Retail POS system & payments

Maximize efficiency and team happiness

Manage inventory, suppliers, teams and stores from one retail platform. From easy-to-use POS and ecommerce tools to advanced reporting, Lightspeed has what you need to help you scale and succeed.

Powering gamechanging businesses in over 100 countries


Lightspeed’s customers processed $90.7 billion in GTV* through Lightspeed’s platform in fiscal 2024


~165K locations around the world trust Lightspeed


Our experts have been guiding entrepreneurs for over 15 years

Sourceforge, Capterra and G2 give the Lightspeed POS system high ratings.

Retail software to simplify and scale.

Streamline your operations and accelerate growth with personalized workflows, payment capabilities and intuitive features that make life easier for your team.

Expert help 24/7
Enjoy dedicated and fast 24/7 support from retail specialists who know your business.

Unified commerce
Unite all your stores and channels to provide seamless experiences that delight customers at every touchpoint.

Gain visibility
Get real time insights into your sales, product and team performance with customizable reports available anywhere, anytime.

Manage all locations from a unified retail POS and payments platform that evolves with your business

Get industry-leading tools, payment technology and integrations that enable you to keep up in today's fast-moving and competitive retail landscape.

Improve inventory accuracy with the Lightspeed Retail POS System

Close gaps

Improve inventory accuracy across every location and warehouse.

  • Track shrink and discrepancies
  • Quickly order and receive stock
  • Manage online orders
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See real-time reports with the Lightspeed Retail POS System

See everything

Get full visibility across your business.

  • Track real-time updates
  • Spot trends across locations
  • Customize reports
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Grow your business with Lightspeed Retail POS

Grow your business

Attract more customers, no matter where they shop.

  • Automate your marketing
  • Communicate on all channels
  • Segment customers based on data
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The world's best businesses rely on Lightspeed

Be the go-to business in your space with retail point of sale software built for ambitious merchants

Manage multiple locations with the Lightspeed Retail POS system

Multilocation management

Integrate and manage inventory, sales and customer data across all your sales channels and stores.

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Inventory management

Reduce stockouts and overstocking, plus gain visibility across multiple locations and channels.

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Sell online with the Lightspeed Retail POS system


Meet your customers where they shop, from your site to social selling to online marketplaces.

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Lightspeed Payments is built into the Lightspeed POS system


Speed up checkout, streamline payment reconciliation and accept cards and digital payments with ease.

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Customize your Lightspeed Retail POS system with our open API

Open API

Build highly customized workflows and capabilities to suit your business needs with Lightspeed's API.

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Lightspeed's platform and API power Neal's Yard's operations and marketing across 40+ locations.

Jurlique uses Lightspeed to curate customer experiences across 120+ stores

South Bark increased tipping revenue by 11% with Lightspeed Payments

Simply For Life expands nationwide thanks to Lightspeed’s advanced features

Lightspeed Retail integrates with the technology you already use.

Integrate with best-in-class retail applications.

Extend the capabilities of Lightspeed. The platform integrates with the world's leading accounting software, ERP systems, marketing tools and more.

Considering the switch to Lightspeed?

Switching to Lightspeed is easy. From data migration to hardware and payments setup, our industry experts will support you each step of the way.

  • Get fast 24/7 support
  • One-on-one onboarding
  • Dedicated Account Manager to answer every question
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See if Lightspeed Retail POS system is right for you.

Discover how Lightspeed can help you manage sales, inventory, customers, suppliers, payments and reporting in real time.

What is a retail POS system?

A retail point of sale system is an integrated platform that combines software and hardware to facilitate and manage sales transactions in retail environments. A complete retail point of sale system includes both back and front-end management tools. The benefits of a POS system in a retail shop include accurate inventory tracking, efficient checkout processes, detailed sales analysis and the ability to create personalized customer experiences through targeted promotions and loyalty programs.

Unlike a POS machine, which typically refers to the physical device used for transactions (like a cash register or card terminal), a POS system encompasses a broader scope, including inventory management, customer relationship management (CRM) and sales reporting functionalities. Your retail POS should also include multi-store inventory management, purchase orders, stock transfer between locations and special order and work order management. It should seamlessly connect with your ecommerce platform.

While not all retail POS software is cloud-based, the majority of retailers are switching to cloud solutions to modernize their business and keep up with the increasingly demanding reality of the industry. Opting for a system on the cloud frees you to manage your business from anywhere. The cloud will connect all your stores, giving you and your teams much more robust data to work from when making important financial decisions—you’ll have one seamless picture of all your operations in one place.

Cloud-based retail POS systems also benefit customers, as their profile (including sales history and loyalty program) more easily follows them from store to store and channel to channel.

How do I choose a retail POS system?

To choose a retail point of sale, profile your business. What is your annual GTV? What is your store count? How many SKUs do you carry? What kind of services do you offer beyond physical products? POS systems built for small businesses might not have everything you need.

Next, define your must-haves and deal breakers. You’ll probably want built-in inventory management, the ability to connect to your ecommerce platform, access to your data—and built-in reporting around that data—and you’ll want it all to be easy to train staff on. Integrated payments should be on the list as well; there’s less chance for error, and checkout is faster. Make sure the API is open, so you can augment the platform as you see fit. Compromising on features will mean you’ll need to juggle multiple systems down the line, which is inefficient.

Finally, think about the future of your business. Your POS provider should offer 24/7 support in case you need them. They should make it easy to scale and add new locations. And they should be constantly innovating for you, with regular feature releases that address how retail is constantly evolving.

How does POS payment work?

Embedded POS payments work by directly and automatically transmitting sale data from the POS system to the payment terminal. This eliminates the need for manual entry, which cuts down on errors and ensures more accurate accounting in the POS system.

Why should I use Lightspeed Retail POS system for my business?

You should use Lightspeed because we can help you go further.

Lightspeed POS is a leading commerce platform trusted by businesses in over 100 countries. Business who use Lightspeed grow faster than the competition*, streamline their operations, delight customers and empower their staff.

Unlike our competitors, Lightspeed goes beyond just being a POS system for the front counter. For example, our comprehensive inventory management system is built-in, allowing you to oversee and optimize one of the most important parts of your business without juggling multiple systems at once.

We strive to be a partner in our customers’ success. In addition to our expert support agents, you’ll have a dedicated account manager to answer any questions about Lightspeed, your business or how the two intersect.

From powerful point of sale tools to 24/7 support, Lightspeed gives you one touchpoint for all your business needs—so you can focus on what matters.

*U.S.-based Lightspeed retail customers saw Same-Store GTV grow 35% in 2021 compared to 2020 versus the industry average sales growth of 18%. Concurrently, U.S.-based Lightspeed hospitality customers saw Same-Store GTV increase 52% versus the industry average sales growth of 31% for the same period.

Source: Year in Review 2021

Can I manage multiple stores using Lightspeed?

Yes, Lightspeed’s enterprise POS system was designed to make managing multiple stores straightforward.

From the beginning, setting up new stores is simple—you can copy data from an existing store to speed up the process. Once a second (or third and beyond) store is set up, you can easily switch between their Lightspeed back offices from one platform, no matter where you are.

Once stores are set up, you can transfer inventory between locations, order stock for any location without juggling different tools and access data for your business as a whole or as individual stores. Customer profiles and sales histories will follow shoppers from location to location and channel to channel for a seamless sales experience.

Can you migrate my current inventory and customer data into the Lightspeed Retail POS software? How easy is the migration process of our data onto your POS?

Yes, we can help migrate your data. Lightspeed offers tailored onboarding packages to help retailers get set up with less stress. We can migrate your inventory and customer data, train your staff, transfer gift card balances, and more.

You can also migrate your current inventory data to your new Lightspeed Retail POS on your own through the Item Import tool that can support up to 10,000 items imports at a time. Simply export your data from your existing system in a .CSV file and upload it to the Lightspeed Retail POS system.