Actually, it may be an easy fit. SKU's for each type of payment with either
a fixed "retail" price or "prompt for price". They can be assigned to
different departments (revenue centers). The POS has all the tendering &
cash accountability stuff built-in as well as flash reporting.

Some years ago, I took the retail POS system we were using (canned package)
and turned it into a system for selling annual passes to the theme park.
Prompt for guest info, etc. Tied it all back into the IBM backend we used
for Admissions. The app was in Clipper but they had exit points and the
ability to run Clipper code on the fly. My code ran all the pass-specific
stuff and the core took care of lookups, tendering, etc. Even added a
foreign currency exchange application using the exit points and "macro type"

You don't necessarily have to USE all the POS functionality - just pick the
slimmed down pieces you need.

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Nathan Andelin
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 1:58 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: POS PC Software compatible with IBM i

The vast majority of PC based POS products are designed for retail
merchandising; not city government. It would be pretty hokey to have city
employees wade through screens and prompts designed for vendor maintenance,
merchandise ordering, inventory counts, tax rates, SKU scanning, and similar
sales when the only thing they need to do is collect a fees from residents
and contractors for permits and services.

Have you checked out vendors who develop systems for local government? I
understand that Infor / Lawson and others support accounting packages. A
former partner of mine specialized in applications for local government, but
they didn't have point of sale, per se.

What about integration issues? Some city governments buy separate packages
for courts, others for utilities, others for police, others for animal
shelters, others for park rentals, etc. Do you need different software for
court fees, vs. parade permits?


----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Wills <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: POS PC Software compatible with IBM i

We process water bills, which mainly consist of a customer number (not
validated at this point in the process), a due date, and a dollar amount.
Everything else is various fees we charge. I don't honestly know how many.

Mike Wills
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