Domino’s Group managing director Don Meij said December was a record sales month in the Japanese market of ¥3.6 billion ($39.4 million), up from a previous record of ¥2.9 billion, and noted the group had surpassed Pizza Hut in total network sales to be number two in the Japanese market.
Domino’s Pizza Japan has added 21 new stores since the acquisition. The group opened 60 new stores globally in the half, including 25 in Australia and New Zealand, and has another 25 store openings planned in Australia and New Zealand in the second half of the year. Globally, Domino’s has a network of 1290 stores, and has upgraded its future outlook for group store count to 2750 stores. In Japan, it expects improvements from an upgrade of email systems, relocation of stores to higher-profile locations and the rollout of a new store image.
It expects the shares will be issued in March at market price and will not raise any cash as it represents the company’s contribution towards the commercial arrangements.
The shares will be escrowed for five years. Domino’s said digital innovation remains a core focus. In Australia, close to 60 per cent of total sales come from online, with more than 50 per cent of those from mobile devices, the group said.
Mr Meij said the group rolled out a new digital platform in Australia and New Zealand during the reporting period, implemented the global online ordering and point-of-sale system in the Netherlands, and started rolling out these systems in France and Belgium. “We are the first quick service restaurant in Australia, and one of the first globally, to use Snapchat for commercial activity, as well as grow on other social media platforms including Twitter and Vine,” he said.