The RIA is committed to helping our members remain competitive in today’s digital world. We are currently the ONLY organization that actively promotes and supports the specialty running channel.
Our advocacy focuses primarily on:
- Political Lobbying - On a macro level, we are part of a larger group that lobbies Congress on behalf of independent local retailers.
- Brand Protection = Specialty Retail Protection. When brands work hard to protect their product integrity, the running specialty channel benefits as well. The RIA works closely with the brand community to help educate decision-makers on topics like MAP, internet sales and brand protection policies.
Recent successes: Intrastate Sales Tax Lobbying
The RIA’s legal team, in conjunction with our lobbying group, Advocates for Independent Business, prepared an amicus brief to refute the antiquated federal laws that disallow sales taxes on purchases made across state lines. Our combined efforts have resulted in the US Supreme Court striking down these statutes. With a positive result, the new laws will force on-line retailers to collect taxes on all transactions. This is just one example of how the RIA is extremely active in lobbying for legislative change to support our members.