RILA Statement on White House Meeting with Retail CEOs

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement from RILA Chairman and AutoZone Chairman, President and CEO Bill Rhodes regarding a meeting today between retailers and President Donald Trump. 

"Today, we had a positive and productive conversation with President Trump about the important role the retail industry plays in our national economy.  

“We stressed the importance of taking a thoughtful approach to tax reform for both individuals and corporations.   

“The retail industry is the nation’s largest private sector employer providing and supporting more than 42 million American jobs. The President understands we support pro-growth policies that we believe will lead to greater domestic investment.  

“We look forward to working with the President and his Administration on the issues of importance for our industry, our employees and American working families, who by and large are our customers.”   

- Bill Rhodes, President, Chairman and CEO, AutoZone 


RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. 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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