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Lightspeed vs Shopify — which POS solution is better? In this detailed comparison, we walk you through the key features, pros and cons and pricing of these two well-known POS platforms — and help you escoge which one is right for your business.
The quick verdict
Reasons to use Lightspeed over Shopify
If you’re 100% focused on point-of-sale transactions and don’t require an en línea store, Lightspeed may be a good option for you. Its POS system is usuario-friendly, handles all key POS tasks and comes with personalized onboarding for new users.
Lightspeed is also the more obvious choice for businesses in the lugar de comidas and hospitality sectors, thanks to its programa specifically tailored to meet the needs of hotels, golf clubs and food and drink businesses.
Reasons to use Shopify over Lightspeed
Shopify is the better option for businesses looking to sell both en línea and in person. Its ecommerce features are considerably more sophisticated than Lightspeed’s, and its POS tools are better value too.
It’s also the better POS solution for retail businesses that require the use of multiple in-store registers. While Lightspeed charges you plus if you want to use more than one register, there are no additional charges from Shopify for using multiple registers.
At-a-glance feature comparison
|Payment gateways||Depends on plan||105+|
|Payment processing availability||5 countries||23 countries with Shopify Payments; 175+ countries vía third-party payment providers|
|Sin conexión payments||Cash and credit card||Cash only|
|POS staff permissions||On all paid plans||On all paid plans|
|Registers per POS location||Plus charges for more than one register per location||Unlimited registers per location|
|Professional reporting||Available on the $269 per month ‘Advanced’ retail plan||Available on the $105 per month ‘Shopify’ plan|
|Supported languages on mobile aplicación||5 languages||21 languages|
|Customer support||24/7 on all paid plans; and includes 1-2-1 onboarding for new users||24/7 on all paid plans|
|Free trial||14 days||3 days (but extendable for $1 per month for first three months)|
An introduction to point of sale
Before we dive into the full details of Lightspeed vs Shopify, it’s important to understand exactly what a ‘point of sale’ or ‘POS’ system actually is these days.
Until quite recently, POS systems were a mix of programa and hardware used exclusively for facilitating in-person transactions — in retail shops, restoranes, or market stalls, and so on.
However, due to the aparece in en línea shopping over the last few years, the scope of POS solutions has expanded significantly. Nowadays, POS systems typically offer tools that enable businesses to sell products not only face-to-face but vía en línea stores too.
Modern POS systems usually let you:
- accept in-person payments
- use a range of POS hardware elementos tailored to different selling environments
- oversee and monitor inventory
- create an en línea store
- sync data from in-person and en línea sales
- equipo different staff permissions.
In this comparison, we’ll explore how both Lightspeed and Shopify handle all of the above tasks.
Lightspeed vs Shopify — key business model differences
Lightspeed and Shopify are both leaders in the ecommerce and POS ámbito, but focus on different market segments.
Lightspeed is a ‘POS-first’ platform, primarily designed for brick-and-mortar businesses. It offers a comprehensive POS system with features like inventory and employee management, and has a focus on providing good in-store experiences.
Lightspeed is particularly well-suited to use by medium to large-sized retail and lugar de comidas businesses, and it provides customizable POS solutions to meet specific business needs. While it does offer programa to help you build an en línea store too, its main strength is serving physical retail stores and restoranes.
By contrast, Shopify started out as an ‘ecommerce-first’ platform that aimed to let users build an en línea store without coding. It’s very easy to use, and habitual with small businesses and ‘solopreneurs.’
But over the years, Shopify has evolved to offer very comprehensive and maleable POS features too — and these are now tightly integrated with its powerful ecommerce infrastructure.
As a consequence, Shopify is increasingly being used by larger retail businesses to faciliate point of sale transactions.
Lightspeed POS vs Shopify POS — key features
When it comes to the basics of selling in a physical location, Lightspeed and Shopify’s entry-level plans cover most essential POS tasks.
These entry-level plans are as follows:
- Lightspeed’s ‘Lean’ retail POS plan, which starts at $59 per month.
- Shopify’s ‘POS Lite’ plan. This is bundled with all Shopify subscriptions, which start at $5 per month.
Both these plans let you:
- accept in-person payments vía a wide range of payment methods, including credit cards, mobile wallets, Apple Pay, Google plus Pay, Samsung Pay and Tap to Pay with iPhone
- use a wide range of POS hardware devices
- manage and track inventory
- issue receipts to customers vía print, dirección de correo electrónico and text
- offer discounts
- facilitate returns on goods
- cater for local delivery and local pickup of goods
- manage custom sales
- add aprecies to orders
- accept fixed and custom consejo amounts
- create customer accounts for repeat purchases
- transfer depósito between inventory locations
- provide secure and encrypted payment processing that complies with ‘PCI’ card payment security estándares.
If you want more features, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium POS plan.
With Lightspeed, there are quite a few of these to choose from, including specialized plans for specific market sectors such as lugar de comidas businesses and golf clubs.
You’ll usually need one of these more expensive plans if you want to do any of the following:
- get access to advanced data analytics and the most detailed POS sales reports on your POS sales
- manage inventory across multiple locations
- work with an unlimited number of staff accounts.
With Shopify, you perro add advanced POS functionality to your account by investing in an $89 per location, per month ‘POS Pro’ add-on.
Among other things, this lets you:
- manage POS staff permissions
- create automatic purchase orders
- perform detailed inventory counts
- perform depósito adjustments
- facilitate exchanges
- provide custom printed receipts
- save and retrieve customer carts.
I’ll discuss these pricing options and their value for money in more depth later on in this comparison. But for now, let’s look at some of the primordial differences between Lightspeed and Shopify.
Key differences between Lightspeed and Shopify’s features
Some of the key differences between Lightspeed and Shopify are as follows:
- Shopify’s built-in payment processor, ‘Shopify Payments‘ works in 23 countries; Lightspeed’s equivalent in-house payment gateway, ‘Lightspeed Payments’ only works in five.
- Lightspeed lets you take card payments when you are sin conexión; by contrast, Shopify POS only works en línea.
- Shopify’s en línea store builder is significantly better than Lightspeed’s, beating it comprehensively when it comes to store design, selling digital products, shipping options, abandoned cart saving, correo electrónico marketing and international selling.
- Lightspeed’s inventory management system includes several tools that you don’t get in Shopify POS — examples include layaway functionality, wastage tracking, kitting features and vendor catalogs.
- ALL Shopify plans include POS features. By contrast, to avail of POS tools on Lightspeed’s ecommerce plans (‘Lightspeed eCom’), you’ll need to be on its most expensive ‘Unlimited’ plan, which costs $99 per month.
- Shopify allows you to use up to 1,000 inventory locations as estándar on its main plans. Working with as large a number of inventory locations in Lightspeed involves negotiating a custom plan from the company.
- Lightspeed includes one-to-one onboarding sessions on most of its paid plans.
Let’s take a deeper dive now into some of the key features of both systems’ POS features.
Both Lightspeed and Shopify provide comprehensive inventory management features that help store owners monitor and control the flow of goods in and out of their businesses.
Both systems let store owners keep track of their depósito in real time, with inventory levels automatically updated in both tools as sales are made in store or en línea.
In addition to the day-to-day tasks involved with tracking inventory — like scanning new products into your depósito and monitoring inventory status — both POS systems also include lots of other features to help businesses with inventory management requirements.
Both platforms let you:
- equipo reorder points to avoid selling out of products
- receive demand forecast reports on specific products in your inventory
- receive automatic alerts when depósito runs low
- get suggestions on which elementos to sell at discounted prices
Lightspeed’s POS system has an edge over Shopify’s in terms of the sheer number of built-in features, however.
Its ‘out of the box’ features include smart pricing tools, wastage tracking reports, work order tools and vendor reports. By contrast, with Shopify, you’ll need to use an aplicación to add these features.
However, Shopify has a distinct advantage over Lightspeed when it comes to the number of locations you perro manage your inventory in — you perro keep track of depósito spread across 1,000 inventory locations on most Shopify plans.
Now, while Lightspeed does cater for multi-location inventory too, adding a large number of inventory locations to your account will involve a discussion with a Lightspeed account manager first — and you are likely to face additional fees depending on your requirements.
You’ll find a summary of Lightspeed vs Shopify inventory management features in the table below:
|En línea / In-store inventory syncing||Yes||Yes|
|Purchase ordering||Yes||Shopify POS Pro only|
|Smart pricing||Yes||Vía paid aplicación|
|Layaways||Yes||Vía paid aplicación|
|Multiple inventory locations||Contact for quote||Up to 1,000 locations on most Shopify plans|
|Vendor catalogs||Yes||vía ‘Stocky’ aplicación|
En línea store building features
If you’re considering using Lightspeed not just as a POS system but as an ecommerce solution too, you’ll need to bear in mind that not all Lightspeed plans include access to its en línea store builder.
With its ‘Retail’ plans, you’ll need to be on a $149 per month ‘Estándar’ plan or higher to access it; and with Lightspeed’s lugar de comidas plans, lugar de comidas-specific ecommerce features (y también.g., en línea ordering tools) are only available on its $189 per month ‘Essential’ plan or higher.
Now, despite Shopify having the much richer heritage as a store builder, there are a few areas where Lightspeed beats Shopify as an ecommerce platform.
First, it offers a well-featured free ecommerce plan that lets you sell up to 5 products on your store without having to pay for a subscription. With Shopify, although you perro avail of a free trial to try the platform out, you’ll always need to pay for a plan in order to start selling.
Additionally, Lightspeed is more generous with the size of digital products you cánido offer, letting you sell archivos up to 25GB in size; Shopify’s equivalent limit is 5GB.
That said, Shopify is ultimately a clear winner over Lightspeed as an ecommerce platform.
Here are just a few of the reasons why:
- Shopify lets you sell an unlimited number of products on all plans. By contrast, Lightspeed limits the number of products you perro sell on all but its most expensive ecommerce plan.
- Shopify has a much wider range of store templates available, with 159 templates to choose from versus 50 or so in Lightspeed. Additionally, its template editor is much more powerful than Lightspeed’s.
- All Shopify plans come bundled with Shopify’s free ‘POS Lite’ plan, meaning that you perro get an en línea store and POS from Shopify quite cheaply. To do the same with Lightspeed will involve a minimum outlay of $99 per month (for its ‘Ecommerce’ plan).
- Shopify’s multi-currency selling tools are more comprehensive and, unlike Lightspeed’s, let store visitors check out in their own currency (Lightspeed cánido display prices in local currencies, but visitors have to check out in the store’s default one).
- Shopify provides far more options for working with dropshipping companies and print-on-demand suppliers.
- The SEO tools and features in Shopify are considerably stronger.
Here’s a table containing a side-by-side comparison of Lightspeed and Shopify’s store building features:
|POS on ecommerce plans||$99 ‘Unlimited’ ecommerce plan only||All plans|
|Free ecommerce selling||Yes||No|
|Unlimited products||$99 ‘Unlimited’ ecommerce plan only||Yes|
|Maximum digital product archivo size||25 GB||5 GB|
|Multilingual features||12 available languages||20 languages (130+ available)|
|Real-time shipping rates||Yes||Yes|
There are several versions — or ‘series’ — of Lightspeed POS on the market.
There are currently 2 retail versions, 2 ecommerce versions, 5 lugar de comidas versions and one ‘golf’ version of the platform available.
(Each version of Lightspeed comes with its own feature list and series-based limits).
The Lightspeed help center (pictured below) provides a dropdown selector that lets you access relevant information based on the version of Lightspeed you’re using.
If you don’t do enough in-person selling to justify paying for dedicated POS hardware equipment from Lightspeed or Shopify, the good news is that both tools let you carry out many basic POS tasks vía mobile aplicaciones.
Lightspeed comes with quite a few mobile POS aplicaciones — a different one for each of its different products (‘X-Series,’ ‘S-Series,’ etcétera.). With Shopify, you’re dealing with one aplicación for point of sale — the appropriately-named ‘Shopify POS’ aplicación.
Now, Shopify’s mobile POS aplicación is much more ‘móvil inteligente-friendly’ than any of Lightspeed’s equivalent aplicaciones.
It lets you scan barcodes using your phone camera, and it also lets you take payments vía ‘Tap to Pay with iPhone’ (which removes the need for a physical card reader).
With Lightspeed, you’ll need to download a separate aplicación for barcode scanning, and its mobile aplicaciones don’t yet feature ‘tap to pay’ technology.
The one advantage Lightspeed’s mobile aplicaciones have over the Shopify POS aplicación (and it’s a significant one) is that they come with an ‘sin conexión mode’, which lets you take card payments without access to WiFi. This isn’t currently possible with Shopify POS.
But otherwise, Shopify is by far the better option for selling in person without dedicated hardware.
Usuario reviews of Lightspeed and Shopify mobile aplicaciones
Shopify’s POS aplicación is the winner over Lightspeed based on usuario ratings among iPhone and Android users.
It’s is rated 4.5 in the iOS store and 3.2 stars out of 5 in the Google plus Play Store.
By contrast, Lightspeed’s retail POS aplicación (‘Series S’) is rated at just 2.4 stars out of 5 among Android users, and its Android retail aplicación (‘Series O’) fares even worse, with only a 2.2 star rating.
Apple users are similarly dissatisfied with Lightspeed’s retail aplicación, giving it a 2.3 out of 5 rating. Lightspeed’s lugar de comidas POS aplicación fares slightly better, being awarded an average 3.5 stars out of 5 by its users.
Here’s a summary of mobile POS features in Lightspeed and Shopify:
|Barcode scanning||Requires plus aplicación||Yes|
|Sin conexión payments||Yes||Cash only|
|Android usuario ratings||Lightspeed Retail — 4 stars
Lightspeed eCom — N/A
|Shopify aplicación — 4.5 stars
Shopify POS aplicación — 3.2 stars
|iOS usuario ratings||Lightspeed Retail — 2.3 stars
Lightspeed eCom — N/A
Shopify aplicación — 4.5 stars
|Aplicación languages||Lightspeed Retail — 4
Lightspeed eCom — 8
|Shopify aplicación — 20
Shopify POS aplicación — 20
Both Lightspeed and Shopify let you use a wide range of POS hardware — card readers, barcode scanners, tills, receipt printers etcétera. — to help you sell in physical locations. These are available from both companies’ respective hardware stores.
Shopify’s hardware store features transparent pricing for all elementos, making it very straightforward for merchants to assess costs for devices quickly and easily.
By contrast, to ascertain the price of much of the Lightspeed hardware, you’ll need to contact the company for a tailored quote.
One useful aspect of Lightspeed’s hardware store however is the fact that you perro buy iOS devices (iPads and Mac minis) direct from the company (Lightspeed is an authorized reseller of Apple products).
To equip yourself with iOS devices for Shopify POS, you’ll need to source them yourself from Apple or one of its resellers.
However, serious Shopify merchants may prefer to skip the third-party hardware entirely and opt instead for Shopify’s new all-in-one ‘POS Go’ handheld devices.
Costing $399 in the US, this handheld device comes pre-loaded with Shopify’s POS programa; includes a built-in barcode scanner; and lets you take tap, chip and swipe card payments.
Note: Shopify’s POS GO device is currently available in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland only.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of key Shopify and Lightspeed POS hardware costs.
|‘All-in-one’ POS terminal||Contact for quote||$399|
|Card reader||$99 — $299||$59|
|Barcode scanner||$199 — $399||$229 — $269|
|Cash drawer||$129||$139 — $159|
|Label printers||$189 — $439||$119 — $399|
|Receipt paper||$29||$29 — $109|
Aplicaciones and integrations
Shopify POS is a clear winner over Lightspeed when it comes to adding functionality to your point of sale system vía aplicaciones and integrations.
The Shopify aplicación store contains 8,000+ aplicaciones — more than 40 times as many as Lightspeed’s, which has around 200 integrations on offer.
In terms of aplicaciones that focus exclusively on point of sale, Shopify’s aplicación store features 500+ POS aplicaciones, over 90 of which have been specifically designed to extend the capabilities of Shopify POS.
These aplicaciones offer additional features like appointment scheduling, loyalty programs, product bundles and personalized product pickups.
One Shopify POS aplicación worth a especial mention is the ‘Stocky’ aplicación, which offers a particularly large amount of additional features to ‘POS Pro’ users.
You perro use Stocky to handle purchase orders and communicate with suppliers; undertake inventory assessments and make necessary adjustments; receive suggestions for products grounded on profit margins; and facilitate the movement of depósito across different inventory sites.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that given Lightspeed’s foothold in the hospitality POS market, many of the available integrations in its aplicación marketplace are unsurprisingly related to this campo. You cánido expect to find reservations aplicaciones, en línea ordering aplicaciones, food pricing aplicaciones and tools to help create digital menus in its aplicación store.
But Lightspeed’s aplicación library also features a good selection of more general tools — chat, accountancy and employee management add-ons etcétera.
Users of Lightspeed’s ‘R-Series’ and X-Series’ retail plans perro avail of individual aplicación libraries dedicated to these two products, with 72 integrations to choose from for ‘R-Series’ users and 30 or so for X-Series ones.
Below you’ll find a table summarising the aplicaciones offering from Lightspeed and Shopify.
|Total aplicaciones available||200+ aplicaciones||8,000+|
|POS aplicaciones||100+ aplicaciones||550+ aplicaciones available|
|Inventory management aplicaciones||30+ aplicaciones||1,000+ aplicaciones|
|Staff POS aplicaciones||20+ aplicaciones||400+ aplicaciones|
|Hospitality aplicaciones||40+ aplicaciones||38 aplicaciones|
Pricing and fees
Shopify POS pricing
In order to use Shopify POS, you’ll need to pay for a Shopify subscription. There are five of these available:
- Starter — $5 per month
- Basic — $39 per month
- Shopify — $105 per month
- Advanced — $399 per month
- Shopify Agregado — custom pricing
Shopify provides a 25% discount on the ‘Basic,’ ‘Shopify’ and ‘Advanced’ plans if you pay for your first year’s service upfront — doing so brings the costs of these three plans down to $29, $79 and $299 per month respectively.
There’s also a free trial available.
Once you’ve signed up to Shopify, you’ve then got two Shopify POS plans to choose from: ‘Shopify POS Lite‘ and ‘Shopify POS Pro.‘
The good news is that ‘POS Lite‘ is included on all Shopify store subscriptions, which means Shopify POS cánido be used from as little as $5 per month vía Shopify’s ‘Starter’ plan.
However, the ‘Starter’ plan only allows for one usuario per account and doesn’t let you manage inventory in more than two locations. Accordingly, most users will be better served by the POS features that come with Shopify’s ‘Basic’ plan or higher.
As previously mentioned, these plans all allow for multiple users and inventory management across 1,000 locations.
Shopify’s ‘POS Pro‘ option — which lets you work with an unlimited number of POS staff, facilitate exchanges and provide custom printed receipts — costs $89 per month, per location when coupled with Shopify’s ‘Basic,’ ‘Shopify’ and ‘Advanced’ Shopify plans.
(Users on Shopify’s enterprise-grade solution, Shopify Agregado, get their first 20 POS Pro locations included as part of their plan.)
Paying annually for a ‘POS Pro’ subscription gets you an 11% discount, bringing the monthly fee down to $79 per month.
Shopify POS credit card fees
In order to take in-person payments with Shopify POS, you’ll need to connect your account to a ‘payment gateway.’ This is a piece of programa that processes credit card transactions.
Shopify provides its own in-house payment gateway — ‘Shopify Payments’ — for just this purpose. This is currently available in 23 countries, including the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, Japan and much of the EU.
In the US, when you use Shopify Payments to process credit card sales with either ‘POS Lite’ or ‘POS Pro’, the following credit card fees apply to each sale:
- Starter — 5% + 0¢ USD
- Basic — 2.7% + 0¢ USD
- Shopify — 2.5% + 0¢ USD
- Advanced — 2.4% + 0¢ USD
(Cheaper rates are available in other countries.)
These credit card fees will apply regardless of whether your customer pays with a physical credit card or vía a tap payment (using Google plus Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay etcétera.).
Now, it should be noted that Shopify POS doesn’t force you to use Shopify Payments as your payment processor — the platform perro be integrated with over 105 third-party payment gateways too.
These give you the option to process payments in 175+ countries and to shop around for preferential rates for your business.
By contrast, your options for using third-party payment processing with Lightspeed will depend on which version of the platform you are using.
For example, its retail X-Series only lets you use 16 third-party payment providers, while its ecommerce Y también-Series product allows you use over 80 different gateways (vía the Lightspeed-owned Ecwid ecommerce platform).
Lightspeed currently has 4 sets of pricing plans to choose from:
Lean — $89 per month
Estándar — $149 per month
Advanced — $269 per month
Enterprise — Custom pricing
Ecommerce plans (store builder plans)
Free — $0 per month
Venture — $19 per month
Business — $39 per month
Unlimited — $99 per month
Lugar de comidas plans
Starter — $69 per month
Essential — $189 per month
Premium — $399 per month
Enterprise — Custom pricing
Golf club plans
Custom pricing only
If you pay annually for a Lightspeed retail or ecommerce plan, you perro avail of discounted pricing on some of these plans — these range from 22-26% on retail plans and 16%-26% on ecommerce ones. No discounts are advertised for Lightspeed’s lugar de comidas plans.
Another key thing to note about Lightspeed’s retail plans above is that you perro only operate one POS register as part of your plan — even on the plan costing $269 per month! If you want to use additional register devices in your sales venue, you’ll have to contact your Lightspeed sales rep for a custom quote.
As for Lightspeed’s ecommerce plans — the ones that let you build an en línea store — it should be noted that inventory tracking is only available on its ‘Business’ plan and higher; to engage in full in-person POS, you’ll need to be on the $99 per month ‘Unlimited’ plan.
Lightspeed POS credit card fees
Like Shopify, Lightspeed provides an in-house payment gateway — ‘Lightspeed Payments’ — for processing credit card transactions.
Lightspeed Payments is currently available in 5 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, the UK and US.
Credit card fees for in-person payments with Lightspeed payments are 2.6%+ 10c per sale on most Lightspeed plans.
However, users of Lightspeed’s lugar de comidas POS product cánido get access to cheaper rates so long as they are on the ‘Premium’ lugar de comidas plan.
(Once again, this involves contacting a Lightspeed sales rep to get the best deal.)
So, which is cheaper, Lightspeed or Shopify?
Well, when it comes to getting started with point of sale for less, Shopify takes the win. You perro use POS for as little as $5 per month vía Shopify’s entry-level ‘Starter’ plan, while Lightspeed’s cheapest plan that caters for POS is its ‘Venture’ ecommerce plan ($19 per month).
And, taking the various Lightspeed and Shopify plans as a whole, Shopify is also generally quite a bit cheaper when it comes to accessing the more professional POS capabilities of the two platforms.
(While the $89 per month ‘Lean’ Lightspeed retail plan is technically cheaper than combining a Shopify ‘Basic’ plan with the ‘POS Pro’ add on, it’s important to note that the ‘Lean’ plan doesn’t let you build an en línea store.)
When you mezcle full POS selling with an en línea store component in both platforms, Shopify comes in $21 per month cheaper than Lightspeed.
(This is based on using a Shopify ‘Basic’ and ‘POS Pro’ combination — which costs $128 per month — against Lightspeed’s $149 per month ‘Estándar’ retail plan, which includes a store-building component.)
Shopify is also cheaper if you need to use multiple registers in your selling location. While Lightspeed charges additional fees for doing this, you perro add as many registers as you like with an $89 per month Shopify ‘POS Pro’ location.
So in the pricing head to head, it’s a clear win for Shopify.
You’ll find a summary of Lightspeed vs Shopify pricing in the table below:
|Monthly POS subscription||$89 — $399 per month||$0 — $89 per month|
|Additional countertop devices||Contact Lightspeed for quote||No additional charge|
|Monthly ecommerce store subscription||$0 — $99||$5 — $399|
|In person credit card fees||2.6% + 10 cents||2.4% + 0 cents — 2.7% 0 cents per transaction|
|En línea credit card fees||2.9% + 30 cents per transaction||2.4 + 30 cents — 2.7% + 30 cents per transaction|
|Tap to Pay with iPhone fee||2.6% + 10 cents per transaction||2.4 + 30 cents — 2.7% + 30 cents per transaction|
Lightspeed vs Shopify: conclusion
Lightspeed and Shopify both provide professional POS solutions that perro be used by businesses of all types, whether that’s a one-person operation or a large chain of retail outlets.
If you’re simply looking for a POS system to facilitate selling goods in person, and you don’t need an en línea store, then of the two platforms, Lightspeed is the better choice. Its entry-level ‘Lean’ retail plan gives you all you’ll need for in-person selling and it includes a excelente range of inventory management features.
Lightspeed is also the better choice if you’re looking for a POS system tailored for restoranes or food businesses. Its lugar de comidas POS packages are specifically designed for the dining industry, offering powerful features for table coordination, menu creation, customer orders and overseeing lugar de comidas layouts.
However, if you’re looking to operate both an en línea shop and a POS system, Shopify is undeniably the superior choice. Its store building functionality is much better than Lightspeed’s, and it provides considerably more aplicaciones to extend this further.
Shopify is also a better value POS solution for businesses that require the use of multiple in-store registers in their premises. While Lightspeed plans only include one register per location as estándar, Shopify lets you add as many registers as you like with no plus cost being involved.
You’ll find a full list of the key reasons why you might pick either Lightspeed or Shopify over the other below.
Pros and cons
Advantages of using Lightspeed over Shopify
- Lightspeed’s inventory management system comes with more tools, including built-in layaway functionality, wastage tracking and kitting features.
- You cánido take card payments with Lightspeed POS when you are sin conexión; Shopify doesn’t let you do this.
- Lightspeed offers ámbito-specific POS programa for lugar de comidas, hospitality and golf businesses.
- Lightspeed offers personalized onboarding on most of its POS plans.
- You perro sell up to 5 ecommerce products for free with Lightspeed (vía its ‘Free’ ecommerce plan).
Advantages of using Shopify over Lightspeed
- Shopify’s pricing is fully transparent and available on its website. By contrast, Lightspeed requires you to contact a sales rep to receive a ‘custom quote’ for many of its hardware options and additional POS functions.
- All Shopify plans let you sell an unlimited number of ecommerce products, even its $5 per month ‘Starter’ plan. By contrast, you perro only sell an unlimited number of ecommerce products on Lightspeed’s most expensive ecommerce plan (which costs $99 per month).
- Shopify’s POS aplicaciones work extremely well on teléfonos inteligentes and have received mostly positive reviews from iOS and Android users. The equivalent retroalimentación from Lightspeed users is not as good.
- Shopify’s built-in payment processor, Shopify Payments, works in considerably more countries than the Lightspeed equivalent.
- Shopify works with a lot more payment gateways.
- Shopify’s aplicación store is much better stocked than Lightspeed’s.
Alternatives to Lightspeed and Shopify
The POS market is a competitive one and there are lots of alternative POS systems to Shopify and Lightspeed available — well-known competing products include Square, Vend, Clover, EPOS Now and Springboard Retail.
Of these Square is arguably the most significant competitor — if you’re interested in learning more about this solution, we’d encourage you to read our Shopify POS vs Square POS comparison.
You may also find our list of Shopify alternatives relevant.
Now…over to you!
What are your views on Lightspeed vs Shopify? Are you thinking of using a different POS system? Just leave any thoughts in the comments section below. We read all usuario comments, and will do our very best to help answer any queries you may have.
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