RILA Announces RTech Retail CEO Innovation Awards

Winners will be Awarded at Annual Retail CEO Forum

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative retail brands, announced its call for applications for its first annual (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards.  

“As today’s top retail leaders gather at RILA’s CEO Forum, this will be the perfect opportunity to showcase new technologies that are transforming the industry,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of RILA. “To move the industry into the future, our awards program will focus on technologies that create ultra-personal and ubiquitous shopping experiences. By streamlining the path to purchase, retailers are listening to the wants of consumers and creating seamless experiences, integrating the physical with digital. We look forward to connecting America’s retailers with industry innovators.”  

The Awards will highlight innovations that enable retail’s future. Winners will be invited to showcase, pitch and network with the most powerful retail chief executives at RILA’s annual Retail CEO Forum January 21-23 in Tucson, AZ. 

Applicants should focus their innovations on advancing Ubiquitous and Ultra-Personal Shopping, that is, shopping that will be invisible and ubiquitous, embedded into natural gestures and conversation, managed through a connected ecosystem, and considering all channels and all customers. The (R)Tech Center believes that this trend is driving change in the industry more than any other.  

Applications are due on September 8.   



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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