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Create items with Square for Retail

Who is this article for?
This article is for business owners and team members with item creation permissions who are creating items with a Square for Retail Free, Plus, or Premium subscription. Learn more about custom permissions and setting up your team with Square for Retail.

About creating items

Items are sellable goods that make up your Item library. With Square for Retail Free, Plus, or Premium, you can manually create items to sell from your business.

You have three options for manual item creation with Square for Retail:

  • From your Item library in Square Dashboard

  • From the Square Retail POS app on an iOS device

  • From the Square Retail POS app on Square Register and Square Terminal

Before you begin

To create items, you need access to your Square Dashboard or the Square Retail POS app on an iOS device, Square Register, or Square Terminal.

To save time, set up taxes before you start building your item library. Learn how to Create and manage your sales tax settings.

Vendor and default unit cost variations on items are only available with Square for Retail Plus.

Create an item

You can manually create items from your Square Dashboard or the Retail POS app.

Square Dashboard

  1. Sign in to your Square Dashboard and click Item library.
  2. Click Create Item.
  3. Fill in the item details, including item type, name, image, description, unit and location availability.
  4. If applicable, add item options, variations, stock quantity and modifiers.
  5. Click Save.

Note: you can add a second unit by clicking Add unit under Units in the Edit item page and filling in and saving your modifications.

Retail POS app on an iOS device

  1. Open the Retail POS app and tap ≡ More > Items > All items.
  2. Tap Create item.
  3. Fill in the item details, including item type, name, image, description, unit and location availability.
  4. If applicable, add item options, stock quantity, variations, modifier set, and select a category.
  5. Tap Save.

When you create an item from the Retail POS app, it won’t be available at your other locations. You can enable items across multiple locations from your Square Dashboard.

Retail POS app on Square Register and Square Terminal

  1. Sign in on your Square Register or Square Terminal and select Square for Retail as your point of sale.
  2. Tap ≡ More > Items > All items.
  3. Tap Create item.
  4. Fill in the item details, including item type, name, image, description, unit and location availability.
  5. If applicable, add item options, stock quantity, variations, modifier set, and select a category.
  6. Tap Save.

When you create an item from the Retail POS app, it won’t be available at your other locations. You can enable items across multiple locations from your Square Dashboard.

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