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.
Tom has just returned from a three-week trip to Italy, Prague and Amsterdam, and he's brought back with him some business lessons about friction-reducing technologies that made his travels all the easier. Plus, he recalls some Italian food and wine experiences that raised the bar on fresh, local, and memorable.
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