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Open source is revolutionizing the way people shop throughout the world, impacting virtually every industry, and adoption is growing exponentially. The global market is expected to reach nearly $33 billion dollars by 2022, reports a research study on “Open Source Services Market by Service Type, Industry and Region” which includes retail.

E-commerce and brick-and-mortar retailers are steadily joining the open source movement with many enterprise firms leading the way. Amazon is analyzing Machine Learning (ML) models, which enable retailers to automatically generate personalized recommendations based on individual shoppers’ purchases and browsing history. Amazon’s “One-Click” and Magento’s “Instant Purchase” checkouts improve consumers’ online experiences. Nike created an open source data repository to help developers understand the potential troubles online customers may experience. Nordstrom is working on Hello, Retail!, an open source initiative which streamlines the process for merchants to add online inventory.

Both on- and off-line retailers — including GoPro, Costco, Meituan-Dianping, Etsy and others — are joining our mission to enable freedom of action for our members and users of Linux/OSS-based technology through our patent non-aggression cross-license in the “Linux System.”

Industry News

Target Embraces Open Source to Help Fulfill its Brand Promise: “Expect More. Pay Less.”
Since Target opened its first store in 1963 under Dayton Dry Goods Company, it has remained committed to delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and providing an exceptional guest experience. Today the retail giant, and new member of our community, is the 10th-largest private employer in the United States with a worldwide staff of more than 350,000. The Minneapolis MN-based company operates over 1,855 stores — more than half of which are run by women — with locations in all 50 states and expects to open another 25 stores in 2020.

Target increasingly uses technology to engage with its guests, a large part of which rely on open source. It has open sourced over 45 shared libraries, infrastructure and tools that other community members may find useful.

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GoPro’s Product Development Team Use Open Source
GoPro, Inc. — a consumer-focused, American technology company which manufactures action cameras, drones, mobile apps, accessories and video-editing software to capture life in real time — has joined our community. Encouraging people to celebrate and capture magical moments, GoPro grants cash awards for its favorite photos, raw clips and video edits submitted by consumers all over the world. A surfer, skier and motorsports enthusiast, Nick Woodman founded the business in 2002. Since then, GoPro has become an international, industry leader and sold over 26 million cameras in more than 100 countries.

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Costco Supports Open Source and Our Organization
Costco Wholesale Corporation has joined our growing, open source, international community because we are aligned with its philosophy to keep costs low and pass on the savings to more than 96 million members in 9 countries and Puerto Rico. Costco — which has become one of the world’s largest membership warehouse clubs today, ranked 15th on the 2017 Fortune 500 list and was “One of the Top 5 Best Workplaces” in 2018, among Fortune 500 companies — opened its  1st location in 1976 as the Price Club in a converted airplane hangar in San Diego, CA.

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Open Source Continues to Revolutionize China
Meituan-Dianping is a Chinese group buying website which offers local food delivery, consumer products, retail services and deals of the day by selling vouchers for area services and entertainment (similar to Groupon in the United States).  Its local life service platform connects over 240 million consumers and 5 million local merchants and 35 million people daily. Approximately 70 million users’ access Meituan-Dianping’s  travel life service platform. The on-line to off-line retailer went public on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2016.

Founded in 2010 by Wang Xing, the company is headquartered in Beijing, China, and merged with Dianping to hosts consumer reviews of restaurants (similar to Yelp and Trip Advisor). Meituan-Dianping partners with over 400,000 Chinese local businesses.

China’s Largest Retailer Uses Open Source to Provide a One Stop, Online Shop
In an interview with Tech Company News, our CEO, Keith Bergelt, explains how our community provides worldwide members the royalty-free use of a shared Linux patent collection and elaborates about why Fortune 500 companies such as JD.com become members of our organization.

As China’s largest e-commerce company and retailer by revenue, JD.com’s online platform and backend systems leverage Linux and other open source projects to rapidly and reliably introduce new innovations which improve the speed, functionality and stability of their infrastructure. The company serves over 300 million customers.


E-Commerce Powerhouse Relies on Open Source to Reach Global Marketplace
Etsy empowers sellers to do what they love and helps buyers find one-of-a-kind items they love.  Launched as iospace, Esty is approaching its 15th birthday in 2020 and has over 60 million handmade and vintage items, as well as craft supplies available online. Joining our community in 2017, the site connected 2.1 million sellers with 39.4 buyers in nearly every country in the world.

The company’s main office is in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY — which also hosts open crafting classes in Etsy Labs— and operates 6 international offices, as well as additional locations in NY and California. Robert Kalin, one of 3 co-founders and former CEO, named the site Etsy because he “wanted a nonsense word because I wanted to build the brand from scratch. In Italian, ‘etsi’ is a frequently used word meaning “oh, yes” and in both Latin and French, it means ‘”what if.”

Guest-Tek Recognizes the Importance of an Open Source Community
Guest-Tek has joined the growing list of Linux supporters to leverage our community to further spur its open source innovation. Guest-Tek’s OneView Platform allows hotel visitors to connect with fast, reliable high-speed Internet, cutting-edge media and entertainment options from their rooms.

A global leader in broadband technology and interactive solutions for the hospitality industry since 1997, Guest-Tek serves more than 3,900 hotels in 85 countries.


  • What the industry is saying…

    Linux is a critical enabler of Guest-Tek’s systems as it helps the company to provide its industry leading solutions to the hospitality industry. By becoming an Open Invention Network licensee, we encourage ongoing Linux development which ensures the continued improvement of our technology and services. This relationship will be very beneficial for Guest-Tek and our customers and partners worldwide.
    Arnon LevyPresident & CEO,

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