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Ability To Order Domino’s Pizza With Your Car Coming To Millions This Year

The future of ordering pizza on the go will soon mean you don’t even have to use your phone.

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Domino’s Pizza is teaming up with technology firm Xevo to create an app that allows you to order pizzas for delivery from within your car. Xevo has already created such technology for Applebee’s, Starbucks, and IHOP, among other big names in food.

The technology is meant to be as distraction-free as possible, according to Xevo CEO Dan Gittleman. Options such as “Easy Order” and “Recent Order” are programmed into the app to either select your most recent order or one that you can customize within the Domino’s app. It allows you to order with as few touches as possible while keeping your eyes on the road, a concern that arose when some of this ordering technology first came out.

While the app isn’t voice activated, it is easy to access from a car’s digital display, and can be used to order Domino’s pizza at any address or delivery hotspot. These include all of the parks, beaches, and other locations Domino’s added to that list last year.

Millions of cars that have Xevo’s Market and e-commerce platform should have this option integrated by the end of 2019. Xevo didn’t provide specifics of which car brands have the technology, but their programming is built into over 25 million cars from makers like Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, and Ford, according to their website. Additionally, future car models will have the technology built in, meaning new cars that you purchase in the future may have this ability to order Domino’s built in from the start.

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A Complete List Of U.S. Domino’s Pizza Locations That Still Offer Anchovies

Eight years ago, I tried anchovies for the first time. It was on a Domino’s slice that was paired with Italian sausage, black olives, and a parmesan garlic sauce. Salty, yes, but a taste so phenomenal that my young self would still try to chase such a feeling to this day.

Over the past few years, however, I began to notice that Domino’s locations started to pull the polarizing ingredient from the menu. I found myself having to drive further and further to get a taste of the salted fish.

Frankly, the only way to really find out whether a Domino’s offered anchovy was to either call in or begin building a pizza through the app to see if it was on the list of ingredients.

Wondering if any other anchovy aficionado out there struggled with something similar when the cravings set in, I reached out to Domino’s to see if there was a master list that identified every location that offered the anchovies.

Turns out there was.

Behold, a master list of every Domino’s Pizza location that still offers anchovies. A labor of love for anyone looking to fill their cravings, but don’t know where to look. Enjoy, friends.

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You Can Get Free Domino’s By Ordering Their Rivals’ Pizza

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Domino’s just launched a “Points for Pies” promotion, where all you have to do is scan ANY form of pizza using the Domino’s app. This includes any pie from your favorite local mom-and-pop spot, rival chains like Pizza Hut, homemade iterations, microwaved pizza bagel bites out of your freezer, or even fake pizza toys.

Anything goes.

You can scan a pizza outside of Domino’s into the rewards app once a week, and each scan is good for 10 points. When you accumulate 60 points, you’re eligible for a free 2-topping medium pie from Domino’s.

It may seem like a long time to get yourself a free pizza, but the “Points for Pies” you get from this deal can be combined with existing Domino’s points, including points from regular Domino’s purchases during the promotional period.

There is one caveat to this deal, though: only a limited amount of points will be available every day. Domino’s has set aside at least 100 million possible points to be given out, but those will only be available in small amounts at a time. The points system will refresh every day to have more available.

To get in on the deal, you need to set up a rewards account with Domino’s and have their app installed. You can scan any outside pizza from February 2nd to April 28th, with a maximum of 60 points obtainable per user, and the points expire six months after you collect them.

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Domino’s Pizza Is Now Serving Up Its ‘Biggest Pizza Ever’

Domino’s Pizza is now making a pizza in New Zealand and Australia that literally envelops the rest of the fast food pizza game. It’s “Biggest Pizza Ever,” as it’s advertised, barely fits into cars or through doors because of its sheer size.

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Called “The Big One,” each quarter of the pizza is approximately the size of 2 large pies, making its total diameter just under 40 inches in length. It can feed approximately 20 people, and is segmented into the chain’s four most popular flavors: Pepperoni, Supreme, BBQ Meatlovers, and Hawaiian.

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The new gargantuan pizzas required custom pans and pizza boxes to withstand the pizza’s weight, and has to be picked up in person because Domino’s bikes cannot transport them on their own.

Each participating Domino’s location in New Zealand and Australia is only selling two of these per day, and requires an online reservation of at least 24 hours in advance.

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Domino’s Pizza Driver Saves Woman From Kidnapping Situation

A vigilant pizza delivery driver stepped into the role of a hero this week after he helped save a woman from an intense kidnapping situation.

According to Q13 FOX, Domino’s driver Joey Grundl noticed a woman standing behind 55-year-old Dean Hoffmann mouthing the words “help me” after he came to deliver a pizza. Grundl noted that a black eye was noticeably visible and that she had also mouthed for him to “call the police.”

According to investigators, Hoffmann, an-ex boyfriend of the woman, had entered the her home without permission and allegedly wrestled the phone out of her hands as she attempted to call the police. The two fought, leading to the victim’s black eye and a bloody nose before she was tied up with a vacuum’s power cord.

While Hoffmann eventually untied the victim, she told the police that he would not let her leave the house and even went as far as texting the woman’s children telling them to avoid visit for a few days because their mother was sick. She states that at one point he mentioned getting his gun from the car and shooting the both of them.

She got her shot at freedom when one of them decided to order some Domino’s.

After Grundl dropped off the pizza, and noticed the woman mouthing that she needed help, the driver left and alerted the authorities.

When the cops arrived, Hoffmann was arrested without incident. He is being charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, strangulation and suffocation, felony intimidation of a victim, and burglary of a building.

As for Grundl, he hasn’t had any contact with the woman since the incident, but says that her son personally stopped into his Domino’s to thank him for his heroic act.

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The Best Pizza Chains Across The USA, Ranked

Pizza is one of the most ubiquitous foods across the United States, and we’ve all got our favorites when it comes to the go-to pizza spot. Whether it be that hit of childhood nostalgia or the crave-worthy blend of crispy cheese, buttery crust, and hearty sauce, slices of pie transcend cultural and dietary divides. You can find curry-topped pizzas, vegan pizzas, cauliflower crust pizzas, and everything in between all across the country.

When it comes to the providers, though, the stalwarts of sauced-up dough still stand. Hundreds of pizza chains, big and small, bring the pie to the people today, and some have established themselves as THE joints that will go down in history as some of the USA’s best. This is a look at the 10 best chain pizza spots that have and will continue to shape the country’s pizza scene.

In picking the names for this list, chains with more than 20 locations were considered based on national impact, popularity, size, quality, and any unique contributions they had that changed the way we eat pizza. With the plethora of options to choose from, plenty of top names just barely missed the cut, whether they be industry giants or high-quality upstarts. However, each chain on this list has been a pillar of pizza for the United States, and will continue to be for years to come.

10. Papa Murphy’s

 

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Papa Murphy’s has always been the bridge between Domino’s and Tombstone. The take-and-bake king preps everything for you to heat the pizza up at home, with no concern about any long cryo-sleeps it may have had in a grocery store freezer. While it seems like the age of delivery may have people moving past this once-disruptor, it’s still one of the top 5 earning pizza sellers in the US and top 10 in terms of popularity. They may not be in the public eye as much as some of the bigger players, but they’re still an impactful force on America’s pizza scene.

9. Cici’s

 

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The OG pizza buffet, Cici’s is responsible for one of the most American concepts out there. While others like Round Table have added the buffet to their menus since, Cici’s remains the originator and continues upping their game with new pizzas, including a mac and cheese topped one, to boot. Outside of Chuck E. Cheese, I can’t think of a national pizza brand who’s getting as out-the-box as that in their pie toppings department.

8. Sbarro

 

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We all know Sbarro as the hallmark of food court pizza. Whether it be at the airport or shopping mall, seeing one of these is a guarantee of hot, familiar pizza that we can all get behind. Its ubiquity and place in the food court space is unparalleled, and while the shopping mall scene is on a decline these days, Sbarro still brings in $609 million in revenue per year, good enough for one of the top 10-selling pizza chains in the country.

7. Round Table Pizza

 

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Round Table has been for pizza what Umami Burger once was for the burger industry. The pizza parlor brought a heightened level of quality and uniqueness of flavor to their pies that forced everyone else to up their game and go beyond the standards. It’s the place you’re willing to pay a little more at to get a better pizza, and the results show in the dough and the creativity in the pies. Like In-N-Out, they may be West Coast predominant, but it’s a name that is recognizable nationwide.

6. Costco

 

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All of the previous pizza chains have been huge for the industry, but none are as prevalent and pervasive as the wholesale leader. Costco isn’t even a pizza restaurant, and yet, droves of customers come to the food court just to get their hands on the signature pizzas. The right amount of grease combined with a craveable cheese blend and extremely affordable price makes Costco stand out, and it’s why their pie is the one you’re likely finding at the club meeting or quick family get-together. They’re not ground-breaking, and they’re not a giant in the field, but you somehow still manage to think of Costco when a last-minute pizza option comes to mind.

5. Blaze Pizza

 

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Look out, pizza world, because in five years time, this Chipotle-like concept could blaze its way to the top of this list, pun intended. As the fastest growing pie-slinging chain in the country, Blaze’s unique approach of gourmet toppings, customization, and the build-your-own personal pizza has been perfected. Even the originators of the concept can’t keep up with Blaze’s speed as they continue to spread across the country. THIS is where the future of pizza is heading, and the field of competition is beginning to pay attention.

4. California Pizza Kitchen

 

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Those who create a brand new pizza flavor that becomes so popular that every joint in the country starts carrying it deserves a top spot on this list. CPK’s national impact with their BBQ Chicken Pizza has been well recorded, and their infatuation with hot pizza ovens and unique toppings made joints like Blaze possible. Without CPK, we wouldn’t have had the same excitement around the fiery pizza furnaces, and we wouldn’t be pushed to think outside the box on what can go on a pizza.

CPK’s not done, though, as they are now quickly become the leader for gluten-free pizza nationwide thanks to their cauliflower crusts. Decades after opening, they’re still finding ways to stay ahead of the curve, which is hard to do in an industry as vast as pizza.

3. Little Caesars

 

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When it comes to size, spread, and popularity, all of the previous spots ranked pale in comparison to the top 3. That’s especially considering that at $3.5 billion in revenue, Little Caesars is the small fry on this list’s medal podium. However, they are the name behind the $5 pizza and do the simplest variations as efficiently and quickly as possible. With their recent moves toward automation, they’re also proving that they have the potential to catch up to the two giants at the top of this list. You’re never going to see anything really crazy come out of Little Caesars’ menu, but that’s because they don’t need it to be successful or competitive.

2. Pizza Hut

 

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The most shocking thing about Pizza Hut as the runner-up as that it’s not number one on this list. You’d think that The Hut has it all: savvy and trending ad campaigns, cool merch and activations, tons of deals that seem to never stop, and a pretty decent pie. Oh, and they also just took over the role of the NFL’s official ‘za.

Pizza Hut may be a powerhouse in terms of size, but what kills them is their popularity. Little Caesars has been ranked by consumers as more popular than the mega-chain, and The Hut is five times larger. Just because you have more locations and make more money than nearly everybody else doesn’t give you the top spot.

1. Domino’s

 

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What does make you America’s mega-pizza gold standard, though, is being the top pizza chain in both size and popularity. As of 2018, Domino’s is both, having surpassed Pizza Hut in revenue and popularity. They have the deals, growth rate, and quality to keep up with or surpass their staunchest rival in every category, and now have the earnings to back all of that up.

Plus, Domino’s has made itself the leader in delivery by going beyond the building. Their app lets you get your pie at tons of different parks or public areas, something that the rest of the major players in the industry struggle at. They’re even doing good for the local communities and paving the roads, which is one of the most ingenious ad campaigns a delivery company could think of. All of that has given Domino’s the ability to not just take over as the king of American pizza, but to sustain that title for years to come.


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8 Creative Tattoos From Domino’s Failed Pizza For Life Promotion In Russia

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You may have heard last week that Domino’s Russia offered fans pizza for life if they got a tattoo of the company’s logo. Not prepared for the 350 people ready and willing to ink themselves for essentially an endless supply of pies, Domino’s called off the promotion only five days after their announcement – two months ahead of schedule.

While some played it straightforward with their tats, others got creative with the company’s logo. I mean, if you have to rock a Domino’s logo on your skin for the rest of your life, it might as well be something done creatively. Right?

Check out some of the eight best photos we’ve seen from this failed promotion. Hopefully those who missed out on the promotion, but still got themselves inked with the Domino’s branding, will be able to think of something unique to create with the logo. Or perhaps just keep them as is, as a cautionary tale on gimmicky fast food promotions.


 

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Domino’s Is Offering Up A Half-Off Pizzas Deal This Entire Week

Summer seems to be a pretty good time to score some insanely cheap fast food deals. McDonald’s has one going right now where you can get almost any sandwich they have for just a buck, for example.

Now Domino’s is also getting in on the bargains with their new half-off pizzas deal that’s around for a limited time.

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Through July 15th, any menu-priced pizza that you order online is getting a 50% price slash. You can use any of the chain’s in-house systems to get the deal, including the Domino’s website and their official app. It applies to at-home as well as Domino’s Hotspot deliveries, so you don’t have to stress about being cooped up to score the deal.

Right now sounds like a pretty good time to take advantage of the big discount and throw a massive pizza party.