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).
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:23 AM | » Comments(0)
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.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 8:29 AM | » Comments(1)
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.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:08 PM | » Comments(1)
The automotive aftermarket is not immune from the sales juggernaut that is called Black Friday. The nationwide chains already have been advertising their willingness to take advantage of what many retailers believe is one of the most, if not the most, important day of their year.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, November 27, 2014 11:44 AM | » Comments(0)
Consumer Reports recently tested Chinese consumer tires for the first time. The experience was enlightening, to say the least.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 6:15 AM | » Comments(0)
Sears Auto Centers is offering "exclusive" deals on two of its high-end oil change options. And it is leveraging its partnerships with Ashland Inc. and NASCAR to do it.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:30 AM | » Comments(8)
Every year, the SEMA Show, Global Tire Expo (GTE) and AAPEX draw thousands of people to Las Vegas. The list of attendees is always a veritable Who's Who of the tire industry.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:25 AM | » Comments(4)
John Van Heel, CEO and president of Monro Muffler Brake Inc., recently made the most cryptic statement many of you will read over the Halloween season.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Sunday, October 26, 2014 9:01 AM | » Comments(0)
Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and, by association, China Manufacturers Association LLC, are being punished for a crime they didn't commit.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:04 PM | » Comments(2)
The moment was brief yet poignant. Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., was finishing up his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for Hankook's tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 9:11 AM | » Comments(4)
The battery on my wife's 2001 Firebird died over the weekend. She discovered it after work, and was lucky to get a jump so she could get it home.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 8:57 AM | » Comments(16)
Consumer Reports recently included Chinese tire brands in one of its tire testing projects. This was a first for the magazine.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:08 AM | » Comments(10)
If you want an additional tariff imposed on consumer tires imported from China -- and there are a lot of you in the tire industry who do -- then time is probably of the essence.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 9:06 AM | » Comments(1)
By now, everyone who reads my blog, or my editorial in Modern Tire Dealer, knows that I am against additional tariffs on consumer tire imports from China.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:48 AM | » Comments(8)
Let’s say for some reason business is slow. Maybe all your bays are empty because it is raining hard, or the stars are aligned against you that day or week. Or there is no snow in January.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:29 AM | » Comments(3)
Will there or won't there be an additional tariff placed on consumer tire imports from China in 2015? Realistically, we won't know the answer to that until December.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:58 AM | » Comments(7)
The process of determining whether or not tariffs should be levied on consumer tire imports from China is well underway, and early reports out of Washington D.C. are not promising -- if you are against the tariffs.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:58 AM | » Comments(6)
On July 20, 2003, Kenda may have been the most recognizable tire brand in the world. That was the day professional golfer Ben Curtis won what we in the United States often call the British Open.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 6:56 AM | » Comments(0)
A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. spokesperson recently told me that the company had not yet chosen a site for its new $500 million consumer tire plant. I believe that is true.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:36 PM | » Comments(5)
In its April issue, Consumer Reports ran a summary of its latest -- not new -- tire tests. They encompassed seven different categories that don't normally overlap.
Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:17 AM | » Comments(3)
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993. He has won numerous awards for editorial and feature writing, including five gold medals from the International Automotive Media Association. Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University and has a law degree from the University of Akron.
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