Retailers' State of the Union Priorities

Trade Barriers, Supply Chains, Inflation, Talent Shortages

Michael Hanson, senior executive vice president, Retail Industry Leaders Association, issued the following statement ahead of President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address to Congress:

“Global events continue to shape America’s pandemic recovery and will undoubtedly cause disruptions in the U.S. economy.  As retailers adapt to new realities, there are public policy priorities looming that warrant immediate attention from the President, Vice President and Congress.

“Persistent inflation, supply chain disruptions, harmful tariffs and talent shortages are all obstacles to sustained and stable economic growth. Congress and the Administration must set aside its differences and work together to solve and implement policies that address these challenges for the American people.

“Removing trade barriers that penalize U.S. businesses and drive-up prices for consumers, addressing foreseeable hurdles in the supply chain, and advancing policies that promote workforce flexibility are crucial to American retailers.  Focusing on these key objectives will help underpin sustainable and stable economic growth that rewards workers and protects consumers from the negative effects of supply chain disruption and global events.

“Leading retailers stand ready to work with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and members of Congress on these and many other critical issues for the American people.  Despite these economic and security challenges, retailers remain optimistic that issues important to American consumers can be addressed.”

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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