Technology and Innovation
In the past few years, we have seen the seeds of a deep transformation to a new age of retailing. US and global consumers are driving change at an unprecedented rate. Ubiquitous internet access, uncertain political dynamics, and changing consumer values, preferences, and lifestyles have led to disruption in virtually every industry; retail, perhaps more than any other.
This digital revolution continues to transform the way customers buy and interact with retailers and products. And the pace and depth of these changes are accelerating. The new retail landscape poses risks, but also fertile soil for many new opportunities.
Why Technology and Innovation Matters to Retail
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.
In coordination with our Retail Innovation Center, RILA is focused on accelerating retail innovation and helping retailers navigate the industry’s transformation. In addition to empowering innovation executives with research, insights, and collaboration, we’re working to invigorate retail’s reputation with innovators, the next generation of retail talent, policymakers, and the public.
Delivering for the New Consumer
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Retail Resources for Coronavirus
Leading Retailers are preparing their employees and customers for any potential impacts related to the coronavirus.Learn More
RILA believes a federal privacy framework should be designed to protect consumers and provide clear rules for individuals, businesses, and government.Learn More
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.Learn More
Payment Innovation and Security
RILA has put together cybersecurity and privacy FAQs for leading retailers to help inform their policies and programs.Learn More
Startup Innovation Awards for Asset Protection
RILA's RTech Asset Protection Innovation Awards recognizes retailers innovate in the areas addressed in the Total Retail Loss Report.Learn More
Startup Innovation Awards for Supply Chain
RILA's Innovation Awards for Supply Chain recognizes retailers who find new solutions dedicated to helping innovate the retail supply chain.Learn More
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
Pursuing Innovation Through Crisis: Corporate Venture Models
Corporate venture leaders to discuss how they're adapting to new challenges and driving innovation forward.View Insights
Investing in Innovation for a New Era of Retail
Guest blog post by Commerce Venture's Zhenni Liuas part of a series on innovation concepts relevant to retail.View Insights
Consumers Lead Retail Transformation
Guest blog post from Intel's Strategy and Incubation Director in the Internet of Things Group Mariya Zorotovich.View Insights
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