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April 16, 2015

Truck tire pricing is a hot topic in New Orleans

This retreaded truck tire from Action Tire Co. is up for  Miss Retread.  The contest winner receives

Neither rain nor more rain nor.. more rain could dampen the opening of the 2015 North American Tire & Retread Expo in New Orleans on Wednesday, April 15.

Tags: Action Tire, Gus Lima, IRL, North American Tire & Retread Expo, Truck tire retreads

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:07 AM | » Comments(0)

April 9, 2015

What were they thinking? Tires get no respect from lawmakers

When it comes to Congressmen and Congresswomen (Congresspeople?), there appears to be no happy medium. They either don't think at all or think too much.

Tags: Associated Press, Dan Zielinski, Legislation, RMA, Truck tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, April 9, 2015 9:27 AM | » Comments(1)

April 2, 2015

Let's hope the United Steelworkers union is smarter than the UAW

“UAW’s ranks press to close pay gap.” That was a seemingly innocuous headline in the March 23, 2015, edition of the Wall Street Journal. To me, it sounds ominous, however.

Tags: UAW, USW, Wall Street Journal

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, April 2, 2015 3:24 AM | » Comments(1)

March 26, 2015

Talking business with Williams, Williams, Williams and Williams

Talking business with Williams, Williams, Williams and Williams

Bill Williams, chairman and CEO of Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. in Moosic, Pa., has a very simple philosophy about selling tires at the retail level.

Tags: Bill Williams, Jack Williams Tire, Jason Williams, Online tire sales, Scott Williams, Tracey Williams, Trade shows

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:51 AM | » Comments(1)

March 19, 2015

An abridged look at ATD by the numbers

Although American Tire Distributors Holdings Inc. lost money (at least on paper) in 2014, it increased its sales by more than 30%, to $5 billion.

Tags: ATD, ATD financials, Bill Berry, Dealer Tire, MTD Facts Issue, TBC Corp., Tire Rack, Tire wholesalers

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:01 AM | » Comments(1)

March 11, 2015

The best UHP all-season tire EVER is…?

Aesthetically, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 looks the same as its predecessor, the DWS.

I am often asked this loaded question: "What is the best tire?" My answer is always the same: There are a lot of great tires out there, and I don't use the term "great" loosely.

Tags: BFGoodrich g-Force, Bridgestone Potenza, Consumer Reports, Continental ExtremeContact, Falken Azenis, Goodyear Eagle, Hankook Ventus, Michelin Pilot Sport, Nitto Motivo, Tire Rack, Tire testing, UHP Tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:31 PM | » Comments(0)

March 5, 2015

Gowland vs. Goodyear: A dealer speaks out about suppliers selling online

 Our consumer research shows the online tire-buying process is happening with or without us,  said

Since announcing its intention to sell tires online, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says the response from its dealers has been "overwhelmingly positive."

Tags: Chabill's Tire, Charley Gowland, Online tire sales

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:43 AM | » Comments(16)

February 26, 2015

'Car Talk' gets tire talk wrong when it comes to tire aging

Sensationalism. Media hype. Snarky comments. Those seem to be the goals of journalists these days. And bloggers (most of whom I don't consider journalists).

Tags: Car Talk, Congress, Tire aging

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:53 AM | » Comments(4)

February 19, 2015

Improper tire pressure remains a hot topic in the cold weather

Whether or not the National Football League finds the New England Patriots guilty of cheating in the "Deflategate" scandal ("Of course they cheated," said one of my friends, an avowed Patriots fan), one truth came out of the debate. As the temperature drops, so does inflation pressure.

Tags: Conrad's Tire, Tire inflation, TPMS, Triplett Tire Depot

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:41 AM | » Comments(3)

February 12, 2015

Why Kumho appears poised for a big year

Patience is paying off for Choi and the gang

Last year was a challenging one for Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. But it was not unexpected.

Tags: Edmund Cho, Harry Choi, John Hagan, OE tires, S.B. Kim, Tire plant, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 8:40 AM | » Comments(0)

February 5, 2015

For wholesalers, 2014 was a VERY good year

After the first quarter of 2014, nearly half of the tire wholesalers responding to Modern Tire Dealer's exclusive State-of-the-Industry Survey reported unit sales were down. More than half reported their dollar sales were down.

Tags: ATD, Price increases, State-of-the-Industry Survey, Tire wholesalers

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:29 AM | » Comments(2)

January 29, 2015

5 takeaways from the Goodyear dealer conference

 Make no mistake, our future is going to be shaped by these new millennials,  said Goodyear s Rich

There were many "takeaways" from the recent 2015 Goodyear Dealer Meeting in Grapevine, Texas. If you asked the record 2,140 attendees to list them, you could probably write a book. Here are five that I thought were particularly interesting.

Tags: Andy Traicoff, Brian Buckham, Chinese imports, Goodyear Assurance, Kelly Edge, Millennials, Online tire sales, Rich Kramer, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:17 AM | » Comments(9)

January 22, 2015

The tariffs have been assessed, and there is one VERY BIG winner

The tariffs have been assessed, and there is one VERY BIG winner

The final tariffs, for all intents and purposes, have been levied on consumer tire imports from China. Since the tariffs were not implemented across the board, some companies are better off than others.

Tags: Chester County, Chinese imports, DOC, ITC, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:55 AM | » Comments(2)

January 15, 2015

Psssst: A new Continental DWS? Yes!

I'm good at keeping secrets (says me), but this one I am going to share with you. Continental Tire North America LLC is replacing the ExtremeContact DWS.

Tags: Continental ExtremeContact DWS, General Grabber, Joe Maher, UHP Tires, Winter tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:44 AM | » Comments(0)

January 8, 2015

Dominoes begin falling as the second tariff decision looms

Everyone in the tire industry is waiting for Jan. 20, 2015, when the U.S. Department of Commerce will decide if anti-dumping duties will be assessed against passenger and light truck tires manufactured in China and exported into the U.S.

Tags: Brian Grant, Chinese imports, Del-Nat, DOC, Private brands, TBC Corp, Tire pricing, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 5:15 AM | » Comments(0)

December 29, 2014

The 'secret' behind Walmart's tire pricing

Here is Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s pricing policy: "We’re committed to providing low prices every day. On everything. So if you find a lower (local) advertised price on an identical product, tell us and we’ll match it."

Tags: Goodyear Eagle, Goodyear Integrity, Tire pricing, Walmart

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 29, 2014 8:24 AM | » Comments(9)

December 22, 2014

After 40 years, are we really charging more for a tire?

Tire prices are going down, according to a leading industry analyst. But just how far down are they going?

Tags: Tire pricing

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 9:10 AM | » Comments(1)

December 18, 2014

I was wrong: Lower gas prices = more business

Evidently when you pass middle age, the law of diminishing skills sets in. Never was that more evident than in my blog on Monday (Dec. 15).

Tags: Energy Information Administration, Gas prices, Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:23 AM | » Comments(0)

December 15, 2014

What lower gas prices will mean for your business

Last year, the average retail gasoline price per gallon in the United States -- all grades, all formulations -- was $3.57. That was the third highest total since the U.S. Energy Information Administration started following gas prices.

Tags: Energy Information Administration, Gas prices

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 8:29 AM | » Comments(1)

December 10, 2014

One way to earn a customer's loyalty for (almost) life

To Larry Morgan, it was always personal
This Olson Tire Total Car Care coupon was reusable because it never expired.

With my mom moved to an assisted living facility in Sarasota, Fla., earlier this year, I recently visited her condo in Largo, Fla., and took the time to look through some of her papers.

Tags: Car dealerships, Larry Morgan, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year, Olson Tire, Tires Plus

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:08 PM | » Comments(1)

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