Shopify vs Square

Last updated: February 09, 2021

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Shopify
Simple, Beautiful, and Flexible End-to-End E-Commerce Solution. Simply choose a stylish ecommerce website design, easily customize your online store, add products, and you're pretty much ready to accept payments. Whether you already have products, are looking to sell digital goods or are interested in drop shipping — Shopify has a complete solution for you.
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Square
Accept credit cards on your iPhone, Android or iPad. Send invoices free with Square Invoices. Signing up for Square is fast and free, and there are no commitments or long-term contracts like with alternative services.
Shopify vs Square in our news:

2021. Shopify expands its payment option, Shop Pay, to its merchants on Facebook and Instagram



Shopify has partnered with Facebook to expand its payment option, Shop Pay, to all Shopify merchants selling across both Facebook and Instagram. This is the first time Shop Pay will be made available outside of Shopify’s own platform, and represents a significant expansion for the e-commerce platform’s payments technology. Shop Pay will first become available to all Shopify merchants using checkout on Instagram in the U.S., and will then be rolled out to Facebook in the weeks that follow. Prior to this launch, Facebook’s platform has been one of Shopify’s most popular sales and marketing channels for merchants


2018. Square acquired website builder Weebly



Square which is best known for its payment software will acquire Weebly for $365 million. Weebly offers easy-to-use website-building tools and is focused on serving small businesses and e-commerce companies. The company raised $35.7 million in funding Square says that by acquiring Weebly, it can create “one cohesive solution” for entrepreneurs looking to build an online and offline business. And because 40 percent of Weebly’s 625,000 paid subscribers are outside the U.S., the deal will help Square expand globally.


2018. Shopify now allows to fulfill orders directly from your phone



Shopify app for iOS and Android now supports buying and printing shipping labels from your phone. You can create and print labels immediately, or save them to print later, and you can manage your entire shipping workflow from the palm of your hand. You also get full access to everything you currently use in Shopify Shipping, including our low rates with supported carriers (UPS, DHL Express, USPS, and Canada Post) directly in the Shopify app.


2017. Shopify adds new shareable discount links



To help you make the most of the holiday shopping bonanza, Shopify added a simple new function that will help you reach out and pull those deal-hunters right into your store. Shareable Discount Links direct customers to your homepage and automatically apply a discount code to their cart. Shareable Discount Links eliminate the need to find or enter a code, and give you an enticing invitation that you can send to customers via email, Facebook, or other social media.


2017. Shopify Mobile adds Discounts, Product Collections, Live View, and More



Last year during Black Friday Cyber Monday, more Shopify merchants logged in on mobile than on desktop. That’s why this year the developers focused on making key features you need for your #BFCMWin available on your phone or tablet. You can now create, modify, and manage discounts from your phone and tablet. Another new feature - Product collections is one of the best ways to help your customers find what they’re looking for quickly. Now, you can set up and modify Product Collections on mobile in the Shopify app. And with Live View on mobile, you can keep track of your store’s performance in real-time, which is especially handy during high-traffic days like BFCM weekend.


2017. Shopify integrates with UPS



UPS has become a new option in Shopify Shipping, so U.S.-based Shopify merchants can now offer a best-in-class delivery experience, just like enterprise retailers. With UPS and Shopify Shipping, you’ll get competitive rates of up to 52% off list rates, just in time for the holiday season. No matter how big or small your business is, you can now access UPS’ guaranteed delivery date shipping options at industry-leading rates. UPS offers Shopify merchants exclusive discounted rates, especially for heavier packages. Shopify will cover any peak surcharges on UPS Ground shipments during the holidays.


2017. Shopify introduced real-time visitors monitoring



Shopify now allows store owners to watch the activity taking place in online store, as it happens. With Live View, you can now keep track of how your store is performing in real-time right from the palm of your hand. You can track how many visitors are on your site right now and where in the world they are, watch visitors become customers and celebrate sales as they happen, monitor daily total visits, orders, and sales, keep a pulse on your purchase funnel as visitors add items to their carts, start the checkout process, and successfully make purchases, see how many pages are being viewed right now.


2017. Shopify integrates with eBay



Shopify and eBay have partnered to give you access to eBay’s customer base of over 171 million buyers, and this new sales channel is ready to use. Just like Shopify’s partnerships with Amazon, Facebook, and other top selling channels, the new eBay sales channel effortlessly syncs with your Shopify store. Merchants based in the U.S. and selling in USD can easily list and sell on eBay while conveniently managing the fulfillment and inventory process within Shopify. Simply add new products to Shopify and sync your product information in the eBay sales channel to create an eBay listing. You'll save time manually entering product information and be able to manage your entire product catalog for your online store, retail store, eBay listing, and all other sales channels, all from one place.


2017. Shopify launches new Marketing Analytics



Shopify has launched a new set of Marketing Activity and Sales Attribution Reports that give you a comprehensive understanding of how your marketing efforts are performing. You’ll see clearly and quickly what’s working (and what’s not), and can use that knowledge to improve your marketing campaigns. To bring in new customers, you may run a variety of marketing campaigns using tools like Kit, Facebook, and Google, or apps like MailChimp. You’ll see clearly and quickly what’s working (and what’s not), and can use that knowledge to improve your marketing campaigns.


2017. Shopify integrates with DHL Express



Shopify teamed up with DHL Express to help online store owners to access the global market. Now, you can grow your business with international shipping that works for every business, big or small.  When you ship orders with DHL Express, your customers win. They'll get end-to-end shipment tracking, the security of a signature upon delivery, and their order will be there in two to five business days.You can even schedule free DHL Express pick ups in Shopify, for any volume of packages. To start using DHL Express make sure your shop is setup to ship internationally with shipping zones, add DHL Express rates to these international shipping zones, create DHL Express shipping labels for international orders and schedule a free DHL Express pickup.