[kwlug-disc] Pizza shop software

Ralph Janke txwikinger at ubuntu.com
Fri Mar 4 15:02:16 EST 2011


  Since I have no specific knowledge of POS software, I cannot
say anything about quality, maturity etc of the referenced
projects, but in this link 
http://www.linux.com/community/forums?func=view&catid=20&id=5643 
<http://www.linux.com/community/forums?func=view&catid=20&id=5643>
are already 10 projects that could be at least a starting point.

Eric, any comments about those?

- Ralph

On 03/01/2011 02:52 PM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> 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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