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Retail Industry Leaders Association

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.

Retailing’s economic impact

Retailing’s economic impact

Retailers are speaking up about the contributions they make to the nation’s economy, in the hope that their needs will be taken into account when lawmakers rewrite the tax code. Earlier this month the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) released its “Grocery Industry Economic Impact” analysis, which quantifies the food retail industry’s annual economic impact. FMI’s

(R)Tech Center for Innovation debuts

ARLINGTON, Va. — An innovation center aimed at helping retailers explore the business applications of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and other technologies is being launched by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Accenture. With the new (R)Tech Center for Innovation, Accenture and RILA will conduct joint research and bring together retailers and technology start-ups

RILA and Accenture launch Tech Innovation Center

RILA and Accenture launch Tech Innovation Center

ARLINGTON, Va — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has teamed with Accenture to launch a new innovation center aimed at helping retailers explore such new technologies as artificial intelligence and virtual reality and apply them to their businesses. With the new (R)Tech Center for Innovation, Accenture will work with RILA to conduct joint research and bring together

President Trump meets with retail CEOs

President Trump meets with retail CEOs

WASHINGTON — Promoting his economic platform with business leaders, President Donald Trump today met with top retail executives at the White House. Focusing on Trump’s plank of job creation, simplification of the tax code and reduced regulatory red tape, the Wednesday morning meeting was a scheduled event with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). The

Election leaves question marks

NEW YORK — Retailers expect the Republican Party takeover of the executive and legislative branches of government on January 20 to impact several issues important to the industry, including health care, trade and taxes. As the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer, retailers have closely tracked implementation of the Affordable Care Act over the past six years