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1. (WO2018129502) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING INVENTORY DEMANDS OF NEWLY OPENED STORES
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A system for determining and adjusting initial inventory requirements at new shopping facilities based on real time sales, the system comprising:

at least one of a point of sale interface or a plurality of sensors arranged about a new shopping facility configured to determine changes in the quantities of a plurality of predetermined merchandise items in the new shopping facility within a predetermined time period being less than a week after opening of the new shopping facility, the plurality of sensors including weight sensors at merchandise shelves or optical or imaging sensors;

a new shopping facility database including demographic and geographic information corresponding to the area about the new shopping facility;

an existing shopping facility database including demographic, geographic, and sales information corresponding to existing shopping facilities;

a central computing system communicatively coupled to the new shopping facility and existing shopping facility databases, the central computing system configured to:

access the demographic and geographic information corresponding to the new shopping facility and corresponding to the existing shopping facilities;

compare the demographic and geographic information corresponding to the new shopping facility with the demographic and geographic information corresponding to existing shopping facilities;

identify at least one existing shopping facility with similar demographic and geographic information to the new shopping facility;

determine the sales for the plurality of predetermined merchandise items at the at least one existing shopping facility;

calculate a first determination of inventory requirement for the plurality of predetermined merchandise items at the new shopping facility based on the sales determination; determine real time inventory information based on the changes in the quantities of the plurality of predetermined merchandise items at the new shopping facility within the predetermined time period after opening of the new shopping facility;

calculate a second determination of inventory requirement for the plurality of predetermined merchandise items at the new shopping facility based on the real time inventory information; and

instruct an increase or decrease in incoming shipments of inventory for at least one of the plurality of predetermined merchandise items based on the real time inventory information.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the existing shopping facility database includes information from a plurality of shopping facilities corresponding to one retail sales entity.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the central computing system is configured to adjust the first determination based on the sales of at least one of competing and non-competing shopping facilities in the geographic region about the new shopping facility.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein the central computing system is configured to adjust the first determination based on at least one of the general market, sales trends, and seasonal inventory demands for the geographic region about the new shopping facility.

5. The system of claim 1, wherein the central computing system is configured to adjust the first determination based on the distribution network for delivery of merchandise items for the geographic region about the new shopping facility.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein the central computing system is configured to adjust the first determination based on the physical size of the new shopping facility.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the predetermined time period after opening of the new shopping facility is three days or less.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein the calculation of the second determination comprises adjusting the first determination based on the sales of the plurality of merchandise items at the new shopping facility within the predetermined time period after opening of the new shopping facility.

9. The system of claim 8, wherein the central computing system is configured to, if the second determination is greater than the first determination, instruct an increase of incoming shipments of inventory for the at least one of the plurality of predetermined merchandise items.

10. The system of claim 8, wherein the central computing system is configured to, if the second determination is less than the first determination, instruct a reduction of incoming shipments of inventory for the at least one of the plurality of predetermined merchandise items.

11. A method for determining and adjusting initial inventory requirements at new shopping facilities based on real time sales, the method comprising:

storing in a new shopping facility database demographic and geographic information corresponding to the area about a new shopping facility;

storing in an existing shopping facility database demographic, geographic, and historic sales information corresponding to existing shopping facilities;

providing at least one of a point of sale interface or a plurality of sensors arranged about the new shopping facility, the plurality of sensors including weight sensors at merchandise shelves or optical or imaging sensors;

determining changes in the quantities of a plurality of predetermined merchandise items in the new shopping facility within a predetermined time period being less than a week after opening of the new shopping facility;

by a central computing system:

accessing the demographic and geographic information corresponding to the new shopping facility and corresponding to the existing shopping facilities;

comparing the demographic and geographic information corresponding to the new shopping facility with the demographic and geographic information corresponding to existing shopping facilities;

identifying at least one existing shopping facility with similar demographic and geographic information to the new shopping facility;

determining the historic sales for the plurality of predetermined merchandise items at the at least one existing shopping facility;

calculating a first determination of inventory requirement for the plurality of predetermined merchandise items at the new shopping facility based on the historic sales determination;

determining real time inventory information based on the changes in the quantities of the plurality of predetermined merchandise items at the new shopping facility within the predetermined time period after opening of the new shopping facility;

calculating a second determination of inventory requirement for the plurality of predetermined merchandise item at the new shopping facility based on the real time inventory information; and

instructing an increase or decrease in incoming shipments of inventory for at least one of the plurality of predetermined merchandise items based on the real time inventory information.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the existing shopping facility database includes information from a plurality of shopping facilities corresponding to one retail sales entity.

13. The method of claim 11, further comprising, by the central computing system, adjusting the first determination based on the sales of at least one of competing and non-competing shopping facilities in the geographic region about the new shopping facility.

14. The method of claim 11, further comprising, by the central computing system, adjusting the first determination based on at least one of the general market, sales trends, and seasonal inventory demands for the geographic region about the new shopping facility.

15. The method of claim 11, further comprising, by the central computing system, adjusting the first determination based on the distribution network for delivery of merchandise items for the geographic region about the new shopping facility.

16. The method of claim 11, further comprising, by the central computing system, adjusting the first determination based on the physical size of the new shopping facility.

17. The method of claim 11, wherein the predetermined time period after opening of the new shopping facility is three days or less.

18. The method of claim 11, wherein the step of calculating the second determination comprises adjusting the first determination based on the sales of the plurality of merchandise items at the new shopping facility within the predetermined time period after opening of the new shopping facility.

19. The method of claim 18, further comprising, by the central computing system, if the second determination is greater than the first determination, instructing an increase of incoming shipments of inventory for the at least one of the plurality of predetermined merchandise items.

20. The method of claim 18, further comprising, by the central computing system, if the second determination is less than the first determination, instructing a reduction of incoming shipments of inventory for the at least one of the plurality of predetermined merchandise items.