31 minutes | Apr 30th 2020

Rapid Response: Inside Panera’s pandemic pivot, with CEO Niren Chaudhary

What do you do when you can’t serve customers in cafes and carry on business as usual? You try unusual things, says Panera CEO Niren Chaudhary. Forced to close cafes and restructure teams, Panera is leveraging its advantages (like a robust e-commerce system) to launch a slew of initiatives, from Panera Grocery to contactless delivery to Together Without Hunger, providing 500,000 meals to food banks across the U.S. It’s not the same Panera, says Chaudhary, but a Panera that will make it into the post-pandemic world. Interviewed by editor Bob Safian.

Read a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.com/rapidresponse/

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