Domino\u2019s recent raft of innovations in Australia and New Zealand \u2013 including its pizza tracker and \u2018Internet of Food\u2019 \u2013 has helped it to drive a 17 per cent growth in both revenue and same store sales, the company said today. \u201cThe company\u2019s focus on\u2026continuous technology enhancements and innovation has seen Domino\u2019s results significantly surpass expectations,\u201d group CEO and managing director Don Meij said in the company's half year 2017 market presentation this morning. It\u2019s recent trials of drone deliveries in New Zealand, and further investment in automated deliveries, were a \u201cmeaningful part of our strategy over the next two to three years\u201d, Meij said, adding that \u201cthis is not a gimmick\u201d. Meij said the company would be launching an \u201cartificial intelligence first\u201d initiative next month which would be \u201cone of the biggest launches in our history\u201d. Domino\u2019s Live Pizza Tracker app \u2013 which allows customers who are picking up in store to time their arrival so the pizza is ready when they are \u2013 had a \u201cstrong impact\u201d on growth in online ordering in the half (up 32 per cent), the company said. The app, along with efforts to remove the barriers to ordering online, meant Domino\u2019s orders now represented 2.8 per cent of all online retail transactions in Australia, Meij said.Taking a slice The half year announcement comes just days after a damning Fairfax investigation which uncovered \u201cwidespread underpayment of wages\u201d. Part of the problem, quoted insiders suggested, was the pressure on franchisees to keep their businesses viable. The situation is exacerbated, the investigation suggested, by the cost of Domino\u2019s technology such as GPS trackers, quick-cooking ovens and digital menu boards. However, some franchisees were quoted as saying the new technologies grow customer numbers. In its results presentation today, the company said that franchisee profitability was increasing and was set to break a new record in the current financial year. It added that it had a \u201czero tolerance\u201d towards under-payment of wages or under-reporting of sales. Ongoing investments in technology are \u201chelping our store managers and franchisees become more efficient and productive\u201d, the company said. In the last half year, Domino\u2019s has launched its MyDomino\u2019s App \u2013 a portal for franchisees and workers, and rolled out a new rostering system. The SaaS rostering platform by Brisbane-based Tanda was evidence that the company continued to invest in its workers, Domino\u2019s said. The company also forecast that labour costs as a percentage of sales would increase by up to 2 per cent in the coming year. However, it added that initiatives including Tanda would \u201cnot only cover these labour increases, but exceed them\u201d.