Wal-Mart?s SMART Inventory System Essay

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Wal-Mart?s SMART Inventory System

After extensive last minute digging, I finally found a manager who trusted me enough to
supply me with the name of the inventory system that is used. Unfortunately for me this is
all I could uncover from my employer, but it is a start. Wal-Mart uses the SMART system.
Because of the way it is spelled I can only assume that it is an acronym. I have been
searching for over an hour on Google.com and finally produced some meager results, but
here they are.


Background

From the results produced, I am at the deduction that SMART is not an acronym after all.
SMART is basically a tracking system, it keeps track of all our inventory, the on-hand
counts, and can automatically reorder product that is low or empty. As stated last week,
most interaction with the SMART system is through the Telxon. Just to recap, the Telxon is
a 900 MHz wireless handheld terminal equipped with a barcode scanner. When a barcode is
scanned, almost instantly the item number, a short description, on hand counts and amount
on order are displayed. The technicalities are a mystery to me but I can only assume that
the Telxon is linking to the SMART database to retrieve all of this information. All from
a simple thing like a barcode which is just a set of numbers that are unique, like a
primary key.

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