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ARTS Mobile Integration White Paper
Version 1.0
August, 2012

Mobile is an important part of nearly every retailer's marketing and operational strategy.  This paper enhances and updates the information provided in the ARTS Mobile Retailing Blueprint; use cases and examples from that Blueprint have been expanded in this document illustrating the business process, mechanics and capabilities necessary to create and implement mobile solutions.

As a companion piece to the Mobile Retailing Blueprint, ARTS is placing the Mobile Integration White Paper in the public domain. Download your copy now!

Social Retailing Blueprint
Version 1.0
January, 2012

This first version of the Blueprint, written by ARTS members, describes the aspects that retailers should consider when developing their social media program. In further collaboration with the NRF communities, future versions will expand on how employees and sales associates can use social to increase customer service and operational efficiencies.

The Blueprint is free to NRF, and ARTS members. It is available for a nominal fee to non-members from the NRF Store at paper is available in the downloads area. ARTS members may download it free of charge from there, nonmembers may purchase it for USD 349.  If you are an NRF or member, please see for more information on how to download your free copy.

Mobile Retailing Blueprint
Version 2.0
January, 2011

The updated verison of the Mobile Retailing Blueprint is a product of the NRF Mobile Retail Initiative.  The Blueprint was created by members of GS1, NACHA, the NFC Forum, the NRF and its ARTS, and RAMA divisions, RSPA and the Smart Card Alliance to help retailers understand the current mobile retailing landscape, recognize the types of applications on the horizon and determnine how best to embrace this new technology.  Visit for more information and to download the white paper.

Cloud Computing for Retail
Version 1.0.0
December, 2009

This technical report presents information about cloud computing as it pertains to retailers and the broader retail community. The document seeks to identify the characteristics of cloud computing that make it compelling for retailers, and attempts to highlight areas in which a cloud-based solution offers strong benefits to retailers. The report also discusses the key obstacles to adopting cloud-based solutions, including reliability, availability, and security. It concludes with a discussion of issues relating to portability, manageability, and interoperability.  This paper is available in the downloads area.  Members may download it free of charge, nonmembers may purchase it for USD 249.

PCI Best Practices Presentation: Cost-Effective Compliance
From PCI Knowledge Base
January, 2009

This presentation, given to the National Retail Federation CIO Council, discusses best practices for project management organization, IT infrastrucre, business applications, network management, contrats management, and store operations.  See the PCI Best Practices group to download this item - must log in to view.

Top 25 PCI Best Practices
January, 2009

The Best Practices for PCI was developed in cooperation with
PCI Knowledge Base. This release contains 25 best practices which provide guidance to companies on how leading retailers are addressing all of the requirements outlined in the PCI Data Security Standards. This item is bundled with the PCS Best Practices Presentation.

ARTS XML SOA Blueprint for Retail
Version 1.2
December, 2008

The purpose of this technical report is to provide the retail industry with an end-state, implementation-independent depiction of the best SOA practices for retail. The goal is to promote and enable the adoption of SOA in retail and the utilization of ARTS standards and schemas to help solve retail challenges. This blueprint includes logical descriptions of a SOA implementation for a generic retail enterprise. Although this report does not prescribe a specific technology, it does enumerate the expectations for infrastructure and tool sets needed to accomplish the end state. It also provides a logical model for common retail services that also highlights future areas in which ARTS standards may be created. This paper is available in the downloads area. Members may download it free of charge, nonmembers may purchase it for USD 249.

SOA Best Practices Technical Report
Version 1.2.0
December, 2008

This report presents the following: Service-oriented architecture (SOA) service interface development policies for workgroups at ARTS; SOA service naming conventions for deliverables from workgroups at ARTS; Web services components and specifications for use by implementations of ARTS standards; and ARTS XML schema and WSDL deliverables from workgroups at ARTS.  This item is bundled with the SOA blueprint.

XML Best Practices
Version 2.0
July, 2006

Criteria for “good” XML specifications and XML schema specifications may vary widely depending on the uses to be made of those specifications. Even when it has been agreed to use the W3C specification for XML Schema, there may be no single set of criteria for “good” application of the standards to specifications and determination of the “best” criteria can be even more uncertain. However, when the particular environment of application can be restricted, one can hope to determine, by well-informed consensus, the set of criteria that will lead to the best practice of using XML and related standards in that environment. For this particular document, the particular environment is data interchange between and among information technology applications that support the operation of retail stores or that integrate retail stores with the retail enterprise.  See the XML Best Practices group to download the latest version - must log in to view.

ARTS Infrastructure Technical Specification
Version 1.0
August, 2003

This paper defines the distinct layers of “XML infrastructure” which must be agreed to by any set of applications which exchange XML documents, in order that they may be able to successfully interoperate. Each layer will be analyzed in some detail, and a set of design alternatives will be identified and explored. Finally, examples (based upon HTTP and ebXML) for implementing an ARTS XML infrastructure will be presented as a guide for retail developers. This paper is available in the downloads area. Members may download it free of charge, nonmembers may purchase it for USD 249.


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