The Champion: Lightspeed

The Champion: Lightspeed

Age: Founded in 2005

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: Vend

The Contender: Vend

Age: Launched in 2010

Vend is a cloud-based POS and retail platform. Vend is compatible with point of sale hardware and integrates with business tools such as payPal, Quickbooks and Xero. Vend’s head office is in New Zealand and is selling in various countries.

What Lightspeed does better than Vend

  • 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.

  • Brand power

    Lightspeed has the world’s only brandable customer facing display (CFD) and Mobile POS straight out of the box. Increase transparency by allowing your customers to witness the sales process and reinforce your brand at the same time with this branded sales display. Ensure that the last thing your customer remembers is your name and logo.

  • 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.



The success of Lightspeed’s customers is a direct reflection of our success, which is why Lightspeed ensures that our customers have all the tools to meet their business and sales goals.

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growth in your first year of use

50 000+

customers in 100+ countries


annual transactions processed


support for you anytime, anywhere

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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