According to Vend CEO, Vaughan Rowsell, there is a huge opportunity in Australia to support small businesses, in particular retail businesses, with a retail solution that is cost effective and easy to use, and he says thousands of stores in Australia, the United States, United Kingdom and 100 other countries had adopted Vend since the company was launched in late 2010.
Vend has opened its first Australian office in Melbourne, and Rowsell says the company has plans to appoint up to 10 new staff in Australia in the coming year, bringing to small and independent retailers the kind of “sophisticated, centralised sales, inventory and customer loyalty features once available only to chain stores, at a fraction of the cost.”
“The product works easily on any device or platform, including iPads, Macs or existing Windows POS hardware,” Rowsell said.
Rowsell says the simplicity of Vend’s design means it works on any device and all customers need is a web browser, enabling a retailer to trade even if the internet connection is down, and with the data automatically synchronised when the Internet is restored.
The company has also recently launched a native app for iPad and its partnership with Paypal enables cashless and cardless transactions. Vend also seamlessly integrates inventory with online shopping carts, such as Shopify & Magento, and sales with accounting platforms such as Xero.
Rowsell describes Vend as one of the “most elegant & cost effective POS solutions in the market,” and he says a single store and register can be up and running for free.
According to Rowsell, Vend already has many Australian clients such as The Little Mule, Sydney Skydivers, and recently powered a series of pop-up events for The Cool Hunter.