University of Phoenix
June 3, 2013
Inventory systems are very important to any business that intends to hold inventory, especially larger levels of inventory. Inventory could be re-sale items or tools, literally anything could be considered inventory. Large scale online stores and high traffic brick and mortar stores need a bigger system to keep track of all the items that are being sold and purchased. Larger companies are able to purchase bigger and better programs that offer more features; features like bar code readers, automatic ordering systems, and user profiles. Companies that do not need these features tend to purchase smaller, less expensive, programs that give the users a bare bones system that adequately provides the needed tasks.
These systems are able to communicate to other systems to work in tandem with each other, this is important because it streamlines everything. When an inventory system places an order, the system needs to communicate to the billing department that a purchase was made with all the pertinent data required to keep track of the spending. The inventory system also needs to communicate to the shipping and receiving department that an order was placed, what it was, and when to expect the shipment.
Systems such as these were originally intended for business but are slowly finding roles in the personal home. According to "PatentStorm" (2001) "A household consumable item automatic replenishment system automatically maintains a desired inventory of household consumable items. The household consumable item automatic replenishment system has a refrigerator compartment having an indoor access and an outdoor access and an unrefrigerated compartment having an indoor access and an outdoor access." (para 1) People in large cities where traveling to the local grocery store is regarded as a rather large chore would be the main target for this system, but...