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February 26, 2015

'Car Talk' gets tire talk wrong when it comes to tire aging

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).

Tags: Car Talk, Congress, Tire aging

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:53 AM | » Comments(2)

February 19, 2015

Improper tire pressure remains a hot topic in the cold weather

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.

Tags: Conrad's Tire, Tire inflation, TPMS, Triplett Tire Depot

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:41 AM | » Comments(3)

February 12, 2015

Why Kumho appears poised for a big year

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.

Tags: Edmund Cho, Harry Choi, John Hagan, OE tires, S.B. Kim, Tire plant, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 8:40 AM | » Comments(0)

February 5, 2015

For wholesalers, 2014 was a VERY good year

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.

Tags: ATD, Price increases, State-of-the-Industry Survey, Tire wholesalers

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:29 AM | » Comments(2)

January 29, 2015

5 takeaways from the Goodyear dealer conference

 Make no mistake, our future is going to be shaped by these new millennials,  said Goodyear s Rich

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.

Tags: Andy Traicoff, Brian Buckham, Chinese imports, Goodyear Assurance, Kelly Edge, Millennials, Online tire sales, Rich Kramer, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:17 AM | » Comments(9)

January 22, 2015

The tariffs have been assessed, and there is one VERY BIG winner

The tariffs have been assessed, and there is one VERY BIG winner

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.

Tags: Chester County, Chinese imports, DOC, ITC, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:55 AM | » Comments(2)

January 15, 2015

Psssst: A new Continental DWS? Yes!

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.

Tags: Continental ExtremeContact DWS, General Grabber, Joe Maher, UHP tires, Winter tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:44 AM | » Comments(0)

January 8, 2015

Dominoes begin falling as the second tariff decision looms

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.

Tags: Brian Grant, Chinese imports, Del-Nat, DOC, Private brands, TBC Corp, Tire pricing, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 5:15 AM | » Comments(0)

December 29, 2014

The 'secret' behind Walmart's tire pricing

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."

Tags: Goodyear Eagle, Goodyear Integrity, Tire pricing, Walmart

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 29, 2014 8:24 AM | » Comments(9)

December 22, 2014

After 40 years, are we really charging more for a tire?

Tire prices are going down, according to a leading industry analyst. But just how far down are they going?

Tags: Tire pricing

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 9:10 AM | » Comments(1)

December 18, 2014

I was wrong: Lower gas prices = more business

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).

Tags: Energy Information Administration, Gas prices, Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:23 AM | » Comments(0)

December 15, 2014

What lower gas prices will mean for your business

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.

Tags: Energy Information Administration, Gas prices

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 8:29 AM | » Comments(1)

December 10, 2014

One way to earn a customer's loyalty for (almost) life

To Larry Morgan, it was always personal
This Olson Tire Total Car Care coupon was reusable because it never expired.

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.

Tags: Car dealerships, Larry Morgan, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year, Olson Tire, Tires Plus

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:08 PM | » Comments(1)

November 27, 2014

Modern Tire Dealer compares Black Friday tire deals!

Modern Tire Dealer compares Black Friday tire deals!

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.

Tags: Black Friday, Discount Tire, Lopez Tires, Mass merchandisers, Pep Boys, Wal-Mart Stores

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, November 27, 2014 11:44 AM | » Comments(0)

November 24, 2014

Counterfeit tires find their way into a Consumer Reports test

Counterfeit tires find their way into a Consumer Reports test

Consumer Reports recently tested Chinese consumer tires for the first time. The experience was enlightening, to say the least.

Tags: Barry Littrell, Chinese imports, Consumer Reports, Gene Petersen, Tire testing

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 6:15 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

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