Method and system for monitoring a supply-chain

CAFC
  • US 6,947,903 B1
  • Filed: 04/07/2000
  • Issued: 09/20/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/06/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of monitoring supply chain activity, comprising:

  • scanning for changed supply-related data at independent supply chain sites within the supply chain;

    extracting the supply-related data at the independent supply chain, the data being maintained in plural formats at the supply chain sites, where each of the supply chain sites represents an independent entity in the supply chain;

    translating the extracted data into a common format;

    uploading the extracted data from each supply chain site to a data collection site, the data collection site collecting the extracted data; and

    upon a request from a user associated with one of the supply chain sites,formatting, at the data collection site, a portion of the collected data, retrieved from one of the supply chain sites other than the site of the user, into one of a plurality of views, responsive to criteria selected by the user, for presentation to the user, the portion of formatted data being dependent on access rights granted to the user'"'"'s supply chain site, andpublishing the formatted data view to the user'"'"'s supply chain site;

    at the data collection site, monitoring inbound data from multiple supply chain sites;

    detecting a problem condition if there is a surplus or shortage in the collected data retrieved from at least one of the supply chain sites other than the site of the user; and

    responding to the problem condition by asserting an alert to the user, where the alert indicates a problem condition associated with at least one of the supply chain sites other than the site of the user.

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