Cloud POS developer Vend readies a slew of Q2 upgrades

A 'New Vend' is coming, the SaaS point-of-sale company has said after launching online store functionality and integrated inventory.

Cloud point-of-sale software developer Vend is preparing for a big second quarter, with a slew of upgrades scheduled.

The New Zealand-based company added e-commerce functionality to its front-of-house system this month, including a centralised product catalogue and integrated inventory, but that was just a hint at what's coming in a programme it dubs "New Vend".

"Pretty much everything is improved and has a new look," Vend spokesman Simon Pound said.

Changes scheduled for the second quarter include a redesigned interface. Vend is best known as an iPad tool through its Register app; however, users can also transact using a browser on a laptop or desktop computer if they wish.

Pound said the Register app has now been streamlined to make it quicker and easier to use. Those changes are also being implemented in the new browser interface.

Reporting is also getting a boost, with customisable reports available by product, brand, tag, and customer, among other criteria.

Vend is also promising a customer-facing display so that customers can see what is being processed. The display will allow retailers to capture customer data while they are being served.

"In some countries, it is a regulatory requirement," Pound said.

Vend's e-commerce upgrade is aimed at bricks-and-mortar retailers wanting to create an omni-channel presence. It is available for no extra charge for users on the company's Advanced, Multi-outlet, Large, and Extra-large plans through a new tab on the dashboard.

Retailers who signed up before December 14, 2014, will have to upgrade to gain access, but a free trial is available.

As well as from prominent New Zealand investors, Vend has attracted funds from the likes of Valar Ventures, founded by Andrew McCormack, James Fitzgerald, and Peter Thiel, and Berlin-based SaaS investment specialist Point Nine Capital.