Square’s inventory management gives you basic tools to keep a clear count of in-stock items in your item library. For items with inventory enabled, the stock count will update based on sales from the Square app and for orders shipped through your online store.

To use inventory management, make sure you're running the latest version of the Square app on your mobile device.

Enable Inventory Management

Enable Inventory by Item

With inventory enabled, you can receive alerts in your dashboard for low-stock or sold out items, so you'll know when to reorder and restock.

  1. Visit Item Library from your Square Dashboard.
  2. Select an item from the list.
  3. Below Inventory, select Start Tracking Item Inventory.
  4. In the Inventory pop-up window, edit the In Stock quantity.
  5. To receive alerts in your online dashboard and via email when item stock is running low, check the Alert box and enter the alert threshold. 
  6. Click Save to confirm your update. 

If you have multiple locations, inventory is established, edited, and tracked on a per-location basis. 

Enable Inventory in Bulk

You can also enable inventory from your Inventory CSV:

  1. Visit Item Library and click Import/Export.
  2. Click Import Inventory and select "Download our template file." This file includes your entire item library.
  3. Open the file and add your inventory by item in column G, New Quantity. Save the file to your computer.
  4. Drag and drop your saved file to the Import Inventory window > click Upload.

Note: If you're managing multiple locations, you'll need to first select an item. Under "Inventory," select a location you'd like to import items to. Click Go and then follow the steps directly above.

Manage Inventory and Alerts for Individual Items

To adjust an item's in-stock quantity and to edit stock alerts, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit your Item Library.
  2. Select All Categories or All Inventory in the upper-left corner.
  3. Click "Manage Item Inventory and Alerts" to add or decrease the quantity of your items.
  4. Manage stock alerts for items by checking the Alert box and setting the alert threshold. If stock reaches, or drops below the alert threshold, a stock alert will be generated.
  5. Click Save.

Note: You can also update your inventory alert settings at any time from Email Notifications in your online dashboard.

Manage Inventory and Alerts In Bulk

The Import tool allows you to download a report of your current inventory and update your inventory quantities in bulk. This is especially helpful for adding new inventory and verifying current stock.

To download an inventory report or make updates to your inventory in bulk:

  1. Click Import/Export at the top right of the Item Library.
  2. Click Import Inventory from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click "Download our template file" to download your current inventory CSV report.
  4. In this report, update your Alert Threshold and New Quantity values and save the CSV file to your computer. Don't edit any other columns to prevent trouble uploading the file.

    Note: At this time, CSVs are the only supported file for bulk import. Custom templates aren't supported.

  5. Drag and drop your saved file to the Import Inventory window and click Upload > Confirm Import > Done.

To print this information for your records, click Import/Export > Export Inventory and follow the on-screen prompts. 

Note: The Import Inventory tool is only for adjusting inventory and alert threshold quantities. You can't create or edit your items here. To bulk edit or create your item library, click Import/ExportImport Items from the drop-down menu.

Track Inventory for In-App and Online Store Sales

Track 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 your online Square Dashboard, but you still can complete sales for sold out items.

Track Inventory for Online Store Sales

When your customer places an order online, your inventory is reduced immediately. To finalize the sale and update item count, navigate to Order Management and complete the order.

Stock count depends on the current status of an order:

  • If an order is canceled or expires, your stock will automatically adjust to reflect actual item count.
  • If an item is sold out, customers will see Item Sold Out when they attempt to complete their purchase. Customers will not be able to 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.

Note: At this time, online pickup orders and items sold via Square invoices aren't integrated with inventory management. Stock counts will need to be adjusted manually to reflect these item sales.

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