JDA Software Group Inc. to serve as a strategic partner and advisor for RILA’s Supply Chain Leaders Council

JDA Will Serve As Strategic Advisor To RILA Council Of Top Retail Supply Chain Executives

Arlington , VA, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​Today (1/8/2018), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced that JDA Software Group Inc., a leading provider of supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors will serve as a strategic partner and advisor for the association’s Supply Chain Leaders Council, comprised of top supply chain executives from America’s leading retail companies. The partnership will allow RILA and JDA to collaborate on best practices to elevate the customer experience while helping drive their digital supply chain transformations.

“Given the goals of our Supply Chain Leaders Council – to collaborate with peers and solve for the industry’s most pressing supply chain challenges – partnering with JDA was a natural fit. Retailers are constantly searching for new ways to improve and optimize their supply chains, so coming together with a solution provider who specializes in exactly that is exciting,” said RILA Senior Vice President of Retail Operations Lisa LaBruno. “JDA is a true leader in the solution space and we look forward to working to advance the industry’s approach to supply chain planning together.”

“This industry sits at a point of unprecedented disruption as the digital transformation – from big data to artificial intelligence to cognitive learning – is both an opportunity for companies to reinvent their supply chain strategies but also a challenging undertaking,”said Wayne Usie, chief market development officer, JDA. “Our collaboration with RILA will provide retailers with the insight and best practices they need to take advantage of this digital disruption, and best address today’s consumer expectations of immediacy.”

JDA joins IBM and CN Supply Chain Solutions as a strategic partner of RILA’s Supply Chain Leaders Council beginning in January 2018.

About RILA:

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

About JDA Software:

JDA Software is the leading provider of seamless supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors.  Our unmatched solution portfolio enables our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve visibility so they can deliver on customer promises every time. More than 4,000 global customers run JDA, including 72 of the top 100 retailers, 71 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 13 of the top 16 3PLs. With JDA, you can plan to deliver. www.jda.com

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Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

SOURCE:  Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

RILA announces Kohl’s COO Sona Chawla as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Annual Event Brings Together Top Retail Supply Chain Execs

Arlington , VA, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​Today ( 12/4/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced Sona Chawla, Kohl’s chief operating officer, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference. The conference serves as the premier event for retail supply chain executives to network, learn, and share new and creative solutions for the industry’s most complex challenges, including logistics, transportation, and international trade.

In her role, Chawla is responsible for Kohl’s full omnichannel operations, overseeing all store operations, logistics and supply chain network, information and digital technology, and e-commerce, strategy, planning and operations. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear firsthand insights from the industry veteran on becoming a best-in-class omnichannel retailer, navigating today’s fulfillment landscape, and the future of the supply chain.

Featured speakers at the event include:

  • Kohl’s Chief Operating Officer, Sona Chawla
  • Walgreens SVP of Supply Chain and Logistics, Reuben Slone
  • The Home Depot’s EVP of Supply Chain and Product Development, Mark Holifield
  • eCom Advisory Co-founder and Managing Director, Aaron Conant
  • Retail Prophet and Futurist Doug Stephens
  • Team Rubicon Co-founder and President Jake Wood
  • Forbes Publisher, Editor-at-Large, and Global Futurist Rich Karlgaard
  • Author & Advocate Elizabeth Smart

“Each year, we bring together the industry’s top supply chain executives for best-in-class educational programming and unmatched networking opportunities with their peers,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations for RILA. “Our speakers are a huge part of what makes the event such a success, and this year’s lineup certainly raises the bar. We look forward to kicking off a great three days in Phoenix.”

The theme of the event, held February 25-28 in Phoenix, Arizona, is Reinventing the Retail Supply Chain: Accelerating What’s Possible. To learn more about the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference, visit the conference website.

Media interested in covering the event can register by emailing Caroline Stec.

RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:
Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA and Auburn University released their 7th annual “State of the Retail Supply Chain” report

Annual Report Highlights Challenges, Competencies And The Future Of The Retail Supply Chain

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (6/5/2017), Auburn University’s Center for Supply Chain Innovation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), in partnership with DC Velocity, released their seventh annual “State of the Retail Supply Chain” report. The report provides in-depth analysis of the front-burner issues facing America’s retail supply chains. The report also highlights tools and leading practices to compete in an evolving marketplace.

This year’s study is the culmination of research derived from industry hot topics, executive input, and emergent issues. The report sought participation from organizations with annual revenues above $1 billion, omnichannel capabilities and broad geographic activity. The Auburn University research team gathered insight through interviews and online surveys with America’s top retail supply chain executives, as well as industry analysis.

“2017 is a banner year for the retail supply chain and this report provides a tremendous benchmarking opportunity for today’s supply chain leaders,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations for RILA. “As retailers focus on innovation and moving their supply chains into the future, this report provides the insight and tools to help prioritize investment and increase marketplace competition.”

“Adapting to the hyper-competitive landscape requires supply chain capabilities that attract customers and grow the business,” noted Brian Gibson, executive director of Auburn University’s Center for Supply Chain Innovation. “Supply chain executives must integrate operations across multiple channels, use analytics to drive supply chain decisions, and monetize supply chain capabilities. Our report provides extensive discussions of these initiatives.”

Additionally, the report details the top three supply chain capabilities that revolve around the digital transformation of the retail industry as driven by the evolving consumer: enhancing order fulfillment capabilities, incorporating extensive use of stores for fulfilment and end-to-end supply chain planning.

According to the report:

As retailers seek to find balance between omnichannel costs and revenue growth, they realize that the supply chain is the key to profitably serving customers. To achieve success, the supply chain team must continue to excel at its primary fulfillment role, figure out how to best utilize stores that were never designed for large scale fulfillment, and develop strong capabilities in areas previously managed by other groups. Supply chain success will enhance retailers’ financial vitality and outlook.

To read a full copy of the report, click here.

RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Award winners announced

Emerging Technologies Honored At Retail Asset Protection Conference

Arlington , VA, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a ceremony at the Retail Asset Protection Conference in New Orleans yesterday( 4/12/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) honored Digital Safety USA as first place winner of the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards. The Awards showcase emerging, game-changing technologies that mitigate total retail loss, as defined in a groundbreaking research report published by RILA last year.

Digital Safety offers Point-of-Sale Activation (PoSA) technology for “intelligent” products and single-scan UPC serialization for both “intelligent” and “non-intelligent” products. PoSA benefits include, but are not limited to, open sell of product which promotes increased sales, reduced shrink, elimination/reduction in cost from current theft deterrent solutions, reduction in returns fraud, promotes PI accuracy, and allows for true, non-assisted self-checkout options for the customer.

Second and third place winners were Profitect and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., respectively.Retailers’ Choice Award, which was voted on by conference attendees throughout the week, was awarded to Profitect, for the second consecutive year. The first, second, and third place winners were selected by a panel of top executives from a group eight finalists.

“Each year, we ask companies to bring us their game-changing technologies and each year, they deliver and exceed expectations. This year in New Orleans was no different,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations.“Recognizing innovations across the industry and learning more about how we can implement them to improve the field of asset protection are what the Awards are all about. Thank you to all of the participants and judges, and we look forward to seeing more cutting-edge technology in the future.”

Winners of the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards are:

  • Digital Safety USA (First place)
  • Profitect (Second place)
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Third place)
  • Profitect (Retailers Choice)

The Awards come on the heels of RILA’s public announcement of the (R)Tech Center for Innovation. (R)Tech is a new term coined by RILA to describe the confluence of retail and technology. An (R)Tech company embodies the core values of both those industries – global and local, nimble, and entrepreneurial – to win the loyalty of today’s empowered consumers. The Center’s mission is to is to help retailers navigate the industry transformation, and to spur the adoption of the “(R)Tech” term within the retail innovation ecosystem. To learn more visit www.rtech.org.

For more information, visit the awards homepage.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA announces eight finalists for the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards

Eight Companies Ranked Among The Best For Technology Advancements In Asset Protection

Arlington , VA., 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies, announced eight finalists for the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards. The Awards serve as a showcase for emerging, game-changing technologies that mitigate total retail loss, as defined in a groundbreaking research report published by RILA last year.

RILA received applications across AP business functions, including Business Intelligence and Analytics, Workplace Safety, Crimes Against Business, and more. Finalists will showcase their cutting-edge technology to a panel of top executives at RILA’s 2017 Retail Asset Protection Conference, April 9-12 in New Orleans, where the winners will be announced. Conference attendees will have the chance to meet the finalists, experience their technology, and cast their vote for Retailers’ Choice Award.

“The awards are an exciting opportunity to recognize visionary companies that are developing innovative technology to address the industry’s biggest challenges,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations. “Our retail panel of judges felt that these companies stood apart from the pack, and they should be proud of their designation as leaders in innovation. We’re looking forward to crowning a winner in New Orleans.”

2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards finalists are:

  • Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
  • ClickIt Inc.
  • Digital Safety USA
  • Lassu, Inc.
  • Lillii RNB Inc.
  • LISNR
  • Profitect
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

The Awards come on the heels of RILA’s public announcement of the (R)Tech Center for Innovation. (R)Tech is a new term coined by RILA to describe the confluence of retail and technology. An (R)Tech company embodies the core values of both those industries – global and local, nimble, and entrepreneurial – to win the loyalty of today’s empowered consumers. The Center’s mission is to is to help retailers navigate the industry transformation, and to spur the adoption of the “(R)Tech” term within the retail innovation ecosystem. To learn more visit www.rtech.org.

For more information, visit the awards homepage.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

Contact:

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA now accepting applications for the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards

Arlington , VA, 2017-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies, today (2/8/2017) announced it is now accepting applications for the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards. The Awards showcase game-changing technology that mitigates total retail loss and recognizes visionary companies that are developing these solutions.

Last September, RILA released a research report, which analyzes the challenges with current practices in defining and managing retail loss, and introduces the industry to the broader concept of “total retail loss”. With this in mind, (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards applicants are asked to introduce a technology that offers a solution to a type of loss identified in the report.

“The retail industry is going through a major transformation in the way it delivers products, engages customers, and solves problems. Innovation is the name of the game and these awards are an opportunity to showcase those leading the charge,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations. “We’re excited to see how this new approach to retail loss will inspire new technologies and we look forward to seeing them in action in New Orleans.”

A panel of top executives in retail asset protection will review all submissions and identify the finalists, with the winners to be announced at RILA’s 2017 Retail Asset Protection Conference, April 9-12, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Entries are due by March 3, 2017. For more information, visit the awards homepage.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

Contact:

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA honored Profitect as first place winner of the 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards

Emerging Technologies Honored At Retail Asset Protection Conference

Dallas , TX, 2016-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​​​​In a ceremony at the Retail Asset Protection Conference in Dallas, Texas yesterday, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) honored Profitect as first place winner of the 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards. The Awards recognize the most visionary and influential solution providers and serve as a showcase for exciting new technologies in major areas of asset protection.

First Place went to Profitect, which presented a prescriptive analytics solution that provides descriptive insights with actionable outputs to retailers and asset protection professionals.

Second and third place were awarded to ClickIt Inc. and Prism Skylabs, respectively. The first, second, and third place winners were selected by a panel of top executives from a group 11 finalists, announced last week.

Profitect was also the recipient of Retailers’ Choice Award, which was voted on by conference attendees throughout the week.

“These winners were chosen by our team of expert judges because their innovative solutions exemplify our industry’s dedication to asset protection,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations. “It was an honor to be able to recognize their developments before their peers in Dallas. Thank you to all of the participants and judges, and we look forward to seeing more cutting-edge technology next year.”

Winners of the 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards are:

  • Profitect (First place)
  • ClickIt Inc. (Second place)
  • Prism Skylabs (Third place)
  • Profitect (Retailers Choice)

For more information, visit the awards homepage.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

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Caroline Stec
Coordinator, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: caroline.stec@rila.org

RILA announced 11 finalists for the 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards

Eleven Solution Providers Ranked Among The Best For Advancements In Asset Protection

Arlington, VA, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies, today announced 11 finalists for the 2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards. The Awards recognize the most visionary and influential solution providers and serve as a showcase for exciting new technologies in major areas of asset protection.

RILA received applications across categories, including Business Intelligence and Analytics, Workplace Safety, Crimes Against Business, and more. Finalists will showcase their cutting-edge technology to a panel of top executives at RILA’s 2016 Retail Asset Protection Conference, April 17-20 in Dallas, Texas, where the winners will be announced. Conference attendees will have the chance to meet the finalists, experience their technology, and cast their vote for Retailers’ Choice Award.

“Our industry has to continue to innovate to stay ahead of the pace at which retail​​ is changing,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations. “I congratulate the finalists for developing cutting-edge technologies to address emerging AP risks.​Their solutions stood out among a crowded field of qualified applicants.”

2016 Retail AP Innovation Awards finalists are:

  • Axis Communications
  • Centronex, LLC
  • Checkpoint Systems Inc.
  • ClickIt Inc
  • Dataminr
  • Digital Signal Corporation
  • DiSa Digital Safety USA
  • Prism Skylabs
  • Snaptagg Inc.
  • Profitect
  • Zebra Technologies

For more information, visit the awards homepage.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

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Caroline Stec
Coordinator, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2082
Email: caroline.stec@rila.org

6th annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Report released by RILA and Auburn University

Report Highlights Challenges, Competencies For Best-In-Class Supply Chains

Arlington, VA, 2016-Mar-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​Today (3/23/2016), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Auburn University’s Center for Supply Chain Innovation released the sixth annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Report. The report provides in-depth analysis of the biggest questions facing supply chain leaders and reveals best practices for retailers to compete in a changing marketplace.

This year’s study is the culmination of research gathered from industry publication analysis, a targeted online survey, and interviews with 24 senior executives from a wide range of top retailers. The report details the top four supply chain capabilities that keep retailers on the leading edge of retail supply chain innovation: supply chain strategy, demand planning, store-based fulfillment, and returns management.  The report also explores what’s on the horizon for the retail industry.

“In addition to tackling the critical issues facing the retail supply chain today and presenting actionable takeaways, this report provides a tremendous benchmarking opportunity for supply chain leaders,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations. “By understanding the big picture industry state of play, retailers can begin to take an internal audit of their capabilities, prioritize future investments accordingly, and maintain competitiveness with their peers.”

According to the report:

Not surprisingly, omni-channel is a major concern, strategic opportunity, and investment priority for retailers. They are trying to synchronize supply chain processes to promote convenience, speed, and a superior customer experience.

The report concludes:

As we look at 2016 and beyond, integration will be the key word. Retail supply chain executives need to pursue further alignment with merchant and store professionals to cost-efficiently enhance demand planning, inventory sharing, fulfillment excellence, and customer satisfaction.

The complete report can be viewed here.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

6th Annual SRSC Report

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org