Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Sues Former Exec Over New Target Job, US Manufacturing Experiences Lackluster Growth in March

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Amazon has filed a lawsuit against its former Vice President of Operations Arthur Valdez, who is set to lead Target’s supply chain operations beginning this month. Amazon said Valdez’s move to Target violates terms of the non-competition agreement he signed with Amazon when he started working for the e-commerce company 16 years ago.

The U.S. manufacturing sector experienced subdued growth in March, according to the latest Markit Flash Purchasing Managers’ Index, which registered at 51.4 this month. It is only up slightly from February’s PMI of 51.3.

Like Iran, Libya does not plan to join fellow OPEC members in freezing oil production in response to low oil prices. Reuters reported a Libyan OPEC delegate said the country does not plan to attend the April 17 OPEC meeting to discuss the freeze.

Mars and Kellogg are two companies that say they will label genetically modified ingredients in its products. Kellogg is also urging Congress to create a GMO national labeling standard.

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