NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon.com is suing its one-time logistics chief a month after he was hired by Target, saying he's violated a non-compete clause that prohibits him from joining a rival for at least 18 months.

NEW YORK (AP) Amazon.com is suing its one-time logistics chief a month after he was hired by Target, saying he's violated a non-compete clause that prohibits him from joining a rival for at least 18 months.

The suit filed by Amazon this week in King County Superior Court in Washington claims that Arthur Valdez, hired as Target's new chief supply chain and logistics officer, has already shared trade secrets during the interview process. Amazon says Valdez would be required to disclose and use of Amazon's confidential information in his position at Target.

Valdez is expected to start his new job next week.

Target is pushing to close the gap between its e-commerce and store operations.

Target said Wednesday that the suit is without merit.