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April 21, 2014

Goodyear execs discuss the keys to Goodyear's success

Years of hard work are paying off, says Winterton
Goodyear s top executives, who are based in Akron, Ohio, say they are on the same page.

I recently had the chance to sit down with three top executives from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s North American Tire operations.

Tags: Goodyear Eagle, Goodyear Fuel Max, Goodyear Wrangler, Jack Winterton, Phillip Kane, Steve McClellan

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 9:16 AM | » Comments(0)

April 9, 2014

Right or wrong, the U.S. government is picking on Michelin

The United States government seems to have it out for Groupe Michelin and, to a lesser extent, Michelin North America Inc.

Tags: Aviation tires, Iran, U.S. Navy

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:34 PM | » Comments(6)

March 31, 2014

What is going on at Sears? The noise is deafening

What is going on at Sears? The noise is deafening

Sears Holdings Corp. continues to change the way the aftermarket looks at Sears Auto Centers.

Tags: Custom wheels, Joe Finney, Norman Miller, Sears Auto Centers, Sears RoadHandler

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 9:25 AM | » Comments(7)

March 24, 2014

When car dealers recall vehicles, it's a loss-win for them. Here's why

How much do automobile recalls really hurt the manufacturers themselves? It may not be as much as you think. And they certainly can hurt your business.

Tags: Barry Steinberg, Direct Tire, OEMs, Recalls

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 5:32 AM | » Comments(3)

March 15, 2014

Combining UHP and winter tires is not all it is cracked up to be

Is government intervention just around the corner?

Oh, oh. General Motors Corp. has published a technical bulletin that advises against driving vehicles shod with ultra-high performance summer tires when the temperature drops below 20-degrees Fahrenheit.

Tags: Consumer Reports, Gene Petersen, NHTSA, Tire Rack, UHP tires, Winter Tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:19 AM | » Comments(4)

March 10, 2014

ATD shares some of its plan for Hercules

That includes Tire Dealer's Warehouse

There probably will be a domino effect from American Tire Distributors Inc.’s purchase of Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. How many dominoes is anyone’s guess.

Tags: Acquisitions, ATD, John Aben, Private brands, Ron Sinclair, TDW, Wholesale distributors

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 8:18 AM | » Comments(1)

March 3, 2014

Tire aging: The joke is on the government!

These stats were collected by Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (Screen capture, Channel 5

Tire aging remains a hot-button issue in our industry because those for and against establishing a definitive expiration date for tires are often polar opposites.

Tags: NHTSA, RMA, Sean Kane, Tire aging

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 5:35 AM | » Comments(0)

February 27, 2014

Tire aging: 6 years? 10 years? It's time to make a decision

I wasn t impressed by Channel 5 s shoddy report, which included a lack of attention to detail (this

It's sweeps month on local and national television. That means it's time once again to sensationalize tire aging!

Tags: ABC, Dan Zielinski, NHTSA, RMA, Sean Kane, Tire aging

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:32 AM | » Comments(4)

February 6, 2014

TDW wasn't the main reason ATD bought Hercules

American Tire Distributors Inc. had 105 distribution centers in the United States and another 17 in Canada. When it purchased Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., you may have thought it was for TDW.

Tags: Acquisition, ATD, Bill Berry, Canada, David Dyckman, Private brands

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 6, 2014 3:06 AM | » Comments(9)

January 30, 2014

A who's who of dealers turned out for the Continental plant opening

Find out who the 'valued business partners' are
The Continental consumer tire plant in Sumter, S.C., is up and running to the tune of 500 tires a

Forget about postal carriers. Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night kept tire dealers away from the grand opening of the Continental consumer tire plant in Sumter, S.C.

Tags: ACCC, American Tire Distributors, Black's Tire Service, Cassidy Tire, Dan Seitler, Jack Williams Tire, Jochen Etzel, Len Lewin, Nikolai Setzer, Palmetto Tire, Pep Boys, Philip Marlowe, Ryan Benton, Scott Williams, Terry's Tire Town, Wil Tolerton

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:50 AM | » Comments(0)

January 22, 2014

Marketing opportunity missed: what about winter tires?

Tire dealer still offers up plenty of tips in 2 minutes
 This is an all-season tire, and it has a little bit of a softer tread,  said Andy Fiffick,

A great deal of the United States is going through what feels like a mini ice age, with freezing temperatures and ice and snow on the roads.

Tags: ABC, Andy Fiffick, Rad Air Complete Car Care, Winter Tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 5:02 PM | » Comments(1)

January 9, 2014

Kidnapping plot: Goodyear workers in France should be arrested

Two Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. managers were kidnapped recently over a dispute at the company's Amiens plant in northern France.

Tags: Farm Tires, Morry Taylor, Plants, Union

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 5:00 AM | » Comments(0)

January 6, 2014

Why 2014 may be Hankook's best...year...ever

Hankook Tire America Corp. has big plans in store for its dealers in 2014. Although the company's dealer meeting in Jamaica will not be held until February, I talked with Hankook executives at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas in November.

Tags: 2013 SEMA Show, Calvin Pak, Hankook Ventus, Jeong-ho Park, Major League Baseball, OE tires, Sports Marketing

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 5:20 AM | » Comments(0)

December 30, 2013

If you know your tire sizes, you can win $25! Or collectible cards!

If you know your tire sizes, you can win $25! Or collectible cards!

Did you know there are 343 replacement radial passenger tire sizes? If you did, then this contest is for you!

Tags: Contests, Tire sizes

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 9:08 AM | » Comments(0)

December 26, 2013

Will record consumer tire imports lead to another tariff?

When the 25% tariff on Chinese consumer tire imports was removed in September of last year, everybody seemed happy.

Tags: Imports, President Obama, Tariffs, Tire prices, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 8:34 AM | » Comments(4)

December 23, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' star would rather have tires than money

The stars of  Duck Dynasty  promoted Skyjacker suspensions at the 2013 Global Tire Expo.

The stars of "Duck Dynasty" on the Arts and Entertainment Network are very opinionated. Imagine my surprise when I saw a recent episode in which Jase Robertson, older brother of Duck Commander Inc. CEO Willie Robertson, talked about tires!

Tags: Duck Dynasty, LT tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 23, 2013 8:11 AM | » Comments(0)

December 19, 2013

Ford vs. tire dealers: Oil change pricing elicits pointed comments

My recent blog on Ford Motor Co.'s Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers (Dec. 12) generated some interesting responses. Two in particular questioned my accuracy.

Tags: Company-owned stores, Mass merchandisers, MTD surveys, Oil changes, Quick Lane

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 8:43 AM | » Comments(7)

December 12, 2013

What Ford is doing to take tire sales away from you

Ford says Quick Lane techs are  ready to serve  in this USA Today ad.

No tire distribution channel has experienced more growth in the last six years than the automobile dealership channel. And Ford Motor Co. has led the way.

Tags: Auto dealerships, Distribution channels, Market share, Quick Lane Tire, USA Today

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:42 AM | » Comments(11)

December 9, 2013

Kumho's plans for 2014: new products, a new VP of sales and more

The Fuel program becomes Premium Fuel

At the 2013 Kumho Dealer Meeting in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Dec. 8, CEO and President Harry Choi told me that following a less-than-satisfactory year, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is going “back to the basics.” Here is a quick synopsis of what his tire dealers can look forward to in 2014.

Tags: American Tire Distributors, Armand Allaire, Associate dealer program, Harry Choi, James Choi, Kumho Ecsta, Kumho Solus, Tire plant

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 9, 2013 4:55 AM | » Comments(0)

November 28, 2013

Walmart is practically giving tires away! (Sort of...)

When Black Friday comes, you might need lower prices

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering some pretty big savings on tires for its 2013 Black Friday event. which begins at 8 a.m. on Friday.

Tags: Black Friday, Goodyear Eagle, Goodyear Integrity, Goodyear LS, Mass merchandisers, Sears Auto Centers, Walmart

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, November 28, 2013 10:38 AM | » Comments(0)

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