By Amber Murdock, RSPA
With Kelly Funk’s emphatic plea to the RetailNOW audience to deliver in order to dominate fresh on the mind, the 2016 RetailNOW show floor opened on Monday, August 1 with a flood of show goers pouring through the doors of Longhorn ABC.
The energy on the floor was electric — and not just because the bright lights of the more than 170 booths on the floor illuminated the breadth of the point of sale industry contained under one roof. Upon first glance, the growth of the show, and the industry itself, could be perceived as overwhelming: the strong presence of payments companies at the RetailNOW event alone offered reseller, independent software vendor, and independent sales organization attendees with enough choice to make one’s head spin. The energetic buzz radiating from the show floor was found in the many conversations happening at once, sounds emanating from the booths themselves — the din product demos, the appearance of special guests, or the clink-clank of bottles from the bars set-up in the spaces themselves.