The need to innovate and to stay competitive is bringing retailers and suppliers together -- to learn from one another and to spark ideas and advancements that would not be discovered by individuals and companies acting alone. By bringing industry leaders together, RILA is facilitating this sharing of information that benefits not only the industry, but also the individuals and companies that participate.
Leaders Councils consists of the senior-most executive within the particular discipline from our retail member companies and Premier Product Supplier members, where appropriate. Premier Service Supplier members may be asked to provide input at a portion of some council meetings. The group will discuss annual goals and objectives for RILA within the specific discipline. They will also help staff committees within the discipline from their departments. The group will have benchmarking studies and suggest possible research topics.
Committees usually consist of other executives (vice president or director) who work in functional areas within the key disciplines, e.g. tax, human resources, supply chain security, operational audit. We also have committees that assist with the planning of our two major conferences - Logistics and Loss Prevention. Committees, in nature, cover topics that are long-term or permanent within the retail industry.
Committees will consist predominantly of retail members, but product manufacturer members and associate members may participate where appropriate.
Working Groups will consist of executives who are involved in a specific project that may be temporary or transitional in nature. It may not be their primary function, but the individuals are involved in the issues because of the current landscape. Working groups may come and go. They usually communicate via conference calls, with the possibility of meetings, as needed.
These groups consist of retail members only.