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Happy Birthday, Ascend!

The times they are a’changing! It’s the beginning of the busy season for retailers, and we’re making some changes to get you through it with ease. The summer update is being released on July 23rd and we’ve changed our future update schedule to better fit your schedule. There are also some cool new upgrades to Ascend Read More

Your December update is here

Meet Ascend HQ with the December 2018 version of Ascend starting on December 18th. Update today to start taking advantage of our all new online reporting management console. December 2018 is here: Keep a pulse on your business with the new version of Ascend. Share rental item availability, set customer contact preferences, and get access 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

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

Your update is ready

It’s update week! Have you downloaded the latest version of your favorite retail management system yet? Read on to learn more about what to expect, trekbikes.com availability information and preparing for Trek Fest. Be more efficient: Spring 2018 brings the final phase of our legacy multi-store service retirement. That means we’re reallocating resources and tweaking 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

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

New season, new merch

Fall is quickly approaching! And so is some updated merchandise. Keep the customers smiling by importing updated vendor files into your database, then learn more about the Fall 2017 version of Ascend dropping on September 12th. Plus, we’ve got an update impacting REI and other store branded MasterCards. Read on to learn more. Bring on Read More

Updates away!

Having trouble getting Ascend to recognize your inventory scanner? Printers shared over the network having fits? Are you running Windows® 10? Reset settings from the latest round of Windows® updates may be to blame. Read on to find out how to fix these issues. Unrecognized inventory scanner: Not seeing the familiar green Windows Mobile Device Read More

Keep your cool

We know it’s not the time of year you want to be thinking about your computer security – but it’s exactly the time you should keep it in mind! Scammers, spammers, and hackers don’t take vacations – and many know that summer is the busiest time of most retailers’ year – so the warmer weather Read More

Time for fireworks

The weather is warm, the beers are cold, and the fireworks are coming! That also means we have some holiday support hours coming up. And, since summer is officially in full swing, make sure your Ascend database is keeping up with the times by updating to the Summer 2017 version. Holiday hours: The Fourth of 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

Time to Tidy Up

It’s time to dust off the cobwebs – spring is definitely here! Let’s start the cleaning by wrapping up TrekFest, updating some Options, bringing in new hardware, and more with this weeks post. Wrap up Trek Fest: Trek Fest has come to an end for your customers, but there’s still a little more before you’re 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

Spring is Special

Your customers are special – and their orders are too. So we’re making this spring special by bringing some helpful changes to Special Orders. Less than a month: March is already here! And it’s bringing the Spring 2017 version of Ascend with it. Available to all retailers on Tuesday, March 28th, the Spring 2017 version of Ascend Read More

Happy Holidays

The holidays are here! We know you’re excited, but before you start opening your gifts, check out these goodies from Ascend. Take some time to write down our holiday support hours, watch the Winter Webinar (and then update to Winter 2016), and learn about the Bontrager light recall. Holiday Support Hours: There are a lot of holiday hours coming 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

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

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

Fall into the Season

The official first day of fall is still a few weeks away, but at Ascend, fall is just around corner. The Fall 2016 version of Ascend will be available next Tuesday (Sept. 13th) for all retailers. It brings some simple updates to Work Orders and other key areas of Ascend. What time is it? Time for 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

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

Microsoft, Malware, and Me

Technology allows us to make many parts of your business faster, more powerful, and increasingly efficient. But sometimes, technology can get in the way. This week, we’re focusing on what you can do to recover from a Windows 10 Update and we’ll touch on how to keep safe from a few malicious programs that have 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reservations Accepted

The Winter 2015 version of Ascend is finally here! And with it come payment processing improvements, Work Order updates, fancy new receipt formats, and upgrades to Reservations. Update your workstations today to start taking advantage of all the new functionality. It’s quick, easy, and painless. Besides, our team is here to help if you run 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

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

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

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

Back That Serve' Up

Spring is officially in full swing, but we’re looking towards the Summertime. This week we’re taking a look at Scheduled Backups, one of the features you can look forward to with the Summer 2015 version of Ascend RMS. Read on to learn how to keep yourself stress-free during a server failure. No-Hassle Backups: With Scheduled Read More

It's Spring Somewhere

Our sidewalks are freshly powdered with snow in Waterloo, but that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the bright, blossoming updates we’ve packed into the Spring 2015 version of Ascend. And what else could go better with your new software than some updated hardware? We can provide your business with everything it needs to get off Read More

Look Who's Here!

The Spring 2015 version of Ascend RMS is ready for the new season. Start taking advantage of all the new features we’ve been working on by downloading it now. From icons to Warranty Items to Receiving and more, our team has been working hard to bring you the first release of the year! The facelift might 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

Ease Up

Whether you’re taking care of a warranty item for a customer or receiving orders, the Spring 2015 version of Ascend RMS is about to make your job easier. Interested in learning how? Read on. Just want the know how? Go watch our videos. Bookkeepers Rejoice: The updated purchase order receiving process is sure to have Read More

Think Spring

We’re about two weeks from releasing the Spring 2015 version of Ascend RMS to early release retailers and the entire team is excited to share all of the improvements we’ve baked into this year’s first update. But we know that not everyone gets excited for change, so we’ll be previewing some of the tweaks right Read More

Your Data, Your Way

It’s a new year and Ascend Analytics has a new look! But we know you’re more interested in the numbers than a fancy new color scheme, so we’ve worked hard to make it easier for you to have quick, complete access to your data – without the fuss. Reporting Done Right: Bringing all of your Read More

Upgrade to Version 2.12 Today!

Version 2.12 is here and we’re ready to share all of its newest feature with retailers far and wide. If you haven’t updated your system, make sure to do so as soon as possible to start taking advantage of all of the improvements we’ve made. Not sure what’s included? Read on for a short list Read More

For Every Product, There is a Category

Categorizing products isn’t always easy, but it is important for every retailer. Not only does it make for a more organized database, but it affects reporting, helps narrow search results, and allows you to create a complete cycle count schedule. To help get all of your items properly sorted, we’ve made it faster for you to categorize 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 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