06023683 is referenced by 220 patents and cites 26 patents.

An electronic sourcing system includes a computer that maintains a catalog database of data including product information (such as product identification and descriptive information) relating to catalog items available from vendor product catalogs, and a means for building (generating) a requisition including at least one requisitioned item. Information at least partially identifying an item desired to be requisitioned is entered by a user, and utilized by a means for searching the database for catalog items matching that information and for selecting at least one catalog item located as a result of the search. Text describing the catalog items, and images of the items, may be viewed. Data identifying selected catalog items are communicated to the requisition building means, which generates a requisition including entries for items corresponding to the selected catalog items. The system checks the availability in one or more inventory locations of the corresponding desired catalog items, and generates one or more purchase orders for desired items from inventory locations stocking the items.

Title
Electronic sourcing system and method
Application Number
8/288577
Publication Number
6023683
Application Date
August 10, 1994
Publication Date
February 8, 2000
Inventor
Douglas A Momyer
Upper St. Clair
PA, US
Francis J Melly
Pittsburgh
PA, US
Robert P Kinross
Ben Avon
PA, US
James M Johnson
Bridgeville
PA, US
Agent
Reed Smith Shaw & McClay
Assignee
Fisher Scientific Company
PA, US
IPC
G06F 17/60
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