Gun control may be the hottest topic on all government levels: federal, state and local. The Obama Administration wants to enact legislation that will not only make background checks more rigorous, but also ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, gun control
The tire wholesale distribution channel has changed a great deal in the last 10 years. The big got bigger. And the larger distributors stopped being just “tire wholesalers.”
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Wholesale
Our name for them is “anchor brands.” Almost all tire dealers have them. They are the brands to which you tie your name, often by posting a sign on or outside your store. Or both.
Tags: Anchor, Big 3, Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Bridgestone, Editorial, Goodyear, Michelin
One side says increasing taxes is the answer. The other side says cutting spending is the answer. Neither side has shown any respect for the other.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Sales basics, Tire sales
Remember when Michelin North America Inc. implemented its Maximum Value Policy (MVP) program on BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO light truck tires some 12 years ago? The program was designed to protect the tire’s profit margins and beef-up sales.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, MSRP
OK, I admit it. I was wrong about President Barack Obama extending the 25% tariff on consumer tire imports from China.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Chinese tariffs, Editorial, Tariffs
Many years ago, shortly after I joined Modern Tire Dealer, I had to get one of my tires repaired. It had a nail hole in the tread, so the dealer gave me a choice of repairs.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Editorial, Tire repair
What may be the longest-lasting handshake agreement in the publishing industry has come to a close. The “almost” 40-year run of the Ludwig Report is over.
Tags: Bob Sullivan, Greg Smith, Ludwig Report, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year, Publisher's Notes, Saul Ludwig, Tire Dealer of the Year
Once a year, the tire industry gathers buyers and sellers together in Las Vegas, Nev., for one week of face-to-face business meetings and seminars. This year, the Global Tire Expo will be held Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Editorial, SEMA Show, TIA, Tire Industry Association
The 2012 election for president of the United States is just around the corner, and I think it is important that you understand what each of the primary candidates thinks about small business.
Tags: Bob Ulrich editorial, Elections, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Presidential race
The price of a gallon of gasoline in Europe is more than $8. Could that one day be the price of gas here in the United States?
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Gas prices
The story you are about to read is true. The names have been eliminated to protect the innocent — and the guilty.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Brand Awareness, Editorial
Sometimes the government tries to do too much. Tire labeling and tire aging are cases in point.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Editorial, Sticker shock, Tire aging, Tire labeling
Before anyone can perform tire service, they must be trained in a myriad of techniques and procedures from identifying lifting points and raising vehicles to evaluating and repairing damaged tires.
Tags: Automotive Tire Service, Bob Bissler, Certification, Editorial, TIA, Tire Industry Association, Training
What percentage of your customers are women? Fifty percent? Eighty percent? More than 80%?
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Editorial, Selling to Women
Every year, industry experts try to predict what will become the hottest items on the market, or what the latest advancements will be. I think the proper word is “futurecasting.”
As another year comes to an end, it seems only natural to reflect on the last 12 months. Reflection on past mistakes, like constructive criticism, is always good, in my opinion. At the very least, it allows past mistakes to become life lessons.
Tags: ARA, Bob Ulrich, Ed Wagner, Editorial, Jerry White
With apologies to Bob Barker and Drew Carey, the Price is Wrong, not Right. I’m referring to consumer tire prices, which have been increasing rapidly, and regularly, for the last four years.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Editorial, Tire prices
Don’t expect any new players in the replacement truck and bus tire market anytime soon. The United States government doesn’t seem to want them.
Tags: Bob Ulrich, CAFE standards, Editorial, EPA, Going green
Is there anything that separates a Tire Dealer of the Year from the average dealer? Just what is it that makes him or her so special?
Tags: Bob Ulrich, Editorial, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year, Tire Dealer of the Year
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