POS Nation for Retail vs. Square

If you're just looking to accept credit card payments, or are not based in a brick and mortar location then you may want to consider Square. But if you're looking for the most bang for your buck with a retail point of sale system that comes with best-in-class, 24/7 support, then join the over 10,000 small business retailers who trust POS Nation. 


How is POS Nation different from Square?


Industry Focus

Square: Services both retail and restaurant businesses, but lacks specialty in any one industry. 

POS Nation: Built to support exclusively retail small businesses, this team is equipped with years of industry expertise.

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Square: An introductory product that can be easier to use for small retailers who are new to the industry.

POS Nation: POS Nation for Retail offers advanced features, over 55 built-in reports, and customization options, which may take more time to learn for less tech-savvy owners. 

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POS Setup

Square: Limited hardware offerings; if your business requires the sale of weighed items, or displaying transactions or advertisements, this is a challenge. 

POS Nation: Offers a large variety of hardware, including advanced hardware for your specific retail industry's needs: customer displays, integrated scales, wireless scanners, label printers, and more. 

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Square: Many need-to-have features such as processing exchanges, managing vendors and purchase orders, running profit margin reports, and more, are only included in an upgraded plan at an additional fee. 

POS Nation: Exchanges, vendor and PO management, and reporting are all included with the system, including several other advanced features at no additional cost.

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Remote Access

Square: Offers a completely mobile option that can be taken to markets, pop-ups shops, and other remote events.

POS Nation: Offers remote reporting, inventory management, and other back office features, but not cashier features.

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Square: This is a 100% cloud-based POS system, so having a strong and stable internet connection is needed to use the software.

POS Nation: A hybrid system, this software offers internet-enabled cloud capabilities for accessing business-critical data, as well a local database which does not require internet.

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Processing Rate

Square: Effective rate is 2.6% and 3.5% depending on the payment method.

POS Nation: Effective rate is between 2% and 2.5% depending on average transaction size.

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Tablet Usage

Square: Good option for businesses that want to be completely mobile and run their business on a tablet

POS Nation: Tablet integration is offered, however, software performs best on a touch PC.

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There's a Better Way with POS Nation

Square certainly has the market cornered in terms of being widely known. However, when you get under the hood you find that their low introductory price doesn't include any need-to-haves for a business owner. By the time you pay for software and hardware add-ons, the solution is priced significantly higher. 
With POS Nation, everything you need to improve checkout and grow your business comes out of the box—and backed by best-in-class, 24/7 support.
There's a better way.  

Local vs. Cloud: Get the Best of Both with POS Nation's Hybrid Solution

At POS Nation, we understand that business owners cannot afford to be at the whim of an unstable wireless connection. 

That's why our solution offers both a system that operates locally and comes equipped with cloud capabilities so you can access the information you need to make decisions 24/7. 

Best-in-Class Support When You Need It

In addition to offering US-based, 24/7 support and a dedicated customer success manager, POS Nation's team boasts a high level of customer satisfaction and is a leader in the "Customer Support" category according to several 3rd party review websites. 

POS Nation's solution and in-house team are positioned for a long-term commitment to every customer.



Bang for Your Buck

From significantly better credit card payment processing rates to hardware-included and feature-rich software in our standard pricing, POS Nation offers small and medium retailers the absolutely best value for their budget. 

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