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Running head: ALLIANCE SUPERMARKET & POS (POINT-OF-SALES) SYSTEMS 1Alliance Supermarket & POS (Point-of-Sale) SystemsLoarie LuafutuBUS 644: Operations ManagementThomas BadleyDecember 3, 2018Alliance Supermarket & POS (Point-of-Sale) Systems
ALLIANCE SUPERMARKET & POS (POINT-OF-SALES) SYSTEMS 2Alliance Supermarket uses a point-of-sale system to track their inventory. The company uses a laser scanner to interpret a universal product code (UPC), a system that can identify the product as it appears. After the code has been scanned it will be stored in the UPC’s memory for future checkout. From this point on, the UPC helps collect data to keep track of inventory records, high selling items based on consumers buying habits and influences advertising for when stores should promote certain products. This paper will formulate new and innovative uses of the information from the POS system, describe any information that may help Alliance reduce costs while providing better service, propose a new approach that could be used by Alliance by using the purchase information that can be obtained on individual customers and assess ethical and privacy considerations of information gathered from the POS system or purchased items.Formulate New and Innovative Uses of the Information from the POS SystemSome new and innovative uses for the POS system would be helping Alliance know the different demands for each country. This will help the company monitor certain products for eachlocation and to make sure that certain locations are stocked for those products that customers are demanding. According to Vonderembse & White (2013), “sudden changes in demand for a particular item can catch the company by surprise as it bases inventory replenishment on historical demand patterns.” For instance, fidget spinners became a really popular toy for children and adults alike throughout this year. This might not be the same for all countries but it

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