Point-of sale (POS) is the location where a transaction takes place. It also refers to the immediate capture of transactions and customer payment information when goods and services are purchased.
This data can be obtained using many different devices such as a computer, cash register, barcode scanner, PIN pads, and magnetic card readers.
There are many different reasons why a POS system is indispensable for retail businesses. It helps the retail establishment manage and automate inventory functions, record sales transactions, handle and track special offers (such as discounts, coupons, and special promotions), and improve the efficiency of staff by allowing them to spend more time interacting with customers.
The system also provides accurate and relevant reports, tracks volume and performance, uses customer data to help the organisation generate more business, allows a proprietor of the retail establishment to maintain control in absentia, and much more.
A POS system consists of a number of different components, including computer hardware, a computer operating system, checkout hardware, and checkout software. A key part is the POS software. The purpose of this article is to identify Linux software that forms part of the checkout system. With the current economic climate, open source POS software has the obvious advantage of helping a business to lower costs.
One application which has not been included in this feature but is worthy of a special mention is NolaPro. It is an outstanding free to download application but is released under a proprietary license.
To provide an insight into the open source software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 of our favorite Point-of-Sale software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who needs to track sales and inventory as they occur.
So, let's explore the 6 Point-of-Sale tools at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Openbravo POS||Web-based application for retail and hospitality businesses|
|POSper||Designed for small businesses|
|Lemon POS||Configurable general Point-of-Sale, not focused to a specific sector|
|Floreant POS||Point-of-Sale targeted at restaurants|
|SymmetricDS||Web-enabled feature-rich asynchronous data replication solution|
|Barcode4J||Flexible barcode generation package|