September 23, 2014
Consumer Reports recently included Chinese tire brands in one of its tire testing projects. This was a first for the magazine.
Posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:08 AM | »
September 15, 2014
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.
Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 9:06 AM | »
August 21, 2014
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.
Posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:48 AM | »
August 14, 2014
These 4 steps will keep you employees busy
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.
Posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:29 AM | »
August 7, 2014
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.
Posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:58 AM | »
July 31, 2014
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.
Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:58 AM | »
July 21, 2014
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.
Posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 6:56 AM | »
July 16, 2014
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.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:36 PM | »
July 10, 2014
Michelin is ranked more often than any other brand
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.
Posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:17 AM | »
June 30, 2014
I liked Ed Bobit because he was always trying to raise the bar of his company, Bobit Business Media.
Posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 7:21 AM | »
June 26, 2014
European vs. U.S. needs
Apollo Vredestein B.V. recently chose Scotland as the place to hold its Global Tyre Introduction. The main reason was the launch of its Vredestein Quatrac 5 all-weather tire.
Posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:34 AM | »
June 19, 2014
Two of the more aggressive automotive retailers in the United States are Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack and Monro Muffler Brake Inc.
Posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:35 AM | »
June 12, 2014
Can consumers afford a 25% increase?
Will the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) once again recommend tariffs be increased on Chinese consumer tire imports? We won't know for sure until July 18.
Posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 8:52 AM | »
June 5, 2014
Reacting vs. overreacting
When racism reared its ugly head on the national stage in late April, the tire industry was directly involved. I am pleased to report we handled ourselves very well, in contrast to many others.
Posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:23 AM | »
May 29, 2014
Through the first three months of 2014, consumer tire exports from China to the United States are up 25%. If that continues, a record 64 million Chinese-made consumer tires will hit our shores this year.
Posted @ Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:32 AM | »
May 22, 2014
The government is also looking at the tire recall system
The day-long investigative report on tire safety issues we previewed last week is over for now. On May 14, ABC News ran a three-part series of reports covering two topics, and they were damaging to our industry.
Posted @ Thursday, May 22, 2014 9:19 AM | »
May 12, 2014
Is that fair? MTD's editor says no
One of the hot topics among New York and New Jersey tire dealers recently was the growth of American Tire Distributors Inc.
Posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 8:17 AM | »
May 8, 2014
I recently attended both the New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association and New York Tire Dealers Association. The concerns of their members are pretty much the same.
Posted @ Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:55 AM | »
May 1, 2014
Not one tire company has announced a consumer price increase in the United States in more than a year. Given the rapid increase in tire prices from 2010-2012, that is not surprising.
Posted @ Thursday, May 1, 2014 3:36 AM | »
April 21, 2014
Years of hard work are paying off, says Winterton
I recently had the chance to sit down with three top executives from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s North American Tire operations.
Posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 9:16 AM | »
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