Tom Furphy is at the National Grocers Association (NGA) convention, and Kevin Coupe is at the Category Management Association conference, and they compare notes via Skype on how these two constituencies are seeking transformational answers to their competitive challenges.
And, they talk about the challenge of creating an "intrapreneurial" climate in an existing business.
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. Me, I just like hanging and talking with people smarter than I am.