Today the Retail Industry Leadership Association (RILA) sent a letter to congressional leadership urging that the INFORM Consumers Act amendment sponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy and Dick Durbin be included in the final version of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“The INFORM Consumers Act is bipartisan, common-sense legislation that will modernize consumer protection laws to better safeguard American families, communities, employees, and consumers from the sale of counterfeit and stolen products,” said Michael Hanson, RILA senior executive vice president, public affairs.
The INFORM Consumers Act will help keep Americans safe by mandating verification of a seller’s identity on online marketplaces. Verifying this basic information is critical in helping law enforcement, manufacturers, retailers, and online marketplaces of all sizes work together to protect consumers from bad actors peddling counterfeit and stolen goods.
“Including this legislation within the 2023 NDAA is a win for transparency and accountability and is a crucial step in curbing the growth of organized retail crime. We urge congressional leaders to capitalize on this opportunity and pass the INFORM legislation. Doing so will help protect retail employees, consumers and give law enforcement additional tools to stop these criminal actors,” said Hanson.
RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.
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.
Keeping Communities Safe
Organized Retail Crime