LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The recipe is his. He developed the "Better Ingredients, Better Pizza" promise, too. John Schnatter, the Founder of Papa John's, has done a lot to turn the pizza company he started inside the broom closet of his dad's tavern 26 years ago into the world's third-largest pizza chain.
One thing he's never done, though, is order a pizza online. Until now.
Recognizing the impact online ordering has had on the company's growth the last decade - Papa John's was the first pizza company to introduce online ordering in 2001 at www.papajohns.com and the brand has since transacted more than $2 billion in online sales - Schnatter marked the rollout of the company's revamped website this week by placing his first order from his home in Louisville, Ky. - with a big assist from his 12-year-old son, Beau. Watch the video at Papa John's Facebook page.
"When I started Papa John's 26 years ago, I never dreamed customers would one day be ordering pizza by computer," Schnatter said. "Now it looks like online and mobile web ordering will surpass phone ordering, and likely in the not too distant future. With the launch of this new site, I decided that it was time to try it for myself, but I made sure I had an Internet expert on-hand: my son Beau. It was easy."
To celebrate the launch of the new website and "Papa" John Schnatter's first online order, between now and October 24 customers will receive a FREE order of cheesesticks with any online purchase of a large specialty pizza at regular menu price at papajohns.com. Since Papa John's became the first pizza chain to offer online ordering in 2001, the brand has garnered the highest online sales average per restaurant in the country.
Features of the newly launched papajohns.com website include:
According to NPD Group/CREST(R) year-to-date through August 2010, the percentage of Papa John's traffic originating from Internet orders outpaces all other major pizza chains.
In addition, had pizza chains been included in Internet Retailer magazine's recent ranking of the top online sellers in 2009, Papa John's online transaction levels would have merited a Top 5 spot next to brands like Apple, Wal-Mart and Amazon.com.
"Papa John's customers already love ordering their pizzas online," said Jim Ensign, vice president of digital marketing at Papa John's. "Our new site will make online ordering even easier, will reward them for ordering online like no other pizza company with our Papa Points loyalty program and with the Pizza Builder feature, will give them creative ways to interact with our pizza like never before."
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza company. For 10 of the past 11 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 also was honored by Restaurants & Institutions Magazine (R&I) with the 2009 Gold Award for Consumers' Choice in Chains in the pizza segment. Papa John's is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLV, XLVI and XLVII. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at www.papajohns.com.
SOURCE: Papa John's International, Inc.