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Get a fresh start

2019 is now in full swing, and it’s a great time to make your resolutions to build a better business this year. This week, we’re bringing you some easy tips to help you make your list. 2019 release schedule: We release a new version of Ascend every quarter to ensure that you continually receive the 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

Ring in the new year

Happy 2018! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Right now, you’re probably focused on getting your inventory done – but set aside some time this week to make a plan to get the most out of your system this year. Check your backups: We say it a lot, but it bears repeating – 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

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

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

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

UPDATED: ‘Tis the Season

UPDATE: 12/14/16 12:00PM CST  Trek has issued a voluntary recall of select Bontrager lights, including some Flare RT and Ion 700 RT models. We’ve prepared queries to help you quickly locate lights which may be affected (both in your inventory and sold to customers) and steps to best manage inspections for your claims. Learn more 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

(Cheap) Help is Here

Halloween is coming up fast and that signals the end of October. This week, we’re focusing on the upcoming changes to Trek Card processing, highlighting our sale, and checking out a useful report for our mechanic and tech center users. Last Call: The processing system for Trek Credit Cards needed an update, so we’ve bundled it with 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

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

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

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

UPDATED: Don’t Get Hung Up

UPDATE: 7/22/2016  2:13 PM CST We’ve receiving reports on the support line that some customers aren’t recognizing a new instance where payments are being declined. If ignored, transactions are not successfully completed and payment isn’t received. Read on to learn how to make the most out of the new security standards meant to protect your 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.

Say ‘Hello’ to Summer

Hooray! Summer 2016 launches today! Here’s what you need to know to get updated to the newest version – along with information on our upcoming holiday hours and brand-new help site. Not to mention one last chance to check out our June hardware sale. Summer 2016 Release: Summer 2016 became available today (June 28th, 2016). If Read More

Spring Showers Bring Summer Flowers

The Summer 2016 version of Ascend will be here before you know it. While the Spring release got off to a rocky start, we’ve ironed out the kinks and added some great additional features. The Ol’ Switcheroo: How many times have you chosen one of the five John Smiths in your system for a transaction, Read More

Summer 2016 is coming your way soon!

The Summer 2016 version of Ascend is just around the corner! We can’t wait to get it to you. Updates include: Custom Quick Add Buttons in Work Order Details so you can add your most popular SKUs or service packages with a single click. The ability to Change a Customer Associated to a Transaction, even 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

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

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

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

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

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

Say Cheese!

With the New Year comes a new way to advertise upcoming sales and promotions. Read on to learn about using custom images with your updated payment terminal and check out our holiday hours for information about support availability later this week. Big Boy Toy: You no longer have to be a big box retailer to provide customers a top-notch shopping Read More

UPDATED: From the Desk of the GM

UPDATE: 12/16/2015 9:00AM CDT We’ve become aware of some retailers experiencing issues when contacting Chase Paymentech regarding the addendum mentioned below. We’ve taken additional measures to ensure that they are aware of your calls and expect those issues to have been resolved. If you call and continue to experience problems with the Chase representative, we Read More

UPDATED: EMV Questions? We’ve Got the Details.

UPDATE: 10/2/2015  10:31 AM CDT We met with Chase Paymentech yesterday to discuss our position on EMV certification and would like to share some updates based on that conversation. EMV Certification Due to Ascend’s early start and continued persistence to get certified, we’re further along in the process than literally 99.99% of the other systems that 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

Let's Have Some Fun

Trek World is here and we’re really excited to showcase a few upcoming products including updated payment processing hardware (just in time for the liability shift happening this October) and some upgraded functionality coming with the Fall 2015 version of Ascend. Insert, Swipe, or Tap: As we mentioned in our update a few weeks ago, Read More

The Times They Are A Changin’

It used to be credit cards only needed a magnetic strip to store and provide account information for customers, but the winds of change are blowing again. No need to worry though, we’re working hard to make the transition as effortless for you as possible. Many banks have already started shipping chip-capable cards within the Read More

Cash or Credit?

Summer 2015 is creeping closer and your swimsuits aren’t the only things that’ll need updating come June. You can look forward to a wide range of updates and improvements with the next version of Ascend set to drop on June 9th and if you’re already on the latest version (Spring 2015), updating your workstations should Read More

Credit Card Processing Q & A

As October 1st approaches, industry buzzwords like “EMV”, “Chip & Pin”, and “liability shift” are coming up more and more. With that in mind, we wanted to take a moment to update you on credit card processing within Ascend. What the heck is happening in the United States on October 1, 2015? Today, the liability for fraudulent card-present Read More

Reduce Scanning Time

Payment Processing Update As you may be aware, we’re one year away from a major milestone in payment processing. Simply put, by October 2015 retailers need to be able to process EMV (Chip & PIN) cards or they risk shouldering the liability for fraudulent transactions. We are actively working to support this and will be offering Read More