NRF Big Show 2011: Breakthrough Technologies For Retailing
The National Retail Federation's "Big Show" in New York highlighted scores of cutting-edge retail technologies, from mobile devices and digital signage to point-of-sale systems and store-management applications. Tablet computers were everywhere, of course, though more often featured as a raffle prize designed to draw booth visitors and gather business card leads. Several exhibitors demonstrated iPad-native "clienteling" apps designed to help salespeople demonstrate and explain complicated (or ou
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There were plenty of iPads in evidence at Retail's Big Show, as well as new competitors. Dell displayed its Android-powered Streak 7 and Streak 5, 7-inch and 5-inch screen models introduced at January's CES show. The Inspiron Duo is a Windows 7-powered device that converts from a notebook to a tablet by flipping the center-hinged screen.