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Work Orders

Don't Discount Your Service Labor Charges

If you don’t discount your service department’s labor charges, Ascend has just made your life easier.  If you do, perhaps this new feature will change your mind. New “Exclude Labor Items” Checkbox: We’ve added a new Exclude Labor Items checkbox to the Discount Calculator form.  When you open the form from a Work Order that 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

More Fine Print You'll Want To Read

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 improvements.  We’re also making sure to select ones that have a significant positive impact.  There are several small improvements that you’ll get in Version 2.8 (due out December 10th).  A few weeks ago, Read More

Customize Your SMS Defaults

Version 2.11 is now available! If you haven’t already, upgrade today and join the hundreds of dealers already taking advantage of Ascend’s new features. Customize Your SMS Defaults A few versions back, we added SMS integration to Ascend. (Do you remember which version? We’ll send a small care package to the first person who comments with the correct answer.) Since then, Read More

The More You Know

Ascend version 2.12 included many big improvements when it was released a month ago, but a few small features may have gone unnoticed. To make sure that you’re getting the most out of Ascend, we’re highlighting a few more smaller additions in this weeks post. Individuality, Rewarded: User-specific grid views are now available within the Category Mapper and Read More

Almost There

We’re just days away from releasing the Spring 2015 version of Ascend. This week we’re highlighting a few more changes you’ll soon be able to take advantage of at a workstation near you. Checkout Champ: It’s not just the icons that have been updated on the Sales screen. An improved layout and new functions will enhance Read More

Work Order Wizard

The Summer 2015 version of Ascend RMS was released to early retailers Monday night. Not part of the group? Don’t worry. All retailers are set to receive the update on June 9th. That’s less than a month away! (Crazy, huh?) This week we’re taking a closer look at the changes we’ve made to Work Orders. Read More

Summer 2015 Has Arrived

The Summer 2015 version of Ascend has just been released to all retailers and it includes updates to Work Orders, Backups, Case Quantities, and much more. Start taking advantage of all the new features right now by downloading it straight from the Ascend Desktop. Not really sure of the changes you can expect? Read on Read More

Bikes, Brats, and…Updates!

We’ve got an updated app, a holiday weekend approaching, special support hours, and an important update for all you multistore retailers. Let’s get started: Ride, Don’t Drive: As we celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, we hope you’ll join us and thousands of your customers on the National Bike Challenge. If you don’t know what 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

Work Orders Just Got Cool

The Winter 2015 version of Ascend is right around the corner. This week we’re going to dive into work orders . Why? Because we’ve made quite a few major improvements we think you’re going to like. Read on to see how everything from your receipts to your workflow is about to get better. Cool thing #1: Read More

Happy Holidays!

The holidays are here and we know you’re excited to get started, but we have a couple reminders before you head towards your seat near the fire. Read on to learn about our holiday hours, the Winter 2015 update, and another chance to win a set of Bontrager Transmitr lights or a Balista helmet. First things 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Autumn Brings New And Improved Work Orders

Believe it or not, Autumn is just around the corner – and the Autumn 2017 version of Ascend is coming with it! Coming next month, Autumn 2017 brings a whole lot of improvements to Work Orders. Set the schedule: Autumn 2017 brings an updated Work Orders Due screen with Technician Settings. Technician Settings let you create staff schedules Read More

Ascend at Trek World!

Join us for Trek World UK on 5th – 15th September 2017, in our Milton Keynes showroom! Whether you’re already enjoying the benefits of Ascend or you’d simply like to learn more about the system, make sure you come and say “hi” this Trek World! It would be great for you to meet the team Read More

Seasons are a-changin’

Fall is fast approaching, and here in Wisconsin, the weather’s starting to show it. Labor Day, back-to-school, new product models, and the Fall 2017 version of Ascend are all right around the corner! Read on to make sure you’re prepared for the new season. Labor Day support: The Ascend support line will be closed Monday 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

Time to update!

The Autumn 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

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

Like a boss

Boss’s Day was October 16, and this week, we’ll help you learn to be the boss of your service center by turning on the new technician scheduling settings. Schedule work orders by date: Over 80% of our retailers worldwide have upgraded to Fall 2017. But only a small fraction of those retailers are taking advantage Read More

Base camp roundtable

This week, our entire team is gathered in Waterloo, Wisconsin at the Ascend headquarters for our annual Ascend Global Summit. During this time, we fly in members from our international offices (UK/Ireland, Germany/Switzerland, and – new this year! – Australia/New Zealand, Spain, and Japan), as well as remote members from our development team across the 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

Tax breaks, rebates, and total recall

Trek recently announced a new recall, Wisconsin is running a “sales tax holiday” before school starts, and the Trek 2018 Summer Sale ended on July 30. There’s a lot going on this week for Ascend retailers, so we’ll make sure you’re up to speed on everything you need to know! Limited support: The support line Read More

Go beyond the point of sale

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