Vend announces free inventory-scanning app

Retail POS provider Vend has designed a stand-alone mobile app that turns any iOS device into a mobile scanning supertool.

Scanner by Vend is designed to be a replacement for retailers currently counting inventory with pen and paper, providing major time savings. It allows a retailer to count their inventory straight from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch by scanning barcodes with their device. They can then import this data into their POS or inventory system.

Originally tested in the market last year as Counter, the app was so successful that Vend decided to invest further to make it a fully fledged product. Renamed Scanner by Vend, the app can either be integrated with the user’s Vend account or used with any POS system, and downloaded for free from the App Store. Since its initial launch last year, the app has been downloaded more than 40,000 times, and continues to be downloaded 80 times a day, with no advertising spend. The app sees, on average, 15,000 items scanned per day.

“We know that stock taking and tracking inventory is one of the biggest pain points for retailers of all sizes,” Vend Director of Inventory Jordan Lewis said.

“Stock takes can consume countless hours and most are still done using pen and paper or with expensive hardware. This means many retailers are put off doing regular stock takes, so they don’t have a truly accurate read of their products’ inventory levels. With Scanner by Vend, we wanted to create something really easy to use and accessible for all retailers that would make a big difference to their business. The response so far has been hugely positive.”

Vend is cloud-based-POS and retail-management software that lets retailers run their business in-store, online and on the go. Vend’s software includes inventory management, e-commerce, customer loyalty and reporting analytics, and is used in more than 140 countries.

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