Cash Registers are a thing of the past, but if you are a small retail shop, what do you use as a Point Of Sale (POS) system to track inventory and sales?
There are lots of choices ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. PHP Point Of Sale (PHPPOS) is a free alternative that runs on a MySQL database and a Web server. Although you can run PHPPOS on Windows, why would you when you can run it on Apache/Linux without paying Microsoft Licensing fees?
Not only is PHPPOS free, it offers many advantages to a traditional POS Systems that runs on Windows.
- Inherently multi-user: More than one person can access the POS at the same time.
- Backup/Recovery: Nightly MySQL backups can be automated. It’s just one folder and a database.
- Customizable: Licensed under GNU General Public License (GPL), the source code is available and you can make changes/enhancements to the program
- Remote POS: When properly configured, you can securely access your POS from any device with a Web browser.
PHPPOS is easy to install and works with barcode scanners, receipt printers, and printer-driven cash drawers. You can import your items from an Excel spreadsheet. For more information including a demo and download, check out www.phppointofsale.com.