|We always give tips for home desktop users. However, Linux and free software in general also have much to contribute in the business world, especially the SMEsIn this post, based entirely on the original production of Redeyegt, I show you some of the best free tools to use in your point of sale terminal (POS / POS).|
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What is POS / POS?
POS, For its acronym in English means "Point of Sale" (point of sale). TPV in Spanish it means "Point of Sale Terminal".
So, a software for POS is one with which transactions and payment information of customers are carried out in the purchase / sale of goods, products and services. These data can be obtained using different devices. In our case it will be through a computer, but it can also be done through cash registers, barcode scanners, PIN pads and card readers.
Why does it make sense to use POS software?
There are many reasons why a Point of Sale system is indispensable for retail businesses or wholesaling. It helps owners manage and automate inventories, transactions, offers (such as discounts, coupons, and specials) and improve employee efficiency, allowing them to spend more time interacting with customers.
In addition, these systems provide important reports, such as performance monitoring, use customer data to help generate more business, allow the owner to have control when he is not there, etc.
A Point of Sale consists of various components, including hardware, operating system, software, etc. An important part is precisely the Point of Sale software. There are many on the market, but they are generally very expensive. Of course, there are also some cheaper or free but they are usually quite bad and with endless bugs or do not run under Linux.
However after a small but not insignificant search, we found the best Point of Sale programs available for GNU / Linux. Although some believe that there is no good software for commercial environments that run under Linux, I am sorry to say that you are a little wrong. So I suggest that you make up your mind and stop hacking rogue programs and using outdated operating systems (DOS).
POSper is a Point of Sale system designed for SMEs. It offers support for a wide variety of hardware and databases. They are committed to the principles of the community and are very receptive to anyone who goes along these lines. It features touch screen support, user-oriented retail and restaurant design, customer card options, a sophisticated discount system with price list facilities for customers, discount modifiers, exchange taxes, etc. order processing with delivery notes, among other advantages.
Lemon is an open source Point of Sale software designed for SMEs. It uses MySQL as a database engine and can be used client / server type with a central database and several POS terminals in the local network. Lemon provides a modern and customizable interface, a search panel, a price verification tool, administrative tools to manage our business, print reports, etc.
Floreant POS is a platform independent Point of Sale application, built in JAVA, with touch screen support designed for all types and sizes of restaurants. It can handle a fine dining menu, delivery, taxes, discounts, food grouping, kitchen ticket, combined payment system and sales report. It is released under the MRPL license.
Libre POS allows us to have a retail point of sale system in a simple way. It has a multitude of functions, supports ESC / POS printers, client viewers and barcode reader. The program can be used by several users, each with their own level of permissions within the program. It also allows us to edit the products and informs us of sales with graphics.
The system is internationalized and currently supports Spanish, English, German, Portuguese, Italian, etc.
The design of the program is careful to be able to interact with a touch screen easily without the need for a keyboard or mouse. For restaurants, it includes very interesting features such as the display of the tables in the bar with their corresponding information. The program itself includes options for closing the box, managing products and organizing them into categories.
It is available for Windows, Mac, Solaris, and Linux.