Get Started with Square for Retail
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Square for Retail streamlines your business – so your sales, inventory, purchase orders, customer directory and reports are integrated. The Square for Retail app works with your online Square Dashboard, along with iPad and iPhone, Square Terminal and Square Register, so connecting the dots (while optimizing your business’ profitability) has never been easier. With Square for Retail, you have two subscription options:
Square for Retail Free at no monthly cost
Square for Retail Plus at $79 per month, per location.
Some features may be unavailable to sellers using Square for Retail Free. Learn more about the differences between Square for Retail Free and Square for Retail Plus or sign up for a free 30-day trial to see which features are best suited for your business.
Sign up for Square for Retail
If you’re brand new to Square, explore the Square Basics to get comfortable with our ecosystem and knock a few essentials off your to-do list:
Link a bank account to your Square for Retail account to start receiving transfers.
Get the right hardware for your business to start accepting payments, printing receipts and scanning barcodes.
If you don’t have an existing Square account, you can also sign up directly for Square for Retail.
Afterpay and Square for Retail
If you’re eligible to accept Afterpay, your customers can pay for online purchases between $1 to $2,000. In-person Afterpay transactions are not yet available in Canada, but we hope to expand functionality in the future.
Learn more about Afterpay and Square.
Square for Retail Features
Begin by logging in to your online Square Dashboard and setting up your item library with details such as unit types (pounds, ounces, etc.), unit precision up to the hundredth (.00) or thousandth place (.000), and unit costs. You can also generate device codes and create barcode labels. Note: While PLU barcodes are supported for items with decimal quantities, embedded barcodes are not yet supported.
Export/Import Item Library: Take bulk actions on your item library and stock.
Item Options: Quickly create and organize item variations by combining item options.
Auto-SKU Generation: Automatically generate SKUs for your item variations through your item library and during the barcode label creation process.
Device Code: With Square for Retail, you can create a device code to sign in to your account. Each device code can only be used on one device, and your monthly subscription fee is affected by the number of active points of sale you have.
Create and Print Barcode Labels: You can generate barcode labels directly from your online Square Dashboard.
Use the Square for Retail POS App
The Retail POS app is your full front-of-house POS solution.
Retail POS App Navigation: Review the Actions menu of the Retail POS app.
Favorites List: Create a favourites list for your most popular items.
Process a Payment: Manage your cart and process payments.
Issue a Refund or Exchange: Process a refund or exchange from your transaction history or customers list.
Create and Manage Items From the App: Add or edit items for individual locations directly from the app.
Cash Management: Track cash sales and account for paid in/paid out adjustments outside of a sale.
Manage Inventory from the app: Adjust stock levels.
Manage Customers: Create, manage, message or add a customer to a sale.
Notification Centre (iOS Only): View account alerts, new feature announcements and Square news – all from one easy-to-access place.
Learn more about the differences between Square for Retail Free and Square for Retail Plus.
Team Management & Square Shifts
Your Square for Retail subscription includes unlimited team member profiles with Team Management which you can set up via the Team section of your online Square Dashboard. You’ll also have access to labour management features with Square Shifts.
Team Members: Create individual team member profiles and track time using Timecards.
Set Roles and Assign Permissions: With Team Permissions you’re able to customize each of your team members’ permissions and access to your Square account.
If subscribed to Team Plus or Square for Retail Plus, you can pair team member badges to individual team members in place of a passcode to add an additional layer of security to your account. Badges allow team members to log in to your point of sale based on their assigned permissions and clock in and out for a shift.
Square Shifts: Create schedules and set availability for your team, view and edit timecards, set your break rules and more.
Note: Both Square for Retail Free and Plus have access to Team Management and Square Shifts features. Square for Retail Plus also includes additional advanced features.
Backend Inventory and Ordering
Square for Retail is geared towards businesses with more inventory and ordering needs. You’ll have access to these important tools:
Vendor Management: Create vendors with associated items, assign a vendor cost (unit cost for specific vendors) and view each vendor-specific item library.
Purchase Orders: Purchase orders allow you to request and receive stock from specific vendors.
Bulk Receive Stock: Bulk-receiving stock allows you to quickly scan or enter your inventory via Square for Retail on iOS and Square Register.
View Square for Retail Reports
View Inventory History: View a detailed report of every inventory adjustment.
Advanced Reporting: Square for Retail offers a suite of powerful reporting tools.
Commission Rates with Retail Plus
Square allows you to assign unique commission rates to each of your team members, giving more experienced team members a higher rate and less experienced team members a lower rate for services. Learn more about setting up commission tracking.