Technology and Innovation

Our Focus

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.

Protecting Consumer Privacy and Consumer Preferences

RILA believes a federal privacy framework should be designed to protect consumers and provide clear rules for individuals, businesses, and government.

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RILA believes that strong competition in industries connected to retail will benefit consumers and allow retailers to thrive.

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RILA educates policymakers on the challenges and opportunities that technologies and innovations bring to the retail ecosystem.

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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.

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Stop Wall Street from Fleecing Merchants

RILA is working with regulators and lawmakers to bring more competition to the payments arena.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Retail Works for All: 2023 Public Policy Priorities

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.

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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.

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Supporting Free Markets and Free Trade

When policies are fair and allow retailers to compete, customers, communities, and workers all benefit.

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Strategic Initiatives that support performance, compliance and transform the industry

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