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Panera to add 10,000 jobs to expand delivery service

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Panera Bread is hiring 10,000 employees by the end of 2017 to help the restaurant chain expand its delivery service 35 percent to 40 percent in cafes nationwide, according to a news release.

“Panera is doing for delivery what we did for quick service – creating an elevated guest experience end to end,” Panera founder, chairman and CEO Ron Shaich said.  “In many places across the country, all that’s available for delivery is pizza or Chinese food.  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.”

Panera says the new digital and mobile ordering-based service will provide lunch and dinner to offices, hospitals, campuses and homes between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Panera is hiring its own drivers in company-owned and franchised markets across the country.

The restaurant chain drivers are cafe associates, which the company says provides a better guest experience.

Here are the job requirements:

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

18 years of age or older

Must be comfortable driving a delivery van or personal vehicle

Work under strict deadlines

Provide outstanding customer service and ensure quality of product to every catering customer

Load and unload food orders

Set up the food on-site and interact with guests

Maintain a professional appearance

Must be energetic and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment

Must understand and practice basic food safety

To see if there are any openings at Panera Bread near you, go to jobs.panerabread.com.

To find out if Panera delivers in your area, visit delivery.panerabread.com.

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