🤷♂️ What is EDS Retail?
EDS Retail is a free and open source retail system for small / medium-sized businesses. The goal is to deliver a full-blown retail management system, free and open source.
Running a business is expensive enough, a retail system shouldn't be
🛠 Why build it?
At my first job, I worked as a sales rep and support technician for a retail/ERP system. Now, although the ERP system was pretty decent, I saw many businesses walk away from a digital system to manage their retail because of price.
But, even the businesses that bought the system always had complaints / special needs / requests for features or changes. As a software developer, I wished the company that created the application would make it open source or allow the public to contribute. I knew that I would be able to improve the application to cater for our clients if I could only access the code, but alas, the application has always been kept closed source.
Since my first few weeks on the job, I've always thought about building a free and open source retail system. Something for the little guys starting out or the shops that need some help from technology but can't afford it. Even the bigger guys who have needs that no out of box application can meet, a retail system for all...
🏞 Join the journey
If you like the sound of a free and open source retail system, make sure to get on board. I'll be posting progress updates, challenges and code breakdowns on all the platforms I creep about. Here are the main ways to stay up to date:
- Follow the project on GitHub
- Follow this blog, I have a series dedicated to EDS Retail (Ensure you subscribe to the newsletter)
- Follow me on Twitter for the bite sized info
- Follow me on Polywork
🏭 Like the idea?
If you are a business / need a retail system, and you like the idea of a free and open source retail system, leave a like or reaction to this post or leave a comment below with the things you'd like to see 👀
It's a first come, first served world. Making your voice heard at the start could help us give you the features you want quicker ❗🎊
Wanna join me on Polywork?
Leave a reaction and a comment saying you want a code, and I will send Polywork invite codes to 3 random users on Monday, 1 August.
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