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Bob Ulrich's Editorial

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Too much overreacting
November 7, 2014

Too much overreacting  

As a general rule, I don’t like overreaction. Whether it is in response to a seemingly terse email or the potential outbreak of a life-threatening disease, at the very least it can lead to emotional turmoil.

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Price fixation
October 21, 2014

Price fixation  

By the time the last tariff on Chinese consumer tire imports ran its course, the average price of a tire had risen 28.4% in four years. Those lingering 4 for $99 specials suddenly became 4 for $127.11.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Chinese tariffs, International Trade Commission, ITC, Tariffs

Ties that bind
September 18, 2014

Ties that bind  

Bruce Halle, chairman of Discount Tire, is our 2014 Tire Dealer of the Year. That alone makes him special. Only 21 other independent tire dealers can put themselves in his shoes.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bruce Halle, Editorial, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

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When China and friends took over
August 18, 2014

When China and friends took over  

The year is 2024. Consumer tire imports from China are way down compared to 10 years ago.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial

Ed Bobit: end of an era
July 31, 2014

Ed Bobit: end of an era  

I liked Ed Bobit because he was always trying to raise the bar of his company, Bobit Business Media Inc., and its 21 magazine titles, including Modern Tire Dealer.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Ed Bobit, Editorial

Status: single
June 19, 2014

Status: single  

The strength of the single-location, mom-and-pop store cannot be underestimated, but it often is. Maybe it’s because growth and consolidation among the national and regional chains gives everyone the impression that as the big get bigger, the small get smaller.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Single store location

‘Made in America’
May 28, 2014

‘Made in America’  

Did you know that the song “Born in the U.S.A.” is more anti-American than American in attitude? Bruce Springsteen wrote it to protest the treatment of veterans returning from the Vietnam War.

Tags: Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Made in America

Final words on tire aging
April 15, 2014

Final words on tire aging  

This is absolutely the last editorial I will write on tire aging. Not counting this one, I have written four since 2002.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Tire aging

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Premium vs. performance
April 15, 2014

Premium vs. performance  

Is “premium” replacing “performance” as the hot tire industry buzzword? I would say yes. Tire manufacturers have been quick to use it when sharing their marketing strategies with their dealers.

Tags: 2014 Performance Handbook, Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Performance Tires, Premium tires

ATD is OK with the FTC
March 27, 2014

ATD is OK with the FTC  

Why doesn’t the Federal Trade Commission investigate American Tire Distributors? Isn’t ATD a monopoly?”

Tags: American Tire Distributors, ATD, Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial

Numbers of biblical proportions!
February 10, 2014

Numbers of biblical proportions!  

Our annual January Facts Issue is well named, and the 2014 version may be our best ever. Look at what it has to offer: six stories and 27 charts (four more than last year!) covering everything from consumer and commercial tire shipments to tire sizing.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, MTD Facts Issue

RMA: Friend or foe?
February 7, 2014

RMA: Friend or foe?  

Remember when the relationship between the two largest associations in our industry was contentious? We had the former National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association (NTDRA) on one side, and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) on the other.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, RMA, Rubber Manufacturers Association, TIA, Tire Industry Association

Caring about Obamacare
January 2, 2014

Caring about Obamacare  

New health care requirements are about to change the way you do business. And whether you believe it is for better or worse, you have to be ready to deal with them.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Obamacare, President Obama

What is a Tier Two tire? Tier Three?
November 4, 2013

What is a Tier Two tire? Tier Three?  

Be honest. When you hear the phrase “Tier One tire,” which brands come to mind? The answer is easy. Goodyear, Michelin and Bridgestone are the anchor brands on which most dealers base their product screens.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Tire tiers

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Effective management
October 16, 2013

Effective management  

Two young entrepreneurs each started a retread shop in the same city. One expanded his shop into a smoothly run organization that provided new tires, brake and front-end work and other allied services. He eventually moved into wholesale, commercial and retail sales as well.

Here come the judges
September 16, 2013

Here come the judges  

Who doesn’t want to be “on top of the list, head of the heap, king (or queen) of the hill?” Frank Sinatra did, and he sang about it in “New York, New York.”

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Dan Hennelly, Diane Hennelly, Editorial, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

Word-of-mouth says it all
August 12, 2013

Word-of-mouth says it all  

The phrase, “Any publicity is good publicity” may work in the entertainment field, but it doesn’t work in the retail tire industry. Recalls and scandals are always bad. So is poor customer service.

Tags: Bob Ulrich editorial, Customer Service, Editorial, Goodyear

Oh, Canada
July 25, 2013

Oh, Canada  

Unless you are a native, Canada is a foreign country. It has its own sovereignty, currency and culture, or should I say, cultures (see Quebec). But how “foreign” is it?

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Canada, Canadian Tire Corp., Editorial, Kal Tire

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It’s a global economy
June 13, 2013

It’s a global economy  

We live in a global economy. It affects us all, both directly and indirectly. Close to 60% of the independent tire dealers in the United States are single-store owners, and they, too, are shaped by what happens overseas. They are not isolated because their market reach is only 10 miles from their front doors.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Global economy, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Nokian Tyres plc, SEMA Show, Vredestein Tyres North America

Is profitability a bad word?
May 21, 2013

Is profitability a bad word?  

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

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