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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Motion Computing's CL900 is a retail-specialized tablet complete with a card reader, barcode scanner, fingerprint security and forward and rear-facing cameras. The ruggedized device can withstand a four-foot drop to a concrete floor and the Gorilla Glass screen can take knocks without cracking. The Windows 7 device handles touch gestures and stylus input and the batteries deliver a full workday of power. Prices start at less than $1,000.