Vend is a cloud-based point of sale system with inventory management available globally. It’s suitable for businesses of all sizes, and a great alternative to a traditional, locally hosted POS system. The features list is comprehensive and well considered, making for a solution that’s perfectly tailored for anything from a one-man operation to a chain of shops.
Vend: key features
It’s important to understand that Vend is a fully cloud-based point of sale platform. This means your POS data is stored online, rather than on a local computer or server.
This cloud setup offers a host of benefits, and a huge number of businesses across the world are beginning to realise this and make the switch. As your data is all stored on the Web, you can access it from anywhere at any time, and everything is backed up and updated automatically.
Like many other cloud-based POS systems, Vend does keep core features available in the event of any situation where you find yourself offline – so you can keep running your business through those (hopefully rare) eventualities.
Vend is designed for Windows, Mac and iPad, and can work on any combination thereof. So you can, for example, operate your Vend POS system via a PC in a fixed retail location, and also have the system running on an iPad for mobile use – all with access to the same real-time data.
Vend’s features list is extensive, in terms of both back-office management functions and the features the customers see. These include the basics like inventory management, barcode generation and features for managing multiple system users. There are also far more advanced options, such as customer relationship management features, provision for loyalty schemes, and the ability to integrate the system with all kinds of third-party additions, such as accounting and analytics systems.
Vend Payment Processing
Vend integrates with various payment processing systems, some of which are dependent on your location. So far, the supported providers are as follows:
|iZettle||UK, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, The Netherlands and France|
|PayPal Check-in||UK, USA|
|SmartPay||Australia, New Zealand|
|Merchant Warehouse (now Cayan)||USA|
Although Vend’s list of supported payment providers isn’t the largest we’ve ever seen, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find something on the list that works for your business. It is possible to integrate Vend with other payment processors as well, but it requires some programming.
Vend – Costs
As with many cloud-based POS systems, the costs of beginning to use Vend are distinctly unintimidating. The basic plan costs just $59 per month on an annual billing basis. This is for a single outlet and the ideal starting point for a small business.
At the other end of the scale, there’s a multi-outlet package with a whole host of additional features for $169 monthly, and enterprise options for growing businesses who need to think even bigger.
One big benefit of looking at Vend as a POS system for your business is that a free trial is on offer. This only covers one user and ten products, but is enough to allow you to get a feel for the product.
There’s also additional hardware available for those who want to use Vend just like a traditional POS system, complete with cash drawers, receipt printers and barcode scanners.
If you’re in the market for a new POS system for your business, Vend is well worth a place on your shortlist.