Richard Mader is Executive Director of the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), a division of the National Retail Federation. ARTS was founded in 1993 to lower the cost of retail technology through standards. Mader served as its chairman on a voluntary basis for more than five years before accepting the challenge of making it the preeminent retail standards association as part of NRF.
Mader has over 30 years’ experience in retail information management, having served as SVP and CIO for Boscov’s and Bon-Ton Department Stores, Director of Corporate Systems for Federated Department Stores and Manager of Programming and Operating Systems for McCrory’s. While a retail CIO he was a member of the NRF CIO Council for over 15 years.
Mader is recognized as a leader in Retail Information throughout the world. He has made presentations at Retail and Distribution conferences in the US, South Africa, Europe, UK, and Japan.
As the Chairman of ARTS, Mader led the development of the first Standard Data Model for Retail, now in use around the world, and the Unified Point of Service (UnifiedPOS) Standard, a specification for connecting over 30 different peripheral devices to a sales terminal with minimal, if any, programming changes or integration costs. Currently, he is leading the ARTS standard XML Application to Application messaging standard to reduce the time and cost of systems integration. To date, fourteen different schemas have been produced and placed in the public domain and the POSlog schema has been downloaded by over 4000 unique users in 76 countries around the world.
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