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Become an authorized Lightspeed POS reseller

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by on ‎06-06-2014 07:28 PM

There are over 23 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. sales. Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s. The 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the U.S. account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people.

 

Best Buy is missing out on a very large opportunity to cater to this crowd.  If a small business customer comes into Best Buy today, the only point of sale solution that is offered in-store is the Square reader or Square Stand.  If a customer does not already own an older iPad the Square Stand is useless as it only operates with an embedded 30-pin connector.  

 

The solution is for Best Buy to become a Lightspeed POS reseller.  Best Buy would be able to demo how a small business customer could use a Mac and/or an iPad to run their retail store.  If you have ever priced out an actual point of sale system they are incredibly expensive (typically in excess of $4,000 each for a full setup with computer, cash drawer, barcode scanner, etc.) and Lightspeed allows customers to create a feature-rich, scalable point of sale solution for as low as $300/mo for TWO full iPad POS terminals with barcode scanners, thermal receipt printer, cash drawer, credit card attachment and all. Not to mention customers could use a Mac mini ($599 or less) as a back office machine to be able to pull sales reports, manage employees or inventory, etc. (this could also be done from another iPad to keep expenses down).  

 

Outside of having an in-store demo, it would be beneficial for Best Buy to have knowledgable people around how all of this operates and how to set it up and I think this would present an opportunity for Geek Squad services as most small business retail owners have a lot of on their plate and tend to just care about the solution working more than the actual setup and installation process.  Just a thought. 

Status: Tell Us More
I don't know enough about Lightspeed vs. Square to really make an educated comment to this idea. I would be curious to hear from other customers on this. Remember to vote for an idea if you like it.
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on ‎06-07-2014 07:17 PM
Good idea I`m pretty sure there was an article regarding these POS setups as a way for BB to try to excel in the current climate also. They directly compared the Apple store setup vs BB and even in a BB now the areas where they sell MS/Apple/Samsung certainly stand out boldly.

Small businesses is really where the meat & potatoes are plus there`s so many more of them.
by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist
on ‎06-09-2014 11:01 AM
Status changed to: Tell Us More
I don't know enough about Lightspeed vs. Square to really make an educated comment to this idea. I would be curious to hear from other customers on this. Remember to vote for an idea if you like it.
by Valued Expert
on ‎06-09-2014 11:55 AM

I like the idea but I think it could be a logistical and customer support nightmare. Mostly customer support. 

 

However, at $300 a month in a little over a year you would have been better off paying the $4000 upfront.

 

There are a lot of small businesses out there granted.

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