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(R)Tech Talent Pipeline

RILA and The (R)Tech Center for Innovation are building an (R)Tech Collegiate Network to accelerate a talent pipeline: exposing young people to the opportunities in retail, then activating and employing them in the industry.

The talent pipeline addresses the need for recruiting employees with tech skills; it will do that in three phases. Phase one, beginning in 2018, focuses on four strategies the initiate the pipeline. Then phases two and three represent the holistic program to recruit new talent into the industry and help retailers build tech skills in-house.

The (R)Tech Center is advancing four strategies in 2018 to expose individuals with the retail-tech skills needed for the industry’s future:



Expose students to real retail challenges and attract them to the industry.


Global Case Competition

Host a student design thinking case competition for creative ideas to redesign retail in the circular economy.



Create physical, flexible, modular, multi-use stores on select university campuses.


(R)Tech Online Certification

Develop a certification specifically for mid- and senior-level retail executives to educate them on innovative trends, technologies, and practices.

Please contact Katie Nicholos at katie.nicholos@rila.org for additional information regarding this program or questions related to the (R)Tech Center for Innovation.