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The State of Lightspeed in 2021

Updated Nov 26 2021

Founded in 2005, Lightspeed is a point-of-sale and ecommerce software provider based in Montreal, Quebec.

In this report, we'll cover the following essential statistics on Lightspeed usage.

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Lightspeed Growth

At present, there are 4,958 live stores running on the Lightspeed platform.

Here is the historical growth of stores running Lightspeed.

  • Lightspeed stores increased 6.8% quarter-over-quarter in 2021 Q3.
  • Lightspeed stores increased 48% year-over-year in 2021 Q3.
Quarter
New Active Stores
2017 Q1
60
2017 Q2
61
2017 Q3
37
2017 Q4
22
2018 Q1
48
2018 Q2
522
2018 Q3
240
2018 Q4
151
2019 Q1
242
2019 Q2
149
2019 Q3
160
2019 Q4
148
2020 Q1
215
2020 Q2
422
2020 Q3
487
2020 Q4
410
2021 Q1
478
2021 Q2
351
2021 Q3
302
2021 Q4 (to date)
217
Cumulative Stores by Quarter

It's hard to know exactly when a Lightspeed store was first created but we use a heuristic combining DNS and WHOIS data that provides a reasonable approximation.

Social Media Usage On Lightspeed Stores

Ecommerce brands use social media sites to engage with millions of consumers. Instagram and Facebook are the dominant social media sites for ecommerce stores, by far, with Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube also having notable usage.

  • Facebook is used by 74.4% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Instagram is used by 69.3% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Twitter is used by 21.8% of Lightspeed stores.
Type
Stores
Facebook
3,687
Instagram
3,438
Twitter
1,083
YouTube
656
Pinterest
450
LinkedIn
94
Facebook Group
21
Yelp
21
Tiktok
7
Snapchat
2

Contact Information On Lightspeed Stores

Email remains an extremely popular communication channel for merchants. Many merchants also provide a phone number so that their customers can reach them instantly.

  • 69% of Lightspeed stores provide a phone number on their website
  • 24% of Lightspeed stores have an email on their website
Type
Stores
Phone
3,420
Email
1,199

Top Categories For Lightspeed Stores

Here is the breakdown of industry verticals for stores on Lightspeed.

  • 17.9% of Lightspeed stores sell Apparel products.
  • 12.6% of Lightspeed stores sell Sports products.
  • 6.0% of Lightspeed stores sell Home & Garden products.

Top Countries For Lightspeed Stores

Here are the top countries for stores using Lightspeed.

  • 52.0% of Lightspeed stores are in United States
  • 24.5% of Lightspeed stores are in Canada
  • 2.2% of Lightspeed stores are in Australia
  • 0.5% of Lightspeed stores are in Spain
Country
Stores
1,214
108
27
10

With a paid account, stores can also be segmented by region and city.

Number Of Employees For Lightspeed Stores

Here is the breakdown of Lightspeed stores by the number of employees.

  • 1.0% of Lightspeed stores have 1 - 9 employees.
  • 0.3% of Lightspeed stores have 10 - 24 employees.
  • 0.1% of Lightspeed stores have 25 - 49 employees.
Employees
Stores
1 - 9
51
10 - 24
13
25 - 49
4
100 - 249
2
1000 - 4999
1

Number Of Products Sold For Lightspeed Stores

Here is the breakdown of Lightspeed stores by the number of products that they sell.

  • 17.7% of Lightspeed stores sell 250 - 999 different products.
  • 9.0% of Lightspeed stores sell 100 - 249 different products.
  • 6.2% of Lightspeed stores sell 1000 - 4999 different products.
Products Sold
Stores
1 - 9
126
10 - 24
48
25 - 49
96
50 - 99
44
100 - 249
446
250 - 999
880
1000 - 4999
306
5000 - 9999
44
10000 - 24999
16

Top Technologies on Lightspeed Stores

We're tracking 70 different technologies that have 7,256 collective installs on Lightspeed stores.

  • Google Tag Manager is used by 38.5% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Google Analytics is used by 38.4% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Facebook Pixel is used by 22.2% of Lightspeed stores.

Here are the top 10 third-party technologies, ordered by number of installs, across all Lightspeed stores.

Top Shipping Carriers Used By Lightspeed Stores

  • UPS is used by 3.8% of Lightspeed stores.
  • USPS is used by 2.3% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Canada Post is used by 0.9% of Lightspeed stores.

Here are the top 9 shipping carriers across all Lightspeed stores.

Shipping Carrier
Stores
UPS
187
USPS
112
Canada Post
46
Fedex
22
Purolator
7
Australia Post
4
Royal Mail
1
TNT
1
DSV
1

Lightspeed Store Top-level Domain Distribution

.com is the most popular top-level domain for Lightspeed stores. This is not surprising since alternate top-level domains have only been introduced somewhat recently and there is still a certain cachet associated with .com domains.

That said, you'll find stark regional differences in certain countries. In Australia, .com.au is the most common top-level domain with .com a close second. This is the exception however as .com domains dominate in virtually all other countries.

  • 80.0% of Lightspeed stores have a .com domain.
  • 11.2% of Lightspeed stores have a .ca domain.
  • 1.8% of Lightspeed stores have a .com.au domain.
Top-level Domain
Stores
.com
3,967
.ca
556
.com.au
90
.org
75
.net
73
.shop
38
.co
17
.edu
15
.store
13
.biz
9

Top Lightspeed Stores

Here are the top stores, powered by Lightspeed, ordered by store rank.

Name
Domain
Rank
Created
Early to Bed
12,368
2016/12/30
Tricolore Sports Montréal
15,656
2016/12/30
Wool and Company
20,502
2016/12/30
Boardgames.ca
21,156
2016/12/30
Dunbar & Corsa Cycles
23,184
2018/07/06

New Lightspeed Stores

Here are the 5 highest-ranked stores added most recently.

Name
Domain
Rank
Created
Downtown Vancouver's Bike Shop
1,757,588
2021/11/26
MURWILLUMBAH CYCLES
3,377,589
2021/11/26
www.svbghgiftshop.com
6,658,447
2021/11/26
www.deuceswildgames.com
6,762,356
2021/11/26
Bluboots
7,591,442
2021/11/26

Stores Switching to Lightspeed From Other Platforms

Over the last 90 days, Lightspeed has taken 88 merchants from competitive ecommerce platforms.

Here are the top stores that have switched to Lightspeed from competitive ecommerce platforms.

Name
Domain
Rank
Last Platform
Changed
Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe
158,550
WooCommerce
2021/10/11
Pure Anada Cosmetics
185,310
BigCommerce
2021/10/05
The Refill Shoppe
213,721
Spree Commerce
2021/09/16
Basinski,LLC
219,742
WooCommerce
2021/10/13
Bead Inspirations
249,688
Custom Cart
2021/11/25

Stores Switching from Lightspeed To Other Platforms

Over the last 90 days, Lightspeed has lost 44 merchants to competitive platforms.

Here are the top Lightspeed stores that have recently changed to a competitive platform.

Name
Domain
Rank
New Platform
Changed
TIN BARN MARKET
167,442
Shopify
2021/10/15
Thunder Mountain Bikes
264,884
Shopify
2021/11/24
Ride
273,197
Custom Cart
2021/09/08
Stay Forever
289,040
Shopify
2021/09/08
DrinkPLG
353,914
Shopify
2021/11/11

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