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Auto-generate SKUs with Square for Retail

With Square for Retail, you can automatically generate unique SKUs when you add a new item variation – so you can spend less time setting up your items and more time making important decisions for your business. Additionally, you can enable a single setting to automatically populate unique SKUs in bulk for any existing item variations in your item library missing a SKU.

Note: Auto-SKU Generation is currently available through the online Square Dashboard. At this time, you can not auto-generate SKUs from the Square for Retail app for iOS and Square Register.

Get Started

The Automatically generate SKUs setting will be toggled on by default, but you can toggle it off at any time by visiting Items > Settings > Inventory in your online Square Dashboard. Once you confirm the setting is on, you can start auto-generating SKUs by following these steps:

  1. Go to Items in your online Square Dashboard, and click Create an item.

  2. From the Actions drop-down menu, select Generate SKUs. Note: Your access to the item library may be limited for several minutes while the update takes place.

  3. Once you’ve confirmed you would like to auto-generate SKUs by clicking the Generate SKUs button, all item variations missing SKUs will receive their own unique SKUs. If all of your item variations already have SKUs, you’ll see a pop-up confirming there are no more SKUs to generate.

  4. Click Save.

SKUs will also auto-generate any time you create a new item from the online Square Dashboard Items import, as long as the item variation doesn’t already have a SKU and the Automatically generate SKUs setting is on.


If I delete an item, will I be able to use the same auto-generated SKU again?

No. The auto-generated SKUs will not populate a second time, even if the item variation(s) they were associated with are deleted. As a workaround, you can manually assign a previously auto-generated SKU to a new item variation.

Does this feature allow me to auto-generate GTINs as well?

At this time, the ability to auto-generate GTINs for item variations is unavailable. Since product manufacturers set GTINs, Square for Retail does not support automatic GTIN generation.

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