The Champion: Lightspeed

The Champion: Lightspeed

Age: Founded in 2005
Office/s: Canada, United States, Europe
Customer Reach: North America, Europe
Sales: 25,000+ retailers use Lightspeed to sell over $10 billion annually

Lightspeed builds end-to-end commerce solutions for retailers and restaurateurs to create better experiences for their customers by unifying point of sale, inventory management, customer management and analytics across all channels, in-store and online.

The Contender: Shopkeep

The Contender: Shopkeep

Age: Founded in 2008
Office/s: United States, United Kingdom
Customer Reach: North America, Guam
Sales: 20,000 customers

Shopkeep is a POS system built for restaurants and retailers to manage their business. Sales are handled through an iPad, while BackOffice is accessed from a computer.

What Lightspeed does better than Shopkeep

  • Centralized stock management

    Lightspeed offers a more sophisticated inventory management system that allows retailers to organize their inventory across all store locations.  With Lightspeed Retail, store owners can  integrate catalogs, serialize items, box items, and create price rules and discounts, all in one platform.

  • Customer satisfaction

    Make sure customers always gets what they want, even if it’s not in-store, with Lightspeed features like Special Orders, Quotes and Layaways. Furthermore, Lightspeed also offers an easy ecommerce platform, so your customers can visit you online and from anywhere they happen to be.

  • Grow with Lightspeed

    As your business grows, so does Lightspeed.  Lightspeed has multi-store functionality, which allows retailers to link accounts together so your inventory database, customer database and reporting can be centralized through various locations.

  • Easy purchasing

    With Lightspeed, retailers have complete purchasing workflows.  Create and manage your POs and keep track of precious cargo from transit to receipt.

  • Taxes made simple

    Don’t get slowed down by tax rules. With Lightspeed POS, retailers can create tax classes, statuses, regional taxes and customer-specific exceptions.

  • 24/7

    Customer support

    Starting or switching to a new POS system can be challenging and time-consuming. Lightspeed makes it easy with an interactive onboarding session to get retailers set up. Once a retailer is up and running, Lightspeed offers unlimited 24/7 technical customer support, all for no additional charge.



Lightspeed offers the intensive inventory, purchasing and reporting capabilities that agile and growing businesses require to better understand their customers and keep them coming back for more.

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Lightspeed has been featured by:

“Lightspeed allows shop owners to create an online presence by processing sales that occur on their website and at their physical store location.”
Wall Street Journal
“Lightspeed, which differentiates itself from competitors like Square and PayPal with its back-office software, is gearing up for expansion.”

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