Lightspeed Retail Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Lightspeed Retail

The point of sale you'll love to use.

4.24/5 (782 reviews)

Lightspeed Retail overview

What is 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
$69/month
Pricing options
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Subscription
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Markets

United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

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Lightspeed Retail user reviews

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Zondre W.

Great integrated system

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-06-14
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Steve J.

A great all-inclusive system

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-01-20
Review Source: Capterra

Our industry was using a server-based software which was cumbersome and VERY outdated. Switching to Lightspeed has allowed me to more easily fulfil online orders, process transactions remotely, and communicate with our customer base more effectively.

Pros
Integration across POS, eCommerce, Accounting, Data Analytics is excellent. We have been able to increase both sales and efficiency with this system. The accounting feature and its daily export to QuickBooks allows me to spend only a few minutes each day keeping books up to date. It certainly makes year-end a breeze. Lightspeed Analytics is an invaluable resource for forecasting and identifying areas of opportunity. Customer support is available 24/7 and if they aren't able to answer my question immediately, I have received a timely follow-up within a day or two.

Cons
There are some work-arounds that I have implemented. It would be nice to have the option for recurring billing and serial number tracking (not just adding a serial number to an item) as well as a better protocol for backordered items on Purchase Orders.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ronald C.

Have been using CDK for many years for Maintience & Repair set opp DMS system.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-03-08
Review Source: Capterra

Over all, I have always liked to way the system has operated, The functions and the data inputting controls are easier than most other DMS systems that i have tried.

Pros
I have always like the way the system is produced from the Service personnel's prospective & The way CDK tries to customize the product for each of the specific user's or Locations.

Cons
I think this system could be improved by having the ability to communicate with & Be programed with available patches to adapt the system to communicate and share info with all other outside vendor's and the coinciding systems that they use. Every company will have separate systems all that are needed for what type of Service it provides. - IE. *( Scheduling a Boat's launch for Valet Service or for Spring launch of boats for pickups ect. ) *( A customer Text communications program for Receiving, Sending or Monitoring text conversations ect.) Each will always require some type of outside applications like those for that specific company to operate and function more efficiently over what is offered in any DMS System. I believe this to be true for all software DMS company's on the market & this is including light speed EVO. Is it impossible to Make an Automotive or Marine type DMS system that all Info could be shared across to and back from any of The other software system types that are used externally? I believe that would be a great benefit for any and all company's that need a DMS Fixed operations type Repair or Maintience operating systems.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Laurel P.

Not suited for small businesses, Big Box Store Perfect!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-02
Review Source: Capterra

Frustrating. Doosync - the migration company, by the way was awesome!

Pros
I think it makes accepting online sales easy but that's about it for me.

Cons
I didn't realize how much I LOVED Lightspeed On-Site until we switched to Retail. We were recommended to move to Lightspeed Retail because On-Site is old technology, however this program is way inferior for small businesses. Once we were contacted to move to Retail coincidentally our On-Site started having issues like our subscription wasn't renewed and our e-Com store was turned off randomly. Not really knowing what was going on... it made sense to change to the cloud based program they were really encouraging us to move to. Now that we have gone live I realize this program is not as complex regarding small businesses, and offers very little customizations for our personal style. I was told the Analytics feature for $1000 would give me the options I need to customize the program to our business such as implementing sales targets our staff could see and a customizable dashboard.... don't think it can. It really just gives you more reports than a one brick & mortar plus online store needs. It's not relevant. Also....we thought moving to retail with our physical and eCom store would run smoother and that gift cards would work between both platforms. Again... not the case. Gift cards are not available online nor can in store cards be used online without a lot of effort in making that happen. I think if you owned multiple stores that just reordered the same inventory and didn't care about labels or gift cards this would be the perfect system for you!

Response from Lightspeed


Hi Laurel,

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you are not satisfied with the recent switch from OnSite to Retail. We see that you have been in touch with our Customer Engagement team and we encourage you to continue working with them.

Thank you,

Lightspeed POS

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Likelihood to recommend: 1/10

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LEANNA B.

Great Product with Great Customer Service

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2021-01-19
Review Source: Capterra

Lightspeed is very responsive, not just in sales but in the IT service. They are quick to respond and have always worked patiently with us to resolve any problems, which usually are down to user error. I believe the cost/benefit ratio is optimal and have no plans to seek another POS/ECommerce at this time.

Pros
I really appreciate the seamless integration between the POS and the eCommerce. I also really like that this is all web-based, so that a computer can be used for the interface rather than a cash register that will only serve one function. When there is a problem, Lightspeed is usually ahead of me in giving notice that there is one and gives the approximate timing for the fix. Also, if you have both components and the payment processor is down (like at Christmas), you can easily set up the purchase online and your customer can process their goods and walk out of the shop a happy customer.

Cons
It feels like the frameworks for the eCommerce should be a little easier to use, but I've had much less robust platforms. Also, I'm still trying to find a better solution for shipping for the kind of shop that I have, but don't actually blame Lightspeed. It would be great if there were a more integrated and less expensive phone app add-on for shopping.

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Lightspeed Retail pricing

Starting from
$69/month
Pricing options
Free trial
Subscription
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Lightspeed Retail
(Prices are in USD based on an annual plan, on a per store basis.)

Basic: $69/month
Retail POS, payments (free terminal included)

Starter: $99/month
Retail POS, payments (free terminal included), eCommerce

Standard: $119/month
Retail POS, payments (free terminal included), eCommerce, accounting

Advanced: $169/month
Retail POS, payments (free terminal included), eCommerce, accounting, loyalty

Pro: $229/month
Retail POS, payments (free terminal included), eCommerce, accounting, loyalty, analytics

Lightspeed Retail features

API
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Customer Database
Data Import/Export
Discount Management
Employee Management
Gift Card Management
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Loyalty Program
Mobile Access
Multi-Location
Order Management
Point of Sale (POS)
Reporting/Analytics
Sales Reports
Third Party Integrations

Reporting & Statistics (224 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Lightspeed Retail

Key features of Lightspeed Retail

  • Native iPad application
  • Advanced reporting and analytics
  • Inventory syncs across all stores, including online
  • Connect directly with suppliers
  • Purchase orders
  • Product matrices
  • Reorder points
  • Serialized items
  • Transfers between stores
  • Custom label printing
  • Assemble items into packages
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Benefits

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.