Abstract: The system of this invention manages customer orders using vendor supplied software systems interfaced on a real-time basis to touch the data in each system on a real time basis. In effect, there is horizontal communication between the various components of the system such as inventory, purchasing, order management and receipt, logistics and inventory to have continual data flow without using a vertical software interface. As a result, customer orders are received on a real-time basis using screens that are user 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 it more efficient, timely and cost efficient.
August 24, 1993
Date of Patent:
September 9, 1997
Lykes Bros., Inc.
Casimir M. Wojcik, Paul A. Pretto, Jim Courier, Bob Morrow, Joseph R. Wehry, Jr., Paul Kuczynski, Matt F. Edwards, Mark A. Schnieder, Thomas W. Loftus, Brian Schnieders, Thomas C. Bernardi, Craig Raymond Pellerin, Ron D. Bushaw, Michael Lewis Schebell, Bill Hartley, Sheila Cappel, Kimberly Weisgarber, Henry Lee Vogler, Louis Duane Ferguson
Abstract: A method and apparatus of automatically matching sellers of property with potential buyers through a communications network (preferably the Internet) in which a host system communicates with the sellers and the potential buyers over telephone or dedicated data transmission lines. The host system obtains and stores a first set of records each corresponding to a property to be sold. The first set of records can then be search by a remote data terminal associated with a potential buyer. The results of this search are then provided to the potential buyer, who indicates specific property listings that the potential buyer may be interested in purchasing. The potential buyer provides identifying information which is then provided to the sellers of the indicated property. Provisions are made to ensure that the sellers who list property support the system. Further, the system permits automatic evaluation of potential buyers to screen buyers whose information does not match minimum criteria provided by the seller.