The Champion: Lightspeed

Founded: 2005

Headquarters: Canada, United States, Europe

Lightspeeds 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: Shopify

Founded: 2004

Headquarters: Ottawa, Canada

Shopify is an ecommerce solution that helps small and medium-sized retailers manage their daily business, whether they be selling goods online, in brick-and-mortar locations, and on the go.

Why Lightspeed's the Champ

Simple pricing

Whereas Shopify charges monthly and percentage of revenue fees, Lightspeed will solely charge you a monthly fee.

Optimized checkout process

Lightspeed offers three checkout options (one-step checkout, one-page checkout and A/B testing), which can be activated or deactivated, anytime. Switch between one-step and one-page checkout, or use both simultaneously with A/B testing, to see which option yields the best conversion — and ultimately increase your sales.


Accountable support team

Starting or switching to a new eCommerce 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 free unlimited 24/7 technical customer support via phone, email or live chat.

International reach

With Lightspeed, choose amongst 14 languages for the front office and checkout pages of your point of sale software, and amongst 7 languages for the its back office — as opposed to solely one language setting with Shopify. With Lightspeed, you won’t be limiting your international growth opportunities.

Restaurant POS

In addition to its retail and ecommerce solutions, Lightspeed also offers point of sale technology for restaurants, which Shopify does not. From the front-of-house to the kitchen, Lightspeed Restaurant POS will help you run a smooth restaurant and provide great customer experience.


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. Lightspeed firmly believes that retailers of all sizes should have access to top-tier technology, giving them the resources they need to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.

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