Retailers change association name

Retailers change association name

The International Mass Retail Association has voted to change its name to the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

RILA President Sandy Kennedy said that the new name better reflects the leadership role that the organization's members play in the retail industry.

"The retailers and suppliers that we represent are among the most reputable companies and brands in the world," Kennedy said. "We wanted a name that included who we represent -- the retail industry, and more specifically, those who lead it."

The group's directors decided on the new name at is meeting Sunday.

-- R.G. Edmonson in Washington