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ARTS Announces Retail Transaction Interface SOA Service

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kathy Grannis or Ellen Davis (202) 783-7971
grannisk@nrf.com or davise@nrf.com

ARTS Announces Retail Transaction Interface SOA Service

Washington, April 30, 2008 - The Association for Retail Technology Standards, a division of the National Retail Federation, today announced the release of the Retail Transaction Interface, the first service-oriented architecture service interface schema and technical specification for the retail industry.  

The newest ARTS standard was developed by an ARTS work team comprised of many of the world’s leading retailers and vendors. By making existing Point of Sale transaction functions available as SOA Services, RTI will enable the business logic behind these services to be easily reused for other customer and associate touch-points such as self checkout, fuel at grocery stores, kiosks, shop on the web, store within a store, portable shopper, mobile line buster and other complementary store solutions. 

RTI provides a standard for implementing SOA infrastructures in retail stores and enables speed of solution integration, which allows retailers to offer additional customer service while maintaining a consistent look and feel. 

“RTI will allow retailers to quickly and easily solve real world problems by introducing SOA into the store environment,” said Patrick Gibney, director of IBM retail industry solutions. “RTI will provide accessibility to key POS business logic and data so that retailers can quickly and easily integrate new consumer service technology in the store using the principles of SOA.” 

RTI and associated SOA services together provide a SOA composite service, which is consistent with the retail transaction services identified by the ARTS SOA Blueprint for Retail. Released earlier this year, the Blueprint is a guide to an optimal SOA implementation in retail and includes a best practices technical report laying out technical rules for ensuring application interoperability.

The Blueprint, best practices technical report and RTI can all be downloaded from the ARTS website at www.nrf-arts.org.  

"Shoppers are demanding new and innovative ways to conduct transactions and at the same time expect consistency in their interactions with a retailer,” said Tim Hood, Chief Solution Architect for SAP Trading Industries and Vice Chair of the ARTS XML Technical Committee. “The new RTI standard provides a cost effective way for retailers to leverage their POS business logic, providing a superior customer experience that will differentiate the retailer in the current, highly competitive retail environment."  

The RTI work team was chaired by IBM and included members from AccessVia, Big Lots, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Escalate Retail, GK Software, Micros, Microsoft, NSB, Oracle, PCMS, SAP and Wincor Nixdorf. The Association for Retail Technology Standards is an international membership organization dedicated to reducing the costs of technology through standards.

Since 1993, ARTS has been delivering application standards exclusively to the retail industry. ARTS has four standards: The Standard Relational Data Model, UnifiedPOS, ARTS XML and Standard Requests for Proposal. Membership is open to all members of the international technology community- retailers from all industry segments, application developers and hardware companies. www.nrf-arts.org.

The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores, chain restaurants, drug stores and grocery stores as well as the industry's key trading partners of retail goods and services. NRF represents an industry with more than 1.6 million U.S. retail companies, more than 25 million employees - about one in five American workers - and 2007 sales of $4.5 trillion. As the industry umbrella group, NRF also represents over 100 state, national and international retail associations. www.nrf.com