Valdez’s hiring comes as retailers nationwide scramble to contain Amazon’s growing power, which relies in big part on its handling of sophisticated fulfillment and shipping networks to put items in the hands of customers cheaply and quickly.

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Target said Monday it has scooped up a long-time Amazon executive to oversee the overhaul of its supply chain.

Arthur Valdez, a 16-year Amazon veteran, will become executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics offer of the Minneapolis-based retailer, and will report to Target’s No.2 executive, John Mulligan.

Valdez’s hiring comes as retailers nationwide scramble to contain Amazon’s growing power, which relies in big part on its handling of sophisticated fulfillment and shipping networks to put items in the hands of customers cheaply and quickly.

Amazon’s rapidly expanding fulfillment operation could soon make it the second largest employer among Fortune 500 companies, after Wal-Mart.

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Target in recent years has battled costly challenges, from a botched Canadian foray to a massive data breach, in addition to lackluster sales growth. It’s battled Amazon on several fronts, including expanding its price-matching policy last September and lowering its free shipping threshold. But it faces new challenges to its core segments from Amazon, such as the Seattle retailer’s build-out of a private label fashion business.

Valdez is listed on an Amazon website as vice president of North American supply chain and transportation. He joined Amazon in 1999 as the general manager of a fulfillment center in Kansas. He later oversaw fulfillment operations in the Midwest and Texas, as well as the U.K. In June 2012 he came to Seattle to oversee operations for North America. Before Amazon he worked at Wal-Mart and Kmart.

“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,” said Mulligan, Target’s chief operating officer, in a statement.

Valdez is expected to join Target on March 28. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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