Panera’s Massive Menu Reduction

Panera Bread is testing a large reduction in the size of its menu. The cuts will include over 50 menu items.

Some of the items being removed are the Napa Almond Chicken Salad, Smokehouse BBQ Chicken, and Steak & White Cheddar sandwiches. In addition, targeted items are two salads, some soups and the Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese, all the soufflés, the entire kids’ menu, several drinks, several sweets and pastries, and all Flatbread Pizzas.

Panera Bread states that this is a […]

Mixed Forecast for Back-to-School Shopping

Will back-to-school sales be a boom or a bust for retailers this fall?

Forecasters are mixed, as some predict the highest spending ever and some anticipate a modest pull-back.  Additionally, if sales increase, is it due to greater demand or simply that prices have increased substantially since last year?

With forecasters uncertain, how are retailers impacted?


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Retailers Expect a ‘Soft’ Peak Season

After the pandemic, how long will it take to get back to ‘normal’?

According to shipping experts, not until 2024. Even though the back-to-school season of 2023 offers signs of encouragement for retailers, the holiday season may still disappoint. Supply chains are stabilizing, but inventory depletions and restocking needs are uneven across industries. This year’s demand should be higher than last year’s but remain below trend. The uncertain demand for end items postpones the return to normalcy in the supply chain.


TikTok Inspired Chipotle’s Fajita Quesadilla

Social media can greatly influence customer demand, and disrupt operations. Such is the case with TikTok and Chipotle.

Two TikTok influencers, Keith Lee and Alexis Frost, endorsed a menu hack that went viral. Initially, the restaurant wasn’t ready for the off-menu item, and some restaurants wouldn’t let customers order the item. This put stress on Chipotle’s systems and employees—not to mention creating unhappy customers who went online to complain about not being able to get the quesadilla.

However, Chipotle decided to listen […]

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