May 16, 2013
How important are Tire and Lube Express outlets to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.? Not very, if the company's annual report has anything to say -- or not say -- about it.
Posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 7:38 AM | »
May 10, 2013
The company has momentum; can it increase profitability?
Rich Kramer has been CEO and president of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for 12 quarters. He has been chairman for 10. Here is his profitability report card by the numbers.
Posted @ Friday, May 10, 2013 5:28 AM | »
May 5, 2013
Do you have a policy in place at your shop?
Sometimes it seems like you can't rationally discuss gun control with anyone. It joins religion and politics as a taboo topic because it brings out the hate in people.
Posted @ Sunday, May 5, 2013 1:05 PM | »
May 2, 2013
In Monaco, one company takes care of luxury cars
As they have for the last 10 years, Vredestein tires made a big splash at the Top Marques Monaco Show in Monte Carlo recently.
Posted @ Thursday, May 2, 2013 5:51 AM | »
April 25, 2013
Vredestein goes to extremes with its Ultra Vorti R
Vredestein is all about "premium styling." That is what Apollo Vredestein B.V. executives say is the tire company's marketing strategy, and they certainly walk the talk.
Posted @ Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:43 AM | »
April 11, 2013
How many of you maintain passenger car fleets? How many of you want to? How many of you have considered adding loaner car service to your retail business?
Posted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:15 AM | »
April 1, 2013
The annual J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study is always an interesting read.
Posted @ Monday, April 1, 2013 7:45 AM | »
March 27, 2013
Some legislation is necessary. Seat belt laws come to mind. Some legislation is not. A Texas bill to ban unsafe used tires comes to mind.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:34 AM | »
March 20, 2013
Have you seen the new commercial for the Chevy Equinox LS? "The Chevy Equinox has never been more fuel efficient," says the fake salesperson.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 6:28 AM | »
March 12, 2013
In the United States, Finland is perhaps best known as the home of Nokian tires.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6:31 AM | »
March 7, 2013
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is starting to advertise tire prices regularly. Well, at least for Walmart.
Posted @ Thursday, March 7, 2013 6:43 AM | »
February 28, 2013
"We'll continue to activate our partnership with NASCAR," said Scott Rogers, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s chief marketing officer for consumer tires, at the recent Goodyear dealer conference in Washington, D.C.
Posted @ Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:22 AM | »
February 24, 2013
Or 'We will be in Kansas, Toto'
Northwest Tire Factory LLC is truly built from the bottom up. The independent dealers who make up the soon-to-be (hopefully) cooperative run the show, and CEO John Kreidel -- a non-dealer -- wouldn't have it any other way.
Posted @ Sunday, February 24, 2013 8:25 AM | »
February 14, 2013
We haven't heard a lot about the tire aging issue lately. The Tire Industry Association (TIA) worked with the Chesapeake Automotive Business Association on preventing legislation in Maryland last year, but that's about it.
Posted @ Thursday, February 14, 2013 7:55 AM | »
February 11, 2013
"The more items you sell, the less need for the customer to go to the mass merchandising operation. This is still a service business and you are in the best position to offer just this."
Posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 7:10 AM | »
January 31, 2013
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. executives are happy with the direction of the company, and plan to stay the course. So says, well, all of them.
Posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:14 AM | »
January 21, 2013
"That's not practical." "Not that again." "It's never been tried before." "It's too big of a change." Sound familiar?
Posted @ Monday, January 21, 2013 4:45 AM | »
January 3, 2013
On New Year's Day, I wrote a blog about the cancelled Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The annual National Hockey League game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs was set to be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Posted @ Thursday, January 3, 2013 6:02 AM | »
January 1, 2013
I feel sorry for Bridgestone (either Bridgestone Americas Inc. or Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC, take your pick). Their sponsorship of the National Hockey League for the 2012-2013 is in jeopardy.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 1, 2013 10:17 AM | »
December 25, 2012
One tire dealer is giving every person in northeast Ohio a Christmas present: free air! And that's 24/7.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 25, 2012 7:36 AM | »
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