[kwlug-disc] Pizza shop software

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Tue Mar 1 11:56:39 EST 2011

Hmm... being in the retail/pos, I disagree. :-)   Lack of available "tools" (and 
hence opportunity) does interest me a lot, in fact.  It's just that POS is very 
customized (both per industry and per merchant), and that leads to proprietary 
solutions.  Also, POS is very conservative and very difficult to break into.  No 
merchant is going to throw away a working POS for a new one, or switch vendor 
they already have relationship with.

If you're talking about standalone POS, then you might as well go with cash 
registers from Staples, Grand & Toy, etc.  If you're talking about integrated 
POS/backed, then you need talk to 2 vendors or buy integrated solution from one 

You just can't ask this kind of questions and expect an answer, because there is 
no right/wrong answer and there is no one answer.

     "taking order" -- online, telephone, fax?  how do you pay?
    "running website" -- you know the issues involved, ie. "my website is not 
your website."  I'm not talking about fonts.
    "managing inventory" -- which database, what structure?  who's going to 
maintain, update this?

My advice is and has always been... computer can automate what you already do 
(and that may solve some efficiency problem), but it cannot run your business 
which you don't know how to run in the first place.

----- Original Message ----
> From: Eric Gerlach <eric+kwlug at gerlach.ca>
> To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Sent: Tue, March 1, 2011 10:28:53 AM
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Pizza shop software
> I've looked several times, and there really isn't anything in the POS
> space  that's FLOSS.... it's a sad state of affairs, but point-of-sale
> is a weird  industry to begin with, and I just don't think there are
> enough people who  care enough to do something about it.  i.e. it's not
> an itch for anyone  that has the ability to scratch it.
> Cheers,
> Eric
> On Wed,  Feb 23, 2011 at 11:25 PM, Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net> wrote:
> >  Hi list,
> >
> > Is anyone aware of Open Source software projects that  are geared toward
> > running a pizza place?  Such as taking orders, running  the website, and
> > perhaps managing inventory?
> >
> > Generic  stuff, I guess, but I'm sure that such software could be tuned
> > for Pizza  specific needs, and I'm a little surprised that nothing FLOSS
> > shows up  in Google.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > - Chris
> >
> >
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