About Lightspeed Retail

Lightspeed Retail is a complete point of sale (POS) and inventory management tool that simplifies time-consuming tasks like inventory and employee management, so you can focus on taking care of your customers and growing your business. Access detailed sales reports in minutes and easily identify best-selling items or use the built-in customer profiles to provide personalized service that will increase customer loyalty.

Lightspeed Retail Features:

Inventory management
- Easily create product variations such as size, color and material by using the efficient matrix system.
- Combine purchasing, transferring and multiple vendors into one master order.
- Process special orders, layaways and work orders.
- Create, track, and assign serial numbers to products.
- Bundle individual items to sell them as a package.

Free Onboarding & 24/7 Support
- Benefit from a dedicated team who help you get started in a 1:1 session.
- Get live chat, email and phone support with our support heros located around the world.

Employee management
- Intuitive, easy-to-learn interface for your employees.
- Create a simple and logical workflow that suits your business.
- Customizable user permissions give you full control over employees’ access to your system.
- Track sales by employee and access performance reports for your staff.
- Control employee access to information such as refunds, the ability to edit products and pricing, or view sales data.

Reporting
- Track sales and inventory numbers with reports that make it easy to see sales, profits and changes over time.
- Identify opportunities for growth and business improvement.
- Learn which employees are your top performers.
- Get a clear view of your customers’ needs and habits.
- Pull-up end of day reports to access key data that will help you prepare for peak periods and better understand your customers’ needs.
- Access all this data from your device anytime, from anywhere.

Lightspeed Loyalty:
-Highly targeted rewards program with a branded customer-facing web-app to track points. 
-Create automated campaigns via SMS and a drag-and-drop email builder. 

Lightspeed Payments:
-Complete sales and get paid without ever leaving your POS. Game changer.
-Built-in PCI compliance and fraud prevention.

Hardware:
- Integrate your system with hardware such as barcode scanners and cash drawers to reduce checkout times.
- Reduce credit card fraud with EMV.
- Accept all major credit cards and Apple Pay®.

Integrated eCommerce:
- Sell in-store and online with Lightspeed eCommerce
- Get a centralized view of your inventory, customers and sales data across in-store and online channels.

Our network of over 250 integration partners allows you to tailor Lightspeed to your business’ needs

Pricing starting from:

USD 79.00/year

  • Free Trial
  • Free Version
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Lightspeed Retail

We're dedicated to building not just the best point of sale, but the best business management tools:

- Desktop & iPad: Process payments on the floor and engage your customers by getting away from the counter.

- Inventory Control: Track your stock, submit purchase orders, and even set up automatic re-order points.

- eCommerce: Extend your retail presence by syncing your existing inventory to your integrated web store.

-Loyalty: Highly targeted rewards program with a branded customer-facing web-app to track points. 

-Payments: everything you need to process sales and get paid in one place.

-Accounting: A seamless integration between your point of sale and accounting software for a painless day at the office.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, France and 3 others, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States

Supported Languages

Dutch, English, French, German

Pricing starting from:

USD 79.00/year

  • Free Trial
  • Free Version
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Lightspeed Retail: 119

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Bar POS
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Printing
  • Barcode Recognition
  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • CRM
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloguing/Categorisation
  • Channel Management
  • Check-in/Check-out
  • Clock In / Out
  • Consignments
  • Contact Database
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Cost Tracking
  • Credit Card Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Development
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Management
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Digital Signature
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Self Service
  • Event Scheduling
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Auditing
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Replenishment
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Item Management
  • Kitting
  • Layaway Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mail Order
  • Marketing Automation
  • Merchandise Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Store
  • Online Catalog
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Ordering Automation
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Identification
  • Product Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reorder Management
  • Repair Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Retail Management
  • Retail POS
  • Returns Management
  • Returns Tracking
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SKU/UPC Codes
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Forecasting
  • Sales History
  • Sales Management
  • Sales Orders
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Serial Number Tracking
  • Shopping Cart
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Tagging
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Clock
  • Touch Screen
  • Transaction History
  • Vendor Management
  • Warehouse Management
  • Work Order Management
  • eCommerce Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5
(801)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.1/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.2/5

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Zondre W.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great integrated system

Reviewed on 14/06/2019

Lightspeed has been great. We have been using it for over a year and it has met my expectations. ...

Lightspeed has been great. We have been using it for over a year and it has met my expectations. Whenever I request help, which isn't that often anymore they are quick to respond.

Pros

The best feature of LIghtspeed is the analytics package. As a senior manager you can spend a lot of time calculating your performance manually in excel. But the Analytics package takes care of all of that. It's easy to see the performance of your inventory, employees and marketing at any time. There are also a lot of apps that work with Lightspeed that make it the most functional POS system I've used. The fact that the ecommerce is integrated as well makes it a great fully integrated system. You could pay a lot more to piece together all the of the systems you need. Or you could spend a huge amount of money creating a custom system.

Cons

There are some small idiosyncrasies like not adjusting sync times for your local time zone. So, yesterday is never accurate you have to wait for the next days sync to get have accurate information. I would also like to be able to have our time management app sync employee time to Lightspeed so we don't have to enter it manually. I've given up on tracking employee hourly performance for this reason. Or if they offered a better time clock management natively that would help. I'd also like them to include the previous year comparisons in their dashboard. And, I'd like to look at seasonal performance rather than just month to month and week to week.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The Point of Sale solution

Reviewed on 07/01/2021

Overall, the software does a great job in helping Accountants, managers and front liners in the...

Overall, the software does a great job in helping Accountants, managers and front liners in the Retail industry. What's great is that it integrates with ECommerce to be more efficient in selling your products out there, not just from the brick and mortar setup, but in the online as well.

Pros

I tinkered with this software and got ot know this from the inside and out. I like the functionalities as it allows you to break free from the spreadsheet and manual entry. Gone are the days of tallying and doing adjustments on a piece of paper. It has filter functions for reporting, it auto calculates taxes by assigning it in the initial setup, browser printing integration, you can conveniently import inventory from a csv file to your POS system and export those reports in a csv format. The hardware associated to it works seamlessly like the tablets, scanners, and printers. Although , it endorses Apple products, it works perfectly fine with Windows operating systems. It also has a companion product which is called Lightspeed Accounting that is comparable to Quickbooks

Cons

A few bugs are slowly being fixed as each maintenance and update is released, just like any other software. Although workarounds can be done to remedy it, but you'd have to seek assistance from Tech Support.

Traci B.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Lightspeed for Retail

Reviewed on 07/06/2021

We are a brick and mortar Women's Boutique and Formal Wear and have been with Lightspeed for over 5...

We are a brick and mortar Women's Boutique and Formal Wear and have been with Lightspeed for over 5 years. We thoroughly researched many POS systems, before going with our decision and couldn't be happier. The system is easy to set up and use and simple to train employees on. The customer profiles make it easy to customize shopping experiences for all of our customers and stay in contact with them.

Pros

The customer service is excellent and available 24/7, which is critical in our business. The reports Lightspeed generates helps us better gauge sales and thus make better buys more cost effectively.

Cons

None that I can think of or have seen in competitors.

Zach C.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Frequent Outages

Reviewed on 17/03/2020

Overall, the system provides all that we need. Problem is, we don't know if the system will be...

Overall, the system provides all that we need. Problem is, we don't know if the system will be online when we need it.

Pros

The system ties together items, sales, customers, and sales staff seamlessly. This allows us to dig in and review product performances like never before. Using the matrix feature makes creating items with multiple sizes, colors, and fits easy.

Cons

The system crashes. These past few months have been especially stressful with our busy season approaching. The following list is made up of days in which we were not able to take payment from customers anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
Monday March 16, 2020
Wednesday Feb 26, 2020
Saturday Feb 15, 2020
Saturday Feb 1, 2020
Thursday Jan 30, 2020
Saturday Dec 14, 2020
Friday Dec 13, 2020
Friday Dec 6, 2020
Sunday Nov 3, 2019
Monday Sep 30, 2019
Thursday July 18, 2019
Saturday July 13, 2019

We've had an email in, with several followups, to our Lightspeed rep for the reassurance these outages will slow/stop. Unfortunately every email has gone unanswered for over a month now. This lack of communication is very frustrating. We're just waiting for an outage on a weekend during our busy season. Being we are locked into a contract we have no way out but are actively searching for an alternative as to not live in the fear of an outage at any moment.

Lightspeed Payments is another spot to touch on. All told, the switch to Lightspeed Payments would cost our company roughly an extra $7,000/year on top of our current processing costs with Vantiv.

Response from Lightspeed

Hello Zach,

Thank you for your feedback. We would like to sincerely apologize for your recent experience, and we are sorry to hear you were less than satisfied with the product and service received. It is our utmost priority to provide a product and service that allows our customers to focus on running their businesses with ease.We will have someone from our Customer Success Team reach out to you shortly.

Thank you,

Lightspeed POS

Todd D.
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  • Industry: Furniture
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Good Product

Reviewed on 19/02/2021

The overall experience has been excellent. I am most impressed with the support I have received...

The overall experience has been excellent. I am most impressed with the support I have received from Lightspeed. Phone in wait times have been very reasonable at this point. When I have spoken to a tech they have been excellent in understanding my question and providing a solution.... at times working outside the box to create the best result with the conditions present.

Pros

The start up process was easy to follow along. Great tutorial videos and resources to answer the basic questions. Was easy to set up the codes, pricing and inventory organization.

Cons

There was some frustration using matrix's and understanding assemblies. Each business is different obviously... the use of matrix was great at the start but becomes limiting later on for integration to the webstore. Assemblies are cumbersome for automatic ordering.

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Lightspeed Retail FAQs

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Lightspeed Retail offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: USD 79.00/year
  • Pricing model: Other
  • Free Trial: Available

Lightspeed Retail has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500

Lightspeed Retail supports the following languages:

Dutch, English, French, German

Lightspeed Retail supports the following devices:

iPad (Mobile)

Lightspeed Retail integrates with the following applications:

APPSeCONNECT, Agendrix, Bike Rental Manager, City Hive, DataQlick Apps, Facebook, Google Ads, Homebase, Hubtiger, Kangaroo, Loyal2, MDWare, Magento Commerce, Mailchimp, Marketman, Perkville, Planday, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Retail Toolkit, SkuVault, Stitch Labs, SwiftCount, TapMango, WooCommerce, Xero, booxi, iZettle, nChannel, uberall

Lightspeed Retail offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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