Panera to add 10,000 delivery jobs by end of the year

Panera Bread plans to add more than 10,000 new delivery driver jobs by the end of the year as it expands its delivery service to up to 40 percent of its cafes.

Sunset Hills-based Panera, which has agreed to be acquired by JAB Holding in a $7.5 billion deal, rolled out its delivery service in select markets in 2015. Delivery service was launched in the St. Louis market earlier this year.

“In many places across the country, all that’s available for delivery is pizza or Chinese food,” Ron Shaich, chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “We’re closing the gap in delivery alternatives and creating a way for people to have more options for real food delivered to their homes and workplaces.”

The service brings in an average of $5,000 in weekly added sales at cafes with the service. Delivery typically is available between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, for orders of at least $5 plus a $3 delivery fee in most locations.

Panera also is launching a order tracking system, powered by Bringg technology, that will allow customers to see their orders’ expected delivery time and follow the delivery’s progress on a map.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal

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