Target Corp. continues to build up its supply chain team with the announcement today of the hiring of an Apple executive.

The Minneapolis-based retailer said Ben Cook will start later this month as senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment. He will help lead the effort to optimize Target's supply chain processes, including last-mile delivery to customers' doorsteps.

He will report to Arthur Valdez, the Amazon executive that Target poached earlier this year to be its chief supply chain and logistics officer. (Amazon filed a lawsuit at the time trying to block him from working at Target claiming he violated a non-compete clause.)

At Apple, Cook was director of logistics and supply chain in the U.S. He's also worked at Kimberly-Clark and Home Depot.

“Our guests expect us to deliver product quickly and reliably, and that means we need a supply chain that’s increasingly fast and precise,” Valdez said in a statement. “Ben’s expertise and proven track record in cutting cost and reducing complexity in the name of speed will be an incredible asset to our team.”

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