Vend, a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and inventory, customer
management software company, today is officially opening its first (and
only) office in Toronto.
Since its establishment in 2010, the New Zealand-based company has
grown, and continues to expand in size with more than 10,000 customers
worldwide and offices in Auckland (HQ, NZ), Melbourne (Australia), and
San Francisco, CA. Vend will also open offices in Berlin and London [in
the coming months].
"We picked Toronto as our North American base of operations for Sales
and Customer Success because Toronto's amazing art scene and culture of
retail made it a natural fit for Vend," says CEO and Founder of Vend,
Vaughan Rowsell. "After looking at cities across the continent, we
continue to be amazed by the talent here. Plus, being a cousin of The
Commonwealth, we share an appreciation of the Metric System, our Head of
State, and Parliament."
Vend provides retailers with all the tools they need to run their
stores, with none of the crazy overheads of traditional systems. Vend
works just like current POS systems, but because it is cloud-based and
runs on a web browser, it works on any computer, including an iPad,
anywhere in the world. It even keeps working in offline mode, if an
internet connection is lost. Vend also provides inventory management,
customer loyalty, pricing and accounting tools and easily integrates
with dozens of applications for busines to customize their POS system
to their needs.
The Toronto office will employ more than 40 staff on the customer
service, sales, IT, and channel teams by the end of 2015 and it will
service the rapidly-growing Vend customer base in Canada and North
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Vend to Toronto. Right from the
start, our team has really enjoyed working with them on their venture
into Canada," said Renato Discenza, President and CEO of Invest Toronto.
"We are so pleased with the announcement of their new global support
office in downtown Toronto, and we are happy to see that their
investment in Toronto continues to grow and flourish. Here in Toronto,
Vend has become part of a vibrant and flourishing technology sector that
is second to none in Canada, and we wish them the best of success."
To mark the occasion in typical Vend style, everyone will be invited to
have a go at smashing the cash register. The iconic cash register
destruction showcases how switching to a cloud-based point-of-sale
system frees independent retailers to run their businesses efficiently
and effectively from wherever they are.
The event will also recognize a convergence of the Canadian and New
Zealand (Kiwi) culture, through the BuzzFeed-coined
term, "New Zanada" in (un)official recognition that New Zealand and
Canada are the friendliest nations in the world.
The event is open to media and will be attended by several government
representatives and business leaders, as well as Vend executives Vaughan
Rowsell, CMO Nick Houldsworth, and Chief Revenue Office Jean-Christophe
Taunay-Bucalo. The event will begin at 4 pm and is located at the new
Vend office (317 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P9).
Vend provides a cloud-based point-of-sale and retail management platform
that helps SMB retailers grow their businesses. With more than 10,000
stores worldwide, Vend is trusted by retailers in 140 countries. Founded
in 2010, and headquartered in New Zealand, Vend has operations in
Australia, the United States, and Canada, and has raised $30M from
top-tier investors. For more information, please visit: http://www.vendhq.com
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