Public Policy

Overview

As the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative brands, we are proud to be the voice for leading retailers in Washington. Our aim is to advance the industry, our employees, and our customers through education and public policy advocacy. Through collaboration and thought leadership, we advance ideas that foster free markets, competition, economic growth, and sustainability.

Why Public Policy Matters to Retail 

Retail is vital to our economy. Whether it’s providing a first job or lifelong career, answering the call in the wake of disaster or giving back to the local community, retailers are the nation’s leading job creators and the economic backbone of communities across our nation.

Retail is also constantly evolving. Technological breakthroughs and advances in distribution are transforming the shopping experience, giving consumers unprecedented access to products, and services that were unthinkable a generation ago. As retail evolves, so must the laws and regulations that govern our economy.

Our Priorities 

As retailers rise to meet the challenges of a dynamic economy, RILA will advocate for trade policies that allow for efficient and reliable supply chains; privacy and data protection laws that protect consumers; payment reforms that enhance competition and transparency; and workplace policies at the state and federal level that promote both flexibility and the preferences of our employees. On these and other priorities, we look forward to working with policymakers of both parties to help shape a dynamic and growing economy that allows retailers and the communities they serve to thrive.

Public Policy Agenda

Public Policy Agenda

RILA works with policymakers of both parties to help shape a dynamic and growing economy that allows retailers and communities they serve to thrive. View the 2020 Retail Public Policy Agenda to learn how RILA is advancing ideas that foster free markets, competition, economic growth,and sustainability.

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Public Policy Issues

Ensuring Safe and Affordable Products

Ensuring Safe and Affordable Products

RILA is working with lawmakers to help shape policies that protect our customers and meet expectations on demands to act on environmental concerns.

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Growing the 21st Century Retail Workforce

Growing the 21st Century Retail Workforce

RILA advocates for forward-thinking workplace policies at the state and federal level that reflect the needs of a large and diverse workforce.

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Enhancing the Customer Experience

Enhancing the Customer Experience

RILA works with lawmakers to help shape policies that protect our customers, enhance the consumer experience, and keep consumers and employees safe.

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Promoting Competition and Innovation

Promoting Competition and Innovation

RILA is committed to competition throughout the retail ecosystem, pursuing policies that curtail anti-competitive behavior and promote growth.

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Securing and Growing the Retail Supply Chain

Securing and Growing the Retail Supply Chain

RILA is engaged with Congress and Administration in voicing retailers’ concerns over negative impact tariffs have on the industry and consumer.

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Retail Impact on Communities

Retail Impact on Communities

As the trade association for America’s retail leaders, we know that retailers are so much more than a store; retailers are part of the community.

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Public Policy Committees

RILA engages policymakers at the federal and state level to advocate for policies on workforce, trade, tax, privacy, competition and other top priorities to allow retailers and the communities they serve in to thrive.

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Upcoming Meetings

Tax Committee Meeting

  • Mar 25, 2020
  • Washington, DC

LINK2020: The Retail Supply Chain Conference

  • Feb 23 - Feb 26, 2020
  • Dallas, TX

RILA's Retail Supply Chain Conference is the only event of its kind - gathering top executives from leading retailers to network and learn.

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