Disruption in retail is being accelerated by a wide range of existing innovations, from smart technologies and automation to new business models, such as renting and sharing. To survive and thrive in today’s retail environment, retail leaders have had to fully embrace RTech – the confluence of retail and technology – and make thoughtful decisions about the role of innovation within their company cultures. The retail innovation ecosystem, which includes RILA’s highly engaged RTech community, works strategically together to address critical retail industry needs.
RILA educates policymakers on the challenges and opportunities that technologies and innovations bring to the retail ecosystem.
RILA Startup Innovation Awards
The Innovation Startup Awards recognize new talent in the retail industry who are disrupting the status quo with new innovative ideas and tech.
RILA believes a federal privacy framework should be designed to protect consumers and provide clear rules for individuals, businesses, and government.
RILA believes that strong competition in industries connected to retail will benefit consumers and allow retailers to thrive.
Retail Innovation Center
To address the new retail landscape, RILA formed the Retail Innovation Center and “RTech” brand in the retail, innovation, and policymaking arenas.
RILA is working with regulators to enable retailers’ right to route online debit transactions over networks other than Visa and MasterCard networks.
Public Policy Agenda
RILA works with policymakers of both parties to help shape a dynamic and growing economy that allows retailers and communities they serve to thrive.
Growing the 21st Century Retail Workforce
RILA advocates for forward-thinking workplace policies at the state and federal level that reflect the needs of a large and diverse workforce.
Technology and Innovation Committees
RILA is focused on accelerating retail innovation and helping retailers navigate the industry’s transformation. Empowering executives with networks and access to research, insights, and collaboration.View All Committees
Retail Speaks: 7 Imperatives for the Industry
After a year like no other, the US retail industry faces a still-uncertain future. Our latest research highlights seven imperatives that will position retailers for success regardless of what is next.Download Report
- Aug 17 - Aug 20, 2021
- Orlando, FL
Ensuring Safe and Affordable Products
RILA is working with lawmakers to help shape policies that protect our customers and meet expectations on demands to act on environmental concerns.Read More
Investing in People
Retail is for everyone; the place for a first job, 2nd chance, third act, or a side hustle – the retail workforce represents the American workforce.Read More
Supporting Free Markets and Fostering Innovation
When policies are fair and allow retailers to compete, customers, communities, and workers all benefit.Read More
Newmine Insights: Creating Positive Returns
- By [Navjit Bhasin]
Packaging Sustainability: Retail State of Play
- By [Katie Nicholos, Kaela Martins]
Meet the Startup Innovation Awards Finalists
- By [Katie Nicholos]
Retail Business Services' Startup Seed Immersion Program
- By [Fnu Harsh (Harshvardhan)]
Six Startups Catch Retailers’ Attention
- By [Nicholas Ahrens]
Becoming Omnipotent on Omnichannel
- By [Jess Dankert]