February 26, 2015
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).
Posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:53 AM | »
February 19, 2015
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.
Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:41 AM | »
February 12, 2015
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.
Posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 8:40 AM | »
February 5, 2015
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.
Posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:29 AM | »
January 29, 2015
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.
Posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:17 AM | »
January 22, 2015
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.
Posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:55 AM | »
January 15, 2015
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.
Posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:44 AM | »
January 8, 2015
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.
Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 5:15 AM | »
December 29, 2014
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."
Posted @ Monday, December 29, 2014 8:24 AM | »
December 22, 2014
Tire prices are going down, according to a leading industry analyst. But just how far down are they going?
Posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 9:10 AM | »
December 18, 2014
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).
Posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:23 AM | »
December 15, 2014
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.
Posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 8:29 AM | »
December 10, 2014
To Larry Morgan, it was always personal
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.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:08 PM | »
November 27, 2014
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.
Posted @ Thursday, November 27, 2014 11:44 AM | »
November 24, 2014
Consumer Reports recently tested Chinese consumer tires for the first time. The experience was enlightening, to say the least.
Posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 6:15 AM | »
November 20, 2014
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.
Posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:30 AM | »
November 13, 2014
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.
Posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:25 AM | »
October 26, 2014
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.
Posted @ Sunday, October 26, 2014 9:01 AM | »
October 21, 2014
Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and, by association, China Manufacturers Association LLC, are being punished for a crime they didn't commit.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:04 PM | »
October 13, 2014
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.
Posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 9:11 AM | »