~~~What systems are running most of the national retailers, ~~~large and small? ~~~Home Depot ~~~Best Buy ~~~Costco/Price Club ~~~Blockbuster ~~~Hollywood Video ~~~etc., etc. I don't think there is a grocery chain (or any large chain) without IBM 4680's It has integration with iSeries or mainframe (add on products and native) It was a great idea, to make POS "different" that DOS or OS/2, so it would not get unauthorized changes applied. Those days are gone forever I think.... POS is the most reliable small system-no doubt. Of course they are designed for redundancy. We had a midrange in every grocery store to feed the point of sale and pull results. It was hard going to AS/400 from S/36 but it skimmed by on the justification. Going to a 270 would never happen at these prices for a standard sized store (new super stores are different) Pharmacy/meat/floral, lots of "after-thought" departments got windows vendor solutions and prohibitive cost to integrate. I see AIX terminals in Home depot I think, Wal-Mart service area. We spent a fortune rolling out AIX for the wishful "paperless office" I would have never done it. not my call. Good box but....why does each store have to get a signoff from the fire marshal for the 72.5 devices you have to plug in to be compatible with everybody. Of course, a lot of this is changing FAST! Mark in Charleston SC.
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