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November 20, 2014

Rate these Sears oil change offers: good, bad or misleading?

Sears is partnering with NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon to sell oil changes.

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.

Tags: Car dealerships, Mass merchandisers, NASCAR, Oil changes, Sears Auto Centers

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:30 AM | » Comments(8)

November 13, 2014

SEMA Show aftermath: Who was there and who wasn't (and who wasn't allowed)

Many -- not all -- of the largest tire manufacturers in the world had large booths at the Global

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.

Tags: 2014 Global Tire Expo, 2014 SEMA Show, ATD, Discount Tire, Dunlap & Kyle, Max Finkelstein, Monro Muffler Brake, Plaza Tire, Purcell Tire, Sullivan Tire, TBC Corp., Tire Discounters, Tire Wholesalers, VIP Parts

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:25 AM | » Comments(4)

October 26, 2014

Intense competition: Monro's growth curve is scary

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.

Tags: John Van Heel, Monro financials, Monro Muffle Brake, Wood & Fullerton

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Sunday, October 26, 2014 9:01 AM | » Comments(0)

October 21, 2014

It seems the U.S. government wants to unfairly punish Double Coin

Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and, by association, China Manufacturers Association LLC, are being punished for a crime they didn't commit.

Tags: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, OTR tires, Tire pricing, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:04 PM | » Comments(2)

October 13, 2014

Hankook makes sure America's efforts during the Korean War are not forgotten

Seung Hwa Suh (second from the right) talks with Korean War veterans James Scarlett (left) and

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.

Tags: Korean War, Seung Hwa Suh, Tire plants

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 9:11 AM | » Comments(4)

October 6, 2014

Why you should ask yourself if being open on Sunday is an option

Advance Auto Parts will replace your battery between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday (at least in Akron,

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.

Tags: company-owned stores, Mass merchandisers, Parts stores, Under hood service

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 8:57 AM | » Comments(16)

September 23, 2014

CR implies too many Chinese tires lack quality

Consumer Reports recently included Chinese tire brands in one of its tire testing projects. This was a first for the magazine.

Tags: Chinese imports, Consumer Reports, Gene Petersen

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:08 AM | » Comments(10)

September 15, 2014

Think you can avoid a tariff? Timing is against you

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.

Tags: Department of Commerce, ITC, Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research, Tire tariffs, Trailer tires, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 9:06 AM | » Comments(1)

August 21, 2014

Are tire subsidies from the Chinese government the root of all evil?

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.

Tags: Chinese imports, Department of Commerce, ITC, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:48 AM | » Comments(8)

August 14, 2014

How to increase profits -- or efficiency -- when business is slow

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.

Tags: Training

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:29 AM | » Comments(3)

August 7, 2014

Tire manufacturers will like the new tariff in town

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.

Tags: Barry Steinberg, Direct Tire, Private brand tires, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:58 AM | » Comments(7)

July 31, 2014

Tariff update: Can you afford to raise tire prices by 88% just to break even?

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.

Tags: Chinese imports, DOC, ITC, President Obama, Tire pricing, Tire tariffs, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:58 AM | » Comments(5)

July 21, 2014

Flashback: the day Kenda ruled the world

No specific tire line is mentioned on the iamyokohama.com website (although a  tire search  function

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.

Tags: Sports marketing

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 6:56 AM | » Comments(0)

July 16, 2014

I know where the next Goodyear plant will be built

Goodyear s Rich Kramer said growing demand in North America and Latin America makes a new consumer

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.

Tags: Jamie Szulc, Plants, Rich Kramer

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:36 PM | » Comments(5)

July 10, 2014

The 'usual suspect' is the No. 1 tire, says Consumer Reports

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.

Tags: Consumer Reports, Continental PureContact, Cooper Discoverer, Goodyear Assurance, Goodyear Eagle, Hankook Dynapro, Michelin Pilot, Michelin Primacy, Pirelli P Zero, UHP tires, Yokohama Advan

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:17 AM | » Comments(3)

June 30, 2014

Ed Bobit: Why his legacy touches us all

Ed Bobit: Why his legacy touches us all

I liked Ed Bobit because he was always trying to raise the bar of his company, Bobit Business Media.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Bobit Business Media, Ed Bobit, obituary

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 7:21 AM | » Comments(1)

June 26, 2014

Why the importance of a tread wear warranty is relative

European vs. U.S. needs
The new Quatrac 5 was introduced in Scotland on June 23.

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.

Tags: Mountain Snowflake, Nokian WR, Tread wear warranty, Vredestein Quatrac

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:34 AM | » Comments(1)

June 19, 2014

Mano a mano: Monro Muffler Brake vs. Pep Boys

Two of the more aggressive automotive retailers in the United States are Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack and Monro Muffler Brake Inc.

Tags: acquisitions, John Van Heel, Mike Odell, Monro financials, Monro Muffler Brake, Pep Boys financials, Stock prices

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:35 AM | » Comments(4)

June 12, 2014

If tire tariffs are implemented, tire prices will rise again

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.

Tags: ITC, Tariffs, Tire pricing, Tire tariffs, tread depth, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 8:52 AM | » Comments(9)

June 5, 2014

Final thoughts on how Yokohama and Kumho handled the L.A. Clippers scandal

Reacting vs. overreacting
Yokohama and the Los Angeles Clippers  play  at the Staples Center.

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.


Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:23 AM | » Comments(0)

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