Information Week: Cash Registers Ringing Up Sales With Linux; Home Depot to Deploy 90k
Dec 05, 2000, 20:12 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)
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"Thin-client terminals that can link to E-commerce systems are
replacing old DOS machines"
"Go to buy a CD at one of the 700 Sam Goody music stores in the
United States today, for example, and you'll see a point-of-sale
system that's more than 10 years old. But that's changing. In
January, Musicland Stores Corp., the Minnetonka, Minn., company
that owns Sam Goody, will start installing new Linux-and Java-based
cash registers from IBM. The retail industry is ripe for change,
and Musicland is in the forefront of a new wave of technology,
where obsolete cash registers--many of them still running DOS--are
being replaced by technology better-suited to the age of the
"The Musicland system will be used not only for the cash
registers at Sam Goody, but also at Musicland's Suncoast Motion
Picture Co. stores, which sell videos and DVDs, and its Media Play
and On Cue superstores. When the rollout is complete, Musicland
expects to have 7,000 point-of-sale terminals running Linux.
Large as it is, Musicland's Linux deployment is dwarfed by that
of do-it-yourself giant Home Depot Inc., which plans to roll out
some 90,000 cash registers and in-store terminals running Linux and
Java by 2003."
"A lot of retailers are still on the sidelines," says Danny
Branch, an IT VP at Home Depot. "They're waiting for someone the
size of Home Depot to show them that Linux is ready for prime time.
About 15 of the nation's 20 largest retailers are looking at
Linux, according to one industry source. Retailers that have
reportedly kicked the tires with Linux include Auto Zone, Gap, and
Goodyear Tire & Rubber, sources say."
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