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• Toys R Us this week said that "it plans to hire fewer holiday employees than it did last year but will give them significantly more hours in hopes of boosting sales as customers have a better experience," the Chicago Tribune writes.

In addition, "UPS said Tuesday that it plans to hire 90,000 to 95,000 holiday workers nationwide to handle shipping and deliveries, about the same as last year ... UPS, which came under fire for late deliveries during a last-minute rush of online shopping spurred by retailers' promises of free shipping, told the Associated Press that it is better prepared this year because it is getting more updates from customers on how many orders they expect."

And, "Target announced Monday that it plans to hire 70,000 holiday workers at its stores nationwide for the third year in a row."
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