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Controlling Liquor Loss with Linux

Feb 08, 2012, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In 1997, a few years after opening the Replay Lounge, owner Nick Carroll formed another new business, Bar Beverage Control. According to Carroll, the average bar loses US$ 10,000 a year in revenue, much of it in lost liquor sales. In an effort to measure and account for how much liquor was being sold compared to how much liquor was left in the bottles, Carroll came up with an inventory process to weigh multiple bottles of liquor at a time, which he then patented. The idea is that bartenders will be more careful about measuring and accounting for the booze if they know there's a record of what was sold versus what was actually served. Carroll soon noticed a 40 percent increase in liquor sales at the Replay, and by 1999, he had his first Bar Beverage Control customers lined up.

"At first, Carroll's software ran on Windows servers and audits were performed using a PDA. Windows bugs and patches and regular upgrades inspired Carroll to search for another solution, which soon led him to Red Hat Linux. In 2009, the company started the process of moving from Red Hat to Ubuntu servers, which they completed last summer with the Ubuntu 10.04 release. About half of Carroll's customers have also moved from Palm Pilots to iPads or Android tablets."

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