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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).

The next ARTS meeting will be hosted by Tractor Supply Company in Brentwood, Tenn., near Nashville. Learn more.

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.


Archived ARTS Events

Webinar: Using ARTS Data Standards to Benchmark Your Business

Webinar: Using ARTS Data Standards to Benchmark Your Business
June 17, 2015

Speaker: Tom Sterling, Chief Data Architect, ARTS and President, Sterling Associates

The New Partnership: Loss Prevention and IT

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

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

Webinar: Go Beyond the Sale with Digital Receipts

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

Upcoming ARTS Events

Webinar: Wrestling with POS and Mobile Convergence
August 26, 11am eastern
Speakers: Brian Kilcourse, RSR Research; Chris Silver, Urban Outfitters

Webinar: Beyond Personalization
September 16, 11am eastern
Speaker: Tom Sterling, ARTS

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

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.