Since the cost of maintaining a Citrix or Windows Terminal Server can be cost prohibitive for some companies, Retail Dog
can consolidate and distribute data between locations once a day in a nightly polling operation that uses an inexpensive
FTP site. The polling operation runs each evening and only sends data that is new or has been changed by a location.
At the start of the day, each location will have information that was accurate at the close of the previous day for
the other locations.
The Polling Location
The polling location is the physical location that is usually the centerpiece
of a multiple location operation. The polling location is usually either the largest store in the retail operation,
a warehouse for ordering and distributing merchandise, or the corporate headquarters. It is the location determined
to be the most central or the most strategic to the entire retail operation, and it is the location where operations
only allowed by one location are best performed. The polling location is the location responsible for contacting each
remote location in the nightly polling operation.
Remote locations are locations physically located away from the polling location.
They are contacted nightly by the polling location and send newly added or changed information.
The Batch Process
The Batch Process refers to the nightly polling operation conducted to consolidate
and distribute data between the polling location and the remote locations. The polling operation is conducted by using
a phone line and modem to connect the polling location with a remote location. Since the data being sent between locations
contains only new or changed information, the polling operation is very fast.
Duties of the Polling Location
Some information in Retail Dog can only be maintained
at the polling location. New inventory items, the user list, customer standards, and inventory standards are a few
examples of information maintained at the polling location. Requiring this information to be maintained at the polling
location simplifies the polling process as well as the entire inventory control operation.
The polling operation in Retail Dogallows each remote location to share
as much or as little data with the polling location as you like. It also allows you to choose what data from what locations
you would like to see.