Industry Leaders Association's 2017 RTech Asset Protection Innovation Awards
Retailers' Choice Award
Digital Safety Chosen for Top RTech Award
Profitect 2nd Place -
Walmart Stores, Inc. 3rd Place
Congratulations to all!
Companies Ranked Among the Best for Technology Advancements in Asset Protection
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for the
world's largest and most innovative retail companies, announced eight finalists
2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards. The Awards serve as a
showcase for emerging, game-changing technologies that mitigate total retail
loss, as defined in a groundbreaking
research report published by RILA last year.
applications across AP business functions, including Business Intelligence and
Analytics, Workplace Safety, Crimes Against Business, and more. Finalists
showcased their cutting-edge technology to a panel of top executives at RILA's
2017 Retail Asset Protection Conference this week in New Orleans.
Conference attendees had the chance to meet the eight finalists, experience
their technology, and cast their vote for Retailers' Choice Award.
"Each year, we ask companies to bring us their game-changing
technologies and each year, they deliver and exceed expectations. This year in
New Orleans was no different," said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice
president of retail operations. "Recognizing innovations across the
industry and learning more about how we can implement them to improve the field
of asset protection are what the Awards are all about. Thank you to all of the
participants and judges, and we look forward to seeing more cutting-edge
technology in the future."
Award finalists are identified by an
esteemed group of AP technology experts ahead of RILA's annual Retail AP
Conference. Winners were selected by conference attendees and announced from the
general session stage at the conference yesterday afternoon.
(R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards finalists were:
•Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
•Digital Safety USA
•Lillii RNB Inc.
•Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The Awards come
on the heels of RILA's public announcement of the (R)Tech Center for Innovation.
(R)Tech is a new term coined by RILA to describe the confluence of retail and
technology. An (R)Tech company embodies the core values of both those industries
- global and local, nimble, and entrepreneurial - to win the loyalty of today's
empowered consumers. The Center's mission is to is to help retailers navigate
the industry transformation, and to spur the adoption of the "(R)Tech" term
within the retail innovation ecosystem. To learn more visit
For more information, visit the
RILA Day 2 Recap:
"Disruption on Bourbon Street: RILA Attendees Hit the Big
By: Amber Bradley, Contributing Writer to the D&D Daily & Owner of
The sun came up a bit too early for some RILA
Asset Protection conference attendees this morning after taking in the libations
that Bourbon Street had to offer. Despite the temptation to stay snoozing RILA
opened to another well-attended general session to hear how
local homeland security/emergency management and private sector leaders share
how they prepare for emerging and evolving threats and hazards.
Panelists included Bob Vranek, Vice President, Loss Prevention
for Belk, Don Knox, Director, Enterprise Security, Crisis
Management, and Business Continuity for Sears Holdings Corporation,
Aaron Miller, Director of the New Orleans office of Homeland Security
and Emergency Preparedness and JoAnne Moreau, Director of Baton
Rouge Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. The
session was moderated by Rob Glenn, Director of Private Sector
Division, FEMA Private Sector Division.
Immediately following day two's
opening session was a stacked list of breakouts including
topics on building a learning and development team, mitigating losses from
social engineering, risks and rewards of loyalty programs and more. To see the
schedule of break-outs covered,
Being the general session right before
lunch can be challenging but Hannah Ubl from Bridgeworks knew how to
liven up the crowd to discuss how to communicate across generations.
Learning how to tackle all generations of personalities that make up our
workforce is challenging and this session shed light on these fascinating trends
while providing actionable tips to recruit, retain, and engage every generation
in the workforce. Subscribe to
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for more information.
Always a conference favorite is Cynthia
Hetherington discussing making the most out of Internet and social
media investigations. With more than 20 years of experience in research,
investigations, and corporate intelligence, Hetherington provided insight on the
top online sources for investigators to leverage and described the best
practices for conducting open source searches without being detected.
One of the most respected online investigators, Cynthia combines her Master of
Library Science, Master of Science in Management, experience as a Certified
Fraud Examiner, and over 20 years of computer expertise, to establish her
company in the online and Internet investigative industry. For more information, visit
her website here or take a look at a recent
presentation via slideshare here.
The afternoon wrapped up
with the announcement of the (R) Tech Asset Protection Innovation Awards.
The (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards showcase game-changing
technology that mitigates total retail loss and recognizes visionary companies
that are developing these solutions. Second and third place winners were Walmart
and Profitect and the first-place honors went to Digital Safety! Congratulations
The educational segment of the day ended with Lorie Fridell's
session on the "Impact of Hidden Biases" teaching the audience to understand the
science about our hidden biases and how those biases can show up in our daily
routine. Fridell is an associate professor of criminology at the University of
Conference goers - solution providers and retailers
alike - hit Bourbon Street after the close of the exhibit floor and they
definitely had their choice of activities. One option that was quite popular was
the party at the Bourbon Cowboy hosted by NEDAP Retail, CONTROLTEK, Protos,
Instakey, and CAP Index. Check out the scene from the disruption on Bourbon