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Ascend University

Have yourself a merry little rebate

December is roaring in with a TCRM rebate, an incoming update, and seasonal shenanigans. In between all that holiday planning, take some time to make sure you and your staff are on top of your online security by reviewing our Ascend and online best practices and tips. Get your rebate: The Trek Connect Retail Marketing Read More

Tis the season

The end of November is considered the beginning of the holiday season in the US. Are you ready for the gift-giving season? Make sure you know the upcoming Ascend support hours, are up-to-date on Promotions, and can confidently issue Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, and In-Store Credit. Limited Support: The Ascend support line will be closed this Read More

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

Fall in love

We had a bit of a false start with the release of the September 2018 version of Ascend – but never fear, that just gives you and your staff more time to brush up on all the new features! September 2018: A few weeks ago, we gave you a sneak peek of the new features Read More

Fall is just around the corner

The leaves are already turning colors in Wisconsin, which means fall must be coming! To kick off the season, our support lines will be closed next Monday for Labor Day. We’re also wrapping up the summer season with another Ascend University contest and Saris is welcoming fall with a Labor Day sale. Limited support hours: Next Monday, September 3rd the Read More

Labor of love

Labor Day in the US is fast approaching. For most of the country, that probably means that your business is starting to slow down – and many vendors and retailers use this last, big holiday to close out excess summer inventory. It also means we’re inching closer to the release of the September 2018 version Read More

Will the real Justin please stand up?

This week, we’re excited to announce the winner of our Watch Now, Play Later Xbox One S giveaway! We’ve also got reminders for retailers who participated in the Trek Summer Sale and a note about special support hours this Friday. Read on to learn more. Winning attitude: Thanks to all of you who participated in our Read More

Bring it in

Things are coming together this week – the Ascend Team for an all staff meeting, cyclists for Ride Across Wisconsin, and important ‘best practice’ information for vendor product imports. Mark the calendar and grab your notebook – you’ll want to write this down! Limited support: The Ascend support line will be closed from 8:00AM-9:00AM CST Read More

The sale of the summer

The Trek Summer Sale starts this week! Are you ready for it? We’ve got the resources you need right here. It’s also the final days of our Sherpa contest! Make sure you’re up-to-date in Ascend University for a chance to win an Xbox One S. Trek Summer Sale: Take advantage of Trek’s Summer Sale – with sale Read More

Service central

By now, your season is probably in full swing – and now that customers are out and about in the great outdoors, their equipment probably needs some TLC and your service center is bustling. This week, we have a few tips to keep things humming along. Hotfix incoming: Retailers have been quick to adopt the Read More

A little help from my friends

The Ascend support line will be closed briefly Friday morning, but there are a lot of great resources available to help out while we’re away! From videos to articles to conversations with other retailers, we’ve got a resource type for everyone. Limited support: The support line will be closed from 9:00am to 10:15am CST on Friday, July 20th for an all staff Read More

Make a reservation

If you’ve already updated to the June 2018 version of Ascend, hopefully you’re taking advantages of the cool new features! If you aren’t on June 2018 yet, make sure to set aside some time outside of store hours to update. You should also take a few minutes right now to read this post and check Read More

Fire up the grill

It’s a busy week here at Ascend as we all prepare for the long weekend. There’s meetings to have, grills to set up, and brats to cook here in Wisconsin. Memorial Day is just around the corner! Make a note of upcoming support hours, check out our newest videos on Ascend U, and (if you’re Read More

Buy buy buy

It might sound crazy, but it ain’t no lie – we’ve still got expo hardware available for discounted prices! Also this week, the support line will be closed for an hour this Thursday and multi-store retailers will start seeing the updated Transfers screen in Ascend. Limited support: The Ascend support line will be closed from 11:45AM – Read More

UPDATED: Here comes the sun

UPDATE: 4/20/18 4:30 PM CST Four products were inadvertently missed in the Trek Update files. We have now added these products to both the vendor files and the Labels to print query. UPC Part Number Description MSRP ADVMSRP 601479678532 550999 X-Caliber 7 WSD 13.5 650b Matte Solid Charcoal $879.99 $939.99 601479678549 551000 X-Caliber 7 WSD Read More

We have the knowledge

The newest version of Ascend is live, along with the Ascend University video for the most noticeable part of the update. Trek Fest starts this week and, if you use Trek Connect Retail Marketing, your spring coupons are also live. There’s a lot of information here, but luckily, you have Ascend to help organize and Read More

We’re off to meet the wizard

The Spring 2018 version of Ascend is bringing a lot of cool new features to a desktop near you. Coming next week, on Tuesday, March 20th, spring brings an update to On Sale, a modified locked transaction notification, and much, much more! The Wiz: The On Sale section of Ascend has been renamed to the more common 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

Thankful for our team

This week is Thanksgiving in the US, and we’re getting a head start on #thankfulthursday. When you partner with Ascend, you get access to top-notch support provided by people who eat, sleep, and breathe independent retailer success – and our support team is willing to go above and beyond to take care of you! Thankful Read More

Become an AU Sherpa

Ascend makes it easier for you to capture customer data, manage your inventory, and make business decisions based on reliable numbers. And that means there’s a lot to learn if you want to unlock its full potential. That’s why we’ve made it easy for you and your team to learn everything you need on Ascend University. Read More

Here to help

There’s a lot to learn with Ascend. To help you make the most out of your retail system, we’ve worked hard to bring you help beyond the phone. This week, we’re highlighting some support channels where you can find new help topics and updated videos any time of day (or night)! More than a forum: UserVoice allows Read More

Work it!

There’s a good chance your store is on the Fall 2017 version of Ascend right now. This week, to help you make the most of our Work Order enhancements, we’ve put together an FAQ! Read on to learn more. Update to Fall: 80% of our retailers worldwide have updated to the Fall 2017 version of Ascend. 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

Fall into Work Orders

Believe it or not, fall is just around the corner – and the Fall 2017 version of Ascend is coming with it! Coming next month, Fall 2017 brings a whole lot of improvements to Work Orders. Plus, we’ve got a final reminder to turn in your Summer Sales information for a rebate from Trek. Set 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

Make the most

There are a lot of ways to stay connected with us. Whether you need help, suggestions, or just want to share some feedback with our team, we’ve got something for you! We’re billing our first installment of yearly support fees this soon, so it’s a great time to brush up on all the resources you 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

Out Like a Lion

They say March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” But with the new version of Ascend coming next Tuesday, March 28th, this month is going out with a roar. And it’s a great time to prep your store for the biking season by making sure your products are categorized and Read More

Website Access FAQs

We recently announced some changes coming to the login process for AscendRMS.com after February 20, 2016. This week, we’ll tackle some of the most common questions we’re receiving. After February 20th, visitors without a shop-specific account will be unable to log in to the website – which means you’ll lose access to new and updated Read More

Winter, but Better

The weather outside might be frightful, but the newest version of Ascend is delightful! If you haven’t heard, the Winter 2016 version is available today. Update to take advantage of upgrades to Vendor Orders, eCommerce, reports, and more. Update Now: The Winter 2016 version of Ascend lets you: Lock your desktop tiles Include even more information (like Gender, Season, and Year) in your Product 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

1, 2, let Ascend count for you

Do you feel like the seasons are flying by? Then your Ascend updates might be too! And we understand how that can lead to some features getting lost in the shuffle. So, this week we’re looking over a useful feature you might be overlooking. Meet your new cash calculator: The Cash Drawer Counter is a great tool for anyone cashing 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

Update and Ride

The weather is changing here in Wisconsin and we’re busier than the squirrels – working hard to get Fall 2016 to all of our retailers, along with sharing information on Trek Cards, printer troubleshooting, and more. Not to mention squeezing in a few more bike rides (before we start riding in the snow!). Fall is in Read More

Updates All Around

It’s time to update! The Fall 2016 version of Ascend is officially available (as of Tuesday, September 13). Set aside time before you open or after closing to get your shop up-to-date today. And while your Ascend software updates, you can get new information on an upcoming Ascend Webinar, new Ascend University videos, changes to Trek Credit Cards, 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

Count Cash, Learn Fast

The Fall 2016 version of Ascend is currently being finalized and we expect for it to be arriving to a workstation near you within just a few short weeks. To get you prepped, we’re highlighting a nifty feature meant to help those who close up shop at the end of the night. Cash Drawer Pro: Read More

Check Your List

We’re all settled after Trek World and we had a great time meeting retailers and listening to your feedback. If you weren’t there (or just couldn’t make it to our seminars), this week we’ll cover best practices to get the most out of your Ascend system. Products Maintain a complete record for every product you Read More

We’ll Meet You There

Trek World starts next Monday and we’re getting seriously excited! Here’s a couple things to keep in mind if you’re attending – and a couple other things to keep in mind even if you’re not! We know you’re excited to see all the new products this year, but don’t forget about us while you’re visit Read More

Where’s my update to Summer 2016?

The Summer 2016 version of Ascend will be ready for release on June 28th. Learn how to get your hands on it, check out some of the ways it can help make your life simpler, and if you were waiting for the right time to snatch up some new hardware, don’t delay: our June specials Read More

One Step At A Time

There’ve been a lot of changes recently, so this week we’re hoping to show you how Summer 2016 helps you simplify. Learn about a couple of ways we’re doing that with receipt logos and how we’ve updated the easily-accessible Customer Multi-Store History Report. Plus, don’t forget about our hardware sales this month! One Stop Shop for Receipt Read More

“Somebody, help!”

Best System. Best Support. It’s the motto we live by, and we take it very seriously. But what does “Best Support” really mean? We’re billing our first installment of yearly support fees this week, so it’s a great time to brush up on all the resources you have at your fingertips. Personal Technical Support. No Read More

Back to Product Basics

With our quarterly product updates, there’s always something new and exciting to learn in Ascend. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about the basics. One basic pair that everyone uses, but that sometimes gets overlooked, is our In-Store Products and Vendor Products. These two records have a lot of fields that look pretty similar and often contain 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

Who’s Ready?

The Spring 2016 version of Ascend is almost here! And we’re doing our best to keep you in the loop on everything spring. This week we’re sharing previews of a few more of the gems you can expect on March 29th, along with some setup instructions that will ensure your store is ready for the update. Product Read More

Your Single Source of Truth

If you’ve been keeping your eye on our blog over the last month, then you know that the Spring 2016 version of Ascend is just a few weeks away. The entire team is excited to share all of the new additions we’ve made and this week we’re going to take a closer look at a Read More

We want to see you!

Will you be at the Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers’ Association (CABDA) Expo? We will! Stop by our booth to learn how you can use Ascend to power your business. CABDA Expo: The time is near and part of the team has already started their journey to the Land of Lincoln. On February 3rd and 4th, we’ll have a booth 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

We’re Getting Closer…

The new year brings a new way to prepare for EMV (chip & PIN) processing, an opportunity for us to improve, hardware specials, and a few reminders. Read on to learn more. Payment Processing Update: We’re aware that some retailers have been running into issues getting end-to-end encryption enabled on their Chase Paymentech™ account in preparation for the Read More

New Year, New Browser, New Winners

2016 is here. Seems like just yesterday that we added Customer Groups, an updated interface, and Reservations, but we’ve got much more in store for you this year. And to make it all happen, we need your help. Feedback Welcome: In order to continue to provide you with meaningful updates and helpful support, we need to Read More