Track Your Square Inventory
To create a seamless checkout experience for your customers, you can track inventory via the Square POS app, online Square Dashboard, Square Invoices or your Square Online website. Tracking and managing your inventory helps prevent overselling and will allow customers to only purchase available goods or services.
Track Inventory with Stock Alerts
If an item’s in-stock quantity count falls below the alert threshold, a low-stock alert is generated. Stock alerts can be viewed in two ways:
From Items & Orders > Items > Item Library in your online Square Dashboard, low stock alerts are shown under the "Stock Alert" column for items with alerts enabled.
Stock alert notification emails are sent to the email address associated with your Square account daily if any item with alerts enabled falls below the alert threshold. The email will list any items that fell below the alert threshold today, as well as any other items that fell below the alert threshold on previous days.
You can disable email alerts for an item by unchecking the “Alert” box for that item. Additionally, you can configure your email notifications from the Email Notifications tab on your online Square Dashboard.
Inventory in the Square App
When you complete a sale with Square, inventory stock automatically decreases to reflect the updated item count.
Sold out items will not block a sale for purchases accepted with Square. Your inventory will be updated accurately on both your POS and your online Square Dashboard, but you still can complete sales for sold out items.
Reserve Inventory for Unpaid Orders
Track your inventory by:
Items available to sell at any given time
Items included in open (unpaid) orders
Items in your overall inventory
With inventory tracking enabled, you can view the current stock on hand plus the number of items available to sell. When you add item variations to an open ticket and send the ticket to the kitchen, these variations are marked as Committed and the Available to Sell count decreases by the number of units added to the ticket. When item variations are sent to the kitchen, they are no longer available to sell online or in person because those items are claimed in an unpaid ticket.
To turn on inventory tracking for unpaid orders:
Tap Items > and select an item.
Tap Manage Stock for the item variation you want to track as committed inventory.
Select Receive Stock.
Enter the amount of inventory on hand for that item.
To view stock for unpaid orders in-app:
From the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen, tap ≡ More > Items
In the Stock Details section, scroll down to Committed. until the ticket is paid for. The Stock on Hand and Committed counts will decrease in number once the ticket is paid.
Note: The Available to Sell and Committed counts will not extend to third-party integrations at this time. If an item tracking stock becomes unavailable, the available/unavailable state will continue to sync with third-party integrations.
View and Edit Inventory in the Square App
You can view how much stock you have for a particular item and make adjustments right from the Square app.
From the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen, tap ≡ More > Items.
Create or select an existing item.
Enter a stock amount under the item details or tap Prices, Sizes or SKUs to add stock to an item with multiple variations.
To adjust stock, tap the stock amount > select a reason > enter the amount to be adjusted.
You can also go straight to step 3 by pressing and holding an item from your in-app items grid.
Inventory for Square Online Sales
When your customer places an order online, your inventory is reduced immediately. To finalize the sale and update the item count, navigate to Orders and complete the order. Stock count depends on the current status of an order:
If an order is cancelled, your stock will automatically adjust to reflect actual item count.
If an item is sold out, customers will see the item listed as Sold Out in your online store. Customers will not be able to add sold-out items to their cart or purchase sold-out items on your online store.
If an order is refunded, your stock count will not automatically increase for returned items. You can manually adjust your stock count to reflect the returned item.
Inventory with Square for Retail
With Square for Retail Plus, you can manage your inventory on-the-go from the Square for Retail POS app on iOS devices, Square Terminal and Square Register, as well as your online Square Dashboard.
Inventory for Invoices
Invoices Inventory Management allows variation availability counts – also known as “committed stock” – at selected locations to automatically decrease once an invoice is created. This feature helps prevent overselling stock prior to the customer paying the invoice.
When creating a new invoice, you will receive a warning if you do not have enough inventory available to sell in the selected location. You can identify which invoices or Square Online orders are attached to the committed stock under “Line Items”.
To enable this feature:
Go to Items & orders > Items from your online Square Dashboard.
Click Settings > Inventory.
Toggle on Enable inventory management for invoices.
Choose applicable locations or select All Locations.
Now you will see an orange banner if items in your invoice don’t have enough stock available or are sold out. If stock levels have changed or if you’ve received new stock, click Manage Stock to update your inventory prior to sending the invoice.