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Cloud, Social, Mobile Technologies to be Displayed at ARTS Pavilion During NRF’s BIG Show

For Immediate Release
Kathy Grannis (202)783-7971 or grannisk@nrf.com

Cloud, Social, Mobile Technologies to be Displayed at ARTS Pavilion During NRF’s BIG Show

Washington, January 5, 2012 – The annual ARTS Standards Pavilion (booth 1951), an emporium of cutting-edge retail solutions for retailers based on ARTS’ Open Standards, will open Monday, January 16, 2012 at the National Retail Federation’s 101st Annual Convention at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. This will be ARTS’ 12th year hosting a special Standards Pavilion. Retail’s BIG Show runs January 15–18, 2012 and is the industry’s largest and premier trade show for senior retail executives representing various sectors.

Designed to showcase current and future retail technologies, along with ARTS’ products and Standards information, the Pavilion will demonstrate the global impact of ARTS’ standards, with companies from North and South America, Asia and Europe set to co-exhibit with ARTS representatives, offering retail IT solutions, products and technologies leveraging ARTS’ standards. This year, cloud computing, mobile and social technologies will be the main themes of the Pavilion.

ARTS partner NFC Forum will be on hand with three of their member companies to demonstrate the broad range of Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies, and scenarios that benefit retailers in personalizing their interactions with their customers.

The Pavilion will feature:
•    MicroStrategy, Trevarian Portal, Mercury Consulting and Teradata in the Cloud Corner, collaborating to show how specific cloud services benefit Business Intelligence (BI) tools by merging CRM with social media data;

•    NCR and EPSON will demonstrate point-of-sale system features such as printing from remote devices;

•    OPOS-J, a Japanese Standards group, will exhibit how they leverage WS-POS, a standard they helped ARTS develop, to connect to POS peripheral devices using web services;

•    ADC will be present their fresh item management tools to optimize profitability of perishable departments;

•    Germany-based Bizerba will demonstrate their standards-based solutions for weighing, information and food-service technology;

•    iCiX will showcase tools which allow retailers and their partners to share and manage validated critical information throughout the supply chain; 

•    Chile-based Rhiscom will display their regression-testing tool, developed using ARTS’ standards;
•    SAP will demonstrate how their use of ARTS’ standards has helped them develop a seamless, cross-channel experience for customers;

•    UnifiedPOS contributor MagTek will illustrate their secure card authentication devices;

•    Lebanon-based Soft Solutions will explain their concept of “science at the service of business” in their analytics and category management tools, and;

•    Push Science, an innovative mobile platform and application provider, will demonstrate the advantages of linking mobile with social networks.

In addition, ARTS Social Commerce Blueprint for Retail will be available for preview in the Pavilion. The Blueprint will be released to the public in January, and offers solutions and guidelines for retailers in regards to establishing social media and social commerce platforms. At the Pavilion, guests can also explore the ARTS Cloud Computing Baseline RFP, which helps companies find the best cloud services, as well as the ARTS and NRF Mobile Blueprint. 

Click here for more information about ARTS Pavilion.

The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), a division of the National Retail Federation, is a retailer-driven international membership organization.  ARTS was established in 1993 to develop best practices, technology standards and educational programs through collaboration and partnerships that will enable retailers, their vendors and suppliers to conduct business globally.  ARTS standards, products and programs are dedicated to fostering innovation and increasing retailer efficiency.