Fyodor Ovchinnikov is the founder and CEO of Dodo Pizza, a digital-first pizza delivery franchise. The company was founded in 2011 in Russia with less than $50,000 in savings. Now the brand has more than 510 pizzerias in 12 countries in Europe, Asia, and the US. Currently, Dodo Pizza is the largest pizza company in Russia (it’s as big as Domino’s and Papa John’s combined) and Kazakhstan and one of the world’s fastest-growing pizza chains. In 2018, Dodo Pizza saw $215M in system-wide sales (100% growth from 2017). In one killer package, Dodo Pizza offers a modern innovative brand, a fair and radically transparent franchising system, and cutting-edge proprietary IT products (also known as Dodo IS). PMQ Pizza Magazine called Dodo Pizza’s founder, Fyodor Ovchinnikov, the “Steve Jobs of pizza.” Fyodor also received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” for 2018 in the “restaurant business” category.
Sessions for Fyodor Ovchinnikov
Option 3: Franchising - Common Errors in International ExpansionLocation: Roselle Junior 4713, Sands Expo Level 4
Don’t make the same mistakes the others made! “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That phrase has been attributed to a number of people and the concept continues to hold true. Over the years, many franchisors and franchisees have committed the same errors as they begin their international expansion or as they refocus their efforts on those initiatives. The title of this Forum is “Common Errors” – they’re common because so many franchisors have committed them. This Innovation Forum is intended to provide a warning to those who are just beginning to expand outside their home countries and to provide a reminder to those who have already established an international presence. Attendees will have an opportunity see a list of the most significant errors and exchange experiences and examples with other restaurant colleagues in the room. Our guest panelists have many years of experience in multiple countries with various restaurant concepts. They’ve seen many of these errors first hand and heard about many others – and sometimes even committed some of them themselves!
GRLC Distinction Awards
The Global Restaurant Leadership Distinction Awards are awarded to those restaurant brands that excel in the global marketplace through Innovation, Industry Service, Partnership and Expansion. The Innovation category recognizes international success by crossing boundaries, staying ahead of consumer demands and enhancing operations, and GRLC is pleased to recognize Dodo Pizza (Russia). The Service award honors the brands that give back to their communities, the industry and even the planet itself; the 2019 award goes to The Minor Food Group (Thailand). The Partnership designation highlights an operator who successfully developed a brand that originated in another country or its own, adapted it to the marketplace and made it a success; this Partnership award honors SPC Group (Korea). Expansion recognizes growth - increase in sales, unit count and average unit volume over the prior year and tracking into the current year. This year’s winner is Restaurant Brands International (Canada). Join us as we celebrate these international stars!
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