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 who led the team that developed 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 I use my interview earlier this week with Boxed CEO Chieh Huang to talk about how retailers need to be thinking more strategically, connecting the dots in a way that really serves shoppers. This is one of the opportunities that the Boxed decision to "seek strategic alternatives" actually creates for retailers and wholesalers, if they're able to grasp it.
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