Shoptalk and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Announce New Partnership

Partnership to Support RILA’s Newly Created (R)Tech Center for Innovation

New York, NY – March 13, 2017 – Shoptalk, the new blockbuster retail and ecommerce event, today announced a partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) focused on RILA’s newly launched (R)Tech Center for Innovation. RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies.

Through the partnership, Shoptalk will support the (R)Tech Center for Innovation as a member of the (R)Tech Innovators Network. RILA will co-locate its first (R)Tech Advisory Council Meeting during Shoptalk, which will be held at the Aria in Las Vegas on March 19-22, 2017. Shoptalk is almost sold out at more than 5,250 attendees.

“As a partnership-centric organization, we support industry initiatives designed to modernize the retail and ecommerce dialogue and create a much-needed and productive new community that includes established retailers and brands, disruptive startups, tech and Internet companies, investors, media, analysts and more,” said Anil D. Aggarwal, founder and chief executive officer of Shoptalk. “We’re delighted to partner with RILA to help develop the (R)Tech Center for Innovation as a member of the (R)Tech Innovators Network, and look forward to having the very first (R)Tech Advisory Council Meeting held at Shoptalk.”

RILA, together with Accenture, has launched the (R)Tech Center for Innovation, and an accompanying “(R)Tech” brand for the retail, innovation and policymaking arenas. The (R)Tech Center for Innovation’s mission is to help retailers navigate the industry’s transformation, and to spur the adoption of the “(R)Tech” term within the retail innovation ecosystem.

“Shoptalk has created an important new community of influencers and innovators,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of RILA. “(R)Tech is the confluence of retail and technology. As we look to spread this ethos throughout the retail ecosystem, RILA’s partnership with Shoptalk allows both organizations to more effectively serve the needs of the industry, which have changed considerably in the last several years.”

Registered Shoptalk attendees interested in meeting with RILA onsite at Shoptalk can apply to do so here:

About Shoptalk

Shoptalk organizes the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation. Held annually in both the U.S. and Europe, Shoptalk events represent unprecedented gatherings of individuals and companies reshaping how consumers discover, shop and buy. Each event provides a platform for large retailers and branded manufacturers, startups, tech companies, investors, media and analysts to learn, collaborate and evolve. The next Shoptalk will be held on March 19-22, 2017 at the Aria in Las Vegas, followed by Shoptalk Europe, which will take place on October 9-11, 2017 at The Bella Center in Copenhagen. For more information, visit and Follow @shoptalk. Like Get tickets for Shoptalk here:

About RILA 

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 about RILA’s (R)Tech Center for Innovation at

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