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Content Guy's Note: The 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.

In this edition, Furphy and Coupe talk about how the pandemic actually has  been good for the largest tech companies and food retailers, giving them the ability through high capitalization and market penetration to expand their influence and sales.  Which creates even more challenges for smaller retailers ... though Furphy and Coupe have some ideas about how to address those.