The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) was established in 1969 as the Mass Retailing Institute, whose mission was to support the mass retail industry through research and education. Since then, the organization has expanded in many ways - from national, to international; from serving the mass retail industry, to serving the retail industry in the broadest sense; and from a singular focus on industry research and education to broad charter that includes an active government advocacy program, industry public relations, and numerous networking and relationship building opportunities and events. RILA has grown steadily over the years, and today supports more than 200 member companies representing more than $1.5 trillion in sales, providing millions of jobs and operating more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and worldwide.
1969 - Mass Retailing Institute incorporated
1976 - Changed name to National Mass Retailing Institute (NMRI)
1986 - NMRI merged with Association of General Merchandise Chains (AGMC)
1988 - After merger, changed name to International Mass Retail Association (IMRA)
2004 - Changed name to Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)