When I first heard there was a FINALLY a point-of-sale (POS) product – Vend – that will work with QuickBooks Online I was excited. A little apprehensive, perhaps, but excited. According to the Vend website, “Vend is point-of-sale, inventory, and customer loyalty software that makes it easy to set up, manage, and grow your business.”
To be fair, the QuickBooks Online integration is still in beta, so a lot may change before the final product is in place. But the existing POS product is solid, and for this article, I’ll contain my comments to the existing offering. The good folks at Vend have assured me the QuickBooks Online integration will be ready for prime time in the month of June, and I look forward to reviewing it in my next article.
Vend has a really clean interface; was simple to set up; and will work on a PC, Mac, or iPad. (I only tested on a PC and an iPad.) It’s easy to use, and a good training video about getting set up is available. This feature-rich product:
- Allows up to three variants (i.e., color, size, type) per product
- Has good reporting
- Offers quick-key setup for easy entry
- Provides the ability to “park” a sale (save it for later)
- Has inventory management and ordering
- Has layaway
- Offers a customer loyalty program
- Has an application programming interface (API) for third-party developers
There are several affordable pricing plan choices, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Pricing options
The Free option only allows for 10 products, but it’s an excellent choice to demo the product. The Large option allows for 10,000 products, 10,000 customers, and up to 20 users for $85.00 per month (billed annually). This option includes only one register, but additional registers are available for $25.00 per month.
Setup was easy. The “Getting Started” guide walks you through the whole process. The Dashboard, shown in Figure 2, gives a step-by-step guide for tracking your setup progress.
Figure 2: Dashboard for tracking setup