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.
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    Business size

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    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: 80

    • ACH Payment Processing
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Appointment Management
    • Backorder Management
    • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
    • Barcode Recognition
    • 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 Salons and Spas
    • 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
    • Touch Screen
    • Transaction History
    • eCommerce Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5
    (426)
    Value for Money
    4.5/5
    Features
    4.6/5
    Ease of Use
    4.7/5
    Customer Support
    4.4/5

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    Chase M.
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    • Industry: Facilities Services
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Great for entrepreneurs

    Reviewed on 17/9/2019

    It is very easy to use and convenient for my customers

    It is very easy to use and convenient for my customers

    Pros

    The ease of use for this product is amazing. I love how you can make a sale with the virtual terminal by either swiping a card or sending an invoice.

    Cons

    The fees per use can be cumbersome. However all pay portals have some sort of fee to use their product.

    Janet M.
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Great Point of sale system

    Reviewed on 13/9/2020

    Awesome and after using two other point of sale systems we have had no issues with the system going...

    Awesome and after using two other point of sale systems we have had no issues with the system going down. Very reliable.

    Pros

    Easy to use! Download the App and get setup. I just recently bought their Square Register and it is awesome. Customer service will help you get the right APP for your business.

    Cons

    Been using their credit card device for well over a year and have never had any issues. There isn’t one thing i don’t like.

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    Shopify

    Reasons for Choosing Square for Retail

    Terrible customer service, terrible app and so many issues with their credit card equipment going down.

    Switched From

    Lightspeed Retail

    Reasons for Switching to Square for Retail

    Worked best for my business, and has so many options. Marketing, payroll, loyalty etc.
    Michael T.
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    • Industry: Alternative Medicine
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Let Square free You

    Reviewed on 2/6/2022

    I Get paid without having to run around the office

    I Get paid without having to run around the office

    Pros

    I love that I can use my Square terminal anywhere. Whether I am at an event or in the back room, I can get paid.

    Cons

    I do find that sometimes the payouts can be confusing

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    Elevate

    Reasons for Choosing Square for Retail

    cost ease of use. I got tired of going to my computer to check patients out

    Reasons for Switching to Square for Retail

    Cost and ease of use
    Callie R.
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    • Industry: Nonprofit Organisation Management
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

    Not likely to use Square again

    Reviewed on 12/5/2022

    Bad.

    Bad.

    Pros

    It's easy to use, affordable, and simple.

    Cons

    Customer service was horrible, and deactivated our business account multiple times w/ no reason for why. When we tried to set up new accounts, those were also automatically deactivated. We tried to resolve the problem with numerous customer service reps over many times, and the end result was the same: they all recommended using a different program from Square. YIKES. When your employees recommend using other programs, it's not great.

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    Reasons for Switching to Square for Retail

    Cost. But it's not worth the hassle.
    Shanna N.
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Easy to Use / Track Sales!

    Reviewed on 21/2/2022

    Overall it is easy for all of our team members to use!

    Overall it is easy for all of our team members to use!

    Pros

    We use square daily to keep track of sold items / integrate inventory / keep track of customers purchases.

    Cons

    We do not have any cons that come to mind!

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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: 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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