The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) opened the 2013 Retail Asset Protection Conference today, with keynote speaker Ann Dunwoody, former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. This year's event boasts record-breaking attendance, hosting more than 1000 executives from more than 140 domestic and international companies.
Recognized in the industry as a best-in-class educational program, the Retail Asset Protection Conference addresses top challenges and emerging trends facing AP executives. Through presentations by seasoned experts, open forum discussions, an exhibit hall showcasing the latest technology and networking events, retail asset protection executives are afforded an unprecedented opportunity to enhance their own organizational effectiveness.
General Ann Dunwoody inspired the audience with her personal story of passionate leadership. Recognized as the Army's most successful woman, General Dunwoody shared her field-tested insights and lessons for inspiring others to achieve peak performance.
"We are honored to have General Dunwoody open this year's conference. You can't help but be inspired by the level of success she achieved in a traditionally male dominated field and her message of leading with passion is something we can all learn from," said Lisa Labruno, senior vice president of retail operations for RILA.
Following General Dunwoody, executives from Target Corporation shared lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Attendees heard how retailers of all sizes and formats can play a role in driving community resilience and long term recovery efforts following a disaster of Superstorm Sandy's magnitude through business continuity, industry collaboration, private-public partnerships and local outreach.
David Wolman, author of the provocative new book, The End of Money, and contributing editor for Wired closed out the day, sharing his globetrotting exploration of the history and future of cash payments, banking and currencies. Wolman promised the audience that what he sees as a "monetary revolution" afoot will change how we as a nation will use, save, spend and even define money.
In addition to general sessions, this year's conference offers 24 breakout sessions, categorized by tracks that reflect the key priorities and challenges experienced by today's retail asset protection executives. This year's conference tracks include Audit & Analytics, Investigations, Leadership & Development, Strategy & Planning, Technology & Innovation and Workplace Safety. Attendees can earn up to 17 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) toward Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) re-certification, 10 CEU's for Certified Forensic Investigation (CFI) and up to 19 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Designations.
"Day one was a resounding success thanks to our exceptional speakers, the engagement of attendees and the support of our solution provider partners. We look forward to continuing this positive momentum tomorrow," said Garth Gasse, Director of Retail Operation at RILA
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.