The (R)Tech Center for Innovation serves to help RILA members navigate the industry’s transformation by empowering retail executives through insights and collaboration with the players and technologies shaping retail’s future. The entire month of September is dedicated to highlighting the many ways RILA and its members are engaging with the (R)Tech ecosystem and spurring new innovation throughout our industry. Learn about the exciting ways to engage with the (R)Tech Collegiate and Innovation Networks, and gain access to cutting-edge research defining the next trends in retail. Stay in-the-know on the latest news by following us today!

Week 1: Learn

We’re opening September with brand new research and opportunities to showcase the most innovative ideas in retail.

Week 2: Disrupt

Be a part of the innovation movement and see how retail is changing.

Week 3: Engage

Universities, creators, and innovators see how you can participate with the many networks involved with RILA’s (R)Tech Center.

Week 4: Solve

Innovation is everywhere, see how solutions are being implemented across sectors.

Discover Week 4: Solve
Q&A: RILA's Jess Dankert On Why Supply Chain Is Fertile Ground For Innovation

Q&A: RILA's Jess Dankert On Why Supply Chain Is Fertile Ground For Innovation

We recently sat down with Jess Dankert, RILA’s vice president of supply chain to learn more about how the industry is evolving and how member companies are integrating innovation.
(R)Tech Hosts Hackathon at MIT

(R)Tech Hosts Hackathon at MIT

On September 15th and 16th, RILA teamed up with Qurate Retail Group (SM) to head to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to host a retail-focused challenge at HACKMIT 2018. At the event, students reimagined the way consumers shop alongside software engineering and retail mentors
Education In The New Retail Reality

Education In The New Retail Reality

Professor Saibal Ray, Academic Director, Bensadoun School of Retail Management, McGill University shares how retail has evolved quite a lot in the past few years. Major players who failed to adapt have seen their businesses fail and disrupters appeared to challenge years of established common practices.
Shopping Styles in the (R)Tech Age: Serving the (R)Tech Shopper

Shopping Styles in the (R)Tech Age: Serving the (R)Tech Shopper

This new report delivers thought-provoking insights into these 10 Shopping Styles to encourage effective customer experiences.
Discover Week 3: Engage
RILA launches its (R)Tech Open Innovation (ROI) Engine

RILA launches its (R)Tech Open Innovation (ROI) Engine

RILA’s (R)Tech ROI Engine hosts “open innovation” competitions to crowdsource solutions to retail’s most pressing needs by leveraging an expansive network of problem-solvers through the (R)Tech Innovation Network and the (R)Tech Collegiate Network.
Retailers Embracing (R)Tech To Build A 21st Century Workforce

Retailers Embracing (R)Tech To Build A 21st Century Workforce

Evan Armstrong, RILA’s vice president of government affairs, shares the challenges for traditional retailers navigating the gig economy and growing talent shortage, plus what we can expect in the future for talent recruitment, workforce development, benefits, and more.
Retail Legal Teams: Embracing The (R)Tech Culture

Retail Legal Teams: Embracing The (R)Tech Culture

Retail legal departments are more than just company watchdogs; these days, general counsel are empowering their teams more than ever before to enable innovation within their companies. Deborah White, RILA Senior EVP & General Counsel and RLC President, shares how (R)Tech helps legal departments navigate the ever-changing retail and legal landscape.
Discover Week 2: Disrupt
(R)Tech Connects Retailers With Tech Talent

(R)Tech Connects Retailers With Tech Talent

(R)Tech’s Talent Pipeline exposes and attracts young people with tech backgrounds – data science, engineering, behavior science, design, and strategy – to opportunities in retail.
Innovation Shapes the AP Revolution

Innovation Shapes the AP Revolution

Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s SVP Of Retail Operations talks rising to the challenge of industry transformation.
Discover Week 1: Learn
RILA Launches September is for (R)Tech

RILA Launches September is for (R)Tech

Check out our blog to learn more about the campaign and be sure to follow the conversation online using #RTech. Don’t forget to check back every week for new updates for the month of September.
(R)Tech Launches CEO Forum Innovation Awards

(R)Tech Launches CEO Forum Innovation Awards

Announcing the highly anticipated, 2nd Annual, (R)Tech CEO Forum Innovation Awards highlighting innovations that will enable the industry’s future.
RILA's President, Sandy Kennedy Shares the the Importance of (R)Tech in the Retail Community

RILA's President, Sandy Kennedy Shares the the Importance of (R)Tech in the Retail Community

RILA President Sandy Kennedy takes a look at why we created the Awards and how they’ve helped retailers and solution providers alike embrace innovation and disruption across the industry.
RILA & Accenture Release New Research Report for Retail in the Digital Age

RILA & Accenture Release New Research Report for Retail in the Digital Age

This new report highlights the most effective ways a retailer can use digital technology to communicate its purpose and connect with customers in new ways.
Discover how (R)Tech is changing the face of retail.