OpenSource your Shop !

Run your shop with Open Source Software and affordable hardware! Help us perfect OpenERP's Point of sale hardware support.
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Odoo (Formerly OpenERP)
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Grand-Rosière
Belgium
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OpenSource your Shop 

Thank you very much, we have reached our goal and our Open Source Point of Sale kit is available worldwide !

With 8000 installations per month, the OpenERP point of sale is already the most installed open-source point of sale solution around the world. People like it because it is web based, it supports most common features like scales, advanced cash control, multi-tickets, multi-shops/pos, configurable tickets, advanced taxes and discounts, inventory tracking, search by code/name or browse categories, etc.


But the OpenERP point of sale application does not support hardware out-of-the-box. As it is web-based, it can not interfere with external peripherals. It currently requires a native application that serves as a gateway to communicate with the hardware, like the receipt printer. 

So, most of the current users use it either without hardware or on industrial hardware but with a huge integration effort. Setting up the peripherals still needs technical expertise, preventing the large majority of people to use it easily.

We developed an affordable solution that integrates perfectly with modern and standard hardwares like tablets, usb barcode scanner, receipt printer, cash registers and scales, and can provide higher quality hardware at a cheaper price than any other solution on the market - that solution is The PosBox. Taking that PosBox from prototype to your doorstep is the goal of this campaign.

With the PosBox, you get the world's best point of sale solution, running on a tablet, for just 620€ including the software with unlimited number of users, the receipt printer, the cash register and the barcode scanner. This is really revolutionary as industrial alternative point of sale solutions cost minimum 1500€. Oh, and as it's open source, there are no monthly/yearly costs for the soft.

The PosBox


The PosBox is a little hardware box based on a Raspberry-Pi that will handle all the peripherals' drivers and setup in a very easy way:

  1. You connect the PosBox to your local network.
  2. You plug your USB peripherals ( Receipt Printer - Barcode Scanner ) to the PosBox
  3. You launch OpenERP's Point of Sale on any device - iPad, Android Tablet or PC -while connected to your local network.
  4. There are no step 4, it's already working

The PosBox will serve as a gateway between the OpenERP web application and the 

different peripherals.


It Saves You Money

We have tested a lot of different hardware setup and we did not find a great solution:

  • Industrial Point of Sale Hardware is big, noisy, ugly, expensive and plagued with lousy touchscreens.
  • laptops are cheap but flimsy and slow to operate.
  • iPads and android tablets are nice and affordable but require expensive wireless peripherals.

Because the PosBox separates the peripherals from the touchscreen devices, you can use an iPad or android tablet with affordable usb peripherals.  On just a receipt printer and barcode scanner setup, this saves you 30% of the cost, even including the PosBox. This is not a compromise, you truly get better hardware for less.

iPad & Android Tablets

Part of the work that will be done for this campaign is making sure OpenERP's Point of Sale works flawlessly on iPad & android tablets. We're already halfway there and it looks great.

You get all the benefits to operate your shop on a tablet; wireless access allowing your sales accessing the POS from everywhere in the store, no wire visible on the counter, separate the order screen from the hardware (print receipt in the kitchen). More over, tablets are cheap as they are manufactured in huge volumes, and you can even reuse an existing tablet as we support both iPad and Android. 

A Working Kit Out Of The Box

You won't have to look endlessly for what hardware to buy: We've selected affordable and quality peripherals and bundled them with the PosBox so you can be sure that everything works out of the box. And to help you with the software setup we'll also provide you a one year cloud install for free.

Note: The tablet and its stand are not included in our bundles, see our FAQ below for recommended hardware.

Open Source and Flexible

The PosBox solution relies on OpenERP modules to support extra devices and features. As it's open source, it's very easy to add new features or devices. One could easily add support for other materials, secondary displays, payment systems, etc. We plan to write an extensive documentation on how to extend the Posbox for your specific needs.

The Posbox has the following peripherals to interface with external devices; 2 usb ports, hdmi, audio, rca video, sd card, wireless.

OpenERP Integrators & developers will find it easy to add support for custom hardware on the PosBox as the drivers are simply OpenERP python modules running on a minimalist OpenERP setup.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's the project's deadline?
    • We expect to start shipping at the end of January 2014.
  • What if you fail to reach the funding target ? 
    • If we don't reach the target, all contributions will be refunded and the developments efforts will be put on other OpenERP projects.
  • What kind of hardware can run the POS?
    • OpenERP's Point of Sale works on safari, chrome and firefox and will thus work on any sufficiently powerful device running one of these browsers. A part of the work that will be done for this campaign is making sure it works flawlessly on the iPad and on the popular models of android tablets.
  • What kind of peripherals will be supported by the PosBox?
    • For the printer we are using the ESC/Pos protocol, so most printers should work, but for the first versions we'll only support the Epson TM-T20 Printer, a very popular and cost effective printer that suits most businesses.
    • For the barcode readers, any qwerty usb barcode reader will work, but we will ship the Metapace-S61, an all around excellent barcode scanner for the price it has.
  • What about the tablet stand?
    • You can pick any stand that fits your tablet and suits your usage. As far as the iPad is concerned, we have found the WindFall Stand to be a very good solution, and for android the Mantis Stand fits several tablets.
  • Will the PosBox's software be OpenSource?
    • Yes, the PosBox is a minimalist OpenERP server running on a specially configured Linux distribution, it's all OpenSource, and very easy to adapt.
  • What's in the PosBox?
    • The PosBox is based on a Rasberry-Pi model B, a widely used and available ARM micro-computer.
  • Is there a demo of OpenERP's Point of Sale?
    • Yes you can find a demo, the source code and other information on our official website
  • How far are you in your implementation?
    • We have a working prototype, but we still need to:
      • Optimize the POS to perform well on iPad and Android Tablets.
      • Make the receipt real pretty and print in languages other than just English
      • Complete barcode scanning support on the PosBox
      • Support multiple PosBoxes on the same network
      • Handle common network problems gracefully
      • Write an extensive documentation for users and developers

Risks & Challenges

While we will be shipping hardware, the bulk of the work is on the software, and with projects like these the main risk is an unforeseen delay. We've done a significant amount of work prior to launching this campaign to ensure that the design is valid and that all the difficult parts are doable in a reasonable time frame by our team. We'll keep you up to date via regular blog posts and prioritize schedule over features.

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Main features of Odoo point of sale:

- Open Source and flexible

- Affordable

- Compatible with any tablet, desktop, laptop

- Clean interface and easy setup

- Multiple tickets in parallel

- Integrated inventory management

- In-store customer service app

- Invoice and accounting integration

- Multiple payment methods

- Sync data with our warehouse management and e-commerce apps

Where Can I purchase it?

Purchase or get information concerning our open source point of sale here:
https://www.odoo.com/shop/category/point-of-sale-hardware-3


 Can I try the Odoo point of sale app?

You are free to try it for an unlimited period here:

https://www.odoo.com/page/point-of-sale


Can I try the other Open source Odoo apps?

Of course, you can try Odoo saas for any app here:
https://accounts.odoo.com/odoo-enterprise/select-app

Can I just have the POSbox separately from the cash desk?

On our webshop, you have the possibility to acquire

- The POSbox standalone : https://www.odoo.com/shop/product/point-of-sale-posbox-312?category=3

- The POSBox + Receipt Printer + Barcode Scanner : https://www.odoo.com/shop/product/point-of-sale-posbox-kit-317

- The POSBox + Receipt Printer + Barcode Scanner + Cash Register : https://www.odoo.com/shop/product/point-of-sale-posbox-kit-cash-register-318

Where can I get the source code of Odoo?

Everything is available on Github : https://github.com/odoo

I have a technical question...

Feel free to interact with us on our Help Forum :)

I would like to have a commercial contact or become partner...

Please contact us through our contact form : https://accounts.odoo.com/page/contactus

I want to know more about Odoo

Our website www.odoo.com would provide you all necessary information


€30,273EUR
raised by 75 people in 1 month
151% funded
No time left
€20,000 EUR goal
Fixed Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on November 30, 2013
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  • €10EUR
    Our Special Thanks

    You get a warm thank you from all the team and we'll keep you posted with frequent updates on our progress. NOTE: This project is funded in euros but you can back it in your own currency from anywhere in the world.

    0 claimed
  • €50EUR
    Contributor Reward

    Show the world your contribution to this project and get your name listed as a founder on the Point-of-Sale website and module description.

    3 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    €80EUR
    PosBox for Early Backers

    The first 20 backers get a PosBox at 20% off, including the developer guide. This is limited to the first 20, once they're gone - they're gone !

    20 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • €100EUR
    PosBox

    You get one PosBox, the developer's guide, and we'll keep you up to do date on this project. This is perfect if you already have the peripherals you need.

    24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • €470EUR
    POS Kit for Early Backers

    This includes the PosBox, the receipt printer, the barcode scanner, the developer's guide and one year cloud hosting. This is only available for the first 10 backers ! (add 30€ for shipping outside Europe)

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • €520EUR
    POS Kit

    You get the PosBox, the receipt printer, the barcode scanner, the developer's guide and one year of cloud hosting. (add 30€ for shipping outside Europe)

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • €600EUR
    Founding Partner PosBox

    Show your support for this project; get great advertising in addition to one PosBox! You'll get your name and logo on the OpenERP Point-of-Sale module page for a year, and you'll be featured in all our launch communication for this campaign. This offer is limited to the 20 first partners !

    5 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • €620EUR
    POS Kit with Cash Register

    With this bundle you have everything you need to start selling; you get the PosBox, the receipt printer, the barcode scanner, a cash register, the developer's guide and one year cloud hosting (add 30€ for shipping outside Europe)

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • €650EUR
    PosBox Partner Pack

    Get 10 heavily discounted PosBox to setup OpenERP POS Solutions in your next projects. Includes 10 PosBoxes, the developer's guide, and one year cloud hosting. (add 10€ for shipping outside Europe)

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • €1,200EUR
    POS Demo Pack

    You get the POS KIT WITH CASH REGISTER and 9 PosBoxes. Perfect to Demo the Point of Sale to your clients and get started to implement PosBox based solutions. (add 30€ for shipping outside Europe)

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • €1,450EUR
    POS Kit Triple Bundle

    With this bundle you have everything you need to equip a bigger shop with three heavily discounted POS KIT WITH CASH REGISTERS ( add 90€ for shipping outside Europe)

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    €1,500EUR
    Founding Partner Bundle

    Show your support for this project; get unprecedented advertising in addition to one POS KIT WITH CASH REGISTER; your name on the top of the OpenERP Point-of-Sale module page for a year; your company featured inside the default OpenERP demo data, as well as one of your products. We'll blog about your contribution, and you'll be featured in all our launch communication for this campaign. This offer is limited to the first 5 partners!

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    €2,000EUR
    Extra Fouding Partner Bundle

    By partner demand we added 3 more FOUNDING PARTNER BUNDLES, containing a POS KIT WITH CASH REGISTER + unprecedented advertising; your name on the top of the OpenERP Point-of-Sale module page for a year; your company featured inside the default OpenERP demo data, as well as one of your products. We'll blog about your contribution, and you'll be featured in all our launch communication for this campaign.

    3 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
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