Vend and Xero forge global partnership

Some 30 per cent of Vend customers in NZ and Australia already connect to Xero, and we want to accelerate this growth in other markets too, such as the UK and USA. Alex Fala, Vend

The collaboration sees Vend and Xero formally unite under joint business and product development goals in key international markets for the first time.

Vend and Xero first integrated in 2010 and already share thousands of customers worldwide.

Under the agreement, both companies will pursue a range of product updates and joint marketing activities, to deliver the most advanced end-to-end solution for small business retailers.

“Some 30 per cent of Vend customers in NZ and Australia already connect to Xero, and we want to accelerate this growth in other markets too, such as the UK and USA,” says Alex Fala, CEO, Vend, in a statement.

“We’ve been working hard with Xero to develop a truly innovative offering for retailers, one that makes it easy to take advantage of the benefits of moving business operations into the cloud.”

“We don’t think of software as creating a solution but as an ecosystem that makes everyone’s business better,” says Rod Drury, CEO, Xero.

“Partnering with Vend helps us deliver on that vision. Integrated cloud apps are the future for businesses and with cloud accelerating globally, it's an exciting time in the industry.”

Vend provides point-of-sale, inventory and customer management for retail, while Xero is in accounting and payroll software.

Sales, customer and cash-flow data is shared in real-time between the two systems, which reduces the overheads and administration required to run a small business. Improvements to the design and layout of the system mean it is now easier for a retailer to navigate between Vend and Xero.

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Integrated cloud apps are the future for businesses.Rod Drury, Xero

Recently, Vend launched a number of industry-leading updates to the integration including tracking of stock margins (cost-of-goods), which allows business owners to make better decisions on how to increase cash-flow and profitability.

“Vend have put a lot into developing their integration with Xero,” says Will McTavish, CEO of Xero partner Link Solutions. “It makes retail easy. In my humble opinion, it’s the most advanced integration in the Xero ecosystem and the benefits of using it are huge.”

Both companies are also partners in Apple’s Mobility Partner Program.

Xero: eGST makes filing GST returns easier

In another development, Xero has announced their customers can now file their GST returns in Xero and send them straight through to Inland Revenue electronically.

Xero’s been working closely with Inland Revenue and 1,400 Xero customers to trial this service over the last few months and help simplify the taxation system by incorporating the current GST filing process in Xero.

When provisional tax is filed, a Xero customer can select their provisional tax method and click ‘File Now’ where they will be prompted for their myIR login. No double entry of their Inland Revenue number or other information is required because Xero eGST will populate it automatically.

Xero says it uses multiple layers of security to protect the financial data of its customers both when the GST return is stored and when it’s being transferred from one system to another for greater customer confidence.

“It’s exciting to see the New Zealand Government introduce digital integrations,” says Anna Curzon, Xero managing director.

Anna Curzon - Managing Director, Xero New Zealand

“Think of all the time you and your accountant or bookkeeper spend administering GST, staff taxes and benefits, social welfare payments, ACC, KiwiSaver, company and personal tax.

Research has shown that an owner-operator typically spends 50 to 55 hours per year on tax compliance alone, according to Xero.

Digital transformation for Z’s fuel discount offer

Starting next month, customers using the loyalty programme, Fly Buys, will be able to access instant fuel discounts on selected days and still collect Fly Buys points, simply by presenting their card at Z sites nationwide.

Jane Anthony, Z’s general manager of marketing, says loyalty offers were going through a period of significant change and customers were wanting more choices.

“The old paper-based supermarket dockets have been dwindling in popularity, with people telling us they want instant fuel discounts instead,” says Anthony, in a statement. “We’ve listened to customers and taken the opportunity to boost New Zealand’s leading loyalty offer with a fast, efficient discount mechanism that’s as simple as swiping your card.

“Having the ability to offer instant discounts through Fly Buys, rather than through a blanket discount offer, is a more sophisticated approach to loyalty that will give us the flexibility to tailor our offers and to engage with our customers in a way which works best for them,” she adds.

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