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The (R)Tech Center for Innovation was created to help retailers navigate the industry’s transformation by empowering innovation executives with research, insights, and collaboration, as well as, exposing other executives to the technologies and innovations defining retail’s future.

For 2018, the (R)Tech Center will be focused on creating both: A Talent Pipeline and the (R)Tech Open Innovation Engine. These initiatives are meant to help retailers tackle innovation by bringing new tech talent to the industry.

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”

– Pablo Picasso


The (R)Tech Center provides thoughtful and authoritative resources to identify trends, and to educate and transform the retail industry.




The (R)Tech Center for Innovation is structured with four councils to convene the industry’s innovation leaders and address their needs:

(R)Tech Advisory Council

Guides the strategy and priorities for the Center. Composed of RILA Premier member and founding member innovation chiefs, the Advisory Council acts as a sounding board for the Center’s activities and growth, and identifies potential collaborative interests.

(R)Tech Council

Acts as a pre-competitive forum to share best practices, and identify potential collaborative interests and industry needs. The (R)Tech Council will be composed of retail chief innovation officers.

Digital Retail Council

Convenes retail executives and digital technology firms to discuss e-commerce, omni-channel, and digital retailing. The Digital Retail Council provides a forum for retail’s digital executives to learn from digital technology leaders, identify future needs, and benchmark and share best practices.

(R)Tech Innovation Network

Convenes venture capitalists, incubators, and accelerators with a focus on retail technologies and innovations; allowing the Center to keep a pulse on the latest ideas, technologies, and startups. The Network is a source for content at the Center’s events and a distribution channel for the Center’s research.

Founding Innovation Partner

Innovation Partners

Advisory Council

Innovation Network


2018 Events

The Center will expose retail executives to critical innovations and technologies through RILA’s existing committee and conference infrastructure. It will also host exclusive, invite-only events in key innovation hubs to convene retail executives, and technology, digital, and startup leaders.


21-23: RILA Retail CEO Forum
23: (R)Tech Center Meeting


25-28: #RILASupplyChain Conference


18-21: (R)Tech Center meeting at Shoptalk


29-2: RILA Asset Protection Conference


June – August

June 4-7: Sustainable Brands Conference with RILA track


10-12: RILA Retail Law Conference

Nov – Dec

Plan for Year 3

Jan 2019

20-22: RILA’s Retail CEO Forum

Innovation Awards

The (R)Tech Retail CEO Innovation Awards exist to highlight innovations that will enable the industry’s future.
Learn more about our winners: IamBot, Multifold, and Persado.

What is (R)Tech?

(R)Tech is a new term that describes the confluence of retail and technology. An (R)Tech company embodies the strongest values of both industries – global and local, nimble and entrepreneurial – to delight profoundly empowered consumers. The term is meant to accelerate retail innovation and to invigorate retail’s reputation with innovators, the next generation of retail talent, policymakers, and the public.

The (R)Tech Center for Innovation is an initiative of…

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies, and brings its prowess for engaging and convening leading industry executives.

Accenture partners with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, and brings its powerful innovation, technology, and retail expertise.

 The Pressures Driving Industry Change have helped the (R)Tech Center identify four critical challenges that face the retail industry. The Center embraces five Industry Pathways forward, that guide the (R)Tech communities to address these challenges.

Four Cardinal Challenges



Identifying and scaling high value projects by assessing consumer insights, futures planning, and innovators networks



Battling unknown ROI with the desire for immediate payback and developing new measures of success for innovation



Dedicating resources and attracting the right combination of talent for the changing industry



Breaking free from legacy structures, established processes, and operating enviornments

Retail Industry Leaders Association

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.

Learn more at www.RILA.org


Million Jobs


Billion in Sales


Thousand Facilities


RILA Members

Meet the Team

Adam Siegel

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Senior Vice President, Research, Innovation & Sustainability


(o): (703) 600-2066

Nicholas Ahrens

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Vice President, Privacy & Cybersecurity


(o): (703) 600-2065

Katie Nicholos

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Manager, Research & Innovation


(o): (703) 600-2035

Brennan Duckett

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Senior Manager, Government Affairs


(o): (703) 600-2010

Press Inquires

Christin Fernandez

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Vice President, Communications


(o): (703) 600-2039