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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 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 KC look at the implications of the latest layoffs at Amazon,  the growing perception that as the company has grown in size it also is exhibiting some degree of lethargy, possible shifts in the company's long-term strategy, and - most important - the opening that the current scenario offers to smaller retailers looking to connect with shoppers and establish a sustainable connection to them.

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