Limit Pickup and Local Delivery Orders on Square Online
If you automatically assign pickup and local delivery times with Square Online, you can mitigate receiving a high number of simultaneous orders by limiting how many you can take every 15 minutes. When the system hits the maximum number of orders you’ve entered, we’ll extend your prep time in five-minute increments to sequence out those orders.
Enable Order Limiting
To limit pickup and local delivery orders:
From your Account & Settings page, go to Fulfilment > Pickup & Delivery.
Select Edit by the location you want to limit orders for.
Go to either the Pickup or Delivery tab.
In the Timing section, select the toggle to limit the number of orders that can be picked up or delivered at the same time.
If you want to limit pickup and delivery orders, toggle on Count pickup and delivery orders toward the same limit. Then, select if you want to limit by the number of orders or items. If you choose items, select the items that count toward the limit to leave out items that require little to no time to prep.
Select Save when finished.
Limiting for Non-Scheduled Orders
Based on your criteria, the promised time for non-scheduled orders (i.e. orders that’ll be ready as soon as possible) will automatically stagger during peak ordering times.
By default, Square Online promises orders by rounding up to the next available five-minute increment. For example, an incoming non-scheduled order placed at 6:56 p.m. would be promised for 7:15 p.m. (not 7:11 p.m.).
Limiting for Scheduled Orders
Say you offer order scheduling and have an online ordering limit of five orders every 15 minutes. Throughout the day, your customers have been planning orders for pickup.
Your 7:00 p.m. time slot has four scheduled orders and the 7:05 p.m. time slot has one scheduled order.
At 5:00 p.m., a customer wants to place an order for pickup at 7:00 p.m. The customer doesn’t see 7:00 p.m. as an option when scheduling the order and can only pick 7:10 p.m. or later. Since you have a maximum of five orders every 15 minutes, between the four orders scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and one order scheduled for 7:05 p.m., the soonest available scheduled order time is 7:10 p.m. to honour the order limiting settings.
At 6:47 p.m., another customer attempts to place an order. By this time, you’ve received even more orders:
7:00 p.m.: Four scheduled orders
7:05 p.m.: One scheduled order
7:10 p.m.: Four non-scheduled orders
This customer would see the earliest pickup time of 7:25 p.m., as the sliding window of 15 minutes would have hit its maximum orders between 7:05–7:20 p.m.