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Today in Restaurant and Grocery Tech: Kroger Adds Bed Bath & Beyond Home Goods; Panera Partners With Amex

Today in restaurant and grocery tech news, Kroger partners with Bed Bath & Beyond to bring home goods into its physical and digital stores, and Panera Bread teams up with Amex to offer six free months of its MyPanera+ Coffee subscription to new cardholders. Plus, Slava Bocharov, co-founder and CEO of ultra-fast grocery delivery service Buyk, discusses how growth in demand is exceeded only by the number of new entrants in the space, oversaturating the market.

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Kroger Partners With Bed Bath & Beyond as Grocers Expand Offerings Beyond F&B

Grocers are leveraging cross-category partnerships in an effort to become a destination that goes well beyond meeting just consumers’ food and beverage needs. On Tuesday (Nov. 2), Kroger, the largest pure-play grocer in the United States, announced a partnership with home goods retailer Bed Bath & Beyond to offer a limited selection of top-selling home and baby products at the grocer’s stores and on its online shop.

Panera Leverages Payment Companies’ Audiences to Expand Subscriber Base

Free coffee is a tried-and-true perk, and American Express is leveraging consumers’ desire for that morning boost to drive signups. On Wednesday (Nov. 3), the company announced its new MyPanera+ Coffee Subscription Benefit, through which anyone who signs up for a consumer or corporate card between Nov. 1, 2021, and Jan. 31, 2022, can receive a free 6-month membership to Panera Bread’s coffee and tea subscription service.

The Ultra-Fast Grocery Space Delivery is Due for Consolidation

The demand for 15-minute grocery delivery may be growing, but not enough to sustain all the new entrants into the space, argues Slava Bocharov, co-founder and CEO of ultra-fast delivery service Buyk. He predicts that we will soon see a major winnowing out in this easy-to-enter, difficult-to-survive-in space.

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