September 24, 2013
Recently at an estate sale I purchased a couple of diaries that record daily life in the 1870s. One of the writers relayed how he “had to change the right rear” following a visit to a neighboring city. That right rear was, of course, one of his horse’s shoes.
Posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:09 AM | »
August 15, 2013
It’s midnight, your dealership is closed. A car slowly cruises by on the street behind your shop, its occupants taking in your parking lot, your showroom, looking for something to steal.
Posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 11:56 AM | »
January 30, 2013
While you’re watching the “Big Game” on Sunday, you might be interested to know that the product you sell plays a major part in the safety of the athletes.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:55 AM | »
January 11, 2013
One of our National Advisory Council members wrote me and commented on the high number of tire dealerships which had changed hands last year. He was right. On our website, I found reports on more than 20 transactions!
Posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 11:19 AM | »
January 2, 2013
"Yanko Design," a web magazine for all sorts of new design concepts, currently is featuring an idea for tires called the Discolor Tyre.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 2, 2013 2:20 PM | »
December 28, 2012
Recently I took part in a ride-and-drive event sponsored by Michelin North America for its new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 ultra-high performance all-season tire.
Posted @ Friday, December 28, 2012 12:05 PM | »
August 30, 2012
Meet Fionna, the half-Chihuahua, half-Jack Russell mix who is the greeter at Boni Tire & Auto Service Inc. in Flemington, N.J.
Posted @ Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:43 PM | »
April 26, 2012
What’s a tire dealer from a small town to do to grab customers’ attention to his dealership’s products and services? Display the world’s largest tire, that’s what.
Posted @ Thursday, April 26, 2012 1:14 PM | »
April 13, 2012
Sheri Herrmann, PLT communications coordinator for Continental Tire the Americas LLC, told me an interesting story recently while I was attending the company’s ground breaking celebration for its Sumter, S.C., tire plant.
Posted @ Friday, April 13, 2012 8:33 AM | »
March 7, 2012
Tire maker Continental AG is doing very well financially, and its training program is surely playing a large part in its success – now and going forward.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 7, 2012 2:42 PM | »
January 27, 2012
Are you taking the direct route to customer satisfaction?
Posted @ Friday, January 27, 2012 7:38 AM | »
December 14, 2011
In late November, a research company called Vision Critical surveyed 1,002 randomly selected Americans concerning their attitudes and opinions on tires and driving.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:51 PM | »
August 19, 2011
John Kelsey, owner and president of Kelsey Tire Inc. in Camdenton, Mo., recently had what he termed a once in a lifetime experience. He drove the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
Posted @ Friday, August 19, 2011 11:44 AM | »
May 26, 2011
If you’re like me, it has been many years since you took your written driver’s exam. If you were given a pop quiz on it today, would you pass?
Posted @ Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:49 AM | »
April 3, 2011
Remember “Rubber,” the movie I told you about in my blog way back in January? It’s about a rogue tire that rolls around the desert blowing up objects using its telepathic power – including people’s heads (see “'Rubber' meets the road, and goes on a killing spree.” Well, it’s rolled into movie theaters in a limited number of major cities, and the film critics are weighing in on it.
Posted @ Sunday, April 3, 2011 2:12 PM | »
March 20, 2011
I saw one of my favorite tire industry people on one of my favorite TV shows a couple of weeks ago. Corky Coker, president of Coker Tire Co., was featured on the History Channel’s program, “American Pickers.”
Posted @ Sunday, March 20, 2011 1:02 PM | »
January 19, 2011
I’ve been hearing about this for at least a year, but I thought it was some kind of prank and dismissed it. But now it appears there really is going to be a movie released called “Rubber” about a tire that goes on a killing spree.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 19, 2011 6:48 AM | »
December 28, 2010
According to the AAA, “The current national retail average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is $3.04, up six cents from a week ago, 19 cents from a month ago, and 44 cents from a year ago. This marked the first time that the U.S. has ever nationally spent Christmas Eve with a $3 or greater per gallon price at the pump.”
Posted @ Tuesday, December 28, 2010 1:24 PM | »
December 16, 2010
I read a blog recently by some guy who was criticizing a tire company’s radio ad which suggested that gift certificates for its tire stores make great stocking stuffers. “Not even close,” he said, “by a country mile.”
Posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2010 8:14 AM | »
November 23, 2010
Here's an interesting item from the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News: 250,000 scrap tires will be shredded and used to cushion the ride and reduce noise on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) commuter train line extension from Fremont to San Jose.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:24 PM | »