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Enterprise Linux Today: Linux Poised for Breakout Year At Retail Counter - IHL Consulting Group

Feb 28, 2001, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"Retail giants poised to roll out tens of thousands of Linux point of sale (POS) terminals in North America in 2001; large department stores and specialty hard goods retailers taking the lead."

"In 2000, Linux shipments for point-of-sale amounted to about 2% of total shipshare," says Greg Buzek, President of IHL Consulting Group. "But with giants such as Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Musicland (NYSE:BBY) already planning to roll out Linux on some 25,000 terminals just between them in 2001, we can expect Linux shipments to rise some 300-400% this year."

"According to the study, the segments most likely to adopt a Linux approach to POS are large department stores and specialty hard goods retailers. These retailers tend to have a large number of POS terminals and an IT staff large enough to handle the development of their own POS system."

"Department Stores in particular are hurting," added Buzek. "They need to update their antiquated POS systems to take advantage of cross channel selling but in a way that perhaps does not require them to replace all of their currently installed hardware. Using Linux is one of the options that they are looking at as well as re-utilizing the terminals as thin-clients."

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