NEW YORK -- The National Retail Federation has acquired the Association for Retail Technology Standards, a retailer-led group seeking to establish open-systems standards that will help create "plug-and-play" technology environments. "ARTS needs a full-time staff and a greater international presence," said Richard Mader, the association's chairman and chief information officer at Boscov's Department Stores, Reading, Pa. The acquisition by the NRF will allow the ARTS "to fulfill its mission," ...

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