ARTS Unveils Standards Updates, Payments Integration White Paper at Retailís BIG Show 2013
For Immediate Release Shari Brown or Kathy Grannis (212) 542-1950 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ARTS Unveils Standards Updates, Payments Integration White Paper at Retail’s BIG Show 2013
New York, January 14, 2013 – The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), the National Retail Federation’s technology standards division, today announced the release of three diverse standards for the retail technology community, all of which will be available for review in the ARTS Pavilion, booth 2253, at Retail’s BIG Show. The Show kicked off Sunday, January 13 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, and is expected to welcome more than 27,000 retailers, solution providers and media from around the world.
“There is no better place than Retail’s BIG Show to unveil some of ARTS’ most useful and successful business models,” said Tom Litchford, vice president, retail technologies, NRF. “We are confident that the Business Process Models and UnifiedPOS releases, and the Payments Integration White Paper will provide additional tools to the industry and have a real and positive impact on how retailers and their technology suppliers do business.”
During the event, ARTS will release its Common Retail Business Process Model, which is designed to assist retailers with improving their business operations. Business Process Modeling (BPM) helps retailers identify opportunities and gaps in how they manage their businesses. BPM allows retailers to determine where a company has outgrown its processes and helps align processes that closely match a company’s goals. The international work team, featuring members from the adidas Group, Argility, Beall’s, Canadian Tire, HP, IBM, To-Increase, and Verizon, was chaired by Wilson Zorn of the adidas Group.
ARTS is also publishing a new release of its Unified Point of Service (UnifiedPOS) 1.14, which will include expanded content to the Scale and Electronic Value Reader/Writer devices. UnifiedPOS is the international POS device connectivity standard for 36 unique devices, and continues to be the worldwide single specification for OPOS, POS for .NET and JavaPOS, ensuring consistency across platforms and offering retailers freedom of choice in selecting new software and hardware for the point-of-sale. WS-POS, a technical document that provides retail devices, servers and terminals with the capabilities necessary to interoperate in a detached, dynamic network as well as more typical networks using web services, has also been updated to version 1.2. The UnifiedPOS Committee, which features members from Bizerba, Datalogic, Epson, Microsoft, NCR, OPOS-J, Star Micronics, Toshiba-TEC, and Wincor-Nixdorf, is chaired by H. Paul Gay of Epson.
Also available for review at the ARTS Pavilion will be the Payments Integration White Paper version 1.0, which supports retailers in understanding and implementing the EPAS Retailer Protocol, a standard that provides the means to integrate point-of-sale and similar points-of-interaction with payment/EFT subsystems. The white paper focuses on how retailers can isolate payment business logic and technologies into separate and more focused subsystems, allowing them to minimize the system envelope that requires extremely high levels of security. The integration process also provides them with the ability to minimize their exposure to regulations like PCI-DSS, while at the same time providing much greater flexibility to adapt to the constantly evolving payments technologies and regulations. The payments integration work team benefited from contributions by Cisco Systems, Epicor, Epson, IBM, NCR, SAP, Toshiba, and Vertex, and was chaired by Tim Hood of SAP.
Additionally, ARTS will host a special book signing at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14 featuring Michael Saylor, chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy, and his book “The Mobile Wave.”
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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.
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