Guest Column | March 19, 2012

RSPA President's Note - March 2012

RSPA President's Note

By Joe Finizio, president and CEO, RSPA

It’s time to give the President’s Note a new spin. Over the past several years this column has had an inward focus with information on projects and initiatives at RSPA. It’s time for an outward focus to share observations and insights gained from our travels throughout the retail technology industry.

My personal litmus test for the year is the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) show held every January in New York City. There is some history here… I have had the opportunity to attend this show, dating back to when it was the NRMA Show (National Retail Merchants Association). Over the years this show has added more and more technology providers as exhibitors. Typically a good NRF show means a good year for all technology providers. This year, the show floor was very busy and the retailer attendees were in a buying mood—all positive signs toward a good year for our industry. The positive news from the NRF show combined with the NRA’s December Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) at a six year high provide us with a very positive outlook for business in 2012.