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Amazon expands its distribution network in Arizona

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon is readying to open its newest distribution center in the Grand Canyon State.

Amazon plans to open an 855,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center that will pick, pack and ship small items to customers, such as books, electronics, household items and toys. This Amazon’s the fifth warehouse in Arizona.

The new building will create 1,500 jobs. Amazon’s four existing Ari-zona fulfillment centers and other facilities throughout the state cur-rently employ more than 7,000 full-time associates.

Amazon first entered the state in 2007. Recognizing Arizona as a logistics hub and gateway to Mexico, Amazon has invested “billions of dollars” into its local fulfillment center infrastructure and through compensation to its thousands of employees throughout the state. Be-tween 2011 and 2016 specifically, Amazon’s investments in the state contributed an additional $900 million into Arizona’s economy, according to the company.

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Walmart exec joins Target

BY Marianne Wilson

Target Corp. named a sourcing veteran to head up its global sourcing organization.

The discounter, which is the second largest U.S. importer, named William J. Foudy, Jr. as president, Target Sourcing Services, effective June 17. Target Sourcing Services has 14 offices around the world, which facilitate production in 34 countries.

Foudy joins Target from Walmart, where he was VP of global sourcing, based in Hong Kong. He has more than 25 years of experience in the sourcing industry and has led international teams for brands such as Adidas and Nike. In his new role, Foudy will oversee Target’s global sourcing organization, including strategy, operations, quality assurance, product safety and responsible sourcing initiatives. He will report to Target’s executive VP and chief merchandising officer, Mark Tritton.

“Target’s global sourcing operations are a key strength of ours and integral to our ability to deliver a differentiated assortment at an unmatched value in the market,” said Tritton. “The broad scope of Bill’s retail experience, including his tenure working with global brands, will accelerate our efforts as we continue to reimagine our owned brand portfolio, offering guests even more unique products for an incredible price that they can find only at Target.”

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Amazon expands its distribution network in Ohio

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon is opening a new fulfillment center in the Buckeye state.

The online giant is preparing to open a new 855,000 sq. ft. facility in Ohio, its sixth in the state. Amazon currently operates distribution centers in the cities of Etna and Obetz. It is also preparing to launch operations in North Randall and Monroe by the end of 2018, and its Euclid warehouse is set to open in 2019.

Amazon’s newest facility will create 1,500 jobs, and associates will be tasked with picking, packing and shipping electronics, books, housewares and toys.

The company has created more than 6,000 full-time jobs in Ohio, and invested over $2 billion in the state since 2011, both in customer fulfillment infrastructure and compensation to its employees in the state, according to the company.

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