Vend product updates

See the latest features, updates, and fine-tunings in Vend.

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MARCH 2020

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Quickly find out what's selling out

You can now sort your products based on numbers sold and quickly prioritize your next order so that your customers will always be able to buy what they're looking for. Try it out

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Scan price- or weight-embedded barcodes

You can now scan or type in barcodes that are embedded with either the price or the weight, so that it will automatically populate in Vend. For more information, check out our Help Center Article, or configure it for your store now by going to Setup.

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Select different receipt templates

We've now added the functionality for you to be able to choose a different receipt template at the end of a sale. You will also have the option to add a customer's email address and choose which template they want for an emailed receipt.

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Track and fulfil your online orders straight from Vend

If you're using BigCommerce or WooCommerce to sell online, you can now track and fulfil online orders straight from your Sales History. See where an order has come from, check its status, pack the items up for shipping, then mark the order as complete - all from Vend. Take the tour

JANUARY 2020

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Vend + Klarna has arrived!

Vend now integrates seamlessly with Klarna, so UK retailers can start offering 'buy now pay later' in-store. Shoppers who want an alternative payment method now have the option to use Klarna at checkout, so they can take home a product immediately and pay for it in 3 interest-free instalments.

Learn more here

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See what's in transit

You can now signal when suppliers have confirmed the products and delivery dates of a purchase order by marking the order as 'dispatched.' Marking an order as dispatched will ensure your team members know which products are on the way by showing a small blue truck icon. Learn more

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Check stock on the floor with Scanner by Vend

We've improved Scanner by Vend - our free barcode scanning app that makes inventory counting a breeze. Scanner integrates seamlessly with your Vend store, letting you perform on-the-go counts using your own iPhone or iPad.

Now you can use the Scanner App to look up product information by scanning or searching for the product from the Scanner home screen. Learn more

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Compare two dates in Sales Reports

Quickly measure the health of your business and find out what's driving growth with new date comparisons in Sales Reports. Easily compare different products, brands and metrics with how they performed in the previous years and take action. Take the tour

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Dark Mode is here!

We've turned on Dark Mode for the night owls. Now when your Mac or Windows device is set to night mode, Vend will automatically go dark to match, relaxing your eyes and helping you focus on your work.

DECEMBER 2019

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Compare your outlets and drill down into the numbers

We've made it easier to monitor the performance of your stores and quickly glance at your most important numbers.

Starting from the Retail Dashboard you can filter by outlet to compare locations. A pair of pants flying out the door? Click View Report on any chart to drill down into the numbers and find out why.

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Customize your receipts

You can now control exactly what information appears (and doesn't) by setting up receipt templates. Customer names, store credit balances, on account balances, and more can all be added. You can even quickly add updated content to receipt headers and footers - including T&Cs for extended Christmas returns. Read more

NOVEMBER 2019

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Speeding up your Sell screen

When making sales, extra seconds can sometimes feel like hours. We've focused on speeding up your Sell screen to make purchases much snappier and give you more time to tend to customers.

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Speedier sales with Keyboard Shortcuts

We've added keyboard shortcuts to help speed up core workflows by reducing the need to switch to a mouse. Press Option / for Mac or Alt / for Windows to view all keyboard shortcuts. Find out more

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More flexible reporting

We've made reporting more flexible and easier to understand. Now you can group Inventory reports by product type, brand, supplier and outlet, letting you see the relationship between products and their performance. You can also now filter your Retail Dashboard by product type or tag for greater visibility into your business. Read more

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Introducing the Promotions Helper

Vend's new Promotions Helper tells your cashiers that a promotion is available as soon as it's added to a sale, without them having to remember every single active promotion. This empowers your staff to up-sell and cross-sell, even during busy periods when it is easy to miss an opportunity to increase basket size. Learn more

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Mark Purchase Orders from "Open" to "Receive"

We've added a "Receive" button on your Open Orders page to help you receive stock and sync your stock levels faster. This will reduce the manual effort of recording an order in Vend so that you can "Receive" stock more quickly.

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Map your Tracking Categories to Xero Accounting

If you're using Xero, you can now map Vend transactions into Xero using Tracking Categories, letting you monitor the performance of your outlets and online stores. You can set these up in Vend or Xero so they get automatically assigned to each transaction, saving you time and giving you more visibility into the different areas of your business. Read more

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QuickBooks Online improvements

We've been rolling out more improvements to QuickBooks Online to make managing your accounts from Vend more seamless. You can now send Store Credit payments, On Account sales and Purchase Order Bills to QBO, cutting the time you need to spend on manual entry. Read more

OCTOBER 2019

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Sell in-store and online with BigCommerce

We've partnered with BigCommerce to bring you an even better way to sell in-store and online. Sell on your favourite social media channels and marketplaces, and centralise your operations across all sales channels.

BigCommerce is available to integrate with Vend on our latest Pro and Enterprise plans. Learn more

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Composite product information can now be broken down by outlet

Last month we released "What's In It" information for composite products within the product's expanded rows. We're now expanding this information so you can see the breakdown by Outlet. This allows you to see quickly where your low inventory is and help you make better ordering decisions.

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More updates on Purchase Orders

Based on your feedback, we've made some further improvements to our Purchase Order page.

What's new:

  • We've added a free-form Notes field for you to add custom information to your orders, like personal reminders or approval notes. These are searchable so you can identify them for future reference!
  • Order numbers are now automatically generated on-screen as soon as you create a new PO. You can then add your own suffixes or adjustments to help you identify your orders easily.
  • There is now a Preview section that allows your cashiers and managers to see the delivery status of items easily on screen. This key information may help them from losing sales of out-of-stock items!
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More flexible reporting

Inventory Reports now allow you to group your data by product type, brand, supplier, and outlet so you can keep a close eye on performance. We've added product images to both Inventory and Sales reports so you can easily see the relationship between products and their performance.

You'll also be able to filter your Retail Dashboard by adding options like product type or tag so you can focus in on certain aspects of your business. Also, export your Inventory, Sales, Payment, and Tax reports to Excel (XLSX. format) any time for easy use. Read more

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Enable Bulk Product Activation and Publishing

We're making some updates to the Products page, enabling you to quickly activate the products you wish to sell and publish them online - in bulk.

A new filter for active status, checkboxes per product and an option to "Select All" products are now available to all retailers.

If you sell online with BigCommerce or WooCommerce, you will soon have the option to select in bulk which products to publish or unpublish to your online store. 'Publish Products' and 'Unpublish Products' will be added to the 'Choose an Action' dropdown.

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Vend now maps Tracking Categories to Xero

To give you the information you need to monitor the performance of your outlets and online stores, Vend now maps tracking categories into Xero. You can set these up in Vend or Xero so they get automatically assigned to each transaction, saving you time and giving you more visibility into the different areas of your business. Find out more

SEPTEMBER 2019

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Composite product information in expanded rows

We've now included "What's In It" information for composite products within the product's expanded row to make it easier for you to make insight-driven inventory decisions.

This helps you see at a glance what makes up a composite product and aligns with what you'll see in the new Purchase Orders page, allowing you to add out-of-stock components to POs quickly.

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Edit and add payments in Sales History

Users with Manager and Admin permissions can now correct the Payment Type, Payment Date, and Payment Amount on existing sales in Sales History to ensure your payment reports balance out at the end of the day.

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Import and export products with Excel XLSX

You can now use Excel spreadsheets in XLSX format for importing and exporting product information, making it easier to update products in bulk in Vend.

Exported spreadsheets in this format now also have helpful tips, explaining the purpose of each column and how to edit its contents. Columns are also sized appropriately, and cells are correctly formatted. CSVs can still be used for import and export but they don't include the benefits of XLSX. Learn more

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Vend now automatically checks Xero for payments

If you're integrated with Xero Accounting and manage your On Account sales in Vend, you'll no longer need to check for payments from Xero individually by customer. Your customers' balances will automatically update when payments are reconciled in Xero. Find out more

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New Purchase Order page

Our New Purchase Order page makes it faster and easier to create a PO and add products to it. We've reduced the number of manual steps required when recording an order so that you can now add order details and products (including variants) on one page. Find out more

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Keep a record with PDF receipts

All email receipts sent from Vend will now contain a PDF attachment of the receipt so that your customers can download, print and keep a record of their purchases. This is also useful for invoicing and reconciliation, e.g. uploading a receipt to Expensify or Xero. Find out more

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New measures for Inventory reports

It's now easier than ever to identify your most profitable and popular products. With the new Sell Through Rate measure, you can easily discover what is selling well and what isn't.

You can also add the Retail Value of your current stock on hand to ensure that you have the products you need to hit sales targets and help plan for markdowns or promotions. Find out more

JULY 2019

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BigCommerce integration now available for retailers on Pro & Enterprise plans

We've partnered with BigCommerce to bring you an even better way to sell in-store and online. Sell on your favourite social media channels and marketplaces, as well as centralize your operations across all sales channels.

Bigcommerce is currently available in beta to integrate with Vend on our latest Pro and Enterprise plans. Learn more.

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Vend iOS version 3.1.8

With the latest version of Vend iOS, you can now retrieve parked sales directly from the Sell Screen. We've also replaced Void Sale with Discard Sale, and to keep reports tidy no record will be kept of discarded sales if no payment has been taken, no receipt has been printed, or no layby or return is made.

You will now find Park Sale and Discard Sale in the navigation bar of the Sell Screen, making them even easier to access.

Plus, the cash drawer will now open before setting your opening float (not afterward) and we've added support for partial refunds and exchanges when using iZettle. Find out more

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Filter reports your way

Later this month you'll be able to group Sales, Inventory and Payment reports by day of the week and hour of the day, making it easier to drill into your store's activity and make decisions like when to be open to maximize your sales.

All report formatting options can now be found by clicking 'Format Results' - including options to group report rows by products or to show variants. Find out more

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New Quick Cash Suggestions when accepting payments

We've added new and more accurate 'Quick Cash' suggestions when accepting cash payments, saving time at checkout.

Plus, accepting split payments is now simpler with new help text to prompt Cashiers when processing these sales. Find out more

MAY 2019

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Customer page search updates

We've made it easier to find customers with enhanced search functionality on the customer page, plus new location filters and a datepicker. You can now also view all customer details (including store credit balance) in one place.

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Simplified bulk product uploads

You no longer need the SKU or handle when uploading products using a CSV file. And, if you import a CSV with unrecognised column names, Vend will try to match these with expected ones. If essential information is still missing, you can download your CSV file with updated headings and re-upload it when fixed.

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Improvement to the Home Dashboard

We're refreshing our Home screen dashboard to make it easier to use and more informative. You'll be able to compare daily, weekly and monthly figures against the relevant previous period. Plus, all results will be tax inclusive or exclusive to match your sales tax setup. Find out more

FEBRUARY 2019

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Vend POS iPad app release: version 3.1.0

iOS version 3.1.0 of the Vend POS app includes access to new and improved Customizable Receipts for iPad. Also, after completing a sale, you'll see a full Sale Summary - and have the ability to add a customer to your database when you email them a receipt. We've also made some minor bug fixes and performance enhancements. See what else is new

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New and improved Receipt Templates

Enjoy a fresh new look that's easier to print and more durable, simpler receipt setup, the flexibility to add more details, and a more personalized experience for your customers. What's changed?

JANUARY 2019

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Reload funds onto an existing Gift Card

It's now possible to add more money to an existing gift card in Vend. All you need to do is search the gift card number from the Sell screen, then choose to add funds to the gift card. Find out more

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Vend POS iPad app release: version 3.0.6 and updates to Vend Display iPad app: version 1.4

We've made improvements to how Vend POS works with Vend Display, our customer facing display app for iPad. If you use Vend Display, please update BOTH apps (Vend POS and Vend Display) in order to continue selling. You can do this by going to the App Store > Updates then clicking 'UPDATE' next to Vend POS and Vend Display. Vend POS also now supports all Star mC-Print2 and mC-Print3 printer models, and has had some minor bug fixes and performance enhancements.

NOVEMBER 2018

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Update to Advanced User Permissions

As a default permission, Cashiers were previously unable to delete products in Vend. Now Admin users have the flexibility to choose whether Cashier or Managers are authorized to delete products in Vend.

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Redemption limits to Promo Codes

It's now possible to limit the amount of times a promo code can be redeemed in your store. Reward shoppers that get in first and ensure your promo codes aren't being over-used. Find out more

OCTOBER 2018

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WooCommerce integration now available for retailers on Pro & Enterprise plans

At Vend, we want to make it easier than ever to connect to the retail apps you already love. That's why we're thrilled to announce our integration with WooCommerce. You'll enjoy an instant two-way sync of sales, customers, products and inventory across your stores and online. Plus, you can sell via Facebook and Instagram while stock levels update instantly in WooCommerce and Vend. Find out more

SEPTEMBER 2018

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Change to how filters work when setting up Promotions

We've updated how filters work when setting up a promotion in Vend, so it's easier to include or exclude specific items from a promotion. Products will now only be included or excluded if they satisfy all different filters used to create a promotion, such as tag, type, brand, and supplier. You can always check which products your promotion will be applied to by looking under Type of Promotion. Find out more

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More information about Store Credit at the Sell screen

It's now easy to see which employees issued store credit to a customer and why. Just click the customers' details at the Sell screen to view who issued store credit, along with any related notes. Find out more

AUGUST 2018

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You can now run a sale in Vend using Promo Codes

Attract new and engage existing shoppers with Promo Codes! Share Promo Codes on your favourite channels, so customers can redeem special offers in-store. Find out more

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Enhancements to Vend's Sell screen on iPad

We're making improvements to our Sell screen on iPad to make checkout even faster for you and your shoppers.

What's changing?

  • Search bars will appear on the Sell screen and will be split into Product and Customer search, making it easier to add relevant items or shoppers to a sale.
  • On-Account, Loyalty and Store Credit balances can be viewed when a customer is added to a sale. Just click on the customer to expand and view their details.
  • Notes can now be added in a single click, from the bottom of the cart.
  • The slide-to-delete function for products is now disabled. To remove a product from a sale, simply click on the trash symbol next to an item.
  • When a large number of products has been added to a sale, the ADD section will disappear while scrolling down, giving you more room to see what's in the cart. The section will then reappear when scrolling back up again.

See our Help Center article for more details.

JULY 2018

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Accept payments with Chase Merchant Services

Canadian retailers using Chase Merchant Services will now be able to directly connect with Vend on iPad to take faster, more secure payments in-store. Chase lets you accept all major credit and debit cards, as well as contactless payments such as Apple Pay. Find out more

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Update to PayPal integration

We've made updates to our PayPal integration to provide a smoother checkout experience, as well as support for PayPal's latest card reader devices. Find out more

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Retrieve parked sales from the sell screen

You can now retrieve a parked sale directly from the Sell Screen by clicking the icon in the top right corner. You will still be able to retrieve parked sales from Sales History. Find out more

JUNE 2018

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Introducing Fast Access Funding by Worldpay triPOS

Worldpay triPOS has released Fast Access Funding, which lets you access your funds in a matter of hours instead of days - even on weekends and public holidays. You can batch out anytime and receive funds in as little as an hour. You can also enable auto-batching (up to 5 times per day) to schedule payments at a time that best suits you, for example 11pm each day. Find out more

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Run tiered promotions using Advanced Promotions

We've made it even easier for retailers to encourage spending in-store with Tiered Promotions. Stores can set up a range of offers that reward shoppers for buying more items, for example buying 1 shirt to save 10% or buying 2 shirts to save 20%. You can also incentivise by dollar amount, such as spending $100 to get a free book, or $250 to get 3 free books. Find out more

MAY 2018

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Vend POS app release: iOS version 2.7.3

We've just released iOS version 2.7.3 of the Vend POS app, which includes:

  • Performance enhancements
  • Quick user switching for iPad
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Ensure only roles with the right permissions can apply promotions in Vend

If a user role (e.g. cashier) in Vend does not have permission to apply promotions at the Sell screen, it's possible to switch users during a sale to apply a promotion with a relevant user role (e.g. manager or admin).

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Temporarily disable users so they can't log in to Vend

If you have seasonal employees, or just want extra security over your store data, you can now disable users temporarily without deleting their account or login details. While a user is disabled, they're unable to sign in to Vend. Just enable them again so they can log in and start selling right away. Find out more

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Vend POS app release: iOS version 2.7 and improvements to Customer Facing Display

We've just released iOS version 2.7 of the Vend POS app, which includes major behind-the-scenes changes to improve overall app performance and enhancements to our new promotions feature. We've added support for Afterpay in Australia and New Zealand, and improvements to our integration with iZettle. Our Customer Facing Display app has also been updated with some performance enhancements.

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Improvements to Vend's web Sell screen

We've made enhancements to the Sell screen on the web. The updates provide more information about your sales, such as Promotions that have been applied to the sale. No existing workflows have been removed, and the changes only add functionality to the Sell screen. Find out more

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Afterpay integration now available in-store for Australian and New Zealand retailers

Vend is the first POS to offer an Afterpay integration in-store! Afterpay is a new payment option in Vend that lets you offer convenient instalment plans in-store without risk. When shoppers purchase goods with Afterpay you receive full payment for the items the next day, while your customers pay in four fortnightly instalments. It's interest-free and when paid on time, there are no extra costs for shoppers. Find out more

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More options for Spend & Save and Buy & Save Promotions

Advanced and Multi-outlet retailers can now customize their Spend & Save and Buy & Save offers to give customers a discount off the entire sale or just off specific items, as well as reward them with extra loyalty points. Find out more