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Retail Technology Standards

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ARTS is a community dedicated to helping retailers and solution providers identify, adopt and integrate current and emerging information technology.

We set our priorities by listening to other NRF communities: CMOs, CIOs, Loss Prevention and  They are the "what," we are the "how."

Resources and Standards

ARTS' highly regarded white papers, RFPs, schemas, UnifiedPOS, and business process models are available to members free of charge and to nonmembers for a nominal fee.  The ARTS Operational and Data Warehouse Models are available to members of NRF, and ARTS only.

Where do I start?

If you are an analyst or project manager, start by checking out our Standard RFPs and White Papers to research technology, and Business Process Models to see where there may be dependencies or opportunities for integration.

If you are a developer or an architect, you should start with our Standard XML Schemas and the ARTS Data Models. These are great resources to help you learn about retail and to save valuable development time.

Finally, UnfiedPOS is the de facto international standard for device connectivity at the Point of Service (POS).

Next meeting is London - hosted by NCR!

Networking and Events

ARTS Quarterly Meetings are a great learning and networking opportunity - learn about our standards, mingle with your peers and give back to the Industry by helping us create new resources.  We also host regular webinars about technology strategy topics for the retail industry and contribute programming to other NRF events.


Upcoming ARTS Events

ARTS International Quarterly Meetings
May 19-20, 2015, hosted by NCR

How Successful are You? Using ARTS Data Standards to Benchmark Your Business
June 10, 11am eastern
Learn about the ARTS tool kit for data analysis with ARTS chief data architect Tom Sterling

ARTS Quarterly Meetings
August 17-20, 2015, hosted by Tractor Supply in Brentwood, TN

ARTS Quarterly Meetings
November 2-5, 2015, hosted by Beall's Department Stores, Bradenton, FL

Archived ARTS Events

The New Partnership: Loss Prevention and IT
April 29, 2015, 11am eastern
Panel Discussion with speakers from The Neiman Marcus Group, The Kroger Company and NRF

Webinar: Get up and running FAST with ARTS
March 25, 2015
Speaker: Richard Halter, ARTS Chief Technical Architect

Webinar: Establishing Competitive Advantage through Customer Centricity
September 10, 2014
Speaker: Professor Peter Fader, Wharton School

Customer Centricity, an ARTS Forum
September 29, 2014, Seattle
See presentations from the Forum and from the 2014 Summit 

Webinar: Go Beyond the Sale with Digital Receipts
October 22, 2014
Speakers: Russ Rosen, CIO, Rooms to Go
                 Tomas Diaz, CEO, flexReceipts

ARTS Collaboration Tool

Are you an ARTS member looking to access the collaboration tool? (Requires separate password.)

Looking for color and size codes?

Standard Color and Size Codes are an EDI standard that give retailers, vendors and manufacturers a common language for product color and size, supplementing data conveyed by UPC codes.