Another option to move away from Microsoft POS is the Lightspeed Retail POS. It adapts to multiple industries like apparel, jewelry, bikes, electronics, sporting goods, and more. Lightspeed is a hybrid point of sale system that boasts a very rich feature-set, built-in processing, eCommerce, and other features. Apart from its advanced built-in functions, its ability to integrate with dozen of applications can boost your business operation to a new level.
Lightspeed’s main features include:
- PO management, tracking stock level at each store and creating PO to vendors;
- Access the POS from any device, anywhere;
- Various hardware solutions like iPads, Bluetooth scanners, cash drawers, etc.;
- Customer dashboard to understand their behaviors and insights;
- Inventory management: customizable inventory tagging, inventory matrix, item bundling, and bulk breakdowns;
- Holds, layaways, and wishlists;
- Reusable gift cards and certificates;
- Customer loyalty programs and personalized promotions;
- Employee management including time clock, user permissions, and sales reports;
- Automated text and email campaigns;
- Easy returns and exchanges.
- Accept multiple payment options;
- Advanced inventory management;
- eCommerce integration.
Expensive monthly fee for small businesses.
The basic plan starts at $69/month for 1 device, with an extra cost of $29 for each advanced feature like eCommerce, loyalty, analytics, and accounting software integration.
Payment processing fee: Lightspeed Payments is Lightspeed’s in-house payment processor, which charges you a processing fee of 2.6% plus a $0.10 flat fee per card-present transaction, and $0.30 per card-not-present transaction. Other third-party payment processors supported are FIS Worldpay and TSYS Merchant Solutions.
Hardware cost: Lightspeed POS works with iPads, desktop PCs, and any hardware. If you need hardware like scanners and printers, you can get a quote from Lightspeed or purchase elsewhere.