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.
Is it Day Two (or later) for Amazon? Today, as The Innovation Conversation returns after a summer break, Tom Furphy & KC consider this question within the context of Amazon's healthcare pivot (folding Amazon Care and acquiring One Medical), the paring back of its distribution and logistics infrastructure, and changing approach to physical retailing five years after its purchase of Whole Foods. In the end, they conclude, growth is the highest priority - no matter how it is achieved.
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