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President Clinton, new technologies headed to NRF 2012

The annual National Retail Federation Big Show will again be at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Cener in New York City. The show is an opportunity for retailers fresh off the 2011 holiday season to see the latest offerings from technology vendors. And this year, mobile technologies will have a promienent role at the show.

Mobile Payments Today will be onsite at the NRF show looking at new mobile technologies for retailers, as well as exploring how merchants are planning to incorporate these technologies into their customer engagement strategies.

President Clinton to keynote 

President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote speech Monday. He'll describe the challenges of globalization, while emphasizing the country's growing interdependence and pointing the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values.

Clinton's speech, "Embracing Our Common Humanity," will take place Monday morning at 11 a.m., with Macy's president and CEO Terry Lundgren moderating it.

A sample of technologies on display at NRF

(This is, of course, only a fraction of what's happening on NRF's massive show floor. If you're exhibiting and have something you feel is noteworthy, tell us all about it in the comments below.)

AJB Software Design, Inc., a provider of integrated payment solutions, and PayPal will announce new POS application programming interfaces, allowing retailers to offer PayPal as an in-store payment option for shoppers.

Avnet will introduce its latest suite of digital signage services. Combining Avnet’s hardware, software and technical expertise, the new suite offers OEMs and VARs complete end-to-end solutions for digital display projects.

Bluebird, a global provider of hand-held mobiles designed for AIDC and payment solutions, will showcase the Pidion product portfolio created to give retailers more hardware choices. Products on display include: A retail mobile computer, a RFID handheld computer, a rugged all-in-one handheld computer, portable payment terminal and hand-held mobile computers.

Claris Solutions, a retail performance consultancy, and Euclid Elements, a data analytics startup, will debut the solution they designed to improve store performance via the application of unique visitor-based information and analytics.

EarthLink, an IT services and communications provider with clients including GNC, HoneyBaked Ham and The Sleep Train, will showcase its new suite of voice, data and Internet solutions. The product line integrates VOIP applications and private MPLS networks with equipment, mobile and security offerings that provide retailers with a fully customizable communications portfolio.

ECRS will debut its mobile CATAPULT POS solution, along with a new generation of consumer centric self-checkout systems.

Payment processing and security vendors, Equinox Payments, Voltage Security and Merchant Link, will feature the cloud-based payment solution that the companies created to protect sensitive point-of-sale payment data. The companies collaborated in response to Columbia Sportswear Company's desire to reduce its PCI scope.

Ingenico, a provider of payment solutions, has partnered with iMobile3, a provider of advanced mobile commerce technologies, and will showcase its Mobile Retail Platform, iMRP. The solution allows merchants to expand existing commerce reach by including an integrated mobile solution designed to enhance the overall customer engagement and shopping experience.

Intel will showcase its latest high-tech retail innovations developed with Macy's, HSN, adidas and Kraft Foods.

KIOSK Information Systems will feature StoreBOT, the latest in a new series of automated retail solutions. StoreBOT, created in conjunction with a world leading specialty retailer, is an automated retail platform providing secure self-service delivery of multiple product categories (games, electronics, perfume, and health/beauty items).

Merchant Link will discuss its implementation of tokenization/encryption for secure payment processing for a sports retail company. The pilot phase is complete, and the nation-wide roll out will finish this spring.

Motorola Solutions will feature its latest retail solutions, including a mobility services platform, a mobile bar code scanning feature and a mobile POS solution.

Planar Systems will introduce its Cleartouch family of touchscreen displays, including its full HD 32-inch display.

Tensator, a provider of queue management solutions, will not only display its latest products in a booth, but it is also supplying the show's official greeter. The Tensator Virtual Assistant is a next-generation digital signage solution that uses the latest in projected imaging and audio-visual technology to create the illusion of a real person. It will provide directional guidance, event and party information as well as "need to know" show information.

UPM RFID and its partners Blue Bite, Mid-South Marking Systems, Overheer Systems and Pittsfield ID, will showcase their most recent RFID solutions based on real-world NFC and RFID applications.

The RFID solutions at the event utilize the latest UPM RFID tag and inlay technology for digital marketing, customer engagement and experience, merchandising, item-level tagging and inventory management.

Wincor Nixdorf will debut a new suite of advanced retail technology solutions, including new checkout and shopping solutions that it expects to improve the customer shopping experience and reduce front-end operating costs.

YCD Multimedia, a provider of smart digital media solutions, will debut its analytics module for the company's Retail Advertising and Merchandising Platform. The company will give demos with HP and Retalix, showing retailers how to manage products, prices and marketing campaigns more easily.

If you're attending the NRF Big Show, please stop by the NetWorld Alliance booth (#3213) in the Mobile & Customer Experience Pavilion.

James Wester contributed to this story.

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