Vend the Cloud based software - The Pros and Cons...

Vend is one of the new POS software packages that is both cloud and subscription based. Learn more about the Pros and Cons of this sort of software…

Vend is one of the newer software packages that offers lower entry costs as it works on many devices in the Browser. One of its main features that have helped promote it is the API link to the XERO Accounting Software. Some of the features are more suitable to lower volume businesses, although some larger businesses are using it as well.

Some of the features - both Pros and Cons are…
Vend is way more suited to touch screen than non touch screen. Devices need internet/browser access. While they will work in off-line mode, this does not suit everybody as accounts and changes cannot be made, so staying connected is a much better option.

When used with the iPad - you need a more expensive Ethernet Printer instead of the standard USB. If you require a Bar Code scanner you jump from a cheaper $148 scanner to a $300+ Bluetooth scanner.

When used with a PC tablet or an iMac - you can use the cheaper USB based hardware options of Printer and Scanner.

Software Costs - Vend is based on a subscription basis, that means that if you stop paying you stop getting access. One consideration is to look at other software packages that you can but outright that have no ongoing fees and then compare this to using the Vend software over say a 3 to 5 year time frame.

Things to be aware of… Be aware that if you view the Vend Video that “Not All Hardware is compatible” as claimed. We suggest sticking only to the hardware that we have found to be completely compatible, this requires less set up time and subsequent costs.

Overall Conclusions - Vend is a software that generally suits smaller business. What we recommend is compare each software package feature by feature. This is more important than whether it is Cloud or PC based. Look at each strength and weakness to see which can serve you and your business best as well as long term costs.

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