[kwlug-disc] Pizza shop software

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 14:52:51 EST 2011


I can't read "POS" without thinking of something else.

It seems to me that this is an ideal open source business model
opportunity.  Build a free software POS framework, then sell
consulting services for customizations.  Sure, you're not going to get
a monopoly, but I'm fairly certain there's enough business out there
for a few smart and ambitious folks to make a go of it.

Not that armchair entrepreneurship does anyone any good...

Darcy.

On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM, William Park <opengeometry at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> 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
> vendor.
>
> 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.
> --
> William
>
>
> ----- 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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