2017 was a profoundly successful year for RILA. Membership, committee, conference participation and retailer engagement continue to grow as a direct result of our ability to provide offerings that maximize RILA’s primary value proposition: the opportunity to work with peers to address the most pressing issues facing the industry today.
The unrivaled benchmarking, collaboration and networking that we generate within our communities form the core of our success and drives engagement and membership growth. RILA’s new initiative, the (R)Tech Center for Innovation
, is already producing results for retailers and reshaping many of the services that RILA provides to members. Meanwhile, successes on the public policy
front, including the defeat of the border adjustment tax,
preservation of debit swipe fee reforms
and substantial progress towards earning. U.S. Supreme Court review of the eFairness
issue, have elevated RILA and the retail industry as a force in Washington, positioning the industry well for future fights.
RILA Highlights from January - December 2017
RILA Launches (R)Tech
Center for Innovation
Launched in partnership with Accenture, the (R)Tech Center for Innovation has exposed retail executives to critical innovations and technologies through “tech tours” and exclusive events in key innovation hubs, convening retail executives as startup leaders.
RILA CEOs Meet with President Trump & Congressional Leadership on Tax Reform
RILA was one of the first business groups to organize a meeting with President Trump. The CEOs of Autozone, Best Buy, Gap, JCPenney, Jo-Ann Stores, Target, Tractor Supply, and Walgreens Boots Alliance met with President Trump, Vice President Pence and National Economic Council Chair, Gary Cohen to discuss the vital role retail plays in our American economy and the need for pro-growth tax reform without a harmful border adjustment tax.
RILA Breaks Records at Supply Chain Conference
Executives from across the retail industry gathered at RILA’s annual Supply Chain conference in Orlando for a record-breaking attendee meeting to focus on the latest trends and technologies transforming the industry.
Retail Litigation Center
Files Its 100th Brief
Directed by the general counsel of the country’s leading retailers, the RLC filed its 100th brief. The RLC continues to work to ensure the courts understand retail and the issues of greatest importance to the industry.
Retail Asset Protection
Executives Head to New Orleans
Hundreds of the top global AP executives participated in RILA’s annual Asset Protection Conference to discuss the the latest trends in AP, crimes against business, operational loss, workplace safety, business intelligence and analytics, and leadership and development.
RILA CEOs Meet with
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin
RILA CEOs met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss the importance of preserving debit swipe fee reform, boosting economic growth and reforming our tax code without a border adjustment tax (BAT).
RILA Victory on Swipe Fee Reform
After a months-long coordinated lobbying, grassroots and media campaign, RILA successfully ensured the preservation of hard-fought debit swipe fee reforms.
RILA Beats Back the
Border Adjustment Tax (BAT)
As a direct result of the work led by RILA and member companies, the border adjustment tax (BAT) was officially defeated. RILA held over 300 meetings with House and Senate offices to push back against the BAT highlighting the harmful impact that the proposal will have on U.S. consumers.
CRC Launches Enforcement
RILA’s Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) engages with retail’s top environmental and sustainability executives to lead the industry in understanding and complying with a broad swath of environmental regulations. In August, the CRC launched state enforcement reports, conducted regional training, and developed program management and benchmarking tools for the retail sector.
RILA Hosts Asset Protection & Supply Chain Innovation Showcases
This year’s Asset Protection and Supply Chain Leaders Council meetings featured brand-new innovation showcases featuring startups developing game-changing technology in both fields respectively. The startups each pitched their technologies and engaged resulting pilots with a number of retailers in a “shark tank” style panel.
Retail General Counsels
Gather at 2017 RLAW Conference
As the premier event for retail corporate counsel, the Retail Law Conference provided unprecedented networking among general counsel and their teams. The program covered a wide range of pressing issues and emerging challenges facing the retail industry, with interactive participation to allow participants to learn from speakers and each other.
36 State AGs Back Bid to Collect
Online Sales Tax
RILA and the RLC led the way to bring a challenge to the 1992 Supreme Court Quill decision. After the RLC filed its amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to take the South Dakota case designed to challenge Quill, RILA worked with member companies and state partners to urge state attorneys general to join the effort to close the loophole that has distorted free market competition for more than 25 years.
Retail Celebrates NLRB Roll-Back
of Harmful Decisions
RILA celebrated the National Labor Relations Board reversal of two harmful Obama era decisions- the precedent set in the Browning-Ferris case that changed the decades long held definition of joint employer and the harmful “micro-unions standard” which limited employee mobility and flexibility.
RILA Leads Tax Reform
Across the Finish Line
As the premier trade association for the nation’s largest retail brands, RILA fought to ensure reform reflected the needs of retail and customers. Thanks to a year-long lobbying, grassroots and media campaign, RILA was able to defeat the harmful border adjustment tax and help push tax reform across the finish line.