input unit receives input of receipt time information of a commodity. The generating unit generates, according to the receipt time information input to the input unit, commodity information concerning the commodity including at least one of receipt date and time information and display date and time information of the commodity. The transmitting unit transmits the commodity information generated by the generating unit to an information display apparatus.09-15-2011
20120278206PRODUCT ALLOCATION INTERFACE - A computer-implemented framework and method for maintaining product allocation data objects comprising a plurality of product allocation data objects, a plurality of software modules, an interface for the software modules, and a plurality of computer-applications, wherein the product allocation data objects are representative of product allocations for several participants within an e-business system, wherein a product allocation data object is processed by at least one of the plurality of computer-applications, the software modules providing access to the product allocation data objects, and the interface provides concurrent access to the software modules for online collaboration, wherein a collaborative planning process of the product allocation data objects is executed by the software modules and controlled by the applications.11-01-2012
20120278204DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING GOODS DELIVERY SCHEDULE COORDINATION AND METHOD OF SUPPORTING GOODS DELIVERY SCHEDULE COORDINATION - A device for supporting goods delivery schedule coordination includes: a storage unit retaining information of a delivery schedule and transportation lead time; a computation unit having a transportation lead-time converting unit which calculates the shipment date in the delivery schedule and stores that as an updated delivery schedule; an output unit which outputs by a screen the information of the updated delivery schedule based on two types of timing of arrival-date basis and shipment-date basis; and a control unit having a schedule-coordination-information receiving unit which receives information of the delivery schedule requested to be coordinated and stores that as a coordination-requested schedule. The computation unit further has a schedule-coordinatable-period calculating unit which stores the delivery schedule included in the coordinatable period as a coordinatable period. The output unit distinguishably displays a range about the coordinatable period.11-01-2012
20100312673Method of managing and insuring inventories of products needed for emergency management during and/or after natural disasters and emergencies - A method of managing inventory of products needed by a governing body during a natural disaster or emergency, comprising maintaining an inventory of the products, which may be perishable or non-perishable, for use by the governing body, insuring the inventory of the products against the result that no natural disaster or emergency will occur during a specified time period, receiving payment from the governing body for all products in inventory used during the specified time period in connection with a natural disaster or emergency, and receiving payment from an insurer for all products in inventory not used during the specified time period.12-09-2010
20130138539MODULAR HANGERS FOR PRODUCT STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM - A system for locating goods stored in a storage area includes a computer, radio frequency transceivers and modular hangers. Ordered goods are placed in storage units that each have addresses at a central filling center. The filled storage units are shipped to local storage areas where they are coupled to hook units to form modular hangers and stored on rails. The identifications of the goods and the electronic addresses for corresponding hangers are stored on a local computer database. When a user wants to pick up goods stored in the containers, the user inputs the identification or order information for the goods and the computer will cause the radio frequency transmitter to emit a data packet that includes a search address and illumination data. The hangers compare the search address to the electronic address. If there is a match, the hanger is illuminated so the ordered goods can be found.05-30-2013
20120284153SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - A computerized system for vehicle management includes a database comprising information regarding vehicles in a set of vehicles and customer accounts. The information regarding the vehicles includes configuration of respective vehicles. The information regarding customer accounts includes links to vehicles in the set of vehicles owned by respective customers and status of customer accounts. The system may also include a server coupled to the database that serves user interface pages; a protected system login mechanism; logic implementing rules regarding a relationship between system users on the one hand and information regarding vehicles and customer accounts on the other hand; a search mechanism and a search results interface; and logic that serves a customer account interface, the customer account interface displaying information regarding customer accounts to the extent allowed by rules regarding the relationship between system users and information regarding vehicles and customer accounts.11-08-2012
20110313894System and Method for Surgical Pack Manufacture, Monitoring, and Tracking - A wrapped surgical pack (12-22-2011
20110313893Management and control system for a designated functional space having at least one portal - A control and management system for defined areas such as loading docks, fire stations, and other designated defined areas, employs a card reader, vehicle sensing loop detectors and electric eyes, entrance door sensors and operators, truck securement devices, cameras, a control system with memory, and a wireless connection or internet/intranet connection, is provided to produce event log documentation. The event information is readily accessible by management or supervisory personnel, to see all of the recorded information concerning a specified event. Thus, an event can be readily reconstructed after the fact, using all available sensors and other information relevant to a manager or supervisor. This aids in locating lost packages, documents security procedures, preventing or detecting thefts and vandalism, and for other purposes. An alert can be issued whenever an abnormal or unauthorized event occurs during operations. A QR code reader can be provided for a cell phone with picture-taking capability, which communicates with the system to enable a person carrying the cell phone to scan QR codes at specified locations or on specified items or vehicles.12-22-2011
20120030071SECURE, DIFFERENTIATED READING OF SENSORS AND RFID TAGS - Secure access to inventory data concerning a supplier's product located at a seller's premises is provided by tagging units of product with a supplier identifier and a product identifier. The identifiers may be embedded in RFID tags or EPC labels. A secure VPN tunnel is established between a supplier and a seller. The VPN tunnel is associated with a particular supplier identifier such that only inventory data associated with the supplier identifier that matches the supplier is transmitted on the VPN tunnel, and inventory data associated with supplier identifiers that do not match the supplier are filtered out. Hence, the seller can provide the supplier with access to inventory data without exposing sensitive information related to the seller and other suppliers.02-02-2012
20120030070MANAGING AN INVENTORY COMPRISING SERIALIZED PRODUCTS - Various embodiments are directed to a system for managing an inventory comprising serialized products. A robot may be instructed to load a plurality of serialized product units to a plurality of robot-accessible bins such that each of the plurality of robot-accessible bins comprises no more than one serialized product unit. A computer system may receive from a requesting system, an order specifying a serialized product. The computer system may also receive from a data storage system a serial identifier associated with a first unit of the serialized product that is present at one of the plurality of robot-accessible bins and is indicated at the data storage system as being available. The computer system may also write to the data storage system an indication that the first unit is reserved, and transmit to the requesting system a message comprising an indication of the order and an indication of the serial identifier.02-02-2012
20130204753EXTERNALLY AUGMENTED ASSET MANAGEMENT - A system for externally augmented asset management is disclosed. According to one embodiment, information from a first reporting source about an asset is received. In addition, information from a second reporting source about the asset is also received. Information from a third reporting source about at least one environmental condition is also received. A database is then populated with the information from the first reporting source, the information from the second reporting source and the third reporting source such that information from the first reporting source, the information from the second reporting source and the third reporting source can be collected or accessed from the database.08-08-2013
20130204752SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING INVENTORY OF TIRE COMPONENTS AT POST-PRODUCTION FACILITY - An inventory control method and system tracks components of a new tire which may include a new tire casing and a new tire tread at a point-of-sales facility where the new tire can be assembled. A new tire casing with a first machine-readable identifier and a new tire tread with a second-machine readable identifier are provided. The components are delivered to the point-of-sale facility where their arrival and exit can be tracked by reading the respective first machine-readable identifier and second machine-readable identifier. In various embodiments, the tire control method and system can reallocate components between a plurality of point-of-sale facilities, generate reports on inventory usage, etc. In some embodiments, the inventory control method and/or system can be carried out with the assistance of a computer system configured with an inventory control program for tracking the components.08-08-2013
20130204751COMPUTER BASED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECONCILING REQUISITION ORDERS AND GOODS RECEIPTS - A computer based procurement system including a processor unit and a computer readable medium storing instructions executable by the processor unit. The system permits receiving requisition orders for goods. The system also permits receiving inputs confirming receipt of goods, wherein the inputs confirming the receipt are generated by flipping the associated requisition orders. Moreover, the system permits analyzing the goods receipts against the requisition orders using one or more predetermined criteria and generating indication for missing goods.08-08-2013
20130204750METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CUSTOMIZING INVENTORY IN AN AUTOMATED DISPENSING CABINET - A system and method for configuring a dispensing cabinet with products within an electronic catalog hosted by a wholesaler system includes a display of a user interface having a graphical representation of a dispensing cabinet for dispensing products including a graphical representation of each dispensing mechanism. A selection of a single product from a listing of products associates the selected single product to at least one dispensing mechanism and causes a change in the graphical representation of the dispensing cabinet such that the at least one dispensing mechanism is visually identified as having the selected single product associated with the dispensing mechanism.08-08-2013
20130211975PORTABLE ELECTRONIC KIT FOR PAYROLL VOUCHER, TIME TRACKING, AND PRODUCTION ADMINISTRATION IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY - The invention discloses a portable luggage-sized kit and integrated hardware-software system for streamlined digital administration of production projects in the entertainment industry, said kit comprising a suite of electronic devices and a GUI-driven interface specially adapted for the unique demands of payroll, time and attendance monitoring, prop and wardrobe inventory, and administrative management of projects according to customizable settings for compliance with relevant guild, union, and project-specific rules. The kit includes handheld scanners, card and tag readers, badge and voucher printers, database architecture, web services, fillable forms and intelligent menu navigation that share data in real time across a network linking an expandable range of nodes in horizontal and vertical hierarchies of project roles. The system electronically processes payroll vouchers, check-in and check-out events, miscellaneous adjustments and any other personnel data management tasks smoothly and intelligently, saving time, increasing project flexibility, and preventing mistakes.08-15-2013
20130211973INVENTORY SYSTEM FOR STAGERS, DESIGNERS AND CUSTOMERS - An online web-based, membership-based inventory system for stagers and designers which includes a processor working with a stored program to enable the storage, rental and sale of inventory items, which includes a membership portion for reviewing and accepting membership applications, a warehouse storage of inventory items, a warehouse inventory portion for storing information concerning inventory items available to the membership; a communication portion enabling the membership to access the stored information in the warehouse inventory portion and to select items from available inventory for rent and/or purchase; and an accounting portion for tracking rental or purchase of inventory items from the inventory warehouse.08-15-2013
20130211974LIGHT WEIGHT, STRONG, FIRE RETARDANT DUNNAGE PLATFORM BAG AND SYSTEM OF LOADING, DISPENSING AND USING BAG - The present invention relates to methods of manufacturing lightweight thermoplastic dunnage platform decks or repairing and reusing damaged lightweight thermoplastic dunnage platform decks to be mounted with molded feet. In an embodiment of the present invention, a dunnage platform with damaged feet is modified such that the damaged feet are removed and replacement feet are attached. In an embodiment of the present invention, the damaged feet of a dunnage platform are removed and the resulting dunnage platform deck is shipped to a desired site whereupon molded feet are attached to the dunnage platform deck and the dunnage platform generated from the deck and molded feet is used for shipping cargo.08-15-2013
20130211976Asset Monitoring Using the Internet - Method for monitoring assets that include a sensor system that obtains data about contents thereof, a processor that derives information about the contents from the sensor data, and a communication system that, when linked to a communications network, wirelessly transmits the information derived by the processor via the Internet. The information is received at a data processing and storage facility, associated with a unique identification code for each asset, and stored in association with the identification code. Access to the stored information is effected via the Internet.08-15-2013

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