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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)

"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 Internet."

"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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