In a “drilldown” fashion beginning with the “broadest” grouping of products
(“major category”), then breaking this information down into Regions, Branches or Master Categories and then finally into Categories.
The ability to see this information, or parts of it, are determined on a per-user basis. A user may be defined as:
O=officer (can see all branches, regions, groups)
R=Regional Manager (can see specified Regions only) (ie, RA,B for regions A & B)
B=Branch Manager (can see specified Branches only) (i.e, B5,6 for branches 5 & 6)
Major Category, Master Category, Category:
A “Major category” is the broadest breakdown of products. Within each “Major Category” are “Master Categories”. Within each Master Category are Categories.
The initial screen shows a breakdown of “Major Categories” for the entire corporation (or the user’s allowed Regions or Branches).
Two date ranges are entered for comparison purposes. In this example,
01/01/02–01/31/03 is being compared to 01/01/02-01/31/02. Any date range is allowed.
At this point the user can:
If he selects B, then this same format will show again, except that instead of one section for each Major Category, the user will see one section for each branch. The information will relate only to the specified Major Category.
If the user selects “M” then the screen will show one section for each Master Category. The information will relate only to the selected Major Category.