Congress Can Protect Consumers in Omnibus Package

Washington, DC – Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) joined 78 companies and associations in sending a letter to Congressional leadership expressing support for inclusion of the INFORM Consumers Act in the 2023 omnibus package.

The INFORM Consumers Act is bipartisan legislation that would require online marketplaces to verify the identities of high-volume third-party sellers and disclose basic information to shoppers and law enforcement.

According to the letter:

“This common-sense legislation 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.

“These criminal transactions compete directly with legitimate businesses, retailers, and emerging entrepreneurs. The sales lost due to these illicit activities mean fewer jobs and wages in states, cities, and towns across the country.

“While our respective organizations represent a diverse group of industries and interests, we are singularly united in putting the safety and well-being of our members, customers, and employees first. We urge you to include the INFORM Consumers Act in the final version of the omnibus appropriations bill.”

The full letter here.
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

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