Domino’s Pizza and the Domino Effect

Domino’s – the company that makes pizza and a plethora of other delivery items – has a lot going for it, including record-breaking profits after 30 consecutive quarters of positive US sales. Part of the company’s success is its culture, which prioritizes listening to employees and customers. But another big reason for the company’s success is its ability to innovate. The company has created a fleet of purpose-built delivery vehicles, and is experimenting with robotic and drone delivery. These innovations may seem out of left field for a company focused on pizza, but they are in line with the core values of the organization.

The word domino refers to the flat rectangular block used in games of chance or skill to create a chain of one or more tiles that ends with a specified number. In addition to being used as a game piece, the domino is often used as a symbol of authority or control. The word “domino” has also been used to describe an event or situation in fiction that has a predictable effect on the story’s plot. This idea has been called the domino effect and is often used to illustrate how an initial event can have far-reaching effects.

Most domino games are played with a set of 28 tiles that are shuffled and formed into the stock or boneyard. Each player then draws a hand of tiles based on the rules of the particular game. If a player draws more than he is allowed to play, the extra tiles must be recalled before any other players make plays. In most games, a domino is joined to the line of play by either touching it directly or by playing it on top of a double. A tile played to a double must be placed so that the two matching ends are adjacent (unless the domino is a spinner).

In some games, a player may be permitted to buy additional tiles from the stock by paying the value of those he has in his hand. These additional tiles are akin to extra pieces, and are added to the total of his score at the end of the game. The gaining of additional tiles in this way is called byeing.

A domino has an open end that is numbered with dots or spots (also called pegs). The value of the open end determines the rank and weight of the domino. A domino with a large number of pegs is generally considered to be more valuable than a smaller one. A domino with no pips is considered to be blank or zero. The domino is normally twice as long as it is wide, so that the two edges can be distinguished visually. This configuration is often referred to as the domino’s shape, layout or string. These are the basic instructions that apply to most of the domino games on this site. However, some do not follow these guidelines. See the separate section below, Line of Play, for more specific instructions.