Square for Retail

Square for Retail

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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.


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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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5
    (476)
    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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    Maddie
    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 22/08/2018

    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

    Daniel
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    • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Excellent Software with Hardware Shortcomings

    Reviewed on 29/04/2021

    Overall, Square for Retail is a powerful software that allows you to take sales portably with a...

    Overall, Square for Retail is a powerful software that allows you to take sales portably with a very small footprint. However, the hardware has catching up to do.

    Pros

    Square easily handles transactions for our church book stall. It provides up-to-date inventory and online reporting for tax purposes. You can easily add sales, promotions, and other tailor-made functions.

    Cons

    What I like least about this software is the hardware. We utilize the Square Terminal, which was attractive as a portable register in that it takes credit cards via swipe and chip, but also prints receipts. The optional scanner is even nicer to use. However, for the scanner to work, the terminal must be plugged into an outlet, which robs it of its portable nature. Additionally, adding inventory via the Terminal is cumbersome and slow. Imagine typing in inventory titles using a small smart phone that is slower than a smart phone.

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    Clover

    Reasons for Switching to Square for Retail

    Square for Retail was a more reputable brand with better rates via the Terminal and had more attractive hardware in its Terminal product.
    Carrie
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    • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

    Terrible Customer Service

    Reviewed on 16/11/2022

    Square has served it's purpose and opened a new way for transaction processing. Luckily there are...

    Square has served it's purpose and opened a new way for transaction processing. Luckily there are now many other options.

    Pros

    Simple enough to add products and check out.

    Cons

    After using square POS for a few years, we switched to Shopify bc we also had an online store and needed to consolidate systems. We continued to pay for Square for a year although we were no longer using the system for anything other than to access old orders. When our office manager canceled the paid account, Square no longer allowed us to access the account at all. Our office manager spent several hours and finally got access. We were not informed that all other user accounts would be closed and that the only way to access old records would be through the owner email account. I called square to ask about being locked out of my account and the customer service rep ([SENSITIVE CONTENT]?) was incredibly rude, unhelpful, and sarcastic. I'm happy that we no longer use Square solely based on the customer service. Additionally, the processing fees went up drastically for us when we began offering one CBD product (THC free) out of several hundred products in our store.

    Dannyelle
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Online Ordering through Retail

    Reviewed on 05/04/2023

    Overall great, we use Square throughout our business and it covers our bases. A few flaws that can...

    Overall great, we use Square throughout our business and it covers our bases. A few flaws that can get frustrating here and there in the matter of being able to customize things to do exactly what we need it to be, but overall it's pretty good!

    Pros

    We specifically use Square for Restaurants POS system for our taproom system, which also ties into our mobile payments, but we do use Square for Retail as the basis for our online ordering page through Wix, as it works best for hosting that site for orders. It works great, we can track inventory and orders and such, it does what we need it to do!

    Cons

    Honestly, the only thing I wish was different was that we didn't have to use Retail and could just use Restaurants for our online ordering, but the retails works for it better and it functions so it's fine.

    Alternatives Considered

    Toast POS

    Reasons for Switching to Square for Retail

    We were already using Square for ever other aspect of our business, so honestly, it makes sense!
    Michelle
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    • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Square Use by Non-Profit

    Reviewed on 13/03/2020

    We chose this software because we needed a way to take credit card payments that didn't involve...

    We chose this software because we needed a way to take credit card payments that didn't involve opening up a web browser on a computer and hand entering in numbers. We use the readers and software to take in person payments at events. This has been such a great improvement to how we used to do it. It has sped up the registration process a lot. it has also given us an easy way to take payments for t shirts and pins at events where we could only take cash previously.

    Pros

    This was one of the least expensive options for taking credit card payments at events. When we signed up we even got 1 credit card reader for free. (Note that you do need reader 1 fore android phones and 1 for iphones). It was very easy to sign up and we got our card readers very quickly. The software is easy to use. I like that you can have multiple users. Also, a lot of people recognize and trust square so they have no issues providing their cards for scanning.

    Cons

    We haven't used the service/software for a long enough time to encounter any major bugs. Some cards (older, worn down) have a harder time scanning than others but that is a card issue, not an issue with the scanner.

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    Square for Retail FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Square for Retail.

    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, French, Japanese, Spanish

    Square for Retail supports the following devices:

    iPad (Mobile)

    Square for Retail integrates with the following applications:

    Instagram, QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Online Advanced, 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, Chat

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