It occurs to me that there is possibly a business opportunity in developing new requisition, check, receipt, and credit card voucher formats. If it were possible to produce a new format inexpensively, have them available on the web through a catalogue, and then retail them for an acceptable price, then I believe that restauranteurs would be open to paying for formats that more closely match what they like. In addition, if customizations were inexpensive as well, they would be more likely to pay for those as well. I’m thinking that a retail price of $395.00 for a stock format, and $995.00 for a custom version (within limits, and only if accepted as a project). Buying a stock format might be viewed as a subscription, which would allow the restauranteur to switch formats without additional expense. The architecture would likely be something like a generic req interface sending data via xml to a Jetty application, which in turn would send the print stream back to the driver to be sent around the Squirrel printer system. The Jetty application would print the req (as well as having access to the Squirrel configuration via the database or interface configuration data). Checks, vouchers, receipts would be run directly from POS java extensions. The key here is the ability to productively code new formats.
2 Apr 2006