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

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

    S M L

    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
    (418)
    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 17/09/2019

    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.

    Trincell S.
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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 30/07/2021

    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.
    Jude M.
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    • Industry: Consumer Goods
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Cha-Ching, add MORE sales with Square

    Reviewed on 27/04/2022

    I do alot of craft fairs and want to provide customers the flexibilty & confidence when making...

    I do alot of craft fairs and want to provide customers the flexibilty & confidence when making their purchases. Square is a perfect solution, I can check my inventory, make multiple sales and email customer's receipt all within the Square App on my phone.

    Pros

    Square is user friendly and makes in person transaction a breeze. I am happy I could enter all my inventory, description and prices within the app. Making multiple sales is simple. Customer's recognize the square device on my phone and feel confident when I process their cards. The have the option to with swipe or tap.
    Most customer's input their email address or phone for receipts. I can also offer discounts, rewards and gift cards from the App.

    Cons

    Overall Iam happy with the using Square and have not had any issues yet. I've heard other merchants complain of lack of support. Also, if and when my business grows I may have to look into another service since it is more small business friendly

    Jason P.
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    • Industry: Environmental Services
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

    Never got the card reader

    Reviewed on 25/04/2022

    I gave up with trying customer service was non existing

    I gave up with trying customer service was non existing

    Pros

    It will work without the reader but having to manually enter numbers gets old

    Cons

    the fact I never received the card reader

    Shanna N.
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Easy to Use / Track Sales!

    Reviewed on 21/02/2022

    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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