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:

US$69.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • 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, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States

Supported Languages

Dutch, English, French, German

Pricing starting from:

US$69.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Lightspeed Retail: 103

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • 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
  • Content Management
  • Cost Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Management
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • For Bakeries
  • 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
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Store
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Ordering Automation
  • Payment Processing
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Identification
  • Product Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Pub POS
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • 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
  • SEO Management
  • SKU/UPC Codes
  • SSL Security
  • 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
  • eCommerce Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5
(823)
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. 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 14/6/2019

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.

Alternatives Considered

Clover, Shopify POS and Vend

Reasons for Choosing Lightspeed Retail

I wanted a cloud based integrated system

Switched From

Clover, Shopify POS and Vend

Reasons for Switching to Lightspeed Retail

I looked at a couple of others too that I can't remember. A lot of them had great features, but none of them had all of the features to have a fully integrated system for our customers to shop online or in person. And, none of them had the analytics tools that Lightspeed has.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The Point of Sale solution

Reviewed on 7/1/2021

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.

Alternatives Considered

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise

Reasons for Switching to Lightspeed Retail

We were after functionalities that Lightspeed can provide. Although both of them are similar, the interface is more user-friendly compared to Quickbooks. And that is important for us, since learning a new tool can be taxing with the time you need to spend navigating and learning it from the inside and out.
Astrid Y. Astrid Y.
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  • Industry: Hospitality
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Massive improvements and proactive customer support

Reviewed on 3/10/2021

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Pros

Initially we had problems getting support because they were very short-staffed. However they have done a lot to improve this aspect and I am confident that every time we call our support person will respond quickly and be able to solve our problem.

Cons

It was a little more difficult to implement than some other systems, so more of a learning curve for users. Also there are some product features that have some limitations at the moment but I think they will be resolved.

Derrick R. Derrick R.
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  • Industry: Restaurants
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Not for restaurants

Reviewed on 8/5/2019

We had purchased the system for 3 of our establishments, and only installed it in 1 of them as a...

We had purchased the system for 3 of our establishments, and only installed it in 1 of them as a trial. Because of how bad it was, we decided to cancel our service. Even though we had not installed the other 2 locations and had used the product for 3 month in the one installed, they are forcing us to abide by our 3 year contract and pay the full amounts.

Even with having to cover that cost, which is completely unreasonable because 2 of the services were not installed, it is still much better and efficient for us to switch to another more functional service such as Cluster or Maitre-D.

I would not recommend this to anyone who has a restaurant.

Pros

Looks nice if you spend the time to set it up

Cons

Lightspeed has been a horror for us since the start. What we were presented at during the sales meeting made us very excited and happy, but the second the contract was signed, for our 3 locations everything went down hill. I had to pull teeth and send multiple messages and to get our installation done on time. And even at that they finished doing it opening day, and were debugging while we had to serve clients. And that is a whole other story.

The product itself looks good but really does not work for a restaurant. Little things like having a single client pay without closing the full table is not possible. Servers need to figure out all these ways/trick to speed up service without being slowed down by Lightspeed. Items cannot be sent to multiple locations at ones (if something come from both the kitchen and bar like a Caeser with bacon)

The reports are terrible. Items are split up in ways were the they are split if clients have payed 1/2 or 1/3 of the amount. So items like Natchos that are group type items, to no how many have been sold you need to add the full one, the 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, .... amounts. So extracting any information takes a long time. Many of the reports have numerical errors in them, and as such they cannot be trusted. Also, tyring to export hourly sales or receipts all have wrong times on them (our restaurant closes at 1am, yet it still show receipts until 5am)

It is not possible to use the inventory option in bar because they can only have units, it

Response from Lightspeed

Hi Derrick,

We apologize that you are disappointed with your Lightspeed Restaurant experience. We see that have been speaking with a senior member of our Customer Success team who is working with you to addressing your concerns. We would be happy to continue to work with you in resolving the matter, and coming to an amicable solution.

Kaleigh M. Kaleigh M.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Worth every cent!

Reviewed on 27/10/2021

I am beyond ecstatic to be able to track my inventory in real time, manage payroll hours with ease,...

I am beyond ecstatic to be able to track my inventory in real time, manage payroll hours with ease, add items and price them almost instantly, and so much more! This is a major upgrade for my small business!

Pros

I love the inventory tracking from anywhere, the ease of entering and pricing my inventory, and the setup process and new POS - basically I love EVERYTHING!

Cons

I have been using this system for a few months and have yet to come across anything negative.

Alternatives Considered

Revel Systems, Aloha EPOS, Epos Now and Square Point of Sale

Reasons for Choosing Lightspeed Retail

I went from my business running like it was in the 90s to something modern and generally time-saving.

Switched From

SAM4

Reasons for Switching to Lightspeed Retail

Best bang for the buck - it had everything I needed for inventory tracking/managment, employee clocking, analytics, and remote viewing in one stop.
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Lightspeed Retail FAQs

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Lightspeed Retail offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$69.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Lightspeed Retail Lean: $79/month (billed monthy) or $69/month (billed annually) Standard: $139/month (billed month) or $119/month (billed annually) Advanced: $239/month (billed month) or $199/month (billed annually) Enterpise: Please contact Lightspeed directly

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:

7shifts, APPSeCONNECT, Adobe Commerce, Agendrix, Amadeus, Amaka, Ascent360, BevSpot Food and Beverage Management, Bike Rental Manager, Birdeye, Bookingplanner, Boomtown, Booxi, Bounce, Chowly, City Hive, Cloudbeds, CoverManager, Craftable, DataQlick Apps, Facebook for Business, Flipdish, Formitable, GolfNow, Google Ads, Gourmetmiles, Growzer, Hexa, Homebase, Hostme, Hubtiger, Incentivio, Kangaroo, Kimoby, Loyal2, MDWare, Mailchimp, Marketman, Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud Property Management, Pepper, Perkville, Planday, QuickBooks Online Advanced, ResNexus, Retail Toolkit, Servmetrics, SevenRooms, SkuVault, Solink, Stitch Labs, SwiftCount, TapMango, WooCommerce, Xero, iZettle, nChannel, shiftbase, 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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