Square for Retail

POS & inventory management for retail businesses

About Square for Retail

Square for Retail is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system designed for retail businesses, which includes tools for inventory, customer, and employee management. The system allows users to track and manage multiple store inventories, create customer profiles, and includes an integrated time clock, enabling employees to clock in and out at the cash register.

Square for Retail’s inventory management tools allow users to track, transfer, and adjust stock over multiple store locations, with automatic alerts for low stock levels. Users can create purchase orders and send these to vendors, and generate cost of goods sold (COGS) and margin reports. For sales, product barcodes can be scanned, or product keywords can be searched.

Customer profiles are automatically created for each card transaction, allowing users to record customer details, track purchase histories, and also add notes or customer preferences to profiles to offer a more personalized service. Square for Retail automatically sorts customers into groups based on whether they are casual, loyal, or lapsed customers, and users can also create their own custom groups. Customer payment details can also be added, enabling users to charge customers with a single click. All payment types can be accepted through Square, including cash, gift cards, credit and debit cards, and NFC (near-field communication) methods such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, and contactless cards. Digital receipts can be sent to customers by email or SMS, using contact detailed stored in their profile.

Pricing starting from:

US$60.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Square for Retail

  • Stock can be managed, adjusted, and transferred across multiple locations, with users automatically alerted to low stock levels and able to create purchase orders to be sent to vendors.

  • Customer profiles are automatically created from card transactions, allowing users to track purchase histories, record customer preferences, and add notes.

  • Item barcodes can be scanned, or users can search for items using keywords, and payments can be accepted in multiple forms, including cash, contactless, chip-and-pin, or magstripe cards, Android Pay, and Apple Pay.

  • Individual employee accounts can be created, granting access to POS features while maintaining control over settings and sensitive information.

  • The integrated time clock allows employees to clock in and clock out at the register, and users can track and edit employee timecards at any time.
  • Typical Customers

    • Freelancers
    • Small Businesses (2-50)
    • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
    • Large enterprises (500 and more)

    Deployment

    • Cloud-based
    • On-premise

    Markets

    Canada, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$60.00/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Square for Retail: 81

    • ACH Payment Processing
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Appointment Management
    • Backorder Management
    • Barcode Recognition
    • Barcode/Ticket Scanning
    • Barcoding/RFID
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • CRM
    • Cataloguing/Categorisation
    • Clock In/Out
    • Commission Management
    • Cost Tracking
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Customer Accounts
    • Customer Database
    • Customer History
    • Customization
    • Discount Management
    • Electronic Payments
    • Electronic Signature
    • Email Marketing
    • Employee Management
    • For Retail
    • For iPad Devices
    • Gift Card Management
    • Historical Reporting
    • Inventory Management
    • Inventory Optimisation
    • Inventory Replenishment
    • Inventory Tracking
    • Invoice Management
    • Item Management
    • Label Templates
    • Location Tracking
    • Loyalty Program
    • Mail Order
    • Merchandise Management
    • Mobile Access
    • Multi-Channel Management
    • Multi-Location
    • Order Entry
    • Order Fulfillment
    • Order Management
    • Order Processing
    • Payment Processing
    • Point of Sale (POS)
    • Pricing Management
    • Product Identification
    • Purchase Order Management
    • Purchasing & Receiving
    • QuickBooks Integration
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Order Entry
    • Real-time Updates
    • Receipt Management
    • Remote Order Entry
    • Reorder Management
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Retail Inventory Management
    • Retail Management
    • Retail POS
    • Returns Management
    • Returns Tracking
    • SKU/UPC Codes
    • Sales Reports
    • Sales Tax Management
    • Sales Trend Analysis
    • Search/Filter
    • Shipping Labels
    • Shipping Management
    • Stock Management
    • Supplier Management
    • Time Clock
    • Touch Screen
    • Transaction History
    • Transaction Management
    • eCommerce Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5
    (458)
    Value for Money
    4.5/5
    Features
    4.5/5
    Ease of Use
    4.7/5
    Customer Support
    4.4/5

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    Maddie
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    • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Square for small business retail

    Reviewed on 22/8/2018

    Square was a cheap way for me to reach a larger demographic of people at the markets, it adds to...

    Square was a cheap way for me to reach a larger demographic of people at the markets, it adds to my business's professionalism and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Pros

    I love the convenience of swiping a card, I love that it pays out quickly (far quicker than over my website) and it keeps peoples information from past square interactions they've done so you can send them a receipt.

    Cons

    I would love to have an offline setting so it could save the cards and charge when you reconnect. I don't always have a connection at the markets I'm working. I'm working currently with the smallest square phone connection so I also look forward to updating to the version that accepts debit cards too

    Alex
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    The Only Way To Accept Payments For Small Business

    Reviewed on 5/8/2019

    I recommend using Square for small business purposes only. That being said, they have a wonderful...

    I recommend using Square for small business purposes only. That being said, they have a wonderful option for POS.

    Pros

    The Square plugin was super easy to use and fit most devices. The application is simple and adjustments were easy to make changes to. Paperless receipts are the best way to go about transactions.

    Cons

    The price was a little high for the software. Using the plugin had its disadvantages if you use a phone and that phone has a protective case. The application sometimes froze.

    Alternatives Considered

    Venmo

    Reasons for Switching to Square for Retail

    The popularity among companies meant ease of use.
    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

    Less features than free version

    Reviewed on 28/4/2017

    Pros

    The new inventory management could have been a great feature. However, it eliminates the ability to enter inventory manually. It has the ability to process returns, however eliminates the ability to use other functions available in the free version.

    Cons

    The retail version has less features than the free version. Inventory can only be uploaded and can not be entered manually. The upload feature does include field matching, so it is a very, very laborious to convert from another system. Customer service is virtually non existent and not available on the weekends. We use have two square stands in our retail store. We love the current square system and were excited about the retail version and willing to pay the fee for both registers. We are looking for a more robust inventory system and POS and were excited about continuing with square. The new Square App does not come close to other POS systems . Very disappointing. I hope square improves this software before we select an alternative.

    Trincell
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    • Industry: Consumer Services
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Easy Sales and Storefeont

    Reviewed on 30/7/2021

    I was the one assisting a friend with setting up her storefront while working on mine as well....

    I was the one assisting a friend with setting up her storefront while working on mine as well. Through mine I invoiced to accept payment for items on hand or orders personally placed with me.

    Pros

    User friendly platform to load your storefront with products. Present templates that are also customizable to your liking. Integration of an inventory model to track what you have left on hand.

    Cons

    Have a plan for your products of offering multiple size and/or color options before entering on the site. It's much harder to edit and change the categories once it's set. Know what your page intent is as well ahead of schedule.

    Alternatives Considered

    PayPal, Venmo, PayPal Zettle and Samsung Pay

    Reasons for Switching to Square for Retail

    Added alternative means for my customers to pay and shop.
    Lauren
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    • Industry: Automotive
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Game changer!

    Reviewed on 10/12/2019

    I love it! I was searching for months and researching all different types of POS software and...

    I love it! I was searching for months and researching all different types of POS software and hardware and always came back to Square being the best bet. The quality is just there. The ease of use, the sleek feel, great customer service and great rates. I trust Square with my business and so should you!

    Pros

    I love how easy everything is to setup and use. No crazy long instructions to try to figure out and there aren’t multiple steps for just one thing. So user friendly. Love that everything is in one. Checkout features, inventory, clocking, card processing everything. They offer so much more too than just what I use. Amazing!

    Cons

    The cost of hardware is kind of pricey but honest the value and quality is there so I can’t really complain!

    Alternatives Considered

    PayPal Commerce Platform and Clover

    Reasons for Choosing Square for Retail

    I felt like Square was more reliable.

    Reasons for Switching to Square for Retail

    Again, the overall quality, reviews, rates and great service.
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    Square for Retail FAQs

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    Square for Retail offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$60.00/month
    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    $60 per register, per month. 2.75% payment processing fee per transaction. 30-day free trial available.

    Square for Retail has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500

    Square for Retail supports the following languages:

    English

    Square for Retail supports the following devices:

    iPad (Mobile)

    Square for Retail integrates with the following applications:

    Instagram, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Quickbooks Online, Square Appointments, Square Invoices, Square Payroll, Square Point of Sale

    Square for Retail offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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