[kwlug-disc] Pizza shop software
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...
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
> 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.
>> 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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