Calendar and Time

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The concept of time and recurring patterns of business activity is essential to retailers.  Calendars establish a standardized system for measuring days, weeks, months, quarters and years.  Retailers may use more than one calendar.  For example a retailer may use the NRF 4-5-4 calendar for merchandising and store operations, a Gregorian calendar for payroll, etc.  The ARTS data model allows retailers to establish as many calendars as required.  The common base unit of time for ALL CALENDARS represented in a retailer's ARTS implementation is the business day.

The business day is defined by a retailer based on a start time and an end time.  Many retailers operate on a 24 hour, 7 days per week basis.  For these retailers it may be appropriate to define a business day to begin at 02:00:00 (2:00 AM) and and at 01:45:00 (1:45 AM) the next Gregorian calendar day.  In this scenario the business day technical runs for 23 hours and 45 minutes with a 15 minute period for store closing, posting, reporting, etc.  ARTS provides a great deal of flexibility so retailers can set up their own calendar and time tracking structures and rules.

The Calendar and Time retail theme is supported by two subject areas:

Logical 06100 - Calendar View; and

Logical 06500 - Time Group View.