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(12) Patent Application: (11) CA 2798627
(54) English Title: AUTOMATED MAPPING OF PRODUCT ADJACENCY GROUPS WITH TRANSITION SUMMARY REPORTING
(54) French Title: PRODUCTION AUTOMATISEE DE CARTES DE GROUPES DE PRODUITS ADJACENTS AVEC RAPPORT SOMMAIRE DE TRANSITION
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • G06Q 30/02 (2012.01)
(72) Inventors (Country):
  • HATHAWAY, PATRICIA (United States of America)
  • JOHNSON, DEREK (United States of America)
  • FAULKENBERG, STACEY (United States of America)
(73) Owners (Country):
  • TARGET BRANDS, INC. (United States of America)
(71) Applicants (Country):
  • TARGET BRANDS, INC. (United States of America)
(74) Agent: GOWLING LAFLEUR HENDERSON LLP
(45) Issued:
(22) Filed Date: 2012-12-17
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2013-02-22
Examination requested: 2012-12-17
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country Date
13/452,599 United States of America 2012-04-20

English Abstract



A system for generating a product subgroup map for a product adjacency group
with
transition summary reporting is disclosed. In one example, a user interface is
configured for
presenting data on product subgroups and receiving user inputs for user-
editable mapping
criteria for mapping the product subgroups. The user interface has user-
selectable options for
editing and assigning priority values to the mapping criteria of the product
subgroups. The
system generates a combined set of mapping criteria for the user-selected
product subgroups
based on the user-edited mapping criteria and non-user-editable mapping
criteria. The
system generates a product subgroup map based on the combined set of mapping
criteria and
a set of physical store layout data for at least one store, and provides a
graphical output of the
product subgroup map. The system generates a report for the product subgroup
map for the
product adjacency group.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


CLAIMS
What is claimed is:

1. A method for generating a product subgroup map with a computing system, the
method comprising:

providing a user interface configured for presenting data on product subgroups
for a
product adjacency group and receiving user inputs associated with user-
editable mapping
criteria for mapping the product subgroups in the product adjacency group;
configuring the user interface with indications of the product subgroups that
are user-
selectable for editing the user-editable mapping criteria of the product
subgroups;
receiving one or more user inputs indicating one or more user-selected product
subgroups from among the product subgroups;
configuring the user interface with user-selectable options for editing the
user-
editable mapping criteria of the product subgroups, and for assigning priority
values to the
user-editable mapping criteria;
receiving one or more user inputs for each of the user-editable mapping
criteria;
generating a combined set of mapping criteria for the one or more user-
selected
product subgroups based on the one or more user inputs for each of the user-
editable
mapping criteria and one or more non-user-editable mapping criteria stored in
a mapping
rules data store;
generating a product subgroup map for the one or more user-selected product
subgroups based on the combined set of mapping criteria for the one or more
user-selected
product subgroups and a set of physical store layout data for at least one
store;
providing a graphical output of the product subgroup map for the product
adjacency
group; and
generating a report for the product subgroup map for the product adjacency
group.
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2. The method of claim 1, wherein generating the report for the product
subgroup map
comprises:
combining information on the product subgroup map with information on previous
product subgroup maps for the product adjacency group.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein generating the report for the product
subgroup map
comprises:
tracking a number of times a product subgroup map has been generated for the
at
least one store; and
configuring the user interface to provide indications of the number of times a
product
subgroup map has been generated for the at least one store

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the at least one store comprises a plurality
of stores,
the method further comprising:
configuring the user interface with user-selectable indications of a plurality
of stores;
generating a plurality of product subgroup maps for the one or more user-
selected
product subgroups for each of the plurality of store layouts associated with
each store of the
plurality of the stores as selected by the user inputs, based on the combined
set of mapping
criteria for the one or more user-selected product subgroups and a set of
physical store layout
data for each store of the plurality of stores; and
providing a graphical output of the plurality of product subgroup maps for the
product
adjacency group for each of the plurality of store layouts.

5. The method of claim 4, further comprising:
combining information on the product subgroup map with information on previous
product subgroup maps for the product adjacency group;
tracking a number of times a product subgroup map has been generated for each
store
of the plurality of stores; and
configuring the user interface to provide indications of the number of times a
product
subgroup map has been generated for each store of the plurality of stores.

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6. The method of claim 5, further comprising:
organizing groups of the stores by the number of times a product subgroup map
has
been generated for each of the plurality of stores.

7. The method of claim 6, further comprising:
displaying the groups of the stores in order by the number of times a product
subgroup map has been generated for each of the plurality of stores.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein generating the report for the product
subgroup map
comprises:
displaying failures or exceptions to one or more of the subgroup mapping
criteria.
9. The method of claim 8, further comprising:
for each of the failures or exceptions to the subgroup mapping criteria,
displaying a
strategy to which that subgroup mapping criterion belongs.

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising:
for each of the failures or exceptions to the subgroup mapping criteria,
displaying a
strategy priority of the strategy to which that subgroup mapping criterion
belongs.

11. The method of claim 8, further comprising:
for each of the failures or exceptions to the subgroup mapping criteria,
displaying a
number of stores to which the failure or exception is applicable.

12. The method of claim 8, further comprising:
for each of the failures or exceptions to the subgroup mapping criteria,
displaying a
list of the particular stores to which the failure or exception is applicable.



13. A computing system comprising:
one or more processors;

one or more computer-readable tangible storage devices;
a display device;
a user input device;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to provide a user interface configured for
presenting data on product
subgroups for a product adjacency group and receiving user inputs associated
with user-
editable mapping criteria for mapping the product subgroups in the product
adjacency group;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to configure the user interface with indications of
the product
subgroups that are user-selectable for editing the user-editable mapping
criteria of the
product subgroups;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to receive one or more user inputs indicating one or
more user-
selected product subgroups from among the product subgroups;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to configure the user interface with user-selectable
options for
editing the user-editable mapping criteria of the product subgroups, and for
assigning priority
values to the user-editable mapping criteria;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to receive one or more user inputs for each of the
user-editable
mapping criteria;

program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to generate a combined set of mapping criteria for
the one or more
user-selected product subgroups based on the one or more user inputs for each
of the user-
editable mapping criteria and one or more non-user-editable mapping criteria
stored in a
mapping rules data store;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to generate a product subgroup map for the one or
more user-
selected product subgroups based on the combined set of mapping criteria for
the one or

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more user-selected product subgroups and a set of physical store layout data
for at least one
store;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to provide a graphical output of the product
subgroup map for the
product adjacency group; and
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to generate a report for the product subgroup map
for the product
adjacency group.

14. The computing system of claim 13, further comprising:
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to combine information on the product subgroup map
with
information on previous product subgroup maps for the product adjacency group;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to track a number of times a product subgroup map
has been
generated for the at least one store; and
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to configure the user interface to provide
indications of the number
of times a product subgroup map has been generated for the at least one store.

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15. The computing system of claim 13, further comprising:
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to configure the user interface with user-selectable
indications of a
plurality of stores;

program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to generate a plurality of product subgroup maps for
the one or
more user-selected product subgroups for each of the plurality of store
layouts associated
with each store of the plurality of the stores as selected by the user inputs,
based on the
combined set of mapping criteria for the one or more user-selected product
subgroups and a
set of physical store layout data for each store of the plurality of stores;
and
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to provide a graphical output of the plurality of
product subgroup
maps for the product adjacency group for each of the plurality of store
layouts.

16. The computing system of claim 13, further comprising:
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display failures or exceptions to one or more of
the subgroup
mapping criteria;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display, for each of the failures or exceptions
to the subgroup
mapping criteria, a strategy to which that subgroup mapping criterion belongs;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display, for each of the failures or exceptions
to the subgroup
mapping criteria, a strategy priority of the strategy to which that subgroup
mapping criterion
belongs;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display, for each of the failures or exceptions
to the subgroup
mapping criteria, a number of stores to which the failure or exception is
applicable; and
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display, for each of the failures or exceptions
to the subgroup
mapping criteria, a list of the particular stores to which the failure or
exception is applicable.


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17. A computer program product comprising:
one or more computer-readable tangible storage devices;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable tangible
storage devices, to provide a user interface configured for presenting data on
product
subgroups for a product adjacency group and receiving user inputs associated
with user-
editable mapping criteria for mapping the product subgroups in the product
adjacency group;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to configure the user interface with indications of
the product
subgroups that are user-selectable for editing the user-editable mapping
criteria of the
product subgroups;

program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to receive one or more user inputs indicating one or
more user-
selected product subgroups from among the product subgroups;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to configure the user interface with user-selectable
options for
editing the user-editable mapping criteria of the product subgroups, and for
assigning priority
values to the user-editable mapping criteria;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to receive one or more user inputs for each of the
user-editable
mapping criteria;

program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to generate a combined set of mapping criteria for
the one or more
user-selected product subgroups based on the one or more user inputs for each
of the user-
editable mapping criteria and one or more non-user-editable mapping criteria
stored in a
mapping rules data store;

program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to generate a product subgroup map for the one or
more user-
selected product subgroups based on the combined set of mapping criteria for
the one or
more user-selected product subgroups and a set of physical store layout data
for at least one
store;


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program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to provide a graphical output of the product
subgroup map for the
product adjacency group; and
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to generate a report for the product subgroup map
and previous
product subgroup maps for the product adjacency group.

18. The computer program product of claim 17, further comprising:
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to combine information on the product subgroup map
with
information on previous product subgroup maps for the product adjacency group;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to track a number of times a product subgroup map
has been
generated for the at least one store; and
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to configure the user interface to provide
indications of the number
of times a product subgroup map has been generated for the at least one store.

19. The computer program product of claim 17, further comprising:
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to configure the user interface with user-selectable
indications of a
plurality of stores;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to generate a plurality of product subgroup maps for
the one or
more user-selected product subgroups for each of the plurality of store
layouts associated
with each store of the plurality of the stores as selected by the user inputs,
based on the
combined set of mapping criteria for the one or more user-selected product
subgroups and a
set of physical store layout data for each store of the plurality of stores;
and
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to provide a graphical output of the plurality of
product subgroup
maps for the product adjacency group for each of the plurality of store
layouts.





20. The computer program product of claim 17, further comprising:
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display failures or exceptions to one or more of
the subgroup
mapping criteria;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display, for each of the failures or exceptions
to the subgroup
mapping criteria, a strategy to which that subgroup mapping criterion belongs;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display, for each of the failures or exceptions
to the subgroup
mapping criteria, a strategy priority of the strategy to which that subgroup
mapping criterion
belongs;
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display, for each of the failures or exceptions
to the subgroup
mapping criteria, a number of stores to which the failure or exception is
applicable; and
program instructions, stored on at least one of the one or more computer-
readable
tangible storage devices, to display, for each of the failures or exceptions
to the subgroup
mapping criteria, a list of the particular stores to which the failure or
exception is applicable.


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