The Domino Effect


If you’ve ever played with dominoes, you know how much fun they can be. Some people like to line them up in long rows and knock them down. Others play games with them where they have to try to get the dominoes to match up with each other in certain ways. Regardless of how you use them, dominoes are an example of a classic toy that has stood the test of time.

Domino is also the name of a popular game that involves laying down tiles with one side marked to make an addition or subtraction equation. This can be a great way to help students practice their number sense. Students can also learn the value of working together in groups as they lay down dominoes and try to find a correct answer.

The word domino comes from the Latin for “fellowship” or “cooperation.” The game itself was first recorded in France shortly after 1750, and the word dominoes appeared in English at the same time. It has been suggested that the name of the game and the word both evoked the image of a long hooded cloak worn together with a mask at carnival season or a masquerade. The earliest sense of the word, however, may have been that of a cape worn by a priest over his surplice.

Since that time, the idiom domino effect has come to mean any situation in which one small trigger sets off a series of events that can have a major impact on an entire group or system. In the world of politics, this is sometimes used to describe how a country can be brought down by events occurring in neighboring nations. In literature, the term is often applied to the way a character’s behavior can have far-reaching consequences for other characters.

Domino’s is a leading QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) chain, with the largest store network and supply chain efficiencies in its segment. It also has a best-in-class ROIC and a strong balance sheet. These advantages allow it to invest in new technologies that make it easier for customers to order pizza and other food at the touch of a button or by using devices like Amazon Echo.

But Domino’s success has not been without challenges. Staffing shortages have impeded its ability to grow store count and run sales promotions. And the company has had to adjust its pricing policies to offset higher labor costs.

Domino’s has been working to solve these problems, but the challenges will persist. To maintain growth, the company must continue to innovate. And it will have to find a way to overcome the effects of lower pricing, higher labor costs, and ongoing staffing shortages.