Seeking Advice: Building A Web Store From Scratch

Kimball Larsen kimball at
Mon Nov 6 12:32:49 MST 2006

On Nov 6, 2006, at 12:02 PM, Bryan Sant wrote:

> On 11/6/06, Kimball Larsen <kimball at> wrote:
>> So, we are beginning a redesign of our retail store software, from
>> the ground up.  There are plenty of off the shelf products I can use
>> for the basis of my store, but I'd rather build it all myself and
>> thereby completely understand everything it does.
>> A visit to my local Barnes and Noble store along with a pretty good
>> question answer period with Dr. Google leads me to believe that
>> nobody has written a book on the best practices for building a web-
>> based retail POS.  Anyone ever heard of such a thing?
>> Specifically, I'm looking for pointers to ensure that the system:
>> A)  Accurately tracks customers and their invoices
>> B)  Allows for our business model that centers around the concept of
>> in-store credit
>> C)  Keeps the accountants happy. :-)
>> The major failing of our current incarnation of home-grown software
>> is in letter C above, but it could stand to improve in A and B as  
>> well.
>> Thoughts?
>> -- Kimball
> I would build your POS system and then write a book on how you did it
> if I were you :-).

The thought has crossed my mind. ;-)

-- Kimball 

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