CMSPI and RILA Renew Strategic Partnership

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the U.S. trade association for leading retailers, is proud to announce CMSPI’s renewed strategic payments partnership.

RILA’s Payments Committee, supported by CMSPI, is made up of financial, payments, legal, and government relations executives from the largest and most innovative retail companies. Members of the committee provide insight and guidance on issues such as rising swipe fees, debit routing, authentication issues, fraud, and credit competition reform.

Traditional retail payments functions are increasingly complex; with over $100 billion in card fees in the system (and rising), a multitude of new payment types on offer, increased fraud and complicated challenges with authentication. The renewed partnership further signifies a commitment to helping merchants navigate the ever-changing payments landscape.

“The continued partnership between RILA and CMSPI is critical to ensuring law makers and key regulators understand how the payments ecosystem operates from the merchant perspective,” said Austen Jensen, senior vice president, government affairs at RILA. “CMSPI has been a pivotal player with RILA in highlighting the need to bring more competition to the payments arena.  Utilizing their expertise and insights to advance the goals of the merchant community is extraordinarily valuable.”

“With the right reforms, the payments industry could be so much more productive. It needs an injection of competition and transparency; this will allow innovation to flourish and solutions to improve. Ultimately, that would benefit retailers, consumers and all parties in the payments supply chain,” said Alex Ellwood, senior vice president, advocacy & insights at CMSPI. “Our mission is to make the payments industry more efficient and productive and RILA shares this vision.”

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About the Retail Industry Leaders Association

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.


CMSPI is an independent, global payments consultancy that advises merchants on how to improve their payments arrangements, reduce costs, and implement innovative solutions. 

  • Payments
  • Public Policy
  • Competition

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