US 10,891,660 B1
System and method for promotion reimbursement
Peter Terry Catoe, Blowing Rock, NC (US)
Assigned to ECR Software Corporation, Boone, NC (US)
Filed by ECR SOFTWARE CORPORATION, Boone, NC (US)
Filed on Jun. 4, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/730,647.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/007,509, filed on Jun. 4, 2014.
Int. Cl. G06Q 30/00 (2012.01); G06Q 30/02 (2012.01); G06Q 20/18 (2012.01)
CPC G06Q 30/0273 (2013.01) [G06Q 20/18 (2013.01); G06Q 30/0242 (2013.01); G06Q 30/0268 (2013.01)] 8 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A checkout apparatus, comprising:
a vertically arranged checkout kiosk having a customer interface atop a kiosk housing including a bagging station projecting on one side, a transaction shelving center projecting on an opposite side and a centrally located scanner between the bagging station and an item load area for inputting an item for purchase into a checkout transaction;
a host computer with a programmable processor and storage unit in communication with the kiosk;
a point-of-sale checkout system operating in conjunction with the host computer;
the item for purchase from a retail store comprising an item identification information readable by the centrally located scanner and passed to the point-of sale-checkout system, wherein the item identification information is parsed to recognize if the item for purchase is associated with a discount promotion, and to produce both an entry record on a transaction listing and an entry record on a promotion reimbursement listing for items identified as associated with the discount promotion, and wherein the promotion reimbursement listing for items is associated with a promotion reimbursement program account file stored in the storage unit of the host computer;
the point-of-sale system including an internal promotion module in communication with and integrated from a market place having a listing of the available discount promotions from a promotion portal and housing the promotion reimbursement listing such that when a retailer selects one of the available discount promotions from the portal, the promotion module integrates from the market place to the point-of-sale system to operate internally within the point-of-sale system;
the point of sale system thereafter comprising a requirements rules engine including:
an internal retailer promotion selection option resulting in an activation of one of the discount promotions,
a promotion recordation component providing the entry record on the promotion reimbursement listing,
a promotion reimbursement component associated with the promotion recordation component to provide the promotion reimbursement program account file,
a redemption component associated with the promotion reimbursement component to formulate a redemption request record for a redemption payment,
wherein the programmable processor is configured to match the item for purchases item identification information with an item contained in an activated discount promotion listing, determine a promotion reimbursement program account file that is associated with the item identification information according to a predetermined promotion set of conditions, and determine the discount promotions reimbursement programs in the promotion reimbursement account file;
wherein the point-of-sale system with the integrated promotion module is configured for a merchant in an internal, closed-loop point-of-sale interaction to;
(a) identify, prior to the purchase transaction a promotion program item for purchase,
(b) apply a selected promotion to the purchase transaction,
(c) record the applied promotion in an executed promotion reimbursement file record associated with a promotion originator, and
(d) route an executed promotion record that is associated with a promotion originator to the originator as a billing for an executed promotion reimbursement
wherein the promotion record is created within the point-of-sale system and shareable between the retailer and an originator by way of the promotion portal, the promotion module, and the closed-loop point-of-sale interaction within the point-of-sale system to ensure the promotion originator that discounts will only be provided when all of the promotion originator's requirements have been met.