Method and system for creating site specific coupons at a plurality of remote locations which are controlled by a central office

  • US 5,909,673 A
  • Filed: 01/03/1996
  • Issued: 06/01/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for printing a site specific coupon at a remote site of a plurality of remote sites using a network comprising a central server at a home office and a processing station at each of the plurality of remote sites operatively connected to the central server, the processing stations including a printer having an internal memory, the method comprising the steps of:

  • a) loading a general coupon template and at least one site specific information file into the central server;

    b) creating a location instruction file on the central server to instruct the processing station at the remote sites to retrieve the general coupon template and the at least one site specific information file designated for use at specific remote sites;

    c) accessing the central server by the processing station at one specific remote site, wherein the processing station opens the location instruction file on the central server particular to the specific remote site to identify the general coupon template and the site specific information file for the specific remote site;

    d) downloading by the processing station, the general coupon template and the site specific information file identified in the location instruction file to the processing station at the specific remote site;

    e) combining the general coupon template and the site specific information file in the processing station to create the site specific coupon; and

    f) printing the site specific coupon on blank paper utilizing the printer located at the specific remote site.

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