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Papa John’s Demand Driven Supply Chain

One of the country’s largest pizza makers turned to supply chain software and voice technology to streamline the replenishment of its distribution centers and deliver fresh ingredients to its stores.

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A pizza’s just a pizza, right? One pie is pretty much as good as the next? That kind of thinking does not exist at Papa John’s, the nation’s third largest pizza chain, according to the trade magazine Pizza Today. With nearly 4,500 locations around the world, including 3,200 stores in the U.S., and $3 billion in annual sales, the Louisville, Ky.-based company is constantly thinking about the next system or process that can help customers gets their pizza in a timely manner.

The company has experienced tremendous growth with locations in all 50 states and over 36 countries. No matter how big the company gets, Papa John’s is committed to its humble beginnings of using quality ingredients and quality people to build a better pizza and deliver a better pizza experience.

Papa John’s began in 2006 to transform its network of 10 dough manufacturing and distribution centers (called Quality Control Centers) through the use of better technology. The focus of this effort is to use point of sale demand information coupled with upcoming promotions to become more demand driven; done right, fresh ingredients replenish a network of 10 DCs in the right quantities for upcoming sales and are then delivered to its stores twice a week.

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A pizza’s just a pizza, right? One pie is pretty much as good as the next? That kind of thinking does not exist at Papa John’s, the nation’s third largest pizza chain, according to the trade magazine Pizza Today. With nearly 4,500 locations around the world, including 3,200 stores in the U.S., and $3 billion in annual sales, the Louisville, Ky.-based company is constantly thinking about the next system or process that can help customers gets their pizza in a timely manner.

The company has experienced tremendous growth with locations in all 50 states and over 36 countries. No matter how big the company gets, Papa John’s is committed to its humble beginnings of using quality ingredients and quality people to build a better pizza and deliver a better pizza experience.

Papa John’s began in 2006 to transform its network of 10 dough manufacturing and distribution centers (called Quality Control Centers) through the use of better technology. The focus of this effort is to use point of sale demand information coupled with upcoming promotions to become more demand driven; done right, fresh ingredients replenish a network of 10 DCs in the right quantities for upcoming sales and are then delivered to its stores twice a week.

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About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, has covered materials handling, technology, logistics and supply chain topics for nearly 30 years. In addition to Supply Chain Management Review, he is also Executive Editor of Modern Materials Handling. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.

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