Nothing says relief like a strong drink at the end of a long week. With over 100 varieties, The Whiskey Shop in Williamsburg is only too happy to indulge fans of the brown elixir.Continue Reading >>
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The advantages of a great brick-and-mortar shopping experience are well known to consumers: personalized customer service, a sense of entertainment, being able to see and feel products up close, and the immediate gratification of walking out with goods in hand. Even with the convenience of online shopping, the traditional brick-and-mortar model still remains both popular and lucrative; so much so, that even eCom giants like Amazon are looking to get in the game.
Amazon seeks to deliver the advantages of online shopping to physical stores with its upcoming Kindle-based point of sale. Their aim is to provide small-to-medium sized retailers with advanced check-out technology and analytical capabilities – in exchange for access to their private data. In an article published on Re/code, LightSpeed CEO Dax Dasilva looks ahead to what this integration could mean for the independent retail industry and why retailers should think twice before partnering-up with Amazon.
In today’s omnichannel world, retailers are looking for a single POS that can provide integrated inventory for both their brick and mortar and online stores. Earlier this year, we released Web Store 3.1 for LightSpeed Cloud, the first time our e-commerce solution fully integrates with our Cloud-based POS. This week, we are proud to announce the release of Web Store 3.1 for LightSpeed Pro.Continue Reading >>
For the past 20 years, fans of vintage guitars (think cherry red Gibson’s from the 1960s and beat-up leather cases) have flocked to Chicago Music Exchange. Now, with a thriving web store, collectors from all over the world can shop their jaw-dropping selection. We spoke to owner David Kalt about what it takes to succeed in the Windy City and beyond.Continue Reading >>
On April 7th, a vulnerability called Heartbleed was discovered in some versions of the popular OpenSSL software, which is used by a majority of the world’s web services to encrypt communication between the user and the service. Heartbleed allows a third party to potentially access private data from the server.Continue Reading >>
1. Visit the “Getting Started” section of our LightSpeed Cloud User Guide. This guide covers everything form account settings to initial setup, adding products and LightSpeed Web Store.
2. If you’re a visual learner, we’ve recently added a bunch of new training videos to help guide you through the process from A-Z. All our videos can be found in this one central location and they are categorized by topic so you can quickly find what you need. If you’re a LightSpeed Pro customer, you have check out videos for that product here.Continue Reading >>
It’s the end of an era – the Windows XP era. Starting April 8, Microsoft is nixing support for its legacy operating system. The computer giant spells it out pretty clearly but basically, if you’re still on XP, you’ll no longer receive security patches and tech support, which can leave your PC in a vulnerable position.Continue Reading >>
At LightSpeed, we want to get to know our clients. That’s why we’re launching a series of meet n’ greet events in New York for our customers and the local retail community.
It was like a block party for our SoHo retail friends last Thursday as we officially welcomed Miami-based accessories brand Miansai to the neighborhood. Previously available through high-end retailers and online, Miansai opened its flagship at 33 Crosby St. in December.Continue Reading >>
From knitting accessories to brewing their own beer, Americans from coast to coast are doing it themselves. Restoring antiques, repurposing vintage clothing and supporting small-batch artisanal businesses are trending activities right now, as well as encouraging shopping local as a lifestyle. Several independent stores we work with have embarked on the DIY bandwagon, including Chicago Brew Werks, Suite Pieces in New York, and Knit Purl in Oregon. Each company is capitalizing on the developing taste for authenticity and quality.Continue Reading >>
Moncler’s stunning space-themed window display. (Source: Best Window Displays)
A stroll down Madison Avenue in NYC or La Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris is like a free trip to a museum. It’s almost impossible not to rubberneck at some of the eye-catching storefronts belonging to the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Ladurée – to name just a few. Major retailers invest heavily in their windows, knowing how crucial they are to communicating their brand’s image and narrative. While smaller businesses may not have the cash to match the grandiose displays of international luxury brands, an attractive storefront is still critical to attracting new customers. London-based visual merchandising expert, Jonathan Baker, spoke to us about why many small-to-medium independent retailers need to get inspired when it comes to their windows.Continue Reading >>