Target Corp. has hired an Amazon executive to help it optimize its supply chain and leverage its nearly 1,800 stores.

The retailer on Monday said it has named Arthur Valdez as executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer. Valdez will lead Target’s supply chain transformation, including planning, distribution and transportation.

Valdez spent 16 years at Amazon, most recently as vice president of operations, where he was focused on the company’s international supply chain expansion. He also held leadership positions across Amazon’s global and domestic supply chains, including transportation, fulfillment and logistics.

During his more than 20-year career, Valdez also held positions at Wal-Mart and Kmart.

“We’ve made significant progress in improving our operations,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Target. “Target’s growth hinges on our ability to enhance the fundamental aspects of our business, starting with the supply chain. Arthur’s leadership experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to drive improvements in end-to-end processes, including leveraging our stores to deliver a seamless experience for our guests.”

During its fourth-quarter earnings conference call, Mulligan said the retailer has significantly increased its buy-online-ship-from-store capabilities.

Valdez’s appointment is effective March 28. He will report to Mulligan.

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