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09/09/2021

Square Register Debuts in Canada

New Square survey finds 72% of Canadians are looking for socially-distanced, cashless ways to support local businesses.
Anna Wolfe
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Square is introducing Square Register in Canada. With 80% of Canadians reporting their commitment to buying local is more important now than before the pandemic, Square Register offers Canadian sellers a cashless new way to sell and run their businesses from a COVID-safe distance.

The pandemic has accelerated the demand for new, more flexible omnichannel commerce solutions. Square Register is a fully integrated, all-in-one point-of-sale in  that offers dedicated seller and buyer-facing screens that can be set up as far as two meters apart, for a safer buying experience.  

A newly released Leger survey commissioned by Square shows that 72% of Canadian respondents agree that distanced and cashless buying options help them feel more comfortable when supporting local sellers.

 

37% of restaurants say integration with a third-party delivery system is driving their next POS upgrade -- HT's 2021 POS Software Trends report

Square Register enables integrated, omnichannel commerce straight out of the box and works seamlessly with Square’s growing ecosystem of business tools — from free POS software and data reporting tools to dedicated restaurant, appointments and retail software, invoicing, e-commerce and more. Sellers have access to all the tools they need to run and grow their businesses without the need for additional tablets, apps or add-ons. Square Register allows sellers to manage their in-person and online business from one place, including inventory, point-of-sale, employee management and deliveries, enabling businesses to grow as they open new locations and integrate new revenue streams.

Making the Switch

Canadian businesses of all sizes have been part of a group of early adopters who have made the switch to Square Register as part of their post-pandemic strategy, including: Calgary’s Village Ice Cream, Ontario’s Steel N Ink, Toronto’s Kensington Brewing Company, Montreal’s Les Petits Ziboo and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation’s McMahon Stadium — home of the Calgary Stampeders — and Scotiabank Saddledome — home of the Calgary Flames.

Village Ice Cream founder and owner Billy Friley — who first began using Square in 2014 — credits Square for helping his team “pivot easily” to integrate digital payments, online ordering and curbside pick-up of their popular small-batch ice cream treats throughout the pandemic. “Village Ice Cream is all about getting people out and connecting in the urban village,” he explains. “We're really excited about having a fully dedicated POS with Square Register as it’s an all-in-one solution that requires no training for our team and gives our customers more space and privacy when they are making digital payments or tipping.”

 

32% of restaurants say using data to understand guest preferences and behavior is driving their next POS upgrade -- HT's 2021 POS Software Trends report

Before the pandemic, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation was receiving 50-60% of its onsite payments in cash during big games, so deploying a new POS system to enable cashless, distanced payments quickly has been a key priority. “So far, Square Registers have been easy to use for our patrons and staff and have been performing great for us at McMahon Stadium,” says Rachelle Roulston, Manager, Special Projects at Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. “The advancements — not only from a technology standpoint — but the time savings and our ability to get away from handling cash has been a great win. Staff get to go home early, they're a lot happier, and they're not having to deal with the risk of carrying that cash.”