The words were informative and impactful. Unfortunately, they were interpreted negatively by the tire dealers in attendance. As a result, they sent the wrong message.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Profitability
The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has been spearheading an effort to have legislation passed in Florida and Texas that defines and bans the sale of unsafe used tires. The Tire Industry Association (TIA) supports the legislation.
Tags: News/views, RMA, Rubber Manufacturers Association, TIA, Tire Industry Association, Used tires
Used tire legislation is a hot issue. Texas and Florida, with help from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), are trying to pass laws that will prohibit “unsafe” used tires.
Tags: Legislation, Legislative issues, Used tires
After reporting a modest sales lift in February, the dealers we surveyed indicated that soft sales trends reemerged during March. Indeed, we were disappointed with the responses from our survey as we thought that there was a good chance that momentum would build from February’s improvement — especially as the disbursement of tax refunds normalized and the price of gasoline fell throughout the month.
Tags: John Healy, Nick Mitchell, Service sales, Your marketplace
Shocks and struts are usually an optional purchase consumers may make when the performance of the original parts no longer meets their expectations. That translates into an opportunity for you and your technicians to ask the right questions. If you don’t, or if you fail to listen to the answers, you won’t know what your customers really need when it comes to shocks and struts.
Tags: Ann Neal, Gabriel, KYB, Monroe, Shocks, struts
Tire makers today are challenged to keep up with consumer demands. When it comes to ultra-high performance (UHP) tires, they’re also challenged by new car manufacturers that continue to drive the UHP tire trend.
Tags: Bridgestone Americas, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., GITI Tire (USA) Ltd., Going green, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hankook Tire America Corp., Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., Kenda USA, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc., Michelin North America Inc., Pirelli Tire North America, Sentaida International, UHP tires, ultra-high performance tires, Yokohama Tire Corp.
They have been a major problem within the European tire industry for years now and even with the many technological innovations in tire manufacturing and tighter legislation such as tire labeling that have taken place over the years they simply will not go away.
Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Part-worn tires, Used tires
The economy remains difficult and consumer confidence continues to waver, yet manufacturers are selling more skid steer tires. “Our company has experienced a slight increase in skid steer tire sales from 2011 through early 2012, with sales in the latter half of 2012 through early 2013 showing a steady and significant increase,” says Tom Van Ormer, director of purchasing for East Bay Tire Co.
Tags: Alliance Tire U.S.A., BKT USA, Carlisle Tire & Wheel, Charlie Cohen, Commercial tire dealer, CTD, East Bay Tire Co., Industrial Tire Solutions, Michelin North America Inc., Skid Steer Tires
The Independent Tire Dealer Group LLC (ITDG) presented its highest honor, The Chairman’s Award, to Michael Cox, the group’s CEO and president, during its annual meeting in Desert Springs, Calif., in April.
Tags: Independent Tire Dealers Group, ITDG
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC (BATO) officially launched four tires at a ride-and-drive event in Las Vegas, recently. The tires were first announced at BATO’s 2012 Consumer Dealer Meeting.
Tags: BATO, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Bridgestone Potenza
You most likely have multiple service bays in your shop. What are you using to manage the workflow of those bays?
Tags: Business insight, Computer software, Computers, Service shop optimization, Tire shop software, Wayne Croswell
The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the 2008-09 Hummer H2 alerts the driver of a large tire pressure change in any of the four tires while the vehicle is being driven. The system also will display individual tire pressures and their locations on the Driver Information Center (DIC).
Tags: Hummer H2, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, TPMS
Tire and service shop owners are busy folks. And, even if they had the time, our industry is not known for having dealers take the time to review their monthly financial statements on a regular basis. I believe this holds dealers back from achieving their true potential of “improving their bottom line profits.”
Tags: Business insight, Norm Gaither, Profit and loss, Profitability, Twenty Group
Continental Gold Dealer Program enhancements and continued marketing investments in its brands were two key topics of discussion during the Continental Tire the Americas LLC Gold Dealer meeting and incentive trip held in mid-April.
Tags: Conti Gold, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Dealer program, Gold Dealer Program
The ambitious “promise” made by Apollo Vredestein B.V.’s Michiel Kramer at the recent Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R launch in Monaco sounded more like a mission statement.
Tags: Apollo Vredestein, UHP tires, Vredestein
Dealers who stock specialty tires know that not every person who walks into the showroom needs tires for specialty trailers, skid steer loaders, industrial equipment, lawn and garden vehicles, and golf carts.
Tags: Alliance Tire U.S.A., American Omni Trading Co., Carlisle Tire & Wheel, East Bay Tire Co., Greenball Corp., Kenda USA, Specialty tires
I read an article in the Los Angeles Times a number of years ago picturing Steve Jobs announcing to the world that Apple was opening retail stores. Behind him hung a banner reading “Retailing is Hard.” During that period of time, I was involved in retailing on a daily basis, and I thought to myself, “Steve, you have no idea.”
Tags: Counter Intelligence, Wayne WIlliams
Sixteen tire companies participated in the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) March 21-23, 2013, in Louisville, Ky., the three biggest days on the heavy-duty trucking calendar.
Tags: Alliance Tire U.S.A., Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, DENSO Sales California, Fleet Equipment Corp., Gaither Tool Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Great Lakes Tire Co. North America, Hankook Tire America Corp., Husky Tire Corp., IMI, International Marketing Inc., Ken-Tool Corp., Martins Industries, MATS 2013, Maxion Wheels, Michelin North America Inc., Mid-America Trucking Show, TBC Wholesale Group, Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., TRIB
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