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Panera Bread

Technology

Panera hopes to drive traffic with expanded Wi-Fi

The chain is encouraging customers to take advantage of its parking lot internet access while enjoying an unlimited coffee subscription.

Leadership

Panera hires McDonald’s vet as COO

Debbie Roberts comes to the fast casual after three decades at the burger giant.

A new integration puts the ordering option front and center when customers search for the chain.

The fast-casual chain joins Shake Shack in offering seasonal fun while building brand awareness for kids and parents during the pandemic.

The unlimited coffee offering now has about three-quarters of a million subscribers, prompting the fast casual to launch a referral program to generate even more.

The chain, which launched the unlimited coffee program at the start of the coronavirus crisis, is offering free coffee to new subscribers until Labor Day.

Covelli Enterprises, the country’s largest Panera franchisee, wrongly excluded assistant managers from overtime protections, the court found.

Luz, a former Kraft Heinz executive, will oversee marketing, culinary, digital, and strategy/insights for the fast-casual chain.

The technology enables the store to know when a customer has arrived to pick up an order.

The former Panera Bread CEO's Act III Holdings has teamed up with T. Rowe Price to make a $70 million investment in the casual-dining chain.

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