STORES Magazine - May/June 2017 - 12
NRF Shifts Technology Focus
from Standards to Leadership
NRF has formed a partnership with international standards consortium
Object Management Group to take over a number of functions previously
performed by NRF's Association for Retail Technology Standards division.
"The arrangement will allow NRF to focus
on ARTS' core mission of collaboration,
education and research while ensuring
that standards developed over the past
two decades are maintained and continue
to evolve," NRF Vice President for Retail
Technology Tom Litchford said. "Retail is
a highly innovative industry that uses the
latest technology to continually serve its
customers, and NRF remains committed to
keeping merchants on the cutting edge."
"NRF and OMG share a passion for
delivering real value to our communities,
and look forward to a continued
partnership to guarantee portability
and interoperability in the retail space,"
OMG Chairman and CEO Richard Soley
said. "The ARTS standards are and will
continue to be the key to increasing quality,
decreasing cost and increasing choice in
ARTS was formed more than 20 years
ago and is best known for developing
standards that govern how equipment
such as cash registers, credit card readers,
receipt printers, bar code scanners and
backroom computer systems work
together. By standardizing the equipment
and related software, retailers can save
money by mixing and matching products
from different manufacturers rather than
being locked into propriety systems.
Under the partnership, OMG will take
over most of the technology standards
NRF and FMI to Combine
Loss Prevention Conferences
NRF and the Food Marketing Institute plan to merge their annual loss prevention
conferences beginning next year.
The NRF PROTECT conference and FMI's Audit, Safety, Asset Protection Conference
will become a joint conference known as PROTECT, with the first combined event
scheduled for June 11-18, 2018, in Dallas. The announcement was made in March at
FMI's conference in Orlando.
NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said the partnership will "amplify the
sphere of influence of this gathering and ultimately help deliver the resources and
information necessary to safeguard, prepare, protect and defend the nation's
"Respecting the changing grocery landscape and the intense consolidation our
industry has witnessed over the last several years, our trade groups are making similar
strategic decisions to maximize efficiencies and deliver greater value to the audiences
we serve," FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said. The combined conference
will give supermarket security experts "the opportunity to expand their horizons,
network in a larger sphere and get at the root of what they do best - mitigate risk."
This year's NRF PROTECT conference is scheduled for June 26-28 in Washington
with retired Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning and NFL Senior
Vice President of Security Cathy Lanier as the keynote speakers. The conference is
expected to draw more than 2,000 loss prevention experts, cybersecurity experts
and law enforcement officers.
STORES May/June 2017
work done by ARTS. NRF will continue to
develop standard requests for proposals
that help retailers research and evaluate
technology and software they seek to
purchase, and will continue to publish
white papers on technology issues.
Members of the various ARTS committees
will be invited to participate in comparable
positions at OMG, but will also continue
to meet as part of groups such as the NRF
NRF has adopted Shop.org as the new
name of its annual e-commerce conference,
which was previously known as Retail's
Digital Summit and held by NRF's Shop.org
"The rebranding of our show reflects our
desire to focus on qualities that differentiate
us from our competitors and stay ahead of
the innovation curve in the retail industry,"
NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
"At Shop.org, attendees will discover new
ideas, get actionable takeaways and build
strong relationships with the brightest and
most innovative players in the e-commerce
More than 4,000 retailers are expected at
this year's conference, which is scheduled
for September 25-27 in Los Angeles.
Speakers include industry leaders such
as NRF Chairman Mindy Grossman, CEO
of HSNi; Danielle Weisberg and Carly
Zakin, founders of theSkimm; Mariam
Naficy, founder and CEO of Minted.com;
Adam Grant, author of "Originals"; Adam
Goldenberg, co-founder and co-CEO of
TechStyle Fashion Group; and Trevor Hardy,
CEO of The Future Laboratory.