Food: Panera expands its drinks subscription

Today, in food retail, PYMNTS data reveals changing consumer expectations for foodservice, and Panera is pushing hard into subscription commerce. Additionally, David Bloom, Director of Development and Operations for Capriotti’s and Wing Zone, speaks to PYMNTS about how brands are handling inflationary challenges.

NEW DATA: From outdoor seating to contactless payments, dining habits are changing

Digital Divide: The Key Factors That Drive Restaurant Choice, a collaboration between PYMNTS and Paytronix, surveyed 2,664 consumers in the United States to learn more about how they make the decisions that govern which restaurant to order from or visit.

Fresco smart kitchen platform announces $20 million fundraiser as consumers seek connected convenience

Smart kitchen technology platform Fresco announced Thursday (April 21) that it has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round led by three international home appliance brands. The company offers a system to bring smart technology to existing appliances from major brands, providing step-by-step guidance to consumers with smart recipes.

Restaurant roundup: Panera expands beverage subscription; Outback launches restoration

Panera expands its subscription offerings beyond coffee and tea; Quiznos is preparing to launch into the metaverse; and Outback Steakhouse expands its restaurant business nationwide.

For restaurants, consumer inflation concerns prompt renewed focus on pick-up channels

David Bloom, director of development and operations of fast-casual sandwich chain Capriotti’s and its subsidiary Wing Zone, speaks in an interview with PYMNTS about the impact of inflation on business and how whose brands intend to manage these challenges in the future.

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NEW PYMNTS DATA: THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS SUPPLIER INNOVATION STUDY – APRIL 2022

Plastiq - The Future Of Business Payables Innovation: How New B2B Payment Options Can Transform The SMB Back Office - April 2022 - Find out how all-in-one payment solutions can help businesses streamline B2B transactions and eliminate transaction friction. AP and AR management

On: While more than half of SMBs believe an all-in-one payment platform can save them time and improve cash flow visibility, 56% believe the solution could be difficult to integrate with AP systems and existing ARs. The Future Of Business Payables innovation report, a collaboration between PYMNTS and Plastiq, surveyed 500 SMBs with revenues between $500,000 and $100 million to explore how all-in-one solutions can exceed customer expectations. SMEs and help sustain their activities.

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