June 03, 2015 12:15 ET

Xero to Transform Small-Business Accounting Across All iOS Devices

Xero, Vend and Deputy to Revolutionize the Retail Experience on iOS

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Jun 3, 2015) - Xero (@Xero), a global leader in cloud accounting software for small businesses, is bringing new solutions to market that fully leverage the power and continuity of the iOS platform to deliver a seamless customer experience on the iPhone® and iPad®. Xero is also working with cloud leaders Vend and Deputy to deliver an unmatched retail-focused solution for small businesses that enhance mobility via iOS devices.

Xero is used millions of times a week on Apple® devices worldwide. The majority of Xero users (over 70 percent) access Xero Touch through the iOS platform. Many Xero small business owners and accounting providers use both an iPhone and an iPad, enabling them to work on the go -- they can reconcile bank statements, send invoices, add receipts, and create expense claims from any device, any time, anywhere. Then, when small business owners and accounting providers are back in the office, accessing Xero from their Mac, they can resume their tasks within the same familiar user experience across all devices.

During its Q2 2015 earnings call, Apple announced it is working closely with a select group of leading software providers to bring innovative mobile solutions to customers seeking to transform their businesses using iOS devices. As part of this initiative, Xero is delivering enhancements to its core offering to enable a set of "mobile-first" solutions for small businesses on the iPhone and iPad.

"We have seen tremendous demand for iOS solutions from customers around the globe as they look to transform the way they manage their businesses in today's mobile world," said Rod Drury, CEO, Xero. "iOS is key to our customers' success and we're focused on creating a beautiful, design-led experience that not only delights users, but helps them run their businesses effortlessly and flawlessly."

Benefits to Xero customers that leverage an iPhone or iPad include:

  • Enjoying the best Xero user experience and next-generation enhancements first on Apple devices

  • Eliminating guesswork and accessing best-in-class solutions that are beautifully designed specifically for small businesses and their accounting partners from their Apple devices

  • Leveraging Xero's partner integrations to increase time-to-value, automate routine business processes, and gain better insights into managing their business more easily on Apple devices

Retail Industry Benefits Big with Xero, Vend and Deputy
Xero works with Vend, a leading cloud-based retail software company, and Deputy, a cloud-based employee scheduling and people management platform, to provide a solution that revolutionizes the retail experience on any iOS device.

The joint experience is seamless for customers. Daily sales, captured in Vend, post directly to the right categories in Xero, so accounts are automatically updated without any manual intervention. Xero and Vend together form a complete online accounting, point of sale, and inventory management solution -- all run from any iPad or iPhone.

Deputy employee scheduling, time and attendance software enables small businesses to assign available staff and then create and publish staff schedules in minutes. Deputy integrates directly with Xero, where timesheets created and approved by small business owners in Deputy are automatically posted in Xero payroll. This integration automates the employee payroll process and provides customers access to powerful reports in Xero to evaluate their overall business performance at a glance from any iPad or iPhone.

"Xero, Vend and Deputy work together seamlessly so small business owners can manage their retail business from any iOS device, anytime, anywhere," said James Maiocco, GM corporate and business development, Xero. "Our integrated solution gives retailers a flexible and scalable platform they can easily use to run their businesses right from their iPads and iPhones."

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About Xero
Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has 500,000 subscribers in more than 180 countries. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 400 third-party tools, and was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company in 2014 and 2015.

About Xerocon
Xerocon 2015 is being held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on June 2-4, 2015 and will be attended by more than 500 accountants, bookkeepers, small business owners, financial professionals and 35+ exhibitors. Keynote speakers at the event include Xero CEO Rod Drury, Freakonomics author, Stephen J. Dubner and Polly Labarre, a founding member of Fast Company. Avalara is the lead sponsor of the event. Follow news from the conference on Twitter at @Xero and with #Xerocon.

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