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Patent Number:
Wojcik et al.
[45]
Date of Patent:
[54] SYSTEM FOR MANAGING CUSTOMER
ORDERS AND METHOD OF
IMPLEMENTATION
5,758,329
May 26, 1998
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us. Cl. .............................................. .. 705/28
Field of Search ................................... .. 395/209. 208.
395/229. 228: 364/441. 444.1. 444.2. 446.
478.05. 478.07: 705/28. 29. 8. 9
[75] Inventors: Casimir M. Wojcik. Tampa; Paul A.
Pretto. Clear-Water; Jim Courier. Dade
City; Bob Morrow. Plant City". Joseph
R. Wehry, Jr.. Riverview; Paul
Kuczynski. Tampa; Matt F. Edwards.
Dade City; Mark A. Schnieder. Land
O’Lakes; Thomas W. Loftus. Plant
City; Brian Schnieders. Temple
Terrace: Thomas C. Bernardi. Odessa;
Primary Examiner—DonaId E. McElheny. Ir.
Atmme); Agent, or Finn—Dale Curtis Hogue. Sr.
Craig Raymond Pellerin. Tampa; Ron
[57]
D. Bushaw. Plant City; Michael Louis
References Cited
[56]
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
5.265.006
11/1993 Asthana et a1. ....................... .. 395/208
ABSTRACT
Schehell. Lutz; Bill D. Hartley. Spring
The system of this invention manages.customer orders using
Hill; Sheila Cappel. Lutz; Kimberly
Weisgarber. Webster; Henry Lee
basis to touch the data in each system on a real time basis.
Vogler. Brandon; Louis Duane
Ferguson. Zephyrhills. all of Fla.
In e?eet. there is horizontal communication between the
various components of the system such as inventory.
vendor supplied software systems interfaced on a real-time
purchasing. order management and receipt. logistics and
[73] Assignee: Lykes Bros, Inc.. Tampa. Fla.
inventory to have continual data ?ow without using a
vertical software interface. As a result. customer orders are
received on a real-time basis using screens that are user
[21] Appl. No; 474,970
Jun. 7, 1995
[22] Filed:
friendly to promptly take orders. and to verify customer data
and verify the ability to meet those orders. Transmission of
documents within the system is minimized thereby making
Related US. Application Data
[63]
it more e?icient. timely and cost e?icient.
Continuation of Ser. No. 111,242, Aug. 24, 1993, aban
doned.
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PRODUCED
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INVENTORY
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ORDER CLOSURE
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Sheet 14 of 42
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ORDER
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Sheet 15 of 42
May 26, 1998
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ORDER CONSOLIDATION
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PICK NEXT
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DESTINATION
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Sheet 16 0f 42
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ECONOMIC
TRUCKLOAD
LESS THAN
TRUCKLOAD
CANCELLATION
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CONFIRM
APPOINTMENT
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Sheet 18 0f 42
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FREIGHT CLAIM /’
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CASEWORKER
SHORTAGE/DMGE
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SHORTAGE/DAMAGE IS
GREATER THAN "x"
CASEWORKER WORKS
WITH WAREHOUSE To
RESOLVE INVENTORY
DISCREPANCIES
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FIG.16
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