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Retail Industry Leaders Association

Walmart to require shoppers to wear masks

Walmart to require shoppers to wear masks

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart made it official on Wednesday: Shoppers in Walmart and Sam’s Club outlets nationwide will be required to wear face coverings, effective July 20. “While we’re certainly not the first business to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of

Retailers propose blueprint for reopening stores

Retailers propose blueprint for reopening stores

WASHINGTON — Two retail trade groups on Monday released a multi-step plan for reopening those stores shuttered due to the coronavirus. The Blueprint for Shopping Safe from the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association suggests a phased approach to reopening those stores that have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

Retailers urge coordinated COVID-19 response

Retailers urge coordinated COVID-19 response

WASHINGTON — Retailers are asking to be consulted by governors and mayors about decisions involving store closures aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In a letter sent to Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the National Governors Association and Mayor Bryan Barnett, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Retail Industry Leaders

Dodge to succeed Kennedy as RILA president

WASHINGTON — Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) president Sandy Kennedy plans to retire at the end of the year. Kennedy, 61, is credited with remaking the trade association, previously known as the International Mass Retail Association. “The retail industry’s experienced several cycles of profound change in the 17 years Sandy’s led this organization,” said Target

RILA president Sandy Kennedy to retire

RILA president Sandy Kennedy to retire

WASHINGTON — Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) president Sandy Kennedy plans to retire at the end of the year. Kennedy, 61, is credited with remaking the trade association, previously known as the International Mass Retail Association. “The retail industry’s experienced several cycles of profound change in the 17 years Sandy’s led this organization,” said Target

Elena Kraus named to Retail Litigation Center board

Elena Kraus named to Retail Litigation Center board

ARLINGTON, Va. — Elena Kraus, senior vice president and general counsel of Walgreens, has been named to the Retail Litigation Center’s board of directors. “We are very pleased to welcome Elena to the RLC board,” said Deborah White, president of the RLC and general counsel for the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “Elena brings significant experience

Retailers urge Trump to reconsider tariffs

Retailers urge Trump to reconsider tariffs

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued statements on Thursday warning that tariffs meant to punish China for its trade practices would hurt American consumers. The retailer groups urged President Trump to refrain from imposing tariffs as a retaliatory measure against China’s predatory trade practices — which

U.S. retailers urge Trump not to impose tariffs

U.S. retailers urge Trump not to impose tariffs

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen retail companies — including Walmart, Costco Wholesale Corp., Dollar Tree Inc. and Target Corp. — sent a letter on Monday to President Trump urging him to refrain from imposing tariffs on China and alleging that American families would be hurt by such a move. In a separate letter to

Cornell becomes chairman of RILA

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has elected a new chairman — Brian Cornell, the chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corp. Cornell was elected at RILA’s board of directors’ semiannual meeting in Tucson, Ariz., last month. Serving a two-year term, Cornell takes the chairman’s reins from Bill Rhodes, chairman of

Online sales tax goes to high court

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association each welcomed the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reenter the dispute over whether states should be able to require online retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes. Retailers and others had been expecting the court to take up the

RILA elects Target’s Cornell as chairman

RILA elects Target’s Cornell as chairman

ARLINGTON, Va. — Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer at Target Corp., has been elected chairman of the board at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). Cornell was elected on Sunday to a two-year term, succeeding AutoZone Inc. chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes. RILA also selected four retail executives to join its board.