NRF Group Offers Payment Consistency Guidelines

With an eye on retailers having to juggle payment systems between many varied environments--far beyond merely online and in-store--a National Retail Federation division this week introduced a set of guidelines called the Retail Transaction Interface, which it has dubbed "the first service-oriented architecture service interface schema and technical specification for the retail industry."

"By making existing POS transaction functions available as SOA Services, RTI will enable the business logic behind these services to be easily reused for other customer and associate touch-points such as self checkout, fuel at grocery stores, kiosks, shop on the web, store within a store, portable shopper, mobile line buster and other complementary store solutions," said a statement from the NRF's Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS). Execs with Big Lots and BJ's Wholesale Club represented retailers in a committee dominated by tech vendors.