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NRF’s technology leadership community of CIOs and IT professionals educates policymakers and develops resources that help retailers innovate.
The CIO Council is an invitation-only committee of retail CIOs from NRF member companies. The Council focuses on strategic best practices, as well as emerging issues (such as mobile retailing and NSTIC) and budget benchmarking. The group meets three times a year and maintains a LinkedIn group for information exchange.
The Council is managed by an executive committee that oversees six working sub-committees, each chaired by a member CIO: Networking & Communications, Education & Research, Advocacy & Policy, Technology & Standards, Cross-functional Relationships, IT Security Committee. The Council also provides feedback and direction for the content for NRF’s premier technology event, NRFtech: Technology Leadership Summit, which is an invitation-only event for retail CIOs and is free to members.
IT Security Council
This permanent CIO Council committee was formed in January 2014 to provide a forum for retail security leads to collaborate and exchange information, develop and share industry best practices and key components of an effective security plan and policy, and educate federal lawmakers on what is needed to combat data theft/breaches and the resulting fraud that occurs. The IT Security Council is managed by an executive committee that oversees three primary objectives: Networking & Communications, Education & Research, and Policy & Advocacy.
ARTS is a worldwide community of retail business, information technology professionals and analysts organized to help retail enterprises and solution providers identify, adopt and integrate current and emerging information technology and innovation into their organizations, strategies and operations.
News & Resources
NRF’s Retail CIO Download reviews key findings and trends from the NRF CIO Council Roundtable and member survey. Digitizing the Store, a report developed in partnership with the University of Arizona and Demandware, surveyed more than 200 retail business and technology executives to evaluate the convergence of point-of-sale and e-commerce technology.
Retail technology standards – Unified POS, Data Model, XML Schema, and Business Process Modeling – lower the cost of ownership of new technology for retailers, and allow vendors to find partners and compete to offer better service to retailers. What this means is that retailers can offer better service to their customers – the right products at the right time at the right price.
Technology stories in our News section spotlight emerging trends, recap the latest research and share insightful tips from industry experts. Research and white papers in our Retail Library take an in-depth look at best practices and new strategies for retail technology.
NRF’s SmartBrief is a daily roundup of the latest retail industry news. Each email provides a concise summary of the day’s most important stories. Preview the latest issue and subscribe to the newsletter.
Events & Education
NRFtech is an annual conference for leading retail IT executives. Discussions at the invitation-only forum are centered around actionable information on the latest trends in retail technology.
Technology events throughout the year include individual sessions and educational tracks at Retail’s BIG Show and Shop.org Summit. The ARTS Pavilion at NRF’s annual convention is an emporium for new technologies, cloud, mobile and social commerce. ARTS also holds four quarterly meetings throughout the year.
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