Lightspeed has announced it is integrating Intuit QuickBooks Online and Planday so retailers and restaurateurs can efficiently manage their finances and workforce within the iOS ecosystem.
Lightspeed iOS Integration
Intuit is going to bring its payroll solution, while Planday will provide a workforce management platform. Together with Lightspeed’s cloud-based point-of-sale systems, the collaboration will give independent businesses in both industries a fully integrated finance and employee scheduling capability.
All three companies are Apple Mobility Partners, which will ensure a “compatibility issue free” integration. For many independent retailers and restaurant owners, who are in the small business segment, having the technology they choose work out of the box is extremely important. And the relationship between the three companies plays a role in this.
Julian Teixeira, VP of Sales, Lightspeed, explained the significance of the relationship in the press release. He said, “This relationship ushers in a new era of ease and innovation for our customers. With this integration, we are delivering one experience to retail and restaurant customers to help them save time, make more money, and improve data accuracy through automatic syncing of all systems.”
Benefits of the Integration
The applications of all three companies are going to be integrated into the iOS platform to deliver a seamless user experience. According to Lightspeed, this will save businesses time and money while being able to engage with their employees more effectively.
When Lightspeed users get on their iPhone or iPad, they will be able to deliver a better customer experience because they will be able to see a comprehensive picture of their business. Owners will have a centralized location where they can manage and report on their entire inventory.
Anytime there is a sale, the information automatically goes from Lightspeed into the correct ledger in Intuit QuickBooks Online. And when it comes to scheduling your workforce, Planday lets owners plan shifts based on expected revenue while managing individual or group communications.
While these functions are taking place, the three platforms are communicating with each other. So the information on sales, worker times and attendance will go from Planday and Lightspeed into Intuit QuickBooks Online to run payroll.
What this means for the small business operator is no more wasted time creating reports for each task because they will be consolidated.
Christian Broendum, CEO, Planday, said it best as to how retailers and restauranteurs will benefit from this integration, “Ensuring the right employees are in position and with the right team size during busy or quiet periods is key to success, but this has been a real admin challenge for operators. The combined solution represents a significant step in solving this equation with the minimum of effort.”
You can get more information from the Lightspeed restaurant and retail web pages.
Having these integrations is actually very convenient for you get access to data even if you are on mobile.
The integrations are perfect and it is just what their target market needs. I think that it is a wise decision.
I chatted with Dax Dasilva from LightSpeed in 2013 so it’s cool to see this. I wish any business trying this the best. In theory, integrated systems are great and reduce pain points.