Sunday 25th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

Amazon sues former supply chain executive

Amazon.com has sued a former supply chain executive because of an alleged violation of a noncompetition arrangement after Target Corp hired him.

The retail giant has filed a lawsuit against Arthur Valdez, who worked for the company for 16 years, to avert the exposure of its company secrets.

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Cheeseman said: “We have a longstanding practice of not commenting on pending litigation.”

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said: “We have taken significant precautions to ensure that any proprietary information remains confidential and we believe this suit is without merit. However, as this is pending litigation we are not going to comment further at this time.”

Valdez took on a number of roles at Amazon, with his last being vice president, operations international expansion (supply chain, fulfilment centres, transport).

Target announced Valdez’s appointment as executive vice president, chief supply chain and logistics officer, on 29th February this year.

At the time, Target’s executive vice president and chief operating officer John Mulligan said: “While we’ve made significant progress in improving our operations, Target’s growth hinges on our ability to enhance the fundamental aspects of our business, starting with the supply chain,”

“Arthur’s leadership and experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to drive improvements in end-to-end processes including leveraging our almost 1,800 stores to deliver a seamless experience for our guests.”

The new role involves leading the company’s supply chain transformation including planning, distribution and transport.