Special delivery: Pizza Hut says it will add about 14,000 new drivers by the end of 2017 in an effort to speed deliveries to customers.The hiring, combined with a new delivery system and enhanced online mapping, will enable Pizza Hut to “meet the needs of today’s connected environment,” the Plano, Texas-based company said Tuesday.”This focus and commitment to the best experience will hopefully help some customers re-assess the brand if they haven’t tried us in a while or haven’t had us deliver a pizza before,” Nicolas Burquier, Pizza Hut’s chief operating officer said in a statement issued with the announcement. “We think these changes enable our team members even more to deliver a hot, delicious Pizza Hut pizza when the customer expects it.”The changes come as Pizza Hut vies with rival Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) for hot-and-cheesy supremacy. Pizza Hut operates more than 16,400 restaurants in more than 100 countries. Domino’s has more than 14,000 locations in over 85 markets.However, Pizza Hut will lose market share to competitors and by 2018 the company will lose its dominant position to Domino’s, Mark Kalinowski, a restaurant analyst for Nomura, predicted in a research note that was reported by CNBC and other media outlets in May.Facing increased competition, Yum Brands (YUM), Pizza… Read full this story
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