Panera meets big data challenge of lunchtime operations

In the era of more and more digital orders, Panera Bread encountered big data challenges that led the restaurant chain to deploy a new cluster architecture with Hadoop, Spark and other technologies.

For Panera Bread, lunchtime usually starts around 11 a.m. on the east coast as sandwich orders begin filtering in. Things get progressively more hectic as hungry customers continue to arrive. The pace picks up as lunchtime rolls across U.S. time zones, moving west across the country. It’s a challenge for the restaurant chain’s bread bakers and sandwich makers, of course.

Author: Jack Vaughan


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