AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR GENERATING PROCUREMENT LISTS
 Inventors: Paul A. Katz, Asbury Park; Amir A.
Sfldrian, Edison, both of NJ.
 Assignee: Bell Communications Research, Inc.,
 Appl. No.: 632,019
 Filed: Dec. 21, 1990
 Int. CL' G06F 15/22; GQ6F 15/24
 U.S. CI 364/401; 364/225;
 Field of Search 364/401, 225, 918, 918.1
 References Cited
Gruntworks 2.IA, Marketools Inc., Sep., 1985.
Primary Examiner—Roy N. Envall, Jr.
An automated system and concomitant methodology for minimizing the procurement costs of products and for generating a list of selected products based on the results of the minimization is disclosed for the Business Volume Discount regime. The system processing covers purchasing situations wherein multiple vendors offer a plurality of products and the vendors give discounts based on the total dollar amount of business received from the purchasers. The processing effected by the system utilizes a linear programming technique to solve a model of the business volume discount regime given a variety of constraints.
9 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets