Online giant to expand its distribution network in Mexico
Amazon is looking to take advantage of Mexico’s growing e-commerce industry.
The online giant is planning to open a 1 million sq. ft. warehouse near Mexico City, according to Reuters. Scheduled to open next year, it would be the company’s third distribution center in the country.
The new warehouse will reside in the Tepotzotlan municipality, about 25 miles north of the Mexican capital. The facility would triple Amazon’s distribution space in the country, and help it service approximately 120 million potential customers, the report said.
Amazon’s Mexico push comes amid talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, which could benefit the Seattle-based retailer if the United States persuades Mexico to raise a $50 limit on the value of online purchases that can be imported duty-free, according to Reuters.
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Home improvement giants taps Neiman Marcus exec for supply chain post
Lowe’s Cos. has appointed a 20-year retail veteran to lead supply chain field processes
Michael West will join Lowe's as senior VP of supply chain field operations, effective Sept. 25. He will report to chief supply chain officer Brent G. Kirby.
West joins Lowe's from Neiman Marcus, where he served on the company's leadership team as senior VP, supply chain. He led distribution, transportation and fulfillment for all brands in the Neiman Marcus Group.
Prior to Neiman Marcus, West was senior VP, global logistics and distribution at Ann, Inc. He also spent 12 years with Target Corp., where he held various leadership positions, including VP, global logistics.
In his new position, West will lead operations for Lowe's regional and flatbed distribution centers, millwork facilities and bulk distribution centers. He will be tasked with driving efficiency and flexibility to best meet the needs of customers.
Target ups holiday hiring by 40%
Target Corp. announced a major investment for the holiday shopping season.
The discounter said it plans to hire approximately 100,000 employees for the upcoming holiday season, which is up about 40%.
Additionally, Target will hire 4,500 workers at the company’s distribution and fulfillment centers to replenish products to stores and fulfill digital sales throughout the season.
Target’s 2017 holiday hiring marks a significant increase from last year, when the retailer hired 70,000 employees. The retailer said that, based on the success of last year’s seasonal hiring events, it will host similar programs at all of its 1,816 stores nationwide on Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15. The events will help fill the 100,000 holiday store positions.
"Target has made significant investments in our business throughout 2017, and our commitment to hire 100,000 team members for the holidays will make shopping at Target even easier and more fun during one of the busiest times of the year,” said Janna Potts, chief stores officer, Target. As always, we will provide our seasonal team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills, and offer great benefits, including a variety of schedules and team member discounts."
Applicants for Target’s seasonal positions can apply in advance on the company's website. Store leaders will conduct pre-scheduled interviews with applicants. Similar to previous years, current Target store associates will have the opportunity to increase their hours during the holiday season.