RILA announces the winners of the (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards

Three Companies Spurring The Future Of Retail Showcase Technologies For Industry’s Most Recognized CEOs

Tucson , AZ, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative retailers, today (1/23/2018) announced the winners of the (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards. The three winners, IamBotMultifold, and Persado, selected by RILA’s Board of Directors, the CEOs and heads of innovation for America’s largest retail brands, were featured in a showcase at RILA’s Retail CEO Forum this week in Tucson.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to have CEOs and chief innovation officers from America’s most well-known brands interacting directly with emerging companies that, through their own commitment to innovation, are enabling the future of our industry,” said RILA Senior Vice President of Research, Innovation, and Sustainability Adam Siegel. “We’re excited to recognize these three companies, who have embraced the charge from our consumers to deliver ubiquitous and ultra-personal shopping experiences and in turn, have developed game-changing technologies.”

RILA’s (R)Tech Center believes that one trend is driving change in the industry more than any other: the trend toward ubiquitous and ultra-personal shopping. The winners were hand-picked by America’s leading chief executives for their groundbreaking work in promoting the industry’s move towards shopping wherever, whenever through artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Details on the winners:

IamBot helps brands and retailers sell directly to customers through messaging platforms. It is the comprehensive conversational commerce solution based on the state-of-the-art artificial intelligence. It seamlessly integrates with stores’ messaging channels to provide customers with the ubiquitous and super convenient shopping experience.

“We’re honored that IamBot was selected by this prestigious group of executives. We believe that conversational commerce is a key element of the industry’s future, and we are glad that these CEOs see that as well.”

Multifold Retail believes that Augmented Reality will change the way that consumers shop. They offer all the tools retailers need: content creation (3D model creator, editor & library), viewers (Augmented Reality & 360 degrees), marketing and advertising tools (social media, catalog, in-store/OOH campaigns) and tracking/analytics.

“We are so honored to have been selected for this award by such a distinguished group of CEOs. Multifold aims to make it easier for companies to create, manage and launch Augmented Reality experiences for their customers. Our patent-pending web-based AR solution results in a more streamlined user experience and works across the majority of smart devices. We look forward to sharing our story with RILA members.”

Persado is the Marketing Language Cloud; AI generated language that resonates the most with any audience, segment or individual. Imagine having a data scientist and a copywriter for each person in your audience; you get the language that performs and the analytics explaining why, resulting in more business and unseen insights. Comprised of the world’s largest database, with over a million words and phrases tagged and scored for consumer marketing, Persado’s Marketing Language Cloud enables brands to increase acquisition and retention while building long term consumer relationships.”Persado is proud to be selected as a winner of the inaugural (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards. We’re excited for the opportunity to showcase our technology and challenge retail leaders to introduce data driven decision-making in new areas of their organizations, specifically within marketing content creation. Today’s consumers seek to build lasting relationships with their favorite brands –– at Persado, we’re helping brands navigate these relationships and shape the future of marketing through the effective use of AI-generated language that resonates with any audience or individual.”

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. RILA, in partnership with Accenture, launched the (R)Tech Center for Innovation in 2017 to help retailers navigate the industry’s transformation.

Contact:

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

Source: RILA

RILA welcomes new Board Chairman Brian Cornell chairman and CEO of Target Corporation

Semi-Annual Meeting Brings New Chairman, Four New Board Members​

Arlington , VA, 2018-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today (1/22/2018) that four top retail executives have been selected to join the association’s Board of Directors in an election that took place during the Board’s semi-annual meeting, held Sunday in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, RILA welcomed a new Board Chairman, Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corporation. Cornell, who succeeds former Chairman Bill Rhodes of AutoZone, will serve a two-year term.

New to the association’s Board of Directors are:

  • Gina Boswell, President, Customer Development, Unilever
  • Mark Breitbard, President & Chief Executive Officer, Banana Republic, Gap Inc.
  • Michele Buck, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Co.
  • Richard Keyes, President & Chief Executive Officer, Meijer, Inc.

“The past year was one of tremendous change in retail as we saw fundamental shifts in where and how people choose to shop. We also saw firsthand the power of our industry when we find common ground and advocate for consumers.  As RILA’s Chairman, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to build upon our shared successes and help drive positive change for our customers, our teams and our industry,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer, Target Corporation.

For a full Q&A with Brian Cornell about his upcoming chairmanship, click here.

“RILA is fortunate to be led by such an exceptional Board of Directors. Our success is in large part a result of their commitment to collaborate with one another and provide us with critical insights and direction,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “We’re thrilled to welcome four additional Board members this year and we’re confident that we will continue to accomplish great things under Brian’s leadership.”

The 2018 RILA Board of Directors:

  • Brian Cornell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Target Corporation (Chairman)
  • Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, ULTA Beauty (Vice Chairman)
  • Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, AutoZone, Inc. (Immediate Past Chairman)
  • James Myers, Chairman, Petco Holdings, Inc. (Treasurer)
  • Robert Niblock, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (Secretary)
  • Gina Boswell, President, Customer Development, Unilever*
  • Mark Breitbard, President & Chief Executive Officer, Banana Republic, Gap Inc.*
  • Shelley Broader, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chico’s FAS, Inc.
  • Michele Buck, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Co.*
  • James Dinkins, President, Coca-Cola North America, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Marvin Ellison, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
  • Alexander Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boot Alliance and President, Walgreen Co.
  • Alan Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer, Energizer Holdings, Inc.
  • Joe Jensen, Vice President, Internet of Things Group, and General Manager, Retail Solutions Division, Intel Corporation
  • Richard Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker, Inc.
  • Hubert Joly, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Richard Keyes, President & Chief Executive Officer, Meijer, Inc.*
  • Stephen Laughlin, Vice President & Global Industry Leader, Retail, IBM Corporation
  • Craig Menear, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President, The Home Depot, Inc.
  • Michael Polk, Chief Executive Officer, Newell Brands
  • Steve Rendle, President & Chief Executive Officer, VF Corporation
  • Gregory Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, Tractor Supply Company
  • Jill Standish, Senior Managing Director, Global Retail Consulting Practice, Accenture
  • Todd Vasos, Chief Executive Officer, Dollar General Corporation
  • Sandra Kennedy, President, Retail Industry Leaders Association

*Denotes Newly Elected Member

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

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 again teams up with Sustainable Brands® for their 2018 flagship conference

Vancouver Event Will Feature Retail-Specific Program Track

Arlington , VA, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (11/28/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced that for the second year in a row they will be teaming up with Sustainable Brands® for their 2018 flagship conference in Vancouver, Canada. The event, Redesigning the Good Life, is the second of a three-year global initiative to discover how society’s desire to become a better world is transforming the way brands deliver value.

As part of the partnership, RILA will produce a retail-specific educational track focused on the issues, opportunities, and challenges of sustainable retail within the Sustainable Brands program – and specifically addressing the circular economy. The Sustainable Brands conference covers innovation and sustainability initiatives across multiple consumer-facing industries.

“We initially chose to partner with Sustainable Brands to introduce our retailers to new and innovative approaches to CSR, while continuing to deliver the leadership content historically featured at RILA’s Sustainability Conference,”said RILA Senior Vice President of Research, Innovation, & Sustainability Adam Siegel. “The Sustainable Brands community welcomed us with open arms, and I saw last year’s conference as a huge step toward building a lasting partnership. We look forward to building on that experience, and to bringing together our communities again for more transformational content and experiences in Vancouver.”

“We are delighted to continue our strategic partnership with RILA in 2018,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skryzniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands. “Retailers command a critical position within the global economy, with significant potential to both support and help reshape consumer choices and lifestyles. The retail sector has both a substantial need, and great opportunity to rethink business models and approaches to serving customers alongside the brands they choose to partner with. We look forward to another great year of convening both retailers and their brand partners together in one room to share insights and collaborate more fully on redesigning value propositions, business models, and customer experience in ways that support their own resiliency and a better future for all.”

The 2018 Sustainable Brands conference will be held June 4-7, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. Pre-registration for SB’18 Vancouver is now open. Please inquire with Adam Siegel at RILA for special rates for retailers.

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 Sustainable Brands:

Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Contact:

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

Source: RILA

RILA welcomes House passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”

Arlington , VA, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (11/16/2017), the Retail Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative brands, issued a statement praising the House passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”:

“We are thankful the House moved swiftly to pass this important legislation that will give America’s retailers and consumers a break. America’s current tax code is in dire need of an update. Retailers pay one of the nation’s highest effective corporate tax rates which is why we are pleased to see the corporate tax rate permanently reduced to 20 percent. This will allow savings to be reinvested to grow, add jobs and serve customers.  Further, we enthusiastically support the tax relief provided to individuals, specifically targeted to middle class taxpayers. Tax reform that works for retailers and customers is vital to keep our economy growing. We thank the House for listening to America’s retailers and our consumers, and urge the Senate to move forward on passing their proposal,” said Jennifer Safavian, executive vice president of government affairs for RILA.

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, Communicatoins
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA comments on House Hearings on data security and consumer privacy

House Hearings Address Consumer Privacy In The Digital Age

Arlington , VA, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to hearings held today (11/1/2017) in the House Financial Services and Energy and Commerce Committees focusing on data security and consumer privacy, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement:

“Consumer privacy and data security are top priorities for America’s retailers,”said Nicholas Ahrens, vice president of privacy and cybersecurity for RILA. “As retail and technology converge, maintaining customer trust is the bedrock of the retail business model. That’s why retailers have long advocated for federal legislation that addresses federal data security standards and data breach notice requirements.

“Today’s hearings are an encouraging sign that Congress is taking these issues seriously and working towards a solution. Retailers embrace the careful stewardship of customer data not only because maintaining customer trust is a core business imperative, but because it is the right thing to do. RILA stands ready to work with Congress to find a solution that protects consumers while providing reasonable guide rails to help businesses maintain and deepen customer trust relationships.”

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 comments on reports of Canada and Mexico’s rejection of proposals made during NAFTA renegotiations

Arlington , VA, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (10/17/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative retail brands, issued the following statement reacting to reports of Canada and Mexico’s rejection of proposals made during the most recent round of NAFTA renegotiations:

“Simply put, we cannot afford for the United States to abandon free trade.  A collapse of the NAFTA trade agreement between the United States and our two largest trading partners would be an economic catastrophe, with massive disruptions in agriculture and manufacturing and increased costs for American consumers.  As retailers, we strongly urge all parties to preserve the parts of NAFTA that work for American businesses and to avoid proposals that would damage the U.S. economy and hurt American families,” said Hun Quach, vice president of international trade policy for 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.

Contact:
Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: CHRISTIN.FERNANDEZ@RILA.ORG

Source: RILA

RILA opens applications for its first annual (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards

Arlington , VA, 2017-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative retail brands, announced its call for applications for its first annual (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards.

“As today’s top retail leaders gather at RILA’s CEO Forum, this will be the perfect opportunity to showcase new technologies that are transforming the industry,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of RILA. “To move the industry into the future, our awards program will focus on technologies that create ultra-personal and ubiquitous shopping experiences. By streamlining the path to purchase, retailers are listening to the wants of consumers and creating seamless experiences, integrating the physical with digital. We look forward to connecting America’s retailers with industry innovators.”

The Awards will highlight innovations that enable retail’s future. Winners will be invited to showcase, pitch and network with the most powerful retail chief executives at RILA’s annual Retail CEO Forum January 21-23 in Tucson, AZ.

Applicants should focus their innovations on advancing Ubiquitous and Ultra-Personal Shopping, that is, shopping that will be invisible and ubiquitous, embedded into natural gestures and conversation, managed through a connected ecosystem, and considering all channels and all customers. The (R)Tech Center believes that this trend is driving change in the industry more than any other.

Applications are due on September 8. Learn more and apply at www.rtech.org/awards.

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 congratulates Marvin Kaplan on his appointment to the National Labor Relations Board

Arlington , VA, 2017-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (8/2/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) congratulated Marvin Kaplan on his appointment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). RILA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Evan Armstrong issued the following statement:

“RILA congratulates Marvin Kaplan on the approval of his nomination to the NLRB. Marvin has a deep knowledge of the law and an ability to balance the interests of employees and employers. Retail supports more than 42 million American jobs and as RILA members are our some of our nation’s largest employers, a full and complete NLRB has been one of our top priorities. We thank Senate leadership for a seamless nomination process.”

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: 703-600-5039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA’s Hun Quach comments on the Administration’s North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation objectives

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today ( 7/18/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of International Trade Hun Quach issued the following statement responding to the release of the Administration’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation objectives:

“As the nation’s largest private sector employer, retailers are closely monitoring the administration’s efforts to modernize NAFTA, our nation’s most vital free trade agreement. An agreement that provides certainty and stability will boost American exporters and importers and enhance our nation’s competitive standing in the global market. Additionally, an updated agreement will spur billions in new investment in infrastructure across our nation’s retail supply chain and create thousands of good-paying jobs. As negotiations commence, RILA will continue to provide the retail perspective every step of the way to the Administration and Congress as they pursue a modernized trade agreement that will impact millions of U.S. jobs and every consumer in America.”

To view RILA’s full trade priorities, click 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.

Contact:

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

Source: RILA

Retail Industry Leaders Association praised nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to the NLRB

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 28, 2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) praised the nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). President Trump nominated Kaplan who currently serves as a counsel at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and Emanuel, an attorney with the law firm Littler Mendelson.

“We are thrilled to see Marvin and William nominated to the NLRB. A full and complete NLRB has been one of the top priorities for companies that are grappling with the misguided decisions of the previous Board,” said Evan Armstrong RILA’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “The Board’s decisions that created micro unions, ambush elections, and a new joint employer standard threaten the flexibility and upward mobility that retail employees value. It is critical that the Board is made whole so it can begin the important work to interpret the law in a way that supports innovation, growth, and opportunity. We encourage Senate leadership to move swiftly and look forward to a smooth and seamless confirmation process.”

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.

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

Contact:

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

 

RILA announces support for the Financial CHOICE Act

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today ( 6/8/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced its support for the Financial CHOICE Act, urging lawmakers to take an important first step in addressing regulatory reform in the financial services sector. Austen Jensen, vice president for government affairs, issued the following statement regarding the retail community’s support for the House vote.

“In the wake of the financial crisis it was vital for Congress to act to assure the American people that our financial markets were stable and that a new regulatory apparatus would prevent another systemic problem. While well intended, several of these regulations have had a negative impact on community banks and other financial institutions that were never at the root of the financial collapse in 2008. The CHOICE Act takes the first step toward reconciling the need to treat mega-banks and Wall Street differently than Main Street financial institutions.

“Preserving swipe fee reform was a big win for retailers and consumers across the country. No retailer—big or small—received a bailout during the Great Recession, and we support provisions of the CHOICE Act that seek to ensure that Americans are never again forced to bail out failing financial institutions.”

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:
Jason Brewer
Executive Vice President, Communications & State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2044
Email: jason.brewer@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

RILA EVP for Government Affairs Jennifer Safavian comments on retail community’s support for comprehensive tax reform

Arlington , VA, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jennifer Safavian, RILA Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the retail community’s support for comprehensive tax reform following today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs.”

“Retailers have a significant impact on the daily lives of all Americans – from their customers to their employees to the communities and families they serve every day. While retailers are responsible for more American jobs than any other industry, we also pay among the highest effective tax rates of all U.S. businesses. Pro-growth tax reform that simplifies and lowers rates, eliminates special preferences and restores America’s global competitiveness is the top priority for retailers—provided it does not saddle American families with a higher tax bill.”

Retail Works for our American Economy

More than 42 million jobs in the U.S. are either a retail job or a job that relies on retail. Jobs in the retail industry span from designers and IT professionals to transportation and logistics service providers to customer service representatives. Outside of brick and mortar stores, millions of jobs in manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, transportation, warehousing, and services industries are supported by retailers. Millions of Americans get their first job in retail, including Members of Congress and their staff.

Retailers offer flexible schedules that enable individuals to spend more time with their families or complete a degree, and provide employees with extensive training at all job levels and skill sets that lay a core foundation for fundamental career development. Millions of high-tech and high-paying jobs are created by retailers as consumer demand and industry innovation continually advance and change.

RILA provided the Committee a statement for the record during today’s hearing. To read the full statement 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:

Jason Brewer
Senior Vice President, Communications and State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2044
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA welcomes Administration’s notice to Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA

Arlington , VA, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (5/18/2017), RILA Vice President of International Trade Hun Quach, issued the following statement regarding the Administration’s notice to Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA:

“RILA welcomes the Administration’s announcement to open talks with Mexico and Canada — vital trading partners for the retail industry. We believe NAFTA is crucial to America’s vitality and competitive standing in the global market. Through a proactive international trade agenda, retailers are able to provide millions of Americans with the goods they want and need at any time. As NAFTA negotiations commence, we will continue to provide the retail perspective every step of the way to the Administration and Congress as they seek to improve U.S. opportunities for American consumers and businesses.”

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 issues statement on Robert Lighthizer’s appointment as U.S. Trade Representative

Arlington , VA, 2017-May-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (05.11.17), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of International Trade Hun Quach, issued the following statement regarding Robert Lighthizer’s appointment as U.S. Trade Representative:

“We commend Robert Lighthizer on his appointment to U.S. trade representative. RILA has long-championed retail’s critical role in international trade which creates millions of American jobs throughout the global value chain. We welcome the opportunity to work with USTR on sound trade policies that promote open, global markets that give consumers access to the goods and services they want and need.”

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.

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Contact:

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

New RILA ad campaign calls on Congress to protect debit swipe fee reform

RILA Ads Tell Congress To Hold Wall Street Accountable And Protect Reform Vital To Industry

Arlington , VA, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (5/9/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s largest retailers, launched a national ad campaign urging Congress to protect debit swipe fee reform as the House is set to vote on the Financial CHOICE Act. As it stands, the legislation would eliminate hard-fought swipe fee reform that has saved retailers and American consumers billions.

“We launched these ads to remind Congress that America cannot afford to bailout Wall Street and the big banks once again,” said Austen Jensen, vice president of government affairs and financial services for RILA. “As it stands this legislation is a poison pill for any bipartisan effort to enact meaningful financial reform. Congress must act to uphold debit swipe fee reform or it will give Wall Street and card companies license to raise costs on America’s retailers and our consumers.”

RILA launched a series of ads in key Congressional districts across the country. The 60 second ad features some of Wall Street’s most egregious actions against American consumers reminding Congress just who they’ll be supporting should they choose to repeal debit swipe fee reform.

To view the ads, click here.

For more information on why debit swipe fee works for retailers and consumers, click 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.

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 names Andrew Sousa as assistant director for the Center for Retail Compliance

Arlington , VA , 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today (3/28/2017) that Andrew Sousa has joined the association as assistant director for the Center for Retail Compliance and director at RILA. In this role, Sousa will manage RILA’s committee of retail environmental compliance professionals and develop comprehensive tools, content, and training to help retailers navigate environmental compliance regulations.

Sousa joins RILA from Canadian Tire Corporation, where he served on the risk & regulatory affairs team focusing on both compliance and product and chemical safety.

“Coming from a retail company and having a science background, Andrew brings a unique understanding of the challenges retailers face in the environmental compliance space,” said Tiffin Shewmake, executive director for the Center for Retail Compliance and vice president at RILA. “Andrew will play an integral role as we look to expand the CRC and its offerings for retailers, and we’re excited to have him on board.”

The Center for Retail Compliance was established by RILA in 2013 to provide retailers and industry stakeholders with access to retail-specific information, tools, and solutions pertaining to state and federal environmental regulations. To learn more, visit retailcrc.org.

Sousa officially started at RILA on March 13, 2017.

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 to host 2017 Retail Asset Protection Conference on April 9-12 in New Orleans, LA

Arlington , VA, 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​For the first time, members of the media are invited to attend the 2017 Retail Asset Protection Conference, hosted by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) April 9-12 in New Orleans, LA.

The conference will bring together top global retail asset protection executives and industry experts for three days of discussions around the complex challenges facing retailers today. The program will focus on the latest trends and technologies transforming the industry and will cover the whole spectrum of asset protection including crimes against businesses, operational loss, workplace safety, business intelligence and analytics, and leadership and development.

In addition, the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards will be held at the conference, during which RILA will recognize innovative companies developing game-changing technology for the retail asset protection community. The Exhibit Hall will also be a forum for leading solution providers and retail technology companies to showcase industry innovations throughout the conference.

The conference sessions open to press are outlined here.

What: 2017 Retail Asset Protection Conference

Who:

  • Keynote speaker Richard Ashworth, president, pharmacy & retail operations, Walgreen Co.
  • Kimberly Overton, chief resource prosecutor, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys
  • Aaron Miller, director, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Patrick Van Horne, co-author of Left to Bang
  • Matthew Rubin, retail strategy executive, Accenture
  • Hannah Ubl, research director, BridgeWorks
  • Closing keynote speaker Brandon Smith, The Workplace Therapist
  • Asset protection executives from leading retailers
  • Innovative retail technology companies
  •  RILA’s asset protection experts

When: April 9-12, 2017

Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

RSVP: Members of the media should contact Caroline Stec at caroline.stec@rila.org, (703) 600-2082 for details and to confirm participation.

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 launches Tech Center for Innovation with Accenture

Arlington , VA, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Accenture (ACN: NYSE), today announced the launch of RILA’s (R)Tech Center for Innovation. The new initiative will explore the impact that technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality will have on the retail industry and help retailers create innovative ways of doing business.

RILA collaborated with Accenture to create the (R)Tech Center for Innovation. Accenture will actively work with RILA to shape the overall program, conduct joint research, and bring together retailers and technology start-ups to explore the industry transformation that is being driven by digital technologies.

(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 (R)Tech Center will address five key industry needs by:

  1. Providing Authoritative Research: This will include retail innovation benchmarking, trends, and analysis.
  2. Connecting to Innovation: The center will be used to connect retailers to innovative technologies, companies and ventures, from around the world.
  3. Fostering Innovation: Assist the industry in creating cultures where innovation, creativity and change can flourish.
  4. Activating Innovation: Assist retailers in implementing change management, putting new insights into action and integrating emerging technologies and new innovations across the company.
  5. Burnishing Reputation: Build reputation for retail in innovation hubs and with policymakers and retail talent.

To coincide with the launch, the two organizations have also released an inaugural blueprint: “The Emergence of (R)Tech: A Blueprint for the Confluence of Retail and Technology,” to highlight how technology is disrupting the retail industry, the associated challenges and opportunities, including details of the steps needed for retailers to succeed by taking advantage of the technological disruption.

“We are excited to collaborate with Accenture as we launch our (R)Tech Center for Innovation,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “Today’s most recognized retailers are entering a new age and it all starts with (R)Tech– where retail meets technology. The Center will bring together some of today’s most beloved retail brands with tech’s brightest stars. Through research and relationships, we hope to further retail’s commitment to fostering cultures of innovation that benefit industry and our customers.”

RILA has formed the (R)Tech Advisory Council which represent some of today’s most established US retail brands. Members include: AutoZone, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Energizer, Foot Locker, GameStop, Kroger, Lowe’s, QVC, Target, Unilever, VF Corporation, Walgreens, and Westfield.

As part of the (R)Tech Center for Innovation launch, RILA has established a new (R)Tech Innovation Network which will connect recognized tech innovators and Venture Capital firms with retail brands. Network members include: Andreessen Horowitz, Bain Capital Ventures, Commerce Ventures, Facebook, Greylock Partners, Google, GSVlabs, Shoptalk, Techstars, and XRC Labs.

“Today, U.S. and global consumers are driving change in retail at an unprecedented rate. Changing consumer values, preferences, and lifestyles, have led to disruption in virtually every industry; retail perhaps more than any other,” said Jill Standish, senior managing director of Retail at Accenture. “Through (R)Tech we believe Accenture and RILA can foster innovative business practices that will help shepherd retail into the future.”

To learn more about the Center and its future activities, visit www.rtech.org.

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 Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

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

RILA appoints Jason Brewer as EVP, communications & state affairs and Brian Rose as director, state affairs & advocacy

Additions Signal Increased Focus On State Affairs

Arlington , VA, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) recently welcomed the addition of two new members to the public affairs team, Jason Brewer, who will serve as executive vice president, communications & state affairs and Brian Rose, director, state affairs & advocacy.

Jason Brewer, who was previously a member of RILA’s communication’s team, is returning after serving as vice president for government affairs and strategic initiatives at the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Prior to joining AHLA, he spent six years playing an integral role in RILA’s communications and campaign activities, and in his new role, will lead the association’s communications and state affairs programs.

Brian Rose joins RILA from DDC Public Affairs, where he served in increasingly senior roles during his four-year tenure. As director of state affairs & advocacy, Rose will be RILA’s day to day lead monitoring state government affairs and will contribute to the execution of RILA’s public policy campaigns.

“We are thrilled to have Jason back on the team, bringing great experience and creativity to the industry’s advocacy efforts,” said Brian Dodge, senior executive vice president, public affairs. “Brian Rose is a talented campaign operative who will be a valuable resource to our members. Working together with our state partners, Jason and Brian will help the industry navigate complex issues at the state and local level.”

In addition to welcoming Brewer and Rose on board, RILA announced that RILA’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Joe Rinzel will be departing the association to become a partner at a public affairs firm, Align Public Strategies. In this role, Rinzel will continue to represent RILA as a client of the firm. Rinzel is departing RILA after eleven years overseeing our valued partnerships with state retail associations and guiding efforts on a range of policy issues.

“In his eleven years with RILA, Joe has been a tremendous asset to the team and to our members, both at the state and federal level. We look forward to continuing to rely on his skill and judgement in this new capacity,” added Dodge.

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

NRF and RILA urges supreme court not to revive controversial 2012 settlement of credit card swipe fees

WASHINGTON, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association today (February 21, 2017) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand an appeals court ruling that struck down a controversial 2012 settlement of a class action lawsuit over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees.

“This alleged ‘settlement’ was a backroom deal that would have done nothing to end price fixing or keep swipe fees from soaring in the future,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “Even worse, it includes a provision that would keep merchants from ever suing over this issue again. The Circuit Court did the right thing in tossing this case out and it should not be revived. There are ways to bring swipe fees under control but this settlement is not one of them.”

“This is not just a business-to-business dispute,” Duncan said. “These fees drive up the price of retail merchandise, costing the average family hundreds of dollars a year in added expenses.”

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year struck down a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement approved by U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson in a 2005 lawsuit brought by a small group of retailers and trade associations claiming to represent the retail industry.

Gleeson approved the settlement even though NRF and others argued that it failed to reform the price-fixing system under which Visa and MasterCard set fees for credit cards issued by thousands of banks. Rather than lower the fees, the card companies proposed in the settlement that they be passed along to consumers as a surcharge. Major retailers rejected the surcharge proposal, saying it was the opposite of what they sought, while small retailers would have seen as little as a few hundred dollars each. Retailers who rejected the monetary settlement would have still been bound by other restrictions the court would not let them opt out of, including a prohibition on future lawsuits over the fees.

NRF in 2014 asked the 2nd Circuit to overturn the settlement, saying a broad cross section of the retail industry ranging from independent Main Street stores to national chains opposed the deal. The appeals court ruled in NRF’s favor last year, saying that merchants “were inadequately represented” in the case. That ruling, however, has been appealed to the Supreme Court by some of the original plaintiffs.

“The settlement itself achieved nothing important for merchants that accept credit cards, which is why every prominent group that represents merchants has opposed it,” NRF and RILA said in a joint brief filed today with the Supreme Court. “This deal is a bad one, unworthy of resuscitation.”

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. NRF.com

Contact:
J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

RILA and NRF oppose the attempt of banks and credit card companies to convince SCOTUS to reinstate unfair settlement terms of MDL1720

Arlington , VA, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (2/22/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and National Retail Federation (NRF) filed a joint brief opposing the attempt of large banks and credit card companies to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the unfair settlement terms of MDL1720 – the lawsuit challenging the anti-competitive behavior of major financial services industry players in setting credit card fees. The case is captioned “Photos, Etc. Corp, et al. v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., et al.”

The Second Circuit vacated the MDL1720 settlement after finding that the settlement was developed by conflicted counsel and granted the banks and card networks “permanent immunity” from scrutiny of their anti-competitive practices. In their request for an appeal of the lower court’s decision, the proponents of the settlement claimed to speak for the merchant community.

In the brief filed today, RILA and NRF, the trade associations that actually represent the retail community on a day-to-day basis, explained that the merchant community broadly opposes the settlement and are, in fact, “united in the view that this deal is a bad one, unworthy of resuscitation.”

“Merchants and consumers continue to suffer from the anti-competitive practices of banks and card networks. The plaintiffs’ suggestion that they represent the interests of the broader merchant community defies common sense given the unprecedented level of merchant objection expressed at the Second Circuit and in today’s brief.The Supreme Court should not grant certiorari in this case but, instead, should allow the Second Circuit’s decision to stand, thereby providing the potential for a more reasonable outcome for all parties,” said Deborah White, RILA senior executive vice president and general counsel.

According to the brief:

“Vacating this settlement and correcting the structural flaws that led to it in the first place may allow the parties to go back to the drawing board to reach a settlement with terms that are more fair.”

“Faced with the choice between a “confiscat[ory]” release that “permanently immunizes” defendants’ anti-competitive conduct and no settlement at all—thereby preserving merchants’ future right to pursue these claims— merchants prefer the latter, further demonstrating why certiorari should not be granted.”

The brief concludes:

“For the reasons stated above and in Merchant Respondents’ Brief in Opposition, the petition for a writ of certiorari should be denied.”

The full brief, drafted by Debra L. Greenberger and Andrew G. Celli, Jr. of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, LLP, can be read 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.

Contact:

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

Source: RILA

RILA welcomes the appointment of Steven Mnuchin as U.S. Secretary of Treasury

Arlington , VA, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association released the following statement congratulating Steven Mnuchin on being appointed U.S. Secretary of Treasury:

“RILA congratulates Steven Mnuchin on his appointment to Secretary of Treasury. We look forward to working with the Department on policies that grow our nation’s economy, promote free and fair trade, and uphold sound financial reforms that protect America’s retailers and our consumers.”

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 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 joins trade associations and businesses to launch Americans for Affordable Products campaign to stop border adjustable tax

National Campaign To Educate Lawmakers On Harmful Impact Of Proposed New Tax​

Arlington , VA, 2017-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (2/1/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) joined more than 120 other trade associations and businesses to launch Americans for Affordable Products, a national campaign to stop the border adjustable tax or BAT. The diverse coalition will focus on educating lawmakers on the harmful impact of the new tax, specifically the resulting higher costs consumers will face on family essentials, such as food, gas and clothing. The border adjustable tax is a component of the tax reform proposal under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The retail industry pays among the highest effective tax rates of all industries. We, therefore, enthusiastically support reforming the current tax code and welcome the fact that both the President and Congress do so as well,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “However, the border adjustable tax is harmful, untested, and would put American retail jobs at risk and force consumers to pay as much as 20 percent more for family essentials. We are committed to working with Congress to ensure they understand the impact of this proposal and to pursue tax reform that reduces rates and benefits consumers and retailers alike.”

RILA has long supported comprehensive tax reform. While the House Republican Tax Reform Blueprint contains some important elements, specifically reducing the corporate tax rate to a globally-competitive 20% and the territorial tax approach, the inclusion of a border adjustable tax will significantly hurt retail customers.

The BAT would impose a 20 percent tax on all imported goods. Taxing imports would have a disproportionate impact on U.S. retailers, who by necessity import many of the items that they sell.  A border adjustable tax will force higher prices on consumer staples such as food, medicine, clothing, electronics, and home improvement items.

To learn more about the BAT and Americans for Affordable Products visit www.KeepAmericaAffordable.com

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:

Brian Dodge
Senior Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA announces three top retail executives elected to its Board of Directors

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today (1/23/2017) that three top retail executives have been selected to join the association’s Board of Directors in an election that took place during the Board’s semi-annual meeting, held Sunday in Naples, Florida.

Joining the association’s Board of Directors are:

  • Shelley Broader, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chico’s FAS, Inc.
  • Steve Rendle, President & Chief Executive Officer, VF Corporation
  • Jill Standish, Senior Marketing Director, Global Retail Consulting Practice, Accenture

Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of AutoZone, will continue his two-year term as Board Chairman through 2017. In addition, five members were re-elected to two-year terms on the Board:

  • Brian Cornell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corporation
  • Alexander Gourlay, President, Walgreen Co., and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boot Alliance
  • Thomas Millner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cabela’s Inc.
  • Michael Polk, Chief Executive Officer, Newell Rubbermaid
  • Todd Tillemans, Corporate Executive Vice President and President, Customer Development, Unilever, North America

“It is with great excitement and gratitude that we welcome these new members to RILA’s Board of Directors,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “The thought leadership and industry expertise we receive from our Board are integral to our ability to advocate on behalf of retailers. Now, more than ever, we will lean on these executives for their insight and support as we advance our efforts on behalf of the industry.”

The 2017 RILA Board of Directors:

  • Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, AutoZone, Inc. (Chairman)
  • Brian Cornell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corporation (Vice Chairman)
  • James Myers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Petco Holdings, Inc. (Treasurer)
  • Robert Niblock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (Secretary)
  • Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, ULTA Beauty (At-large)
  • Alexander Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boot Alliance and President, Walgreen Co. (At-large)
  • Hubert Joly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Best Buy Co., Inc. (At-large)
  • Shelley Broader, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chico’s FAS, Inc.*
  • James Dinkins, Chief Retail Sales Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Marvin Ellison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
  • Alan Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer, Energizer Holdings, Inc.
  • Joe Jensen, Vice President, Internet of Things Group, and General Manager, Retail Solutions Division, Intel Corporation
  • Richard Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker, Inc.
  • Stephen Laughlin, GBS Global Industry Leader, Retail and Consumer Products, IBM Corporation
  • Michael Massey, President and Chief Executive Officer, PetSmart, Inc.
  • Craig Menear, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, The Home Depot, Inc.
  • Thomas Millner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cabela’s Inc.
  • Michael Polk, Chief Executive Officer, Newell Rubbermaid
  • Steve Rendle, President & Chief Executive Officer, VF Corporation*
  • Carl (Chuck) Rubin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Michaels Companies, Inc.
  • Gregory Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, Tractor Supply Company
  • Jill Standish, Senior Managing Director, Global Retail Consulting Practice, Accenture*
  • Todd Tillemans, Corporate Executive Vice President and President, Customer Development, Unilever, North America
  • Todd Vasos, Chief Executive Officer, Dollar General Corporation
  • Sandra Kennedy, President, Retail Industry Leaders Association

*Denotes Newly Elected Member

Contact:
Brian Dodge
Senior Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA responds to federal district court decision to remand South Dakota’s case against three large online retailers

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA’s) Executive Vice President and General Counsel Deborah White issued the following statement in response to a decision by federal district court judge Roberto Lange today (1/17/2017)  to remand South Dakota’s case against three large online retailers to state court.

“Today’s decision to remand the case to state court will allow the issue to proceed through the state courts and up to the U.S. Supreme Court without an unnecessary jurisdictional burden.

“Retailers have long fought for a level playing field for the collection and remittance of online sales tax. We hope that the South Dakota case will provide the vehicle that Justice Kennedy requested for the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the outdated Quill physical presence rule.”

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

Source: RILA