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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

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

Bring the heat

In the US, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Now that your customers have had a taste of good weather, your season’s sure to jump into full swing – make sure you’re fully prepared. Service outage: Several Ascend online services will be down beginning at 11:00 pm Central time on Tuesday, May 29 Read More

UPDATED: Keep on giving

UPDATE: 12/15/17 3:30PM CST  The vendor file import for the Bontrager Circuit helmets below will only change vendor product descriptions. In-store product descriptions must be changed manually. We apologize for the confusion and inconvenience! Original post: 12/13/17 The holiday season is upon us, and your customers are clamoring for gifts. This week, we’re making sure you’re prepared Read More

Don’t get set back

Daylight Savings Time ends November 5 – don’t forget to set your clocks back! But while you’re at it, don’t leave your books back in time. Ascend offers integration with the QuickBooks® Pro Desktop software, so all you need to do is import your end-of-day files to keep on top of your data entry. Bookkeeping 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

Lower rates, happier you

Keep the smiles coming this summer with an updated (and cost-saving!) credit and debit card rate structure. Chase is announcing lower rates for all integrated Ascend retailers – no action necessary. Read on to learn how much you can expect to save starting on Tuesday, August 1st. Lower Rates for All: Credit and debit card Read More

Summer 2017 is here!

Summer 2017 is here! Update to the latest version of Ascend today. And we know you’re getting busy, so we’ve made this release focus on some back end changes meant to help provide sales floor benefits. Get the highlights, watch the overview video (below) for a peek at the new features, read our release notes Read More

Ready for the season?

This is a busy time for many of our retailers, so this week we’ll go over a few small things that will help you tackle the summer. Plus, we’ve got some info about our new release. Secure payments made easy: When you start a transaction, it gets a unique security certificate through a Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA). This Read More

Summer’s calling

The signs of summer are becoming more apparent, and the changing seasons bring a few more changes for you. Read on to ensure you’re set up for an effortless summer of selling. TCRM in-store catalogs: We’re trying something new for Trek Connect Retail Marketing this summer – in-store catalogs with the same great deals your Read More

Season of Transformation

The seasons are marching on, and they’re bringing lots of change with them. This week, we’re covering a few things you can do to keep your store ready to go throughout the summer. TCG quarterly price update: Last week, Trek released their latest quarterly price update. The In-Store Pricing report on Ascend Online Reports (AOR) allows Read More

Spring Fever

Here in Wisconsin, we’re being spoiled with some distinctly spring-like weather. Of course, we’re back to our normal temperatures in the 40s by the end of the week, but for now we’ll enjoy the sun and you can enjoy a preview of the the Spring 2017 version of Ascend! Early release retailers can expect to see 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

Out with the Old

We’ve been doing some fall cleaning to clear out the cobwebs (so we can put up our Halloween decorations, of course!), and this week we’re focusing on a few things you can do to keep your shop running smoothly. Update Ascend: The Fall 2016 version of Ascend was released last week, and nearly half of Read More

Chips & Dip(s)

Summer 2016 is here and contains a plethora of new features (especially if you’re coming from Winter 2015)! But some of the changes to payment processing are causing confusion for some retailers. Read on to learn how to avoid being stumped at the register.

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

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

Update to Spring 2016

The wait (for some of you) is over! Spring 2016 is available now for select retailers. But to make the experience as painless as possible for you and your team, we’ll be staggering the roll-out of this update depending on whether or not you’re a multi-store retailer and whether or not you’re integrated with Chase 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