Retail Roundup—Albertsons acquires Plated; Toys R Us Canada gets bankruptcy protection

Canada gives bankruptcy protection to its Toys R Us stores.

Consumers prefer Amazon, Walmart to other online grocers

According to the 2017 U.S. Online Grocery Shopper Study, consumers picked Amazon (4.63 on a five-point scale), followed by Walmart (4.41), for overall satisfaction when it comes to ordering food and grocery items online. Amazon shoppers rated nearly all of the elements of the online shopping experience significantly higher than supermarket store shoppers. (PR Newswire)

Albertsons acquires Plated

Albertsons has acquired meal-kit delivery service Plated as it looks to stay competitive in the grocery market. The financial terms were not disclosed but the announcement comes on the heels of Amazon entering into the grocery market with its Whole Foods acquisition. (Reuters

Canada grants bankruptcy protection to Toys R Us

Toys R Us Canada was granted creditor protection after the U.S. parent company filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. The Canadian division, operating under the name Toys Canada, does not have any obligation to its parent company's Chapter 11 debtors. (The Globe and Mail)

UPS to hire 95,000 workers for the holidays

UPS has announced it will hire about 95,000 seasonal employees. UPS has hired the same amount for the holidays as it has since 2014, on top of the company's 355,000 permanent employees in the U.S. (Reuters)