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Information overload

You’ll want to sit down for this one! From a new Ascend University contest to TCRM campaigns and a Dexter outage, there’s a lot going on this week in the Ascend world. No tricks, just treats: Do you like food? Do your coworkers like food? And do you like your coworkers? Excellent – because one Read More

Summer is here!

June 21 is officially the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere – but here in Ascend, we’re celebrating a few days early with the release of the June 2018 version on June 19! Normally, we try to keep our summer releases focused on fixing bugs and improving back-end performance (since we know it’s Read More

Break out the popcorn

On a cold winter day, it’s tempting to just switch on the TV and zone out until spring. But that’s not usually a realistic option! This week, we’re here to help bring a little of that low-key feeling to your workday with three new videos on Ascend University. So grab a snack, sit back, and Read More

Stay in the loop

You know you can always reach the Ascend team by phone, but that’s not your only option! There are a lot of other ways to stay connected. Ascend is active on several social media platforms, making it easy for you to connect with Ascend – and with other Ascend retailers. Share and learn on UserVoice: UserVoice Read More

Safe & sound

Fall weather is slowly settling in, and while that means your sales are starting to wind down, it also means the holidays are right around the corner. Scammers take advantage of the fact that you’re in a flurry of activity during this time. Read on to ensure you’re keeping yourself protected from fraudulent charges. Why Read More

Time to update!

The Fall 2017 version of Ascend is already a day old! Have you updated yet? Read on to learn more about the new features and sign up for a live tour of the changes lead by our product manager, Luke Natvig. Spaces: Let’s start with some new functionality we’ve called Spaces. Spaces allow your team Read More

Start the countdown

The Fall 2017 version of Ascend is coming next week on Tuesday, September 12th. For this week, write a reminder for a brief Ascend Support phone closure to allow for team training. And if you’re attending Interbike later this month, swing by and say “hi”! Limited phones this Friday: This Friday, September 8th, the Ascend Support Read More

New season, new merch

Fall is quickly approaching! And so is some updated merchandise. Keep the customers smiling by importing updated vendor files into your database, then learn more about the Fall 2017 version of Ascend dropping on September 12th. Plus, we’ve got an update impacting REI and other store branded MasterCards. Read on to learn more. Bring on Read More

Don’t you forget about me

Don’t let the busy season make you forgetful! Now is the time to really stay on top of your inventory and upcoming On Sales. So let’s talk about the Trek Summer Sale (starting this week) and check in on cycle counts. Come see the Summer Sale: The Trek Summer Sale starts this Thursday, July 27th and runs until Monday, August Read More

It’s a hot one

It’s hot, hot, hot(!) here in Wisconsin, but we’re working hard to stay cool. And there are a couple easy ways to help you keep your cool, too. If you haven’t updated to the Summer 2017 version of Ascend, there’s no time like the present! Get the details on the hot new Coupon Wizard, and get Read More

Grab your sunglasses

Memorial day is just around the corner in the US – signaling the end of a rainy spring and the beginning of a (hopefully!) sunny summer season. We have a couple items to add to your calendar: our holiday hours next week and the upcoming Summer Ascend release. Limited support hours: Next Monday (May 29th) is Memorial Read More

Back to the Ascend basics

With the busy season right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about seasonal staff. Whether you have returning staff members or brand-new employees, they might need some help with their Ascend basics. Getting started in AU: When you add new staff members, help them set up an Ascend University (AU) account so they Read More

Time to Tidy Up

It’s time to dust off the cobwebs – spring is definitely here! Let’s start the cleaning by wrapping up TrekFest, updating some Options, bringing in new hardware, and more with this weeks post. Wrap up Trek Fest: Trek Fest has come to an end for your customers, but there’s still a little more before you’re Read More

Nothin’ but Blue Skies

The Spring 2017 version of Ascend was released last week, and nearly 65% of our locations world-wide have already updated! Have you joined them yet? Update to Spring 2017: If you haven’t updated yet, schedule some time outside of your normal business hours to join the expedition! Check out all the new features – including Read More

Meet Stratus

Your update to Spring 2017 is finally here! Update starting  Tuesday, March 28th and learn more about scheduling your upgrade to Stratus, our new multi-store backend platform. Spring is here: The Spring 2017 version of Ascend has a lot to offer: tracking information for Special Orders, updated Work Order large receipts, Ingenico firmware updates that let you accept more cards, and Read More

Track Those Add-Ons

Spring is on its way and that means tune-ups. This week, we’re reviewing the difference between products added to your sales transaction versus those added to work order details and we’ve got a reminder to sign-up for your very own website login account. Read on to learn more! All in the details: Accuracy is vital Read More

Don’t Lose Access

This week learn how you can request a login for our updated website, get the help you need to make the most our of your system, and ensure you’re staying updated with the latest version of Ascend. Don’t Lose Access: Starting February 20th, ascendrms.com visitors will need an account to access the Retailer Portal. After Read More

Goodbye, 2016!

This year brought a lot with it – including some nifty updates to your retail management system. Read on to learn about how to best wrap up 2016 and make sure to review our holiday hours. Backup: All versions of Ascend since Summer 2015 allow you to schedule your nightly backups. However, your end-of-the-year backup is one you may want Read More

Stuffed with Orders

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend full of good food and lots of sales. But this is just the beginning of the holiday season! In preparation for the holidays and the Winter 2016 release next week, let’s talk about Vendor Order updates. It’s Coming: The Winter 2016 version of Ascend will be available to all Read More

UPDATED: Keep Clipping Coupons

UPDATE: 11/23/16 11:00AM CST  We’re happy to report that we’ve received an “all-clear” notice from Chase Paymentech™. Wells Fargo cards should now be processing normally on your Ascend system. The issue was traced back to an update that Wells Fargo made last Thursday to their payment systems. Unfortunately, the change ended up negatively impacting all Read More

The Feasts Begin!

We’re halfway through November already – can you believe it? This week we’re asking you to send us your questions about the Winter 2016 version of Ascend, giving you a quick tip to help with the holiday season, and want to remind you about our limited support available next week. Read on to learn more! Read More

One more payment type

With Ascend, you’ve got payment options for every situation. Today, we’re focusing on Trek Credit Card payments due to the changes coming in November and an upcoming Dexter outage. Keep swiping Trek Cards: The processing system for Trek Credit Cards needed an update, so we’ve bundled it with the latest version of Ascend: Fall 2016. If you Read More

Did someone say “update”?

This week we’ve got some news on our latest update, a new group on the ACN to help with vendor update notifications, and information on outdated hardware. Plus, our October Hardware Sales specials. Read on to learn more. New season, new version: The Fall 2016 version of Ascend is quickly becoming the most installed version in Read More

Last Call for Grillin’

Fall is just around the corner and in the US, Labor Day is the unofficial kickoff! Ensure you’re ready for the autumn rush and prepare your shop for smooth transition to the next selling season with accurate inventories. Limited Support Available: The Ascend Support Line will be closed on Monday September 5th for the holiday, Read More

Get Down with the DM

We aren’t talkin’ Snapchat, but Ascend does give you the power to directly contact your customers on their mobile phones using SMS. Read on to learn how to make sure you’re taking full advantage of your system services. Plus, we’ve got some information on the 2016 Trek Summer Sale. Start with the Data: Before you Read More

UPDATED: Spring 2016 Update FAQs

UPDATE: 05/17/2016 9:00AM CDT Due to some issues reported with the Spring 2016 version, we put a hold on new updates. Unfortunately, fixing these issues is taking longer than we expected. Because we want to get it right, rather than just quickly, we’ve decided to instead skip additional Spring updates and simply release everything (including the Read More

No Wallet? No Problem.

Smartphones have brought us the power to control our homes, order a car, and now have the ability to replace your credit cards. With the Spring 2016 version of Ascend and an Ingenico terminal, you can now join the fun. Plus, some information on submitting your 2016 Trek Fest reports. Read on to learn more! Read More

Updates and Integration

There are a lot of cool things to look forward to in the Spring 2016 version of Ascend, including electronic signature capture and Chip & PIN processing with the Ingenico payment terminals. Here are a couple more things to convince you to spring forward with Ascend’s Spring 2016 version. Introducing Integrated Gift Cards: In the Spring Read More

Worth the Wait

In case you missed last week’s post, we’ve started to roll out the Spring 2016 version of Ascend to select retailers. Wondering why you haven’t seen the alert to update yet? Well, to make things as simple as possible for you and your team, we’ve broken the release into several “waves.” And yes – EMV IS Read More

Stay Positive

March is starting off with a snow storm here in Wisconsin, but that won’t stop us from bringing you lots of Ascend goodies. The Spring 2016 version of Ascend will be available to retailers on March 29th, so let’s take a look at a few of the features that will come with it. Stay positive: If you use In-Store Credit Read More

Become a Checkout Pro

This week we’re focusing on Ingenico devices: how you can prepare for EMV processing, what you can do to spruce up your checkout lanes, and how we can help take your look from retail rookie to sales pro. Payment Processing Prep: We’re in the final stretch! This week, we’re on track to complete the certification process with Read More

Data Powers Your Business

This week is all about data: we’ve got a new Ascend University video module for you and a couple reminders regarding inventory scanners. Data is Good: Whether you’re dealing with inventory numbers, sales metrics, or customer information, I think we can all agree that having accurate data is always a good thing. But it shouldn’t Read More

Windy City Warriors

The Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers’ Association (CABDA) is coming to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois and we’ll be there! Stop by our booth on February 3rd or 4th (or both!) and learn about how Ascend can help power your business. Whether you’re a bike retailer or specialize in other outdoor equipment, our Windy City Read More

Trek Card Goes Mobile

The Trek Card mobile app is here! Next time you’re ringing up a sale, be prepared for customers to pull out their phones instead of their wallets. We’ve also recently sent you an email invite to take a quick survey, so don’t forget to check your inbox. There’s an app for that: Trek has recently Read More

Fall 2015 is Here

The leaves are changing colors and with the new season comes an updated version of your favorite retail management system. The Fall 2015 version of Ascend includes driver license scanning, a new coupon process, and reservations! Start taking advantage of all the new features beginning on September 16th by downloading it straight from the Ascend Desktop. Read More

Scan, Swipe, Save

Trek World was a blast! Thanks to everyone who paid us a visit. We have some really cool features coming soon and were excited to share some of them with you. Missed us? No problem. We’ll be highlighting  upcoming functionality over the coming weeks right here on the blog. And if you want to know Read More

Data is King

Whenever we talk about the integrity of your database information, we’re regularly referring to inventory data. But, your Ascend system is capable of maintaining tabs on much more than the number of skis you have in stock or how many shoes you may have sold. All you have to do is make sure you’re capturing Read More

Don't Be a Fool

April 1st, 2015 introduced Fabian Cancellara’s new fragrance for champions and brought a confusing homepage to millions of visitors, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your customers confused about where they’ve done their shopping. If you have an updated receipt printer, like the Epson TM-T88IV or V, then you already own the hardware necessary to give your receipts an Read More

It's Spring Somewhere

Our sidewalks are freshly powdered with snow in Waterloo, but that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the bright, blossoming updates we’ve packed into the Spring 2015 version of Ascend. And what else could go better with your new software than some updated hardware? We can provide your business with everything it needs to get off Read More

Look Who's Here!

The Spring 2015 version of Ascend RMS is ready for the new season. Start taking advantage of all the new features we’ve been working on by downloading it now. From icons to Warranty Items to Receiving and more, our team has been working hard to bring you the first release of the year! The facelift might Read More

Would You like a Gift Receipt for That?

The holidays usually mean two things for retailers: big sales and the need for gift receipts. Tackle both with Ascend version 2.12 and the new features it brings to help make this holiday season your most successful ever. We’ve made it easier to print product labels and included new receipt default settings to make gift and email receipts a Read More

Say "Goodbye" to XP and "Hello!" to Your New Windows PC

As of April 8, 2014 Microsoft stopped providing support for its Windows XP operating system. Windows XP is 12 years old and that’s pretty old for an operating system. Microsoft does support its older operating systems, but it’s already more than 2 years past the standard ten years of support they normally provide. While it’s Read More

It's the Little Things…

It’s been just over a week since we released Version 2.11 and the majority of you have already upgraded. If you haven’t yet, make plans to upgrade soon (it only takes a few minutes). When you do, you’ll be able to start enjoying these small changes that have a big impact in Ascend. Save Sales Invoices to Read More

What's an .rpt file? Upgrade and you won't care.

In version 2.10, we’ve made some replacements and additions we think you’re going to love. Replacements We didn’t want XP to be lonely in retirement, so we decided to get rid of some older file formats, too. When you email a receipt, you’ll be sending a .pdf file instead of .htm. When you email a Read More

More Customer Data at your Fingertips

With Ascend Version 2.9 we introduced our new Customer Panel. The new panel puts a wealth of information about your customers right at your fingertips in the sales screen. In Ascend Version 2.10, due out on June 10th, you can look forward to even more. Totals for All Locations: Many of you have more than one Read More

Attention Buyers: Your Life Just Got Easier

The job of the retail buyer is a challenging one.  Figuring out what to buy to keep a store stocked with profitable products isn’t easy.  It’s even harder if you’re a buyer responsible for multiple locations.  If that’s you, we’re happy to announce that life just got easier with Ascend Version 2.9 and the new Inventory & Sales History Report. Access Read More

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung and so has Ascend Version 2.9!  We released the latest version this past Tuesday night (3/18).  Over 400 locations have updated.  If you haven’t yet, there are plenty of reasons to do it now. Read All About It:  We’ve been blogging about the reasons to update since the end of January.  Here’s Read More

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Last week we introduced our new Customer Panel.  We continue our tour of the Customer Panel this week.  Since you’re fueling your system with so much great data, your store can be the place “where everybody knows your name” and even more. New Information: We’ve added some new information for you.  With “Customer Since” you Read More

Fuel Your Marketing Program

Customer data is the lifeblood of your marketing program.  To drive customers back into your stores,  you need to be able to contact them.  To target them with specific messages, you need to know what they purchased.  In Version 2.9, we’re introducing a new Customer Panel to help collect more data and fuel your marketing program. Easy to Add Customers: We Read More

What You See is What You Get

WYSIWYG (pronounced WIZ-ee-wig) is an acronym for “What You See is What You Get”.  In Ascend Version 2.9, due out on March 18th, we’re delivering WYSIWYG to your receipts. What You See is What You Get: When ringing up a sale, many of you scan items in a specific order for your customers.  It looks Read More

Ordering and Registering Electra Products in Ascend

In case you haven’t heard, Trek acquired Electra.  Here’s what you need to know about ordering and registering Electra products in Ascend. Update Your Product Records Electra bikes are included in our Trek product update that was posted this morning.  If you already sell Electra and have their products and UPCs in Ascend, Trek will be added Read More

The Fine Print You'll Actually Want to Read

With every new release we, like most software companies, tout the big new features.  But buried down in the fine print of the release notes are many small changes worthy of your attention.  We understand if we only focus on big projects, small but necessary improvements get neglected.  So with every release we’re devoting a portion of our time to small Read More