(54) METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRODUCT INVENTORY
(75) Inventors: Kimberly Inskeep, Palos Verdes
Peninsula, CA (US); Scott Farquhar,
Irvine, CA (US)
(73) Assignee: CAbi, LLC, Rancho Dominguez, CA (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 652 days.
(21) Appl.No.: 11/194,211
(22) Filed: Aug. 1, 2005
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2006/0085298 Al Apr. 20, 2006
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/592,673, filed on Jul. 30, 2004.
(51) Int. CI.
G06Q 30/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 705/28; 705/26; 209/583
(58) Field of Classification Search 235/385;
705/9, 16, 24, 26, 28; 709/223; 715/500; 209/563,564,583; 700/216,240 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
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A business method and system for executing the method that involves gathering merchandise orders at a show in the home of a hostess. The method compiles the merchandise orders while maintaining a relationship between each individual order and information pertaining to the guest making the order. The guest information maintains an association with the order throughout the method such that each order made at the show may be individually packaged and labeled, obviating the need for the hostess to sort the ordered items upon receiving them from a warehouse. The system stores records of all purchased items and maintains a running inventory of each item, accessible by the consultants so they may warn customers of potentially low inventories. The database also facilitates returns and exchanges of purchased items.
14 Claims, 19 Drawing Sheets