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1. (WO2004034211) A METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING DEMAND AND INVENTORY
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Pub. No.: WO/2004/034211 International Application No.: PCT/US2003/031924
Publication Date: 22.04.2004 International Filing Date: 07.10.2003
IPC:
G06Q 10/00 (2012.01) ,G06Q 30/00 (2012.01)
G PHYSICS
06
COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
Q
DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
10
Administration; Management
G PHYSICS
06
COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
Q
DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
Applicants:
GAMEFLY, INC. [US/US]; 5870 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite J Los Angeles, CA 90016-3109, US
Inventors:
LENK, Edward, C.; US
SPECTOR, Sean, E.; US
SUH, Jung; US
Agent:
YANG, David, T. ; Morrison & Foerster LLP 555 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA 90013-1024, US
Priority Data:
60/416,60807.10.2002US
60/434,32018.12.2002US
Title (EN) A METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING DEMAND AND INVENTORY
(FR) PROCEDE ET APPAREIL POUR GERER LES DEMANDES ET LES STOCKS
Abstract:
(EN) The present invention is directed to a method and system for managing the inventory level of, and the distribution of, electronic media rental units, including but not limited to videogame discs, musical compact disks, or movie VCD/DVDs. More specifically, preferred embodiments of the present invention forecasts future rental and sales demand for a given electronic media, such as a videogame, prior to the release of that electronic media to the general public. The forecast is based on the pre-release demand of the electronic media in that the future rental and sales demand is estimated from the rental and sales demand of previously released electronic media having similar pre-release demand. Furthermore, the preferred embodiments of the present invention allows registered members of a rental user group to keep rented units of the electronic media for a purchase price, which is dynamically controlled to minimize rental shortage and maximize profits.
(FR) La présente invention porte sur un procédé et sur un système de gestion du niveau des stocks et de la distribution des modules de location de supports électroniques, tels que, mais pas exclusivement, des disques de jeux vidéo, des disques compacts musicaux ou des vidéo disques et DVD. De manière spécifique, des modes de mise en oeuvre préférés de cette invention prévoient les demandes futures de vente et de location pour un support électronique donné tel qu'un jeu vidéo avant sa mise sur le marché pour le grand public. La prévision se base sur la demande de mise sur le marché préalable des supports électroniques lorsque ces demandes sont estimées à partir des demandes précédentes des supports électroniques ayant fait l'objet de demande similaires de mise sur le marché préalable. La présente invention permet également aux membres enregistrés d'un groupe d'utilisateurs des locations de conserver les articles loués pour un prix d'achat qui est contrôlé de manière dynamique afin de minimiser le manque de locations et de maximiser les profits.
Designated States: AE, AG, AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BR, BY, BZ, CA, CH, CN, CO, CR, CU, CZ, DE, DK, DM, DZ, EC, EE, ES, FI, GB, GD, GE, GH, GM, HR, HU, ID, IL, IN, IS, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MA, MD, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, MZ, NO, NZ, OM, PH, PL, PT, RO, RU, SC, SD, SE, SG, SK, SL, TJ, TM, TN, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UG, UZ, VC, VN, YU, ZA, ZM, ZW
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
EP1554881JP2006502506AU2003287033