So, how do you get set up? Well, you probably already are! You must have the Ascend Data Transporter service installed and running on your server computer – and if you’re using Ascend Analytics, Ascend Online Reports (AOR), eCommerce integration, or Trek Care bike registration, this is already done!
But if you want to verify everything is working as expected, start by going into Options on your server. In the General section, verify that Allow Data Transporting is checked.
Next, head to your computer’s Services - select the start menu on the computer and type Services, then select Services (or view local services) from the results. Find Ascend Data Transporter Client Service and verify it is Running.
However, in order for customers to see the most accurate information for your store, there are several “best practices” that you’ll want to follow.
- Keep Ascend on the latest version.
For details on this process, see the How do I install an Ascend update?
- Keep Trek vendor products
up-to-date. Use only Ascend-formatted vendor spreadsheets (available on www.ascendrms.com) to create
products. For details on this process, see the How do I import a large number of vendor
products into my system? article.
- Your vendor record for Trek must
have Trek Bicycle Corporation listed
in the Name field.
- Perform regular Cycle Counts to
ensure your inventory values are accurate. For details on this process, see the
How do I prepare for cycle counts?
article and complete the Cycle Counts modules.
- Keep your store information
up-to-date on Dexter. From Dexter, select the Services
tab and select Edit Store Profile
(in the Trek Services section).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How often are my stock levels updated?
A: Once daily. If you’ve sold out of or received in a product more than 24 hours ago, please contact us to troubleshoot the issue.
Q: Will my quantity in stock be displayed to customers?
A: No. Products will only display “In Stock” (if you have quantity available), “Ship to Store” (if you do not have the product in stock, but it is available in Trek’s warehouse), or “Contact retailer” (if neither you or Trek has the product in stock).
Q: Will my stock level decrease when a customer purchases a product from Trek’s website?
A: No. Sales on TrekBikes.com are processed by Trek and are shipped from Trek’s stock, not your store’s. If a customer purchases a bike, see How do I account for bikes bought on TrekBikes.com? for details on how to account for your technicians’ work in Ascend.
Q: Can I opt out of this service?
A: This service was designed to drive customers into your store and increase your in-store sales. There is currently no opt-out option.
Q: Can I update my stock levels throughout the day?
A: Stock levels are currently only refreshed once every 24 hours and cannot be updated manually.