RILA, UL Connect Retailers to Transformative Solutions

6 RILA communities to benefit from UL’s expertise

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and UL today announced a strategic partnership, through which members of RILA’s executive operational communities can collaborate with UL to leverage its cross-functional expertise and industry leadership.

This partnership will enable UL to collaborate with key decision-makers and subject matter experts from every retail vertical. UL will attend RILA committee meetings and produce numerous articles and white papers throughout 2020 to share their industry insights and showcase their expansive offering of innovative solutions.

“UL is a true leader in developing data-driven, innovative approaches to solve some of businesses’ most complex challenges, particularly with regards to safety, security and sustainability,” said RILA President Brian Dodge. “This partnership will allow our executive communities visibility into the cutting-edge solutions shaping the future of these disciplines. We’re excited about the collaboration and know that UL will be a strong partner for our members in the year ahead.”

Gitte Schjotz, senior vice president and president of UL’s Retail and Industry business, said, “The retail industry is in a period of tremendous disruption and our team is focused on supporting businesses to manage and mitigate potential risks. Our partnership with RILA provides a great opportunity to demonstrate the value of leveraging our scientific leadership and using our solutions to solve critical challenges and drive confidence and trust with the various stakeholders across their supply chains.”

The strategic partnership officially began January 1, 2020.

About RILA

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.

About UL

UL helps create a better world by applying science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. We empower trust by enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. All of our work, from independent research and standards development, to testing and certification, to providing analytical and digital solutions, helps improve global well-being. Businesses, industries, governments, regulatory authorities and the public put their trust in us so they can make smarter decisions. To learn more, visit To learn more about our nonprofit activities, visit
  • Supply Chain
  • Product Safety
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Consumer Product Compliance
  • Environmental Compliance

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