Xsilva Systems releases LightSpeed 3.1

Jul 15, 2010, 08:00 ET from XSILVA SYSTEMS INC

New features, enhancements build on strong uptake among multi-store retailers

MONTREAL, July 15 /PRNewswire/ - Xsilva Systems Inc., (www.xsilva.com), maker of a comprehensive suite of easy-to-use tools for retailers, has released LightSpeed 3.1, providing retailers with a host of new features and enhancements to its world-class point-of-sale system for Mac.

LightSpeed is Xsilva's elegant retail platform for Mac that blends innovative functionality with a stylish and intuitive look and feel. It combines a robust point-of-sale (POS) solution for front-counter retail with back-office functions such as inventory management, order processing and billing.

In March, Xsilva released LightSpeed 3.0, which featured a new point-of-sale screen, a host of new features for multi-store retailers, including a powerful new solution called Multi-Store Pro, and expanded support for Xsilva's e-commerce solution, Web Store 2.0.

In a few short months, LightSpeed's new multi-store capabilities have attracted significant interest and uptake by the broader market as more retailers come to appreciate the functional aesthetics, ease of use and simplicity of Mac.

"While the response to LightSpeed 3.0 and Multi-Store Pro has been impressive, we are committed to continuous improvement to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers," said Dax Dasilva, founder and CEO of Xsilva Systems. "With v3.1, we have added additional features and enhanced the platform in a variety of ways in response to early feedback from retailers."

    New features and enhancements include:

    -   PCI Payment Application Data Security Standard Compliance
        (Certification In Progress)
    -   Ingenico i6580 Debit Terminal Support (U.S.)
    -   Setup Assistant and combined Setup Panel to help new businesses get
        up and running on LightSpeed with an easy-to-use wizard that guides
        users through setup for the company, point of sale interface, taxes
        and more.
    -   Customer Merging to merge duplicate customer records in one simple
    -   Receipt Emailing of easy-to-read HTML receipts for invoices from the
        POS screen or Invoice window.
    -   Matrix Product Import of records for inventory such as clothing and
        apparel with Import Tools.
    -   Numerous improvements to the POS screen


More than 40 years after its founding as a one-man shop, Willcutt Guitar Shoppe in Lexington and Richmond, KY, has three locations and 12 staff. Willcutt turned to Xsilva Systems in January, 2009 for a stylish and robust POS system to drive its business growth. In May, 2010, it adopted Web Store 2.0 improve its online presence.

"LightSpeed has proven to be a wonderful choice for us," said Tom Jones, Willcutt's operations manager. "Moving to the next level with Web Store, and now 3.0 with its Multi-Store Pro capabilities, was an easy decision. Having had 10 years experience in the POS industry and after managing a tech support help desk, I can say unreservedly that this is one of the most solid and dependable POS systems I have ever encountered."


    LightSpeed 3.1's multi-store features include:

    -   Multi-Store Lookups: Keep tabs on the inventory levels of products at
        other locations, providing real-time access to detailed inventory
        availability and status information.

    -   Multi-Store Transfers: Send, track, and receive inventory transfers
        between store locations with drag-and-drop ease using Transfer Out
        and Transfer In documents.

In addition to these features, retailers can pay an additional annual subscription fee to use Multi-Store Pro and enjoy the same cross-store conveniences as big box retail operations. Multi-Store Pro provisions:

    -   Product Replication: Enables a master store location to replicate
        data to other retail outlets in the chain. This saves store owners
        time and ensures consistency with suppliers and how products are
        grouped and classed for easy inventory control.
    -   Cross-Store Gift Cards: Allows redemption of gift cards anywhere in a
        retail chain.
    -   Cross-Store Returns: Allows customers to return a product to any
        store without store staff having to waste time and effort on
        researching the original sale.
    -   Cross-Store Reporting: Provides sales information for each store
        location to owners and managers, and inventory information to
        purchasers and controllers.

To learn more about LightSpeed and LightSpeed Web Store, please visit www.xsilva.com.

About Xsilva Systems

Xsilva Systems makes a comprehensive suite of retail tools under the LightSpeed brand that are tailored to the Mac platform and intended to help individual retailers and small 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 Web Store allows retailers to generate and maintain a fully customizable PHP- and CSS-based e-commerce site from their LightSpeed database.

For more information on Xsilva Systems, please visit www.xsilva.com.

"LightSpeed" is a trademark of Xsilva Systems Inc. The names of other companies or products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.