Retailers – here's the CRC list of the top five environmental regulatory areas that either apply to most retailers or carry significant regulatory or environmental risk.
#1 – Hazardous Waste
#2 – Refrigeration
#3 –Petroleum Storage Tanks
#4 – Stormwater
#5 – Solid waste
See the CRC Insights article for more information and resources on these areas.
Are you developing game-changing technology for retailers? If so, the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards could be your time to shine.
The awards showcase innovative technology that mitigates total retail loss and recognizes visionary companies that are developing these solutions. Total retail loss is a concept established as a result of a research report RILA released last September, which analyzes the challenges with current practices in defining and managing retail loss.
Applicants are asked to review this report, and introduce a technology that offers a solution to a type of loss identified within.
A panel of top executives in retail asset protection will review all submissions and identify the finalists. Winners will subsequently be announced at RILA's 2017 Retail Asset Protection Conference April 9-12, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Entries are due by March 3, 2017. For more information, visit the awards homepage.
Did you know that every time a consumer uses their debit card to make a purchase, the merchant is required to pay a fee to the issuing bank? Prior to 2010, these fees were set at will by the banks and card companies, with Main Street businesses and consumers burdening the cost. But thanks to smart bipartisan reforms, swipe fees were lowered, restoring competition to the marketplace and saving retailers and consumers billions.
Despite this progress, legislation has been introduced in Congress that would repeal these reforms, raise costs, and hand over billions to Wall Street and card companies. Rather than stand by, merchants are standing up to these threats and working to preserve the critical debit swipe fee reforms secured in 2010.
That's why this week, more than 60 representatives from retailers, grocers, convenience stores, and restaurants are gathering in Washington to meet with lawmakers. They'll be discussing the importance of upholding hard-fought debit swipe fee reforms for Main Street and American consumers.
Members from the Food Marking Institute, Merchant Advisory Group, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, and Retail Industry Leaders Association visited Capitol Hill to tell their story of how pro-competitive debit reforms have positively impacted their businesses, and implore Congress to stand with Main Street retailers by opposing any efforts to weaken or repeal the law.
Leading up to this week's fly-in, we published a post, Big Banks Break America's Heart, in which we highlight how repealing debit swipe fee reform would be bad for Main Street business and bad for consumers. Read the full post here.
For questions regarding RILA's efforts to protect consumers and preserve competition in the marketplace, contact Austen Jensen, vice president for government affairs.
Last September, we announced that starting in 2017, RILA would be merging its sustainability-focused conference with Sustainable Brands. We are excited to announce that registration is now open for Sustainable Brands 2017, May 22-25 in Detroit, Michigan.
For RILA's established community of retail sustainability professionals, Sustainable Brands (SB) will provide the retail-specific content that they're used to, in addition to giving them the opportunity to connect to the larger network of CSR professionals from global brands across other industries.
The retail program track is currently being developed by RILA's conference steering committee, in partnership with SB, and will focus on innovation and sustainability trends within the retail industry. The full SB'17 Detroit program will be designed to drive a broad global conversation around "Redefining the Good Life." Specifically, what it means for individuals, companies, and communities to live a healthy life for the future.
Register and learn more about SB'17 here.
Last week, members of the Human Resource Leaders Council (HRLC) attended their annual meeting to discuss the major political, regulatory, and operational issues currently affecting RILA companies and their HR executives.
During the meeting, RILA staff provided a post-election analysis as well as projections for the Trump Administration and 115th congressional agenda. Specifically, the group discussed the potential implications of tax reform, the GOP strategy for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, and the potential legislative and legal tools for unwinding the rash of harmful NLRB and DOL decisions and rules from the previous administration.
Beyond RILA's updates, HRLC members heard from a number of outside speakers, including newly appointed acting chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Phil Miscimarra. The group also heard presentations from Mercer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, I4CP and HR Policy Association detailing how millennials are transforming the workplace and what companies and public policy makers should be doing to evolve with them. The message was clear – the workforce and workplace are changing, and RILA members will have to change as well.
If you have any questions or wish to learn more about the HRLC, please contact Jennifer Safavian, executive vice president of government affairs, at email@example.com or Brennan Duckett, manager of government affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November 2016, EPA finalized revisions to refrigerant management requirements under 40 CFR 82 bringing an expanded scope, more stringent leak repair requirements, and further restrictions on the sale of refrigerants. Although provisions likely to have the greatest impact on retailers do not immediately go into effect, retailers should start planning now in order to comply with the new requirements. For example, some refrigerants currently not regulated will be under the new requirements and leak repair requirements will be more stringent.
The provisions likely to have the greatest impact on retailers, the revised leak repair requirements, go into effect on January 1, 2019. However, in January 2017 and January 2018, certified technicians, refrigerant distributors and wholesalers, reclaimers, and appliance disposal and recycling facilities will be required to comply with various new requirements.
Read more on the Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) Insights. . .
This week, RILA hosted the 2017 Leadership Forum in Naples, Florida. The annual three-day event brings together chief executive officers of leading retail companies to discuss topics critical to retail success with other key leaders.
This year's Leadership Forum focused on the major forces driving retail disruption, and featured a series of sessions designed to spark thinking and creativity as it pertains to the retail model of 2017 and beyond. Together, top U.S. retail executives engaged in frank dialogue about the state of the industry, guided by thought-leaders from retail, consumer brands, finance, innovation, and public policy arenas.
In the opening session, Accenture's Jill Standish and Mark Curtis spoke about what makes a retail company successful in 2017 and specifically, the importance of people to a sustainable business transformation. In what they call Living Businesses, people and design – not just technology – are key to enabling success.
Best Buy Chairman and CEO Hubert Joly headlined the conference with insights from the company's
successful transformation, including what he's learned as the journey continues.
With startups undoubtedly playing a role in the transformation of the old retail model, Todd Lutwak, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, led a discussion about how startups and traditional brands can engage with each other to advance the industry together.
Kicking off the public policy focus of the conference, Jennifer Safavian, RILA's executive vice president, government affairs, spoke on the opportunity retailers now have to position themselves with policy makers around the issues impacting the industry the most, especially the proposed border adjustable tax. Safavian was followed by a policy and politics panel featuring Fox News Sunday Anchor Chris Wallace, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, and former Governor of Pennsylvania and NBC News Analyst Ed Rendell.
The full agenda of speakers can be found in this interactive brochure.
The Leadership Forum was preceded by RILA's annual Board of Directors meeting, at which three new industry executives were added to the board for two-year terms.
2017 is here. New Year. New President. New Congress. It's resolution time and the Retail Industry Leaders Association is ringing in the year with a few policy resolutions of our own. First let's show you who we are:
RILA by the Numbers
- 80 of America's largest most sophisticated retailers
- 100,000 stores nationwide
- $1.5 trillion in annual sales
- 2nd largest private sector employer
- 28 million American jobs
Retail is the backbone of the American economy and the cornerstone of communities from sea to oh so shining sea. We're proud to touch the lives of millions of Americans each day. Now it's up to Congress and the new Administration to create sound policies that will help us continue to grow. Without further ado, here are our 2017 "quick six" retail resolutions:
1. Taking a BAT to a Border Adjustability Tax
Higher taxes are bad. A doubling of the current tax rate on the goods Americans want and need is worse. A Border Adjustability Tax or BAT would take a swing at American consumers by heavily taxing imported goods like apparel, electronics and food. RILA is working overtime to tell Congress why a BAT would be a strike against retailers and consumers alike.
2. Swiping Left on Debit Swipe Fees Reform Repeal
Some in Congress want to bailout big banks…AGAIN. A House Financial Services Committee proposal, known as the CHOICE Act, would repeal hard-fought debit-swipe fee reforms in favor of Wall Street, Visa/MasterCard and you guessed it, BIG BANKS. Banks collected more than $18.4 billion in debit swipe fees last year on the backs of merchants and consumers. RILA is telling Congress to swipe left on debit swipe fee reform repeal and swipe right on keeping these important financial reforms in place.
3. Eliminating Labor Pains
The past eight years have not been labor of love for retailers. As the nation's second largest private sector employer, more than 28 million Americans work in or have careers supported by retail. Flexibility and the power to choose one's own path is the reason why millions of Americans choose our industry. But bad policies, included a number of harmful decisions from like the National Labor Relations Board have upended decades of precedent, robbing retail employees of the flexibility and upward mobility that they value. RILA is committed to working with Congress and the new administration to overturn numerous harmful decisions and restoring the benefits valued by retail employees.
4. Prescribing Solutions
Retailers pride themselves on offering quality, affordable health care to our workforce. RILA will stress to policymakers that our employer-sponsored insurance system must be strengthened and protected. Congress and the new Administration should put American workers first by not increasing taxes and costs or decreasing health choices, and by protecting Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) self-insured plans. That's the prescription for success.
5. Going Global
Global supply chains are essential in providing customers with the products they want at the best possible prices. The movement of goods from shore to shelf is a tremendous driver of our economy, and supports millions of American jobs. Open, global markets also save Americans hundreds of millions of dollars. RILA has long championed retail's critical role in international trade and will continue to lead the way in educating lawmakers about the benefits of international trade and strong American infrastructure.
6. Securing Success
As Uncle Ben said, "With great power comes great responsibility." The safety and security of consumers is number one for America's retailers. As we continue to innovate, building consumer trust through enhanced measures to safeguard data is a top priority. RILA is working with lawmakers to help shape policies that help protect retailers and their customers without stifling innovation.
Want to learn more about RILA's priority policy initiatives? Check out http://bit.ly/2k5thb9 or contact Christin Fernandez at email@example.com to chat with one of our experts. And follow us on Medium as we break down our six resolutions even further in the coming weeks.
We're just one month away from RILA's Retail Supply Chain Conference in Orlando, Florida. Still on the fence about attending? When we hear from attendees about why they return to the conference year after year, they inevitably point back to the quality of the content presented there. From the general sessions to the breakouts and even networking events, the Retail Supply Chain Conference program is carefully curated for supply chain professionals with consideration for the latest industry trends, top issues facing retailers, and a mind toward the future of the supply chain. We're excited about the entire program, but here are the top five sessions you won't want to miss.
1. Opening Keynote: Perspectives from the C-Suite
Greg Sandfort, CEO of Tractor Supply Company, will open the 2017 Retail Supply Chain Conference—discussing the changing nature of retail, and supply chain's critical role in serving the customer and exceeding expectations.
2. Blurred Lines: Challenging the Traditional Supply Chain
The rise of exponential technologies has created a burning platform: disrupt or be disrupted. Innovation, data inundation, and the blurred lines of information flow and the consumer/producer relationship are redefining our notions of the traditional supply chain and challenging us to work smarter, creating value for the customer, the supply chain – and for our business. Slugger Barber, Senior Director, Project Management, Engineering, & Strategy, Abercrombie & Fitch, Co. and Adam Mussomeli, Consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP, will lead this presentation on challenging the traditional supply chain.
3. Authentic Leadership: Learning to Lead from Your Core
Former NBA power forward and current ESPN broadcaster John Amaechi knows a thing or two about leadership and communication. There are countless personalities out there in politics, business and the media who we are encouraged to look towards for our own immutable leadership skills. John talks about how to establish an authentic baseline from which to build a leadership profile that will be congruent for ourselves and powerful for those we lead and manage. It's important to become a person worthy of following by transforming personal skills, experience and the will to lead into a coherent leadership and management style—instead of trying to copy others, learn how each of us can maximize our own qualities to become our most effective personal leader.
4. On the Front Lines of Retail Supply Chain
Brian Gibson, Executive Director, Center for Supply Chain Insights, Auburn University, Mike Graham, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Manufacturing, Meijer, Inc., and Ron Link, Senior Vice President, Logistics, CVS Health will dive into the annual "State of the Retail Supply Chain" report. They'll highlight key takeaways and offer expert analysis of the report's findings.
5. American Politics, Today and Tomorrow
Insights from Ron Brownstein, one of the most sought-after political reporters, two weeks after the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. CNN's senior political analyst will talk all things D.C. and answer audience questions in this must-attend session.
The 2017 Retail Supply Chain Conference will take place February 12-15 in Orlando, Florida. Register today by visiting http://bit.ly/RILASupplyChain.
As 2016 comes to a close, we're looking forward to all of the exciting things we're planning for 2017. Top of our minds is our Retail Supply Chain Conference taking place February 12-15 in Orlando, Florida.
We can't wait to see all of the familiar faces of retail supply chain executives who attend each year. And if you've never attended before, keep reading. We're breaking down the top five reasons the Retail Supply Chain Conference is the must-attend event of the year.
1. Premier Educational Content
Unique to the Retail Supply Chain Conference is that the program is curated by supply chain professionals for supply chain professionals. Featuring over 35 interactive sessions and 5 breakout tracks, the Retail Supply Chain Conference is the premier event to continue learning about the retail supply chain issues that impact you and your business every day.
Whether you're an industry veteran or new to the scene, the Retail Supply Chain Conference is the perfect forum to grow your professional network of fellow supply chain executives. In addition to discussing top retail supply chain issues with like-minded peers during the breakout sessions, you'll also have dedicated time throughout the conference to connect with industry leaders one on one. Be sure you're signed up for the event that Meijer President and six-time attendee Rick Keyes says is "always at the top of [his] list."
3. Exhibit Hall
This year's Exhibit Hall has been carefully curated to showcase all of the best products and services of vendors the industry offers. In addition to making face-to-face connections with the service providers that make the retail supply chain go round, attendees will be able to visit brand new Innovation Hubs, featuring start-ups and their industry-disrupting technology on site for live demos. For a glimpse of the supply chain of tomorrow, this is the place to be.
4. Expert Speakers
At no other industry event will you have the opportunity to hear from 70+ experts, representing all facets of the supply chain, on the complex challenges facing retailers today. Speakers from The Home Depot, Claire's, Hudson's Bay, Nike, Target, Walmart and more will be there to share insights and challenges on leadership, disruption in retail, and building change-ready supply chains. And Greg Sandfort, CEO of Tractor Supply Co., will kick things off as our keynote speaker.
5. A Front Row Seat for Retail Innovation
Innovation is the name of the game in retail these days. And for good reason. Retailers and their service providers are at the forefront of innovative technology that's changing the entire shopping experience, from the distribution center to the checkout counter. In addition to dedicated conference programming to discuss what these changes mean for the retailers, we'll have ubercool INNOVATION Founder Michael Tchong there to help you keep up with emerging trends, and brand new Innovation Hubs in the Exhibit Hall for startups to show off their latest technologies.
To learn more and to register for the 2017 Retail Supply Chain Conference, click here.