The distinct pleasure of ringing up a sale on the store cash register may soon be a thing of the past. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Intuit has released a new version of its QuickBooks Point of Sale retail management software, which seeks to replace traditional cash registers.

The new application, designed and priced for smaller retailers, helps connect such front-office tasks as credit-card transactions and employee time sheets, with back-office business finances. It also automatically tracks customer purchase history, helps process shipments, schedules deliveries and provides shipping cost estimates -- along with inventory management tools like merchandise descriptions, pictures and price controls.

QuickBooks Point of Sale is available starting at $799.99.

Giving eThanks
Sending simple thank you cards to customers is an easy way to drum up repeat business., a Binghamton, New York-based startup, recently launched a free electronic greeting card service for eBay sellers.

Unlike other e-cards, "ThankYa" cards can include embedded links to other items the sender has up for sale in the eBay marketplace. To prevent spam, there is a limit to the number of cards senders can submit at a single time, as well as an integrated spam blocker.

Brush Up on the Basics
Need a refresher course in business management? ZANA Network, an online marketplace and business development resource, has teamed up with to offer an ongoing series of educational business books aimed at small-business owners.

A new feature on Amazon will allow network members to access topics related specifically to their markets.

Zana Network memberships start at $40 per month.