Ingram Micro has been granted a patent for a system that enhances purchase order management by allowing users to search for products from multiple suppliers, compare prices, and transfer items between shopping carts. The system automates the process, providing a more efficient way to make informed purchasing decisions. GlobalData’s report on Ingram Micro gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Ingram Micro, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Ingram Micro's grant share as of February 2024 was 57%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Improved management of purchase orders through multiple supplier comparison

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Ingram Micro Inc

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11907980B2) describes a system for managing a purchase order that involves the use of multiple software applications from different suppliers. The system includes one or more computers executing software to search for items online, insert items into shopping carts associated with different suppliers, and automatically transfer items between shopping carts based on parsed HTML code. The system also allows for the comparison of prices between different suppliers and the generation of comparative information for the user's convenience.

Furthermore, the system allows for the management of multiple shopping carts simultaneously, including creating, saving, deleting, and checking out carts. The method involves the execution of software applications as middleware or data input/output interfaces between different suppliers' purchase systems. Additionally, the system includes features such as pop-up windows, graphical symbols for item types, and adjustable counters in the web interface for enhanced user experience. Overall, the system aims to streamline the purchase order management process by automating tasks, facilitating comparisons between suppliers, and providing a user-friendly interface for efficient decision-making.

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