Archive March 2017

PAPA JOHN’S ESTABLISHES ITSELF AS ALTERNATIVE PAYMENTS LEADER AMONG NATIONAL PIZZA CHAINS AND RELEASES NEW PIZZA TRACKER

The pizza brand announces the addition of PayPal to its growing list of digital payment options and the release of Papa Track

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA) has reinforced its commitment to providing a better customer experience with enhancements to its digital ordering process. Today, the brand announced the addition of PayPal as a digital payment option, and the introduction of Papa Track – a digital pizza tracker that allows customers to follow the pizza process from the oven to delivery.

Papa Track allows customers to see the pizza process through each step: making, baking, boxing, on its way, and delivered. (Photo: Business Wire)

Papa John’s has made significant investments in digital innovation, customer experience and staffing. Over the past year, Papa John’s has increased and enhanced its tech staff, including the appointment of its first Chief Information and Digital Officer (CIDO), Mike Nettles.

“When it comes to technology and innovation, we are committed to improvements that positively affect the customer experience,” said Nettles. “We prioritized and invested in additional digital payment options and the development of Papa Track to provide consumers with a seamless experience, from ordering and paying for their pizza to tracking that order to delivery.”

Most Alternative Payment Options

The addition of PayPal further cements Papa John’s leadership position as the national pizza brand with the most payment choices. Why does “most” matter? The suite of payment options proves Papa John’s commitment to creating a “better” experience for its customers—whether that’s with high-quality ingredient innovations or an easier, faster checkout. Pizza lovers can customize their purchase experience from pizza to payment as easily as they can tap their fingers, choosing between options and platforms such asPayPal, Visa Checkout and PayShare powered by Venmo.

New Papa Track Technology

Pizza your way, payment your way, and now customers can track their order all the way to delivery with Papa Track. Papa Track allows customers to see the pizza process through each step: makingbakingboxingon its way, and delivered. Developed with customers in mind, Papa Track displays the estimated delivery time, is simple to use and available directly at www.papajohns.com.

For customers looking to proclaim their love for Papa John’s pizza while they wait, Papa Track includes an option to share customized Papa John’s memes and gifs on their own social channels or with family or friends to receive a code for 25 percent off their next online order.

Continued Improvement of Customer Experience

Papa John’s is focused on developing a seamless digital experience through its ongoing investments in technology and innovation, and customers are taking notice. Papa John’s was recently named a 2017 Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Award Winner in the QSR category for “Use of Technology Improves the Experience.”

Papa John’s is proud of this accomplishment, but is no stranger to industry firsts; the brand was the first national pizza chain to:

  • offer digital ordering at all U.S. delivery restaurants (2001)
  • deploy system wide mobile ordering with SMS text (2007)
  • launch a nationwide digital rewards program, Papa Rewards (2010)
  • offer gift cards that can be used on mobile devices.

And, at the end of 2016, more than 55 percent of the brand’s domestic pizza sales came from online orders.

Let Papa John’s make it easier to order pizza for any celebration, and choose the payment option that works best for you. Order online at www.papajohns.com, through Papa John’s mobile ordering app for iPhone and Android devices, or through the new Apple TV app.

About Johncol, Inc.

Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 28 franchise restaurants headed up by Founder Allen Hertzman and Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the prestigious award of Franchisee of the year 2010 and was selected as Division Franchisee winner and National finalist three of the last 5 years for their outstanding operations. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield, Newark/Heath and now Lancaster. Papa John’s is the official pizza partner of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s of Columbus at www.papajohnscolumbus.com.

Also visit us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/papajohnscolumbus or Twitter at https://twitter.com/papajohnscbus.

About Papa John’s

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company. For 15 of the past 17 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League, the Official Pizza of Major League Baseball and the Official Pizza Partner of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com. Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PapaJohns, Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns, YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/papajohns, Instagram at instagram.com/papajohns, and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza. Looking to be a part of something Better? Join the Papa John’s Pizza Family at www.papajohns.com/careers/ and www.papajohns.com/franchise

PAPA JOHN’S OF CENTRAL OHIO CELEBRATING 25 YEARS!

Your local Papa John’s of Central Ohio is celebrating our 25th Anniversary in Columbus. Allen Hertzman, the founder of the franchise group Johncol, Inc. opened his first Columbus Papa John’s location on Bethel Road in December 1991.  Since that day we have grown to our current number of 28 locations providing Columbus and surrounding suburbs our quality pizza and service!

To celebrate our 25th year and say thank you to our loyal customers, all local Papa John’s locations are offering a .25¢ Large 1-Topping Pizza with the purchase of ANY Large specialty or up to 7-Topping pizza at Regular Menu price Online Only now through April 9, 2017.  Use promo code:  25YEARShttp://papajohns.com

Thank you Central Ohio for welcoming us into the community! We look forward to serving you for another 25 years!

PAPA JOHN’S PARTNERS WITH BUCKEYE CRUISE FOR CANCER 2017

The 10th Annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, hosted by Coach Urban Meyer and his wife Shelley, had its largest fundraising year to date. The Cruise sold out, hosting more than 3,800 in attendance and raising over $2.5 million! The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer has now helped raised more than $12 million in the fight against cancer.

On opening night, forty-five former athletes were introduced, as well as a special recognition event held for over 400 cancer survivors. Among those present were former Buckeye greats, Robert Smith, A.J. Hawk, Dustin Fox, Bobby Carpenter, Archie Griffin, Zeke Elliott, Joshua Perry, and Anthony Schlegel, to name a few.

Hometown stars, Rascal Flatts headed up the national entertainment, performing a concert poolside for the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer guests. The cruise organized a 3-mile Run/1 mile walk fundraiser in Nassau with over 1,000 participants. It was a huge under-taking that involved the local government closing the streets and proclaiming it National Buckeye Day.

In addition to the fundraising onboard the Buckeye Cruise, there are several other events that contribute to this total for the cancer fund. Papa John’s is a proud contributor and supporter of the fundraising throughout the year with their many promotions and donations.

For more information on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, visit http://www.buckeyecruise.com.

PAPA JOHN’S OF CENTRAL OHIO EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP OF 2017 OHIOHEALTH CAPITAL CITY HALF MARATHON

COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 30 2017) – For the third straight year, Papa John’s of Central Ohio will be a major partner of the 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and a major partner of the LIVE broadcast on WBNS 10TV.

New this year, Papa John’s will help get runners and walkers to the Start Line and then guide them to the Finish Line by adding Official Training Tips and Pace Teams to its creative activation elements, race organizers announced today.
Papa John’s of Central, with 28 restaurants in Central Ohio, has been the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.

In 2017, Papa John’s will provide “Better Training, Better Fuel Tips” to runners and walkers that will be featured in the Capital City Half Marathon Newsletter on online in the months prior to the event. On Race Day, Papa John’s will sponsor the “Papa John’s Pace Team” that will lead the way as runners and walker of all skill levels successfully complete the Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon or 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K.

“Papa John’s is a tremendous partner of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and huge supporter of our professional sports teams and our community,” said Race Director David Babner. “We are excited to expand our partnership with Papa John’s in 2017 to include Better Training, Better Fuel Tips and the Papa John’s Pacers. And then of course we will continue the tradition of celebrating all finishers on at the post-race party Race Day with the World’s Largest Pizza Party.”

Papa John’s of Central Ohio will deliver more than 2,000 large pizza from 11 different restaurants to the Columbus Commons on Race Day in order to provide a complimentary slice of pizza to the event’s 14,500 participants. The unique giveaway has been tremendously popular with participants since it debuted in 2015.

Finally, Papa John’s will again donate five percent of gross sales on Race Day in its 25 restaurants to the OhioHealth Foundation, the benefiting charity of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.

“Papa John’s is proud to be the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and excited to increase our involvement in such a major community event. We are also extremely proud to continue our support of the OhioHealth Foundation,” said Charles Burris, Vice President / Operating Partner of Johncol Inc., franchisee of Papa John’s in Central Ohio. “We encourage all of our customers to participate in Cap City by running or walking in the event, coming out and cheering on family and friends or supporting the OhioHealth Foundation.”

The 2017 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K and 2017 USA Half Marathon Championships will be held in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods on April 29. All events begin and finish at the Columbus Commons, home of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Miller Lite Post-Race Concert.

OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon sponsors include OhioHealth, Diamond Cellar, Papa John’s, Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, Marathon Petroleum, Byers Airport Subaru, Tequila Patrón, Giant Eagle, Miller Lite, WBNS 10TV, Gatorade Endurance, Diet Pepsi, 614 Magazine, TAG Heuer, Boom! Nutrition, Fleet Feet Sports + FrontRunner, Under Armour and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

For more information on the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and to register, visit capitalcityhalfmarathon.com

About the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon was founded in 2004 and is produced by M3S Sports, a sports marketing firm based in Columbus dedicated to celebrating a healthy active lifestyle. DailyBurn named The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon the “Best Half Marathon In Ohio” in January 2014. M3S Sports also produces the OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, the Ohio State Four Miler, the 5th Line 5K in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Memorial Tournament FORE! Miler and a variety of other running and walking events in Central Ohio. The Capital City Half Marathon will host the USA Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017. For more information, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com and www.m3ssports.com.

About Papa John’s Pizza
Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 28 franchise restaurants headed up by Founder Allen Hertzman and Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the prestigious award of Franchisee of the year 2010 and was selected as Division Franchisee winner and National finalist three of the last five years for their outstanding operations. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield, Newark/Heath and Lancaster.  For more information about the company order visit Papa John’s of Columbus at www.papajohnscolumbus.com. Also visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/papajohnscolumbus or Twitter at twitter.com/papajohnscbus.