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

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 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 congratulates President-elect Trump; ready to work with new Administration and new Congress

RILA issued the following statement in reaction to the outcome of yesterday’s election

Arlington , VA, 2016-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory and we look forward to working with him, his Administration and the new Congress to address the challenges facing retailers, their employees and their customers,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “Given that the retail industry is the nation’s second largest private employer, we look forward to working together with the new President and Congress to ensure that retailers can grow, create new jobs and provide retail employees with work, opportunity and the skills for career success.”

Among the issues that RILA will focus are comprehensive tax reform, competition and innovation in the payments market, investment in transportation and infrastructure, free trade, and sound labor and workforce policies.

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

RILA to merge its sustainability-focused conference with Sustainable Brands

Arlington , VA, 2016-Sep-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — In her opening remarks at the Retail Sustainability and Environmental Compliance Conference, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) President Sandy Kennedy announced that RILA will merge its sustainability-focused conference with Sustainable Brands. Beginning in 2017, the two will produce a single conference together than includes a retail-specific program track, in addition to Sustainable Brands’ usual program, which covers sustainability-led brand innovation across multiple consumer-facing industries.

“Over the last nine years, RILA’s sustainability program has evolved into an outcomes-oriented offering that provides retailers with the resources they need to excel at incorporating sustainability across their businesses,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “We are proud of where the program is today and we look forward to partnering with Sustainable Brands to take our event to the next level. In addition to the retail specific content that retailers value, the new conference format will expose retailers to the leading sustainability practices employed by other major industries.“This strategic partnership offers a giant leap forward for both communities – retailers and their brand customers – who are key partners of the value network required to shift consumer demand and behavior as well as serve that new consumer demand,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skryzniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands.  “Merging the two events will create a stronger gravitational pull for the two communities to share insights and collaborate more fully. We look forward to accelerating momentum together heading into SB’17 Detroit and beyond.”

In addition to this partnership, RILA will continue to provide separate networking events for retailers throughout the year to maintain our established community of sustainability professionals. This includes a member-only meeting at US-based Sustainable Brands event, as well as the usual member meetings throughout the year.

This valuable new partnership with Sustainable Brands will also allow RILA to direct its energy toward growing its offerings for environmental compliance, energy, and responsible sourcing executives in retail – critical communities it has built over the last ten years.

Most notably, RILA will provide gathering places for those executives throughout the coming years. For environmental compliance executives, RILA will continue to host two annual meetings and other gatherings, as well as building its efforts to reform the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Center for Retail Compliance (CRC), a key pillar for news and tools. For energy executives, RILA will host regional educational workshops and two annual meetings alongside Edison Electric Institute (EEI)’s National Accounts Meetings, and engage DOE, Deloitte, IMT, MIT, and other partners to grow its energy programming. And for its newest community of responsible sourcing executives, RILA will host members-only meetings alongside the ELEVATE Leadership Series and Intertek Ethical Sourcing Forum conferences, and build partnerships with government agencies and other key stakeholders. And for all of these important groups, RILA will generate and share valued resources, keep members informed on relevant issues, and host virtual forums to connect, learn, share, and grow on an even more frequent basis.

“While RILA’s resources devoted to retail’s sustainability, environmental compliance, energy, and responsible sourcing needs are growing, this partnership will allow us to direct those resources in even more targeted and valuable ways,” said Adam Siegel, RILA’s senior vice president for research, innovation, and sustainability. “I’m excited about the partnership with Sustainable Brands, and I’m also excited about the opportunities for these existing communities to grow even stronger.”

Major new additional announcements specific to RILA’s environmental compliance, energy, and responsible sourcing offerings will be made in the coming days.

SB’17 Detroit will be held May 22-25th in Detroit, Michigan. For more information, read this Q&A between Siegel and Skryzniarz or visit 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:

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

Source: RILA

RILA urged action in response to bankruptcy of shipping company Hanjin to prevent cargo disruptions

Arlington , VA, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a letter sent today (9/1/2016), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) urged action in response to the bankruptcy of Hanjin, a major South Korea based shipping company, to ensure the flow of cargo to and from the United States. Specifically, RILA asked U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero to use their powers to work with stakeholders to resolve the developing situation.

“While the situation is still developing, the prospect of harm is significant and apparent,”said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “We urge that Department of Commerce and the Federal Maritime Commission work together with all stakeholders, including ports, cargo handlers and the South Korean government, to resolve the immediate disruption and mitigate the harms posed by the current situation.”

Hanjin Shipping, which represents approximately 7.8% of the transpacific trade volume for the U.S. market, declared bankruptcy yesterday.

“The impact on importers and exporters is having a ripple effect throughout the global supply chain. U.S. bound cargo is already being delayed at origin ports and Hanjin ships loaded with cargo idle unable to enter U.S. ports, containers are being detained on arrival clogging already congested ports and preventing merchandise from reaching store shelves. Further, the inability to return empty containers is causing backups and interfering with chassis availability. Finally, given that Hanjin is part of a larger shipping alliance, uncertainty about its future is effecting the ability to move cargo unassociated with Hanjin. We understand that U.S. exporters are experiencing similar disruptions, as outbound cargo is turned away for the same reasons,” noted Kennedy.

The full text of the letter is below.

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.

The Honorable Penny Pritzker
Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20230

The Honorable Mario Cordero
Chairman
Federal Maritime Commission
800 North Capitol St, N.W.
Washington, DC 20573

Dear Secretary Pritzker and Chairman Cordero,

The recent bankruptcy filing of South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping presents an enormous challenge to U.S. shippers, the effects of which could have a substantial impact on consumers and the economy at-large.

While the situation is still developing, the prospect of harm is significant and apparent. Hanjin represents approximately 7.8% of the transpacific trade volume for the U.S. market. Given the great uncertainty about the future of Hanjin, terminal operators, ports and other cargo handlers are refusing to release cargo without assurances that payments will be made.

The impact on importers and exporters is having a ripple effect throughout the global supply chain. U.S. bound cargo is already being delayed at origin ports and Hanjin ships loaded with cargo idle unable to enter U.S. ports, containers are being detained on arrival clogging already congested ports and preventing merchandise from reaching store shelves. Further, the inability to return empty containers is causing backups and interfering with chassis availability. Finally, given that Hanjin is part of a larger shipping alliance, uncertainty about its future is effecting the ability to move cargo unassociated with Hanjin. We understand that U.S. exporters are experiencing similar disruptions, as outbound cargo is turned away for the same reasons.

We urge that Department of Commerce and the Federal Maritime Commission work together with all stakeholders, including ports, cargo handlers and the South Korean government, to resolve the immediate disruption and mitigate the harms posed by the current situation.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we stand ready to work with you to resolve this situation.

Sincerely,

Sandra L. Kennedy
President

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

Media Contact:

Caroline Stec
Manager, Communications
703-600-2082
caroline.stec@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA elects nine top retail executives to its Board of Directors

AutoZone CEO Elected Board Chairman

Arlington, VA, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today that nine top retail executives have been elected to the association’s Board of Directors. In addition, Bill Rhodes, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of AutoZone, Inc., was elected Board Chairman. The election took place during the Board’s semi-annual meeting, held Sunday in Naples, Florida.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as RILA’s chairman and to continue to work with this exceptional group of retail leaders,” said Rhodes. “RILA is a valued partner on which America’s largest and most sophisticated retailers rely to help address the most pressing issues we face.”

Rhodes succeeds Richard Dreiling, chairman of Dollar General Corporation, who was elected to a two year term in 2014.

In addition, nine top executives were elected to the board, including the Chief Executive Officers of JCPenney, Foot Locker, PetSmart, The Home Depot, Michaels, and Dollar General.

In addition, two current board members, Alan Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer, Energizer Holdings, Inc. and Walter Robb, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market, Inc., were re-elected to two-year terms.

“RILA relies heavily on the leadership and support of our Board of Directors. Their insight into the challenges facing the retail industry is invaluable,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

The 2016 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. (2nd Vice Chairman)
  • Eric Wiseman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, VF Corporation (Treasurer)
  • Robert Niblock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (Secretary)
  • Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, ULTA Beauty (At-large)
  • Alexander Gourlay, President, Walgreen Co., Walgreens Boot Alliance (At-large)
  • Hubert Joly, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Best Buy Co., Inc. (At-large)
  • James Dinkins, Chief Retail Sales Officer, The Coca-Cola Company *
  • Marvin Ellison, Chief Executive Officer, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.*
  • Alan Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer, Energizer Holdings, Inc.
  • Joe Jensen, Vice President and General Manager, Retail Solutions Division, Intel Corporation*
  • Richard Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker, Inc.*
  • Stephen Laughlin, Vice President and Global Industry Leader, Retail, 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, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newell Rubbermaid
  • Walter Robb, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market, Inc.
  • Carl (Chuck) Rubin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Michaels Companies, Inc.*
  • Gregory Sandfort, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tractor Supply Company
  • Todd Tillemans, President, Customer Development, Unilever
  • 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.

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

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

The Retail Industry Leaders Association responds to the conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

Arlington , VA, 2015-10-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to news that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have concluded and an agreement has been reached among the 12 participating Asia-Pacific nations, including the United States.

“Retailers welcome today’s news and applaud U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and U.S negotiators for their commitment to bolstering U.S. competitiveness around the world,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “The TPP agreement is historic and will save American families hundreds of millions of dollars by providing American businesses with improved access to critical markets throughout the Pacific Rim. We look forward to supporting the agreement and working to ensure the benefits of the TPP agreement are understood as the agreement is ratified through Congress.”

Ms. Kennedy also serves as a member of the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. She was first appointed to the position in 2010.

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

Jennifer Safavian joins The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) as Executive Vice President for Government Affairs

Ways And Means Veteran Brings Nearly 20 Years Of Public Policy Experience To RILA

Arlington , VA, 2015-1-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today that Jennifer Safavian has joined the association as Executive Vice President for Government Affairs. As RILA’s top lobbyist, Safavian will oversee RILA’s federal and state advocacy, guiding an agenda that includes cybersecurity, e-Fairness, tax reform and other critical issues facing the retail industry.

Safavian brings nearly 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill to her new role. She joins RILA after four years in senior leadership positions on the House Ways and Means Committee, including serving for the past three years as the Committee’s Staff Director. In that role, she managed a staff of more than 50 lawyers, analysts and subcommittee staff, and oversaw the development of policy related to a range of high profile issues, including tax, trade and health care.

Safavian has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the “Top 10 Lawyers on Capitol Hill” and as one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50” Top Congressional Staff Members.

Prior to joining the Ways and Means Committee, Safavian spent eight years as Chief Counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In this position, Safavian led a team of 20 attorneys that made up the oversight and investigations team for the Committee with primary investigative authority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Earlier in her career, Safavian served on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. She also practiced law in both the District of Columbia and Michigan. Safavian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from St. Louis University and a law degree from Michigan State University. She is admitted to practice law in Michigan, Missouri and the District of Columbia.

“Jennifer’s extensive experience in policy development combined with her leadership skills position her well to provide RILA members an exceptional level of expertise and strategic thinking,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “With a deep understanding of the issues critical to retail, Jennifer will be a strong advocate for the industry and a valuable addition to the RILA team.”

Safavian officially joined RILA today, January 5.

RILA is an outspoken advocate for the most critical issues facing the retail industry. RILA remains at the forefront of a number of battles, including leveling the playing field for all retailers as it relates to the collection of state sales tax. RILA also plays a leading role on issues including cybersecurity, comprehensive tax reform, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, privacy, trade and a variety of labor and finance issues.

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

RILA: Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership announces the next steps to strengthen the security of the payments system

Partnership Sends Letter To Congress Outlining Cybersecurity Information Sharing Legislation Principles

Arlington, VA, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership announced the next steps for the two industries to continue working together to strengthen the security of the payments system. Launched in February, the Partnership has succeeded in its goal to work collaboratively across the payments system to enhance security in order to protect customers and their data from cyber threats. Strong and productive relationships have been formed across the merchant and financial industries throughout the course of the Partnership’s work and both industries will continue to maintain these relationships.

“This Partnership has been invaluable in ensuring the entire payments system and key stakeholders are working together to combat cyber attacks,”said Sandy Kennedy, Co-Chair of the Partnership and President of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). “The threat posed by cyber criminals is increasingly sophisticated and is not unique to any one business, institution, industry or government. It is imperative that our two industries continue to learn from each other in this fight and work together in order to maintain the trust of our customers and collaboratively improve overall security.”

“Collaboration between our industries and with law enforcement will help protect consumers from cyber criminals,” said Co-Chair of the Partnership and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) Tim Pawlenty. “This Partnership has formed key links between our industries and we are hopeful these relationships will improve the entire payment system.”

The Partnership released eight next steps for ongoing​ collaboration by Partnership participants in key areas including threat information sharing, cyber risk mitigation, advanced card present & card not present security technology and cybersecurity legislation. One of the major steps is a joint effort between the two industries to urge Congress to pass cyber threat information sharing legislation.

Today, the Partnership sent a letter to Congress outlining joint principles for legislation to enhance cybersecurity across both the merchant and financial industries. Both industries recognize better information sharing between and among industry and government is important in preventing cyber attacks. In the letter, the merchant and financial services communities expressed support for a set of principles for federal legislation that would increase the current level of voluntary cybersecurity information sharing, while recognizing key privacy concerns.

The Partnership brought together executives from the financial services and merchant industries, government and other stakeholders to work together on key public policy issues impacting the entire payment ecosystem. Since February, the Partnership’s 250 participating senior executives from financial services and merchant companies have met nearly 50 times, heard from over 45 experts and participated in numerous outreach events including the 2014 Merchant-Financial Services Cybersecurity Summit on Sept 10, and sought consensus on critical policy issues.

Participants in the Partnership include eight financial associations (American Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, Electronic Transactions Association, Financial Services Forum, Financial Services Roundtable, Independent Community Bankers of America, The Clearing House, NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association) and eleven merchant associations (American Hotel and Lodging Association, Food Marketing Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, International Franchise Association, Merchant Advisory Group, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Grocers Association, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association), executives from financial institutions, card companies, and merchants​.

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Allie Brandenburger
Senior Director Communications
Phone: 703-600-2063
Email: allie.brandenburger@rila.org

RILA to join federal officials and leading cybersecurity C-suite executives at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to close the market in celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Arlington, VA, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Tuesday, The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) will join a group of federal officials and leading cybersecurity C-suite executives and experts across retail, financial services and corporate America at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to close the market in celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Convened by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to educating and empowering a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, the delegation will feature senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) led by Undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding and Deputy Assistant Secretary Greg Touhill as well as White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity, Ari Schwartz. Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and other digital industry leaders will ring the Closing Bell.

“RILA is committed to working with all stakeholders in the payments ecosystem to ensure a safer and more secure environment for our consumers,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of RILA. “As we have seen, the increasingly sophisticated threat posed by cyber criminals is not unique to any one business, institution, industry or government. In the spirit of NCSAM’s theme, our shared responsibility, public- and private-sector must continue to work together to improve debit and credit card security, identify threats and share information to best defend against cyber attacks.”

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM is co-sponsored by DHS in cooperation with the NCSA and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Observed annually in October, NCSAM includes the participation of a multitude of industry leaders – reaching consumers, small- and medium-size businesses, corporations and educational institutions.

On Wednesday, October 22nd, NCSA, RILA and BENS will host a C-suite cybersecurity forum where senior executives will be available to talk to the press. A luncheon will follow, where a group of distinguished government and private sector panelists will discuss “The Business of Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned and What’s Next” and the need for coordination and collaboration among industries.

Where: NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio​

When:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET         ​

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About Retail Industry Leaders Association:
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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The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit public private partnership promoting the safe and secure use of the Internet. Working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), private sector sponsors and non-profit collaborators to promote cybersecurity awareness, NCSA board members include representatives from ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast Corporation, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, Leidos, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, NCSA’s mission is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, protect themselves and the technology they use, and protect the digital assets we all share. For more information on NCSA please visit: http://www.staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview/

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Allie Brandenburger
Senior Director, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2063
Email: allie.brandenburger@rila.org

The Retail Industry Leaders Association welcomes Nicholas Ahrens as VP of Privacy and Cybersecurity

Arlington, VA, 2014-9-15— /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today announced Nicholas Ahrens will join the association as Vice President of Privacy and Cybersecurity.

Joining the association from the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ahrens will lead RILA’s privacy and data security agenda and serve as the lead advocate to the government on cybersecurity, privacy, data security and related issues. In addition, Ahrens will work on the continued development and implementation of RILA’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Initiative.

Ahrens, who officially joined RILA September 8th, will also staff the RILA Privacy Leaders Council, which is comprised of senior-level executives from America’s largest retailers.

“Nick brings valuable insight into the critical privacy and data security challenges retailers face today. His experience will make him an outstanding advocate for the retail industry and we are excited to have him on the RILA team,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

Ahrens joins RILA after four years with the U.S. Department of Commerce serving in a number of senior roles including Counsel to the General Counsel, where he provided legal and policy advice on a number of privacy and cybersecurity issues. Earlier in his career with the U.S. Department of Commerce, serving as special assistant to the General Counsel, Ahrens worked on the 2012 White House Consumer Data Privacy Blueprint, coordinating efforts for the roll out of the Blueprint in the European Union.

Ahrens will report to Joe Rinzel, senior vice president for government affairs.
“Nicholas will be a tremendous asset to RILA and our member companies, both in his knowledge of privacy and cybersecurity issues and his deep understanding of the current regulatory climate,” said Rinzel.

Ahrens holds a J.D. from Wake Forest University.

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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Allie Brandenburger
Director, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2063
Email: allie.brandenburger@rila.org