LightSpeed to host reseller certification camp in Montreal, introducing channel partners to company's expansive new headquarters

Biggest Canadian Cert Camp in company's history to culminate in grand opening party at new 12,000 square foot HQ

MONTREAL, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Today marks the start of the 11th reseller Certification Camp for LightSpeed, makers of award-winning retail technology for the Mac platform. This three-day-long event will be the largest Canadian Cert Camp in the company's history and will be held at the Opus Hotel in Montreal.

The Cert Camp marks the unveiling of the company's new headquarters, a 12,000-square-foot facility that exemplifies LightSpeed's rapid revenue growth to date and future recruitment plans. On the final night of the Cert Camp, resellers will be joined by LightSpeed executives, employees, partners, customers and invited guests at the company's expansive new headquarters, which have been completely renovated to echo the sleek esthetic of the company's products, for the official grand opening party. A highlight of the renovation is a custom-designed two-wall mural by non-profit Montreal artist collective En Masse, whose work is receiving widespread international acclaim. Contributing artists will be on-site at the party for the public unveiling of the original work.

Sold through a network of more than 400 resellers in 26 countries around the world, LightSpeed makes point-of-sale, mobile point-of-sale and eCommerce platforms that offer big-box-store functionality at an affordable price. The market has responded to this suite of tools made for the iGeneration: the company has experienced an impressive 1,900% growth in the last five years and was recently named the fastest growing in Quebec, and number 24 in all of Canada by PROFIT Magazine.

Nothing better characterizes the company's rapid growth over the past five years than the move to a new headquarters nearly three times the size of the space the company occupied under its previous name, Xsilva Systems. The space is a modern building in Montreal's hip Little Italy neighborhood, typifying LightSpeed's corporate culture and lending itself to the company's ambitions to be seen as a destination employer. To accommodate the increased market demand for LightSpeed, the company is looking to add to its sales, support and development teams and encourages interested parties to visit the Careers section of LightSpeed's website at http://www.lightspeedretail.com/careers/.

A record number of LightSpeed resellers from around the world will be converging on the new headquarters from September 22-24 for the largest Canadian CertCamp in the company's history. Over 70 participating authorized resellers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Australia, are taking part in instructional sessions and interactive workshops, and sharing best practices and selling techniques to provide global retail customers with the best possible service. Attendees will participate in sessions tailored to their experience level, with detailed explanations of LightSpeed's many features, including purchasing, inventory control, accounting, networking, configuration, and multi-store and online selling, as well as LightSpeed Mobile, the company's mobile-point-of-sale platform. Completion of the training and a post-camp exam will give resellers added certifications that will showcase their new levels of expertise.

The official grand opening of the new LightSpeed headquarters at 7049 St. Urbain, in Montreal, takes place on the evening of Saturday, September 24, beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7pm, followed by cocktails at 8pm and dancing at 11pm.

About LightSpeed
LightSpeed makes a comprehensive suite of retail tools that are tailored to the Mac platform and intended to help individual retailers and small- to medium-sized retail chains grow and manage their businesses more effectively. LightSpeed makes managing a retail business as easy as click, drag and drop, and features a powerful front-counter Point of Sale solution. It also features extensive quoting, ordering and invoicing capabilities, label and barcode printing, reporting, inventory management, customer profiling and tracking, credit-card processing, gift cards and multi-store functionality. Add-on module LightSpeed eCommerce allows retailers to sell their inventory online with a LightSpeed Web Store or Magento solution that is tightly integrated with their in-store database. LightSpeed Mobile offers retailers the ability to eliminate impersonal cash register line-ups and instead complete transactions on the retail floor using the same hardware as Apple does in its own retail stores. This mobile Point of Sale system represents the very latest in retail technology, without the high cost of custom application development that big box stores are paying to achieve the same functionality.

For more information on LightSpeed, please visit www.lightspeedretail.com.

Xsilva and LightSpeed are registered trademarks of Xsilva Inc. Trade names of other companies used in this announcement are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of appropriate companies.

SOURCE Lightspeed

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