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Make a splash

If you’re like many retailers in much of United Kingdom, the traffic in your store is probably starting to drop off fairly significantly. No matter what time of year it is, Ascend offers some great tools you can use to bring customers back into your store and keep them returning throughout the whole year. Targeted Read More

Spring cleaning

The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but we’re still getting ready for spring. This week, take some time to do a little housekeeping to ensure you’re prepared for whatever the season brings. KHS part number updates: KHS has changed a large number of part numbers in their system in order to allow for product 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

It's present time

The Winter 2017 version of Ascend is finally here! Winter is bringing you some holiday goodies – including a new Purchase on Account workflow, some sweet Purchase Order updates, and it’s all topped off with shiny new Transaction Open messages. Speaking of holidays, take a moment to see what’s up with TCRM holiday coupons and 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

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

It's Never Too Early

Forget the groundhog – let’s start thinking about the spring season. This spring, you can look forward to more than warmer weather. Get ready for training materials for new or seasonal employees and more secure website logins. New Hire Training: When you’re new to Ascend, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. We’ve got a powerful system and lots 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

Now it's Personal

How are you ringing in the new year? At Ascend, January involves lots and lots of inventory! Join us and start the year right with a full store inventory. There’s also an exciting new website change coming your way and a chance to hang out with our crew at CABDA. Ready, Set, Scan: Year-end inventory is a great way 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

Remember the Good Ol' Features

By releasing four major updates a year, we’re often using these posts to help explain how to use new features (like multi-store updates and processing chip cards through Chase Paymentech™) to help power your business. But Ascend has a lot to offer and sometimes existing features might go unnoticed. So this week, we are focusing on a couple 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

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

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

Dot Your I's And Cross Your T's

The busy summer season is coming and we want you to be ready! Here’s a few items to check off your to-do list as summer approaches – such as upcoming holiday hours, the Trek Extended Spring Rebates, and more. Holiday Hours: We’ve got special Holiday Hours coming up and there will be limited support via 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

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

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

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

It's All About the Details

In the Ascend Winter 2015 update, Work Orders received a major tune up. Now that the dust has settled, let’s review some of those changes. We’ll also take a moment to preview what’s next for Work Orders in Spring 2016. In December, we added a lot of cool features to Work Orders, including the top-requested 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

It's Inventory Season

Winter is coming. Make sure you stay on top of your inventory by performing regularly scheduled cycle counts multiple times a year and a full store physical inventory at least once a year. You’ll be glad you did once those holiday sales start. Cycle counts are an important part of your inventory maintenance and help make full 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

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

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

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

The End of "Oops!"

Currently in Ascend, when you open a product record, it goes right to the Quantity field.  On occasion this leads to people mistakenly changing the quantity on hand.  When they do, there’s no trace of what happened except for an inventory adjustment that says “Changed quantity within Product Editor”. In the upcoming Version 2.7 we’ve Read More

On Sale Improvements & Release Update

Last week we announced we’re back to providing you improvements in Version 2.  See below for more details about what’s coming your way. On Sale Improvements: The On Sale function in Ascend has always been a great tool for you to automatically discount specific products at point of sale for a set date range.  We’re Read More

A Belated Happy "Blue" Year and 2013 Budgets

Greetings and a much belated Happy New Year to all of you.  As I reported in my last blog post, the Ascend Team met a challenge I issued to them last year.  With your cooperation they got over 90% of our locations to upgrade to version 2.5.  It was no small feat.  To date over 875 Read More

"Das ist cool!" Revisited

Last March I blogged about my Ascend dealer visits in Germany (read Das ist cool!).  The short version of the story was a German dealer was very excited to see the new feature to print special order receipts at receiving time.  The bad part of the story was they could have been using the feature for Read More

The Ascend "Best Support" Program

If you’ve been with Ascend for a while, you’ve heard me say “Best System. Best Support” many times. We provide the best support to help you fully utilize Ascend and implement it into your business. The investment we make to provide this level of support is significant.  We encourage you to make the most of your investment Read More

"Where are my Analytics?" and "Where did these work orders come from?"

“Where are my Analytics?” and “Where did these work orders come from?” We’ve been hearing these questions often. Here are the answers. Waiting for Ascend Analytics: Over the last several weeks it’s been taking longer and longer for the previous day’s numbers to appear on Analytics. Most recently it was taking until well into the afternoon. Read More