Vend

by Lightspeed

Who Uses Vend?

Fashion & Accessories, Home Furnishings & Furniture, Gift Stores, Sports, Hobbies & Music, Specialty Food & Beverage Retail, Health & Beauty Retail and Electronic & Computer.

What Is Vend?

Vend is cloud-based point of sale software designed for retailers to sell, measure, manage and grow their business. Retailers in over 20,000 stores use Vend to accept payments, track customers, manage inventory and run business analytics for real-time insights into business performance. Vend gives retailers access to tools more powerful and intuitive than enterprise systems, at a fraction of the cost.

Vend Details

Lightspeed

http://www.lightspeedhq.com/

Founded 2012

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Starting price

US$99,00/month
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Vend deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Mac (Desktop)
  • Windows (Desktop)
  • iPad (Mobile)

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

Vend Features

  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Recognition
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Synchronization
  • Forecasting
  • Inventory Auditing
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Replenishment
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Kitting
  • Manufacturing Inventory Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Management
  • Order Tracking
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Product Identification
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reorder Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Sales Orders
  • Sales Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Shipping Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Vendor Managed Inventory
  • Warehouse Management
  • eCommerce Management

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  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Recognition
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • CRM
  • Commission Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Reports
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Management
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Layaway Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Multi-Location
  • Offline Access
  • Order Management
  • Ordering Automation
  • Payment Processing
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Retail POS
  • Returns Management
  • Sales Orders
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Sales Trend Analysis
  • Stock Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • eCommerce Management

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  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • CRM
  • Commission Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Synchronization
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • For Retail
  • Forecasting
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Replenishment
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mail Order
  • Merchandise Management
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Offline Access
  • Order Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Sales Orders
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Trend Analysis
  • Shipping Management
  • Stock Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Warehouse Management
  • eCommerce Management

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  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Recognition
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Cash Management
  • Commission Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Replenishment
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Loyalty Program
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Management
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Retail Management
  • Returns Management
  • Returns Tracking
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Sales Trend Analysis
  • Stock Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Touch Screen
  • Transaction History
  • eCommerce Management

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  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
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  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Recognition
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  • Cash Management
  • Clock In / Out
  • Commission Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Discount Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Management
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Loyalty Program
  • Multi-Location
  • Offline Access
  • Order Management
  • Partial Payments
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Pricing Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Returns Tracking
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Sales Trend Analysis
  • Stock Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Clock
  • Transaction History
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Overall rating

4,3/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4,4
Customer Service 4,1
Features 4,1
Value for Money 4,1

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Daniel P.
Daniel P.
Co-Founder
Food & Beverages
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
  • Features & Functionality
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  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2018/06/05

"After 2 Years Working with Vend, We are extremely satisfied. It has added value to our business."

Comments: Vend is a POS Platform that has helped us run our business smoothly. We love the ease of configuration and customization that is available. Looking forward to our growth expansion, we have concluded that we have made a right selection for a POS platform. It is a basically a Plug & Play installation for a new site with minor issues for a start up new store once you have your business running under Vend.

Pros: Pros:
Intuitive interface. Most of our users are able to adapt in a few days.
Reporting Structure is Good.
We can replicate a site basically in few minutes.
Only Online Software that actually complied with Regulatory Fiscal requirements with no additional customization.
Cons:
Which it could have more apps available for integration(Mobile Apps) and hospitality configurations. .
Lack of Business Intelligence Interfaces.

Cons: Lack of application Integration with third parties. Even though I find Vend very functional, I would like to see vend have payments gateways integrated in our region or country (Honduras, Central America).

Vendor Response

by Vend on 2018/06/18

Hey Daniel, appreciate you taking the time to leave a review of Vend. Great to hear that you are extremely satisfied with using Vend and that it's added value to your business. That is the type of feedback we love to hear from retailers! If you have any integration suggestions that you'd like to see please reach out to our team and let us know - your feedback is valuable to us. Best, Lucia (Vend's Community Manager)

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2018/06/05
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Director
Automotive, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
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    0/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021/05/22

"The most atrocious app support I have ever faced"

Comments: Bad.

Pros: Vend has one of the most easy to use cloud point of sale that I have tried and tested over the years. As a business owner, Vend has been useful for my day to day work.

Cons: The customer support team is atrocious. I have been trying to speak to someone from the Vend support team since 24th April due to some billing issues that could have been easily resolved in 1 or 2 days. Up until now, the issue is not solved and no one has responded to me on this issue. Speaking to the live chat guy and he kept me waiting for over 3 hours with no reply when he told me that he will be transferring me over to the billing time for assistance. Emails went unanswered and the support team even closed the ticket without giving me a reply or resolution to the problem. I'm not so sure that Vend is a system that caters to the small and medium business owners because we business owners and managers, we don't have all the time in the world to be waiting for your reply and chasing you for answers. I will definitely not recommend that anyone takes up this system unless you think you are ready to work with a support team that does not attend to you when help is needed.

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  • Reviewed on 2021/05/22
Shanna B.
CFO
Retail, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
  • Features & Functionality
  • Customer Support
  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    0/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 2020/08/26

"What a P. O. S.!"

Comments: Horrible, we have had nothing but trouble. Yes it's better for us in some ways than our prior POS, but at such a great cost of effort that we would never recommend it to anyone and constantly are on the look out for a better POS! We are implementing scanners to help fix inventory issues, as it is though I do not trust their inventory correction system and we use spreadsheets and the purchasing/returning system instead of the inventory count system. Often if the product is the same price I will use a sale entry to swap the two, but we have noticed items we knowingly sold (with sku'd tags) that still show up as on hand, so I'm not sure there isn't more wrong with this system. In other words, it can't all be from 3 people making mistakes in one system when we all discuss and get frustrated by it on a daily basis!

Pros: Ecwid integrates seamlessly with vend. I wish we could use Ecwid as our main POS instead of Vend, but it is only a website shopping cart plugin or tablet app, and we need something that runs on a PC. We don't like Apple products, and wanted a PC interface instead of a tablet, due to our volume of products.

Cons: 1. The cloud sync isn't accurate. Their database will overwrite changes a users makes if your internet isn't "fast" enough AND you have to clear site settings daily or hourly (depends on volume).
2. The reporting and ordering functionality is limited to your Excel skills. Advanced Excel knowledge is a must: Pivot tables, vlookup formulas, concatenate, lots of files to save and track. You cannot do this through the system easily UNLESS you order the same product from the same vendor every time, lucky you!
3.The product export actually can come in handy when the system goes down on Vend's end, because when it goes offline, the only way to find a product in the sell screen is by SKU (so know your SKUS!)
4. This is one of the only POS's that doesn't have both a UPS and SKU field! Duh guys, this is a POS 101 feature!
5. You can't do a mass upload to change products like they say you can. I've tried it multiple times. It has never worked.
6. When you create a product, it creates a "handle" based on the name you created, so don't make any mistakes when you create a product or it will permanently impact the handle of that product.
7. Their search feature is a 3rd party provided feature, which fails to provide any results unless it is an exact match. For example, a product named TFV16 will not populate when you search V16, or vice versa. It's an exact match (word order, spelling, exact!)
8. My staff can't use the program, our inventory is a mess due to difficult contrast, laging!

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 2020/08/26
Hines K.
Hines K.
Freelance Web Developer
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
  • Features & Functionality
  • Customer Support
  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2018/06/12

"I'm currently operating three locations, and Vend has been helpful so far"

Comments: The simplicity to set up the inventory does save our staff a lot of time. The integration for the receipt printer, payment terminal, and cash drawer is also pretty simple. And if you run into any issues, the customer supports were also quick to respond. If you are an entrepreneur who just opened shop, I'd recommend going with Vend.

Pros: It's simple to setup and if you have any questions, you can usually call customer supports who pick up pretty quickly. This product will help you conduct transactions, manage inventory, and set promotions. I'm sure there are more features, but those were the ones I mostly use, and so far I have not encountered any major issues.

Cons: I wish there were more options on payment services than just Vantiv. Also, since this is cloud base, it will take a while for all your products to sync. For instance, if you're uploading new product and plan to do a count, I'd suggest waiting about 5 minutes for the upload to be completed before setting up the inventory counts to be safe.

Vendor Response

by Vend on 2018/06/14

Hey Hines, thanks for your detailed review of Vend POS! Great to hear that you've found Vend simple to set up and run, and that Vend is saving your staff time. In regards to payment services, Vend has a number of integrated payment options depending on your location. For example, in the USA, you can use Vantiv, Square or PayPal. For more information go to www.vendhq.com/tour/accept-payments. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out. Best, Lucia (Vend's Community Manager)

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2018/06/12
Jim W.
Jim W.
District Manager
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
  • Features & Functionality
  • Customer Support
  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2018/07/10

"Completely streamlined the way we do business"

Comments: Thorough reporting, cost effective, reduces our workload. Easier management of inventory.

Pros: I absolutely love the multi-store functionality of Vend. We used to have to create multiple transfers because our previous software was not cloud based and did not communicate between stores. It was a huge headache to manage two completely separate inventories. Vend solved this problem and cut our work load in half. Our inventory counts are now far more accurate and easy to facilitate. The interface is extremely user friendly, and new employees typically need very minimal training to become proficient completing transactions. The reporting is absolutely fantastic and thorough. The thorough reporting has allowed us to order product far more efficiently and accurately than before. The price is reasonable, the customer support is fantastic.

Cons: I really can't think of much negative to say about Vend. We have had a great experience with Vend, and all of the issues that we have had were successfully resolved in short order by the outstanding on-boarding and support teams.

Vendor Response

by Vend on 2018/07/18

Hey Jim, thank you for your glowing review of Vend POS! We're delighted to hear that you're so pleased with Vend point of sale software and that you've had a great experience with our team. Have a wonderful day! Best, Lucia (Vend's Community Manager)

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2018/07/10