Voting begins today, Thursday, for the most exciting technology found at NACStech by attendees.
Retailers at the show need to download the NACStech mobile app in order to vote. Results will be announced at Friday’s Expo Trends 2010 workshop.
NACStech, held May 5-7, officially kicked off yesterday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, and offers 25 workshops and an expo to provide retailers with access to the latest information and cutting edge technology important to the industry.
Among Wednesday’s highlights, retailers learned how a crossfunctional POS system can help enhance product marketing and reduce shrink at their stores, stay tuned to CSD‘s June issue for more on this topic. A data security standards workshop walked retailers through what they need to know about PCI compliance mandates ahead of confusing deadlines-visit CSD‘s May issue for what your chain needs to do to meet PCI deadlines and why it’s important to comply.
The NACStech opening session featured professional comedian and motivator Don McMillian who entertained the crowd with celebrity look-a-like photos of members on the NACS board, tales of his past as an engineer and a comical interpretation of industry acronyms he hopes will make retailers grin upon hearing them throughout the conference.
The expo floor opens today, Thursday, and Friday and features more than 100 companies showcasing new products and services that enhance customer loyalty, streamline operational efficiencies and take costs out of the system.
Retailers can download the NACStech mobile app to a smartphone device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, BlackBerry) to organize their schedule, locate exhibitors on the expo, view an expandable expo map and join the conversation about what’s going at NACStech via social media with the #nacstech Twitter feed.
On Friday, NACStech wraps up with the closing general session at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm featuring Kevin Mitnick – often called “the world’s most famous former hacker.” Mitnick, the founder of Mitnick Security Consulting LLC, will focus on issues related to data security and PCI compliance, specifically addressing PCI DSS requirements by using his “hacker’s insight” to identify and examine the biggest exposure risks for convenience and petroleum retailers. He also will share case studies demonstrating vulnerabilities in processing credit card transactions – and identify steps to mitigate risks.