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The continuing goal of "The Innovation Conversation" is to explore some facet of the fast-changing, technology-driven retail landscape and how it affects businesses and consumers. It is, we think, fertile territory ... and one that Tom Furphy - a former Amazon executive, the originator of Amazon Fresh, and currently CEO and Managing Director of Consumer Equity Partners (CEP), a venture capital and venture development firm in Seattle, WA, that works with many top retailers and manufacturers - is uniquely positioned to address.

Today, Tom and KC talk about the opportunity for retailers in developing subscription and auto-replenishment programs.  Now, to be transparent about this, Tom led the team that created Amazon's Subscribe & Save, and now is CEO of Replenium, which they describe as "Subscribe & Save for everyone else … except bigger and better."  But, as KC explains (and Tom agrees), it would be delinquent not to discuss the subject on The Innovation Conversation, since along with checkout-free technology, it is potentially the initiative that will be most disruptive and transformative to traditional retail. 

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