RSPA (Retail Solutions Providers Association) is the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry. Their members include resellers, distributors, hardware manufacturers, software developers, consultants and service providers who bring retail technology solutions to the marketplace and their annual conference, RetailNow is one of the biggest events in the industry.
This years conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, featured three days of educational sessions, an awards banquet, and more than 175 exhibitors showcasing their products and services for over 1,500 attendees. Divided into five key areas (business strategy, enterprise POS, mobility, payments and professional services) this year’s event had something for everyone. With a keen eye on educating its wide variety of members, session content this year ranged from security (PCI) and EMV to in-store retail practices to driving incremental business growth to mobile - and more mobile! Sessions were all well attended and interactive as well, fueling a lot of insightful audience questions as well as post-session dialogue and discussion.
Hot topics also flooded the exhibitor hall. In our booth, aside from demonstrating our Genius solution and showing our recently announced omni-channel enablement capability, discussions focused on mobile (POS, payment acceptance, and commerce) as well as gift and loyalty. We also noticed a growing number of mobile payment and commerce application developers in attendance, signifying the expansion of the marketplace and what lies ahead for the world of retail technology.
All in all, the entire conference was an excellent educational resource for the dozen or so members of our team in attendance. And, it was a great medium for catching up with our partners, developers and value-added resellers to meet in person and chat about what’s happening in today’s marketplace and what they’re predicting for the short- and long-term future of payments!