Message from President

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 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, diversity and sustainability.

Sandy Kennedy
  • President
  • RILA
  • Washington, DC
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.  

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