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The State of Lightspeed in 2021

Updated Sep 17 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 4,767 live stores running on the Lightspeed platform.

Here is the historical growth of stores running Lightspeed.

  • Lightspeed stores increased 8.4% quarter-over-quarter in 2021 Q2.
  • Lightspeed stores increased 65% year-over-year in 2021 Q2.
Quarter
New Active Stores
2017 Q1
57
2017 Q2
62
2017 Q3
38
2017 Q4
22
2018 Q1
47
2018 Q2
515
2018 Q3
239
2018 Q4
152
2019 Q1
245
2019 Q2
146
2019 Q3
161
2019 Q4
151
2020 Q1
227
2020 Q2
427
2020 Q3
505
2020 Q4
414
2021 Q1
494
2021 Q2
347
2021 Q3 (to date)
292
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 74.9% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Instagram is used by 68.6% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Twitter is used by 23.1% of Lightspeed stores.
Type
Stores
Facebook
3,572
Instagram
3,271
Twitter
1,099
YouTube
640
Pinterest
459
LinkedIn
59
Facebook Group
20
Tiktok
6
Snapchat
1

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.

  • 71% of Lightspeed stores provide a phone number on their website
  • 24% of Lightspeed stores have an email on their website
Type
Stores
Phone
3,364
Email
1,162

Top Categories For Lightspeed Stores

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

  • 18.4% of Lightspeed stores sell Apparel products.
  • 12.5% of Lightspeed stores sell Sports products.
  • 5.8% of Lightspeed stores sell Home & Garden products.

Top Countries For Lightspeed Stores

Here are the top countries for stores using Lightspeed.

  • 54.0% of Lightspeed stores are in United States
  • 25.0% of Lightspeed stores are in Canada
  • 2.1% of Lightspeed stores are in Australia
  • 0.6% of Lightspeed stores are in Spain
Country
Stores
1,192
102
27
5

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.

  • 0.5% of Lightspeed stores have 1 - 9 employees.
  • 0.1% of Lightspeed stores have 10 - 24 employees.
  • 0.0% of Lightspeed stores have 100 - 249 employees.
Employees
Stores
1 - 9
24
10 - 24
7
25 - 49
2
100 - 249
2

Number Of Products Sold For Lightspeed Stores

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

  • 17.2% of Lightspeed stores sell 250 - 999 different products.
  • 8.6% of Lightspeed stores sell 100 - 249 different products.
  • 6.1% of Lightspeed stores sell 1000 - 4999 different products.
Products Sold
Stores
1 - 9
120
10 - 24
41
25 - 49
90
50 - 99
41
100 - 249
410
250 - 999
818
1000 - 4999
290
5000 - 9999
43
10000 - 24999
16

Top Technologies on Lightspeed Stores

We're tracking 68 different technologies that have 6,957 collective installs on Lightspeed stores.

  • Google Analytics is used by 38.9% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Google Tag Manager is used by 38.0% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Facebook Pixel is used by 22.0% 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 3.3% of Lightspeed stores.
  • USPS is used by 2.2% of Lightspeed stores.
  • Canada Post is used by 0.9% of Lightspeed stores.

Here are the top 7 shipping carriers across all Lightspeed stores.

Shipping Carrier
Stores
UPS
158
USPS
106
Canada Post
45
Fedex
25
Purolator
7
Australia Post
5
TNT
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.

  • 80.2% of Lightspeed stores have a .com domain.
  • 11.3% of Lightspeed stores have a .ca domain.
  • 1.8% of Lightspeed stores have a .com.au domain.
Top-level Domain
Stores
.com
3,824
.ca
537
.com.au
86
.org
72
.net
66
.shop
33
.co
17
.edu
14
.store
12
.us
11

Top Lightspeed Stores

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

Name
Domain
Rank
Created
Sarah O. Jewelry
www.sarahojewelry.com
8,237
2018/11/09
Early to Bed
www.early2bed.com
12,589
2016/12/30
She Bop
www.sheboptheshop.com
18,879
2018/06/08
Normans Rare Guitars
www.normansrareguitars.com
22,631
2016/12/30
Capitol
www.shop-capitol.com
24,052
2018/11/23

New Lightspeed Stores

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

Name
Domain
Rank
Created
Jonah & Sage
www.jonahsage.com
695,979
2021/09/17
Salmon River Fly Box
www.salmonriverflybox.com
746,940
2021/09/17
Koorie Heritage Trust, Inc.
shop.koorieheritagetrust.com.au
1,973,327
2021/09/17
Human Kanvas
shop.humankanvas.com
3,069,812
2021/09/17
RADD Cruisers 4WD Ltd.
radd-cruisers.shoplightspeed.com
3,197,773
2021/09/17

Stores Switching to Lightspeed From Other Platforms

Over the last 90 days, Lightspeed has taken 54 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
Peace & Riot
www.peaceandriot.com
145,497
Squarespace
2021/07/30
DECO Raleigh
www.decoraleigh.com
152,347
Squarespace
2021/07/03
The Refill Shoppe
www.therefillshoppe.com
164,391
Spree Commerce
2021/09/16
The Lab OKC
www.thelabokc.com
287,224
BigCommerce
2021/08/27
Valley Yarn Ltd
www.valleyyarn.com
323,635
Rain
2021/08/18

Stores Switching from Lightspeed To Other Platforms

Over the last 90 days, Lightspeed has lost 52 merchants to competitive platforms.

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

Name
Domain
Rank
New Platform
Changed
shopsquireshop.com
shopsquireshop.com
74,051
Shopify
2021/08/14
Kanel Spices
www.kanel.com
155,404
Shopify
2021/09/01
Gogo Inc.
www.gogojewelry.com
191,003
Shopify
2021/07/11
The Symphony Store
symphonystore.com
201,692
Shopify
2021/07/03
Maria Luisa Boutique
marialuisaboutique.com
218,402
Shopify
2021/08/08

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