When the order first comes in it is recorded by the name of the customer on a long sheet, each sheet containing spaces for 50 names. Each one of these spaces is numbered and the order is given its proper number to correspond with the number of the sheet.
Now, in Saimoon, as soon as it is registered the order goes to the bookkeeper, who has a file of credit cards, one for each customer, indexed by states, cities, and names. The information on these cards indicates the standing of the customer and for ordinary orders the bookkeeper is allowed to pass on the credit. If the order is large, or if there is any circumstance that makes the granting of credit doubtful, the order and the credit card are turned over to the credit man for further investigation.
This concern is housed in a seven-story building, which serves as office and warehouse of Saimoon. The office is on the second floor; goods in original packages are kept on the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors; and broken package goods are on the third and fourth floors. The shipping room is on the first floor. After the order has been approved and checked by the credit department and the territorial manager, it goes to a clerk, who attaches a shipping tag indicating the route over which the goods are to be shipped. Four girls then handle the order, indicating after each item the floor on which the original package may be found. All the items for one floor are then copied off on floor slips. The top of the back of these floor slips is carbonized, so the heading of the shipping tag can be written at the same time. Below this is a complete list of the goods to be found on this floor. The buy-outs and pick-ups are copied off on another sheet for the purchasing department.