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National Retail Federation to Showcase Specialty Pavilion at Retail Business Technology Expo

For Immediate Release
Kathy Grannis (202) 783-7971

National Retail Federation to Showcase Specialty Pavilion at Retail Business Technology Expo
-Leading U.K. Event Welcomes Hundreds of Global Solutions Providers, Retail IT Experts-

Washington, March 9, 2012 – The National Retail Federation, along with its technology standards division, the Association for Retail Technology Standards and digital division, Shop.org, will host a special pavilion at the upcoming Retail Business Technology Expo and Cards and Payments Solutions. The event, set to welcome more than 300 major global solution providers and featuring 130 educational seminars and presentations, kicks off March 13 in Earls Court, London. NRF’s pavilion is stand 650.

“As the only U.S. retail trade association in attendance, we are extremely excited to be a part of this premier event for retail executives and their international business partners,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Many similarities exist between what NRF showcases in New York every year and those on exhibit across the pond at London’s Retail Business Technology Expo. We are most looking forward to learning and sharing with our peers as we examine current and future solutions to better the global retail industry.”  

Companies exhibiting in NRF’s pavilion will showcase the latest in retail technologies which are made possible by ARTS’ standards. Featured companies include:

•    Applied Data Corporation will demonstrate InterStore.Net, ARTS recently-released Fresh Item Management software suite designed for grocery and convenience store chains, which tracks food from farm-to-store and provide tips for reducing shrink through better inventory management
•    Bizerba will work with NCR to showcase state-of-the-art solutions which address retailers’ challenges surrounding maintaining fresh produce and food products
•    NCR will showcase a Web Office that gives retailers access to their point-of-sale system and data from anywhere in their intranet through a browser based application based on the ARTS Data Model and POSlog
•    PCMS Group, one of the U.K.’s leading independent retail software and service vendors, will display the latest in mobile POS solutions
•    Starmount, one of the first retail software companies to offer mobile POS, will present their mobile shopper application that allows retailers to complete transactions via the mobile device, including purchasing from any store and shipping direct to the customers home.

Also during the event, ARTS Executive Director Richard Mader will present “Leveraging the ARTS Social Commerce Blueprint for Success” on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. in Retail Technology Business Theatre A, and, Artemis Berry, Senior Director of Content and Community at Shop.org will present “Omni-channel Retail: Socialising. Localising.  Mobilising.” on Wednesday, March 14 at 2:40 p.m. in the Retail Technology Business Theatre A.

For more information about NRF’s pavilion or to set up media interviews with an NRF, ARTS or Shop.org executive, please contact Kathy Grannis, 202-626-8189, grannisk@nrf.com

The two-day event will also play host to the Global Retail Forum meetings, designed to bring together senior retail executives from around the world in a professional network setting. Additionally, the event will host “The Future of Retail – Lighting up the High Street,” an innovative technology showcase highlighting potential future technology trends within the retail industry, around the globe.

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation. www.nrf.com