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Compare Square for Retail Free, Square for Retail Plus, and Square Point of Sale

Square for Retail is a comprehensive, all-in-one POS solution designed specifically for retail businesses. Square for Retail builds on features from the standard Square Point of Sale and includes advanced functionality to help retailers run their business more efficiently.

Compare Square Point of Sale and Square for Retail Free and Plus plans to find the best POS solution for your business. If you’re interested in learning more, you can try Square for Retail for free for 30 days. After your trial ends, you can upgrade your plan or continue with Retail Free.

Pricing

Square Point of Sale Square for Retail Free Square for Retail Plus
Monthly Price Free Free £49/month, per location
Card-Present Processing Fees 1.75% 1.75% 1.6%

For more information regarding processing fees, check out our Square for Retail and Point of Sale pricing articles. Custom pricing is available if businesses process more than $250K per year. Contact our sales team for more information on Retail Premium plans.

Features

  Square Point of Sale Square for Retail Free Square for Retail Plus
Inventory Management      
Unlimited items ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Low stock alerts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Automatically track inventory - ✔️ ✔️
Use GTIN and SKU bar codes - ✔️ ✔️
Auto-create items from GTIN - ✔️ ✔️
Auto-generate SKUs - ✔️ ✔️
Stock Conversion - ✔️ ✔️
Create item categories ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Cross-location stock counts - ✔️ ✔️
Cross-location bulk transfers - - ✔️
Inventory counting tool - - ✔️
Inventory Sell-through Report - - ✔️
Purchase orders - - ✔️
Barcode printing - - ✔️
Vendor management - - ✔️
See inventory history - - ✔️
Bulk receive inventory - - ✔️
Checkout experience      
Saved carts ✔️ (Open Tickets) ✔️ ✔️
Discounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Scan existing SKUs ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Scan price-embedded barcodes ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Bar code scanning with iOS camera - ✔️ ✔️
Enhanced checkout grid - ✔️ ✔️
Search by item variant, category, and customer - ✔️ ✔️
Create cross-location orders - ✔️ ✔️
Accept cross-location returns - - ✔️
Exchanges - - ✔️
Reports      
Sales reports ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Sell-through reporting - - ✔️
Profit margin reports - - ✔️
Cost of goods sold - - ✔️
Vendor sales - - ✔️
Payments      
Integrated payments ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Next-day transfers ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Data security (PCI) compliance ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
No hidden fees ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Invoices ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
eGift cards ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Physical gift cards ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Online Sales      
Free online store ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Smart website builder ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Inventory sync across channels ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
In-store pickup or delivery ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Sell on Facebook/Instagram ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Custom domain Starts at $15/mo for Square Online Professional plan Starts at $15/mo for Square Online Professional plan Starts at $15/mo for Square Online Professional plan
Discounted shipping Starts at $30/mo for Square Online Performance plan Starts at $30/mo for Square Online Performance plan Starts at $30/mo for Square Online Performance plan
Product reviews Starts at $30/mo for Square Online Performance plan Starts at $30/mo for Square Online Performance plan Starts at $30/mo for Square Online Performance plan
Customers      
Auto created customer profiles ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Customer groups ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Custom fields ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Team Management      
Unlimited personal passcodes ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Timecard reporting ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Time tracking ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Unlimited sets of permissions Starts at $45/mo for Team Plus Starts at $45/mo for Team Plus ✔️
Sales vs. Labour reporting Starts at $45/mo for Team Plus Starts at $45/mo for Team Plus ✔️
Multiple wage rates Starts at $45/mo for Team Plus Starts at $45/mo for Team Plus ✔️

Supported Operating Systems

  Square Point of Sale Square for Retail Free Square for Retail Plus
iPads ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
iPhones ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Android phones ✔️ - -
Android tablets ✔️ - -

Note: Square for Retail on Mobile has a limited feature set. Learn more about the differences between Square for Retail Plus and Square for Retail Free when using an iPhone.

Square Hardware Compatibility

  Square Point of Sale Square for Retail Free Square for Retail Plus
Square Reader for magstripe: headset jack or Lightning connector ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Reader for contactless and chip ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Stand ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square point-of-sale kits for retail businesses ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Register ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Stand ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Square Terminal ✔️ - -

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