Ascend RMS, the predominant point-of-sale system in the bicycle industry, announces a full integration with Locally’s PushCart order-handling platform. This integration makes the shopping experience simple and efficient for both online-to-offline shoppers and local retailers.
The solution enables two-way communication between Locally’s Buy It Locally transaction system and retailers on-premises sales order handling system, enabling orders to be digitally pushed to a retailer from any Locally powered shopping experience. As soon as an order is placed, it is sent directly to the retailer's Ascend POS system in the store. Once the retailer receives the notification from a Buy It Locally shopper on their Ascend system, the retailer confirms the order within Ascend, which is relayed back to the shopper through Locally. All of the shoppers information and product details will be transferred to the shop in order for them to finalize the sale.
Locally and Ascend streamline the entire process. By integrating Locally PushCart with Ascend, retailers and shoppers will experience a fluid transaction at the store level, without any need to train employees on any additional procedures.
This collaboration supports both Locally and Ascend’s goal in supporting independent retail shops.
“We are thrilled by the investment Ascend has made to integrate Locally Pushcart on behalf of their retailers. We are well aware of the benefits of retailers who are enrolled in accepting buy it Locally transactions, but this integration with Ascend makes participation an absolute no brainer”.
Teddy Schiavoni, Locally’s VP of Business Development
Locally’s pushcart integration and Buy It Locally transactions are platform agnostic and are designed to integrate through a system of API’s and webhooks.
“It has been great working with the Locally team on this new API. We are both working together to help independent retailers thrive. Our missions align perfectly. We’re excited about this new partnership and Integration with Locally. It will be a very smooth experience when customers buy or reserve from a retailers’ inventory. Within moments after the customer hits submit, all of their order information will flow into Ascend with no re-entering of data needed. Once the retailer confirms the product is ready for pickup, Ascend will instantly notify the customer that their order is ready for them.”
Mark Hoggatt, Ascend RMS
Locally was founded in 2014 in anticipation of changes in consumer behavior. We saw that shoppers were turning to internet-connected devices for decision making and that increasingly nearby stores, the brands they carry, and their on-hand inventory were invisible to those shoppers. So we built a solution. Today, we help thousands of stores present their selection to nearby shoppers using e-commerce tactics and we provide users with novel last-mile fulfillment options like in-store pickup and same-day delivery.
Ascend has been in business since 2004, operating in 1800 retail locations across 15 countries in almost exclusively bike shops.