05857175 is referenced by 581 patents and cites 14 patents.

A system for presenting customized special offers to customers, the special offers including targeted offers to a customer selected from a plurality of customers, and for collecting purchasing behavior information concerning the customers, the system comprising a computer including a database containing customer account information providing information specific to a particular customer account; the at computer also including a database containing special offers including a targeted offer which is to be made to selected customer accounts on the basis of targeted offer targeting parameters; a plurality of customer cards, each customer card having machine readable card information indicating at least identification of the card with a particular customer account; a customer interface in communication with the computer to transfer data therebetween; the customer interface having a card reader for reading machine readable card information from the customer card; the computer including means for generating a customized customer offer list available to that particular customer account which includes the special offer; an offer communicator for communicating the customer offer list to the customer for which it is generated; a check-out at which the customer presents purchased item information indicating items being purchased by the customer; the check-out including a card reader for reading the customer card; the computer including means for sending information from the customized customer offer list to the check-out; the computer further including means for collecting customer purchase information which is indicative of items being purchased by the customer via the check-out; the computer still further including means for editing the customer account information to reflect items purchased by the customer.

Title
System and method for offering targeted discounts to customers
Application Number
8/514467
Publication Number
5857175
Application Date
August 11, 1995
Publication Date
January 5, 1999
Inventor
Theodore Knutson
Spokane
WA, US
Merle S Weinkauf
Spokane
WA, US
Larry J Day
Spokane
WA, US
Agent
Wells St John Roberts Gregory & Matkin P S
Assignee
Micro Enhancement International
WA, US
IPC
G06F 17/60
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