RetailNOW Reaches Record Attendance
The Retail Solutions Providers Association's (RSPA) RetailNOW 2012 event, held July 29 - August 1in Las Vegas, NV drew over eighteen hundred attendees, representing eight different countries, from all markets of the retail technology industry. With 155 exhibitors, attendance was up 26% over last year cementing RetailNOW as the show where the industry meets.
Keys to the show's growth include:
- Over 25 education sessions within 3 different tracks
- 3 panel discussions including the Industry Leaders Panel featuring top executives from BlueStar, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Ingram Micro, NCR, MICROS and ScanSource; and the Technology Vision Panel featuring representatives from ISIS, pcAmerica, Vigilix, Vendor Safe Technologies and VeriFone.
- 4 Industry Focused Education Sessions pre and post RetailNOW 2012
- Over 40 member-companies took advantage of RSPA's free meeting space to hold their channel meeting in conjunction with RetailNOW 2012
"The record number of attendees and exhibitors at RetailNOW reflect the and fast moving changes and new opportunities in the retail technology industry. RSPA's industry specific education at RetailNOW provided valuable business, technology and customer information. We also called for all members to become Retail Technology Industry certified to set their businesses apart in our crowded marketplace," said Joseph Finizio, RSPA President & CEO.
Additional show highlights included RetailNEXT exhibitors who featured emerging technologies at their booths. RSPA also held its annual General Session meeting where members voted for new Board of Directors to fill two vacant reseller seats and one vacant vendor seat (see complete list below).
On Tuesday, July 31st RSPA held its annual Awards Banquet. Presented was the Hall of Fame, RSPA Awards of Excellence along with the RSPA/VSR Innovative Solution Awards. The Awards of Excellence are the only awards in the retail technology industry where dealers vote for their favorite vendors. RSPA reseller members can vote on the best vendors providing reseller support, electronic payment/financing, consumables, technology distributor, hardware and software, software, hardware, and best overall (Gold Medallion).
The RSPA/VSR Innovative Solution Awards recognize outstanding achievements in technologically advanced multi-vendor solutions serving SMBs. These awards are open to any reseller of retail technology with a solution that falls under one of the following markets: Mobility, shopper-facing solution, POS solution, software application, payment processing, and ISV/VAR collaboration.
RSPA also inducted two people to the Industry Hall of Fame, Louis Brown Jr. and Lefty Monson, both of which attended the banquet.
The following individuals/companies received awards:
2012 RSPA Awards of Excellence:
Gold Medallion- Mercury
EPSON America- Gold | APG Cash Drawer, LLC - Silver | Touch Dynamic, Inc. - Bronze
Applications Software Provider
Future POS, Inc. - Gold | pcAmerica - Silver | National Computer Corporation - Bronze
Cash Register Sales, Inc. - Gold | MICROS Systems, Inc. - Silver | NCR Corporation - Bronze
ScanSource, Inc - Gold | BlueStar - Silver | Metropolitan Sales - Bronze
RiteMade Paper Convertors, Inc. - Gold | California Ribbon & Carbon Company, Inc. - Silver | Bushnell Ribbon Corporation - Bronze
Mercury Payment Systems - Gold | Datacap Systems, Inc. - Silver | VeriFone, Inc. - Bronze
Reseller Support/Customer Support Services
Business Solutions Magazine - Gold | Vertical Systems Reseller - Silver | Vend Lease Company, Inc. - Bronze
2012 RSPA/VSR Innovative Solution Awards:
POS King for their Universal iOS App
Payment Processing Category
Granbury Restaurant Solutions for their iPad Self-Service ordering Kiosk
POS Solution Category
Revel Systems for The Revel POS
Shopper-Facing Solution Category
Ellickson USA for their The Draft Table
Software Application Category
LightSpeed for their LightSpeed for iPad
Best ISV/VAR Collaboration
Comprehensive Retail Solutions and Datacap Systems, Inc. for their Norte Dame Stadium Installation
RSPA Board of Directors
Mark Olson (Chairman), Les Farrance (Past Chairman), Lynn Skurla* (Chairman-Incoming), and Brad Holaway* (Secretary/Treasurer).
2012/2013 Board Members:
Bob Bauer*- BMC, Scott Berkshire - Tulsa Cash Register, Bart Collins - Macro Integration Services, Christine Duffy - Star Micronics, Inc., B.J. Maynard - Management Control Systems, Jason Knorpp - Direct POS, Paul Leduc* - Globe POS Systems, John Lohr - JCR Systems, Mike Seymour - Postec, Inc. Lynn Skurla - Skurla's Business & Hospitality Systems, Tom Reichart* - Mercury Payment Systems, Jim Roddy - Jameson Publishing, and Jim Stewart - Advanced Data Systems.
To learn more about RetailNOW, visit GoRSPA.org/RetailNOW.
RetailNOW 2013 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 4-7, 2013.
(www.GoRSPA.org) The Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) is the only association dedicated to the retail technology industry. RSPA members include resellers, hardware manufacturers, software developers, consultants, finance companies, and distributors bringing retail technology products and/or services to the marketplace. The RSPA provides education, certification, industry advocacy, benefits and information that assists members with becoming and remaining successful.