[TheThinkTank] 6 month Bike "Checkout" System w/ the option to buy

greg gregferg2 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 08:44:17 PST 2020


Hi Audrey-

I like your operating model. I am not tech savvy, but I am told that a free solution (or nearly free) is to use Google forms with an add on for inventory/ item tracking. Apparently, there is no coding or special knowledge required. 

Hope this helps.

Greg F.
Director Brookhaven Bicycle Co-op






> On Nov 6, 2020, at 11:16 AM, Audrey Wiedemeier <audrey at bikelibrary.org> wrote:
> 
> Hello Friends:
> 
> Yesterday the Bike Library Checkout App that is custom built html failed to load. It won't be an easy fix as the Bike Lib. app was running on a really old version of php; a version that is no longer supported. The code is at least ten years old and likely will need to be completely rewritten. That being said, we need to decide to rewrite the code or query other operations out there. 
> 
> The order of operation for the Checkout System is: 
> - find a bike, put down a deposit of $100-$300, sign the liability waiver, patron takes bike
> - on our end each bike has a 4-digit number that gets entered into our system with bike specs and the 6 month "due date" is recorded with that number
> - six months go by and the patron can return the bike for a refund of their deposit minus $50 OR they simply keep the bike and we keep their deposit $. 
> - if they return it we make sure we have an updated mailing address, and the app lets us know how much we need to write the check out for to send via snail mail
> 
> My questions to y'all are:
> 
> 1 Do other shops operate in a similar fashion? If so, what POS system are you using?
> 
> 2 Are there other shops out there who would want to replicate this checkout system? We have always wanted to make it easier to share and now would be the time to do it. 
> 
> 3 Have you heard of any new tech solutions that we should research? I've heard it's easier than ever to build your own app and I've fallen behind so maybe is a simple solution. 
> 
> 
> 
> Peace & grease, 
> 
> Audrey Wiedemeier (She/her/hers)
> Iowa City Bike Library, Director 
> 
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