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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.

Last week, Tom Furphy attended ShopTalk 2022 in Las Vegas, and came away with a sense that it was an accurate reflection of the moment - there was a balance between elements of real innovation and a representation of evolving current models and how they are navigating the realities of the space.  Among the things he and KC talk about are Instacart's new and potentially game-changing platform, a new demand for profitability, and the discussion around things like the metaverse and rapid delivery models.

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