Five Reasons to Attend ARTS User Conference

The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) has been establishing standards and best practices for the retail industry since 1993. This includes data models (there's two now), peripheral integration specs, XML schemas, RFP templates, and more recently several informative whitepapers. The retailers and vendors of the various committees meet 3-4 times per year to produce these works, then once a year we meet with our user community to inform, listen, and discuss.

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Below are five reasons to attend this year's ARTS User Conference in Orlando during the week of Sept 12th.

  1. Some well-known retailers will be talking about how they've leveraged ARTS to improve their businesses. We'll be hearing presentations from Academy Sports, Adidas, Beall's, and Lowe's plus roundtable discussions with many others. Last year, my favorite session was led by Lynn Myers of Lowes.

  2. There will be discussions on SOA, Cloud Computing, and Mobile Retailing based on the whitepapers ARTS has produced. Each of these areas have tremendous potential for retailers, and several experts will be on hand to answer questions. (Shameless plug: I'm excited to be doing the session on Mobile Retailing.)

  3. It may be your last opportunity to soak up the rays of summer. The facilities at the Marriott are great, with several pools, restaurants, and bars.

  4. On Wednesday there are optional workshops that dive deeper into the standards, and provide a great opportunity to ask the experts questions.

  5. Easily the most important benefit is networking. Many of the most interesting conversations take place between the sessions and during meals. Its great to compare experiences and ideas with other industry veterans.

Hope to see you there.

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