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December 31, 2013

Farm tire market: manufacturers speak out

Every December Modern Tire Dealer publishes exclusive market share data on the farm tire market along with an analysis of how the market went that year.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC, Farm tires, Michelin North America Inc., Richard Rose, Robyn Conrad, The Biss List, Titan International Inc., Tom Rodgers

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Tuesday, December 31, 2013 2:22 PM | » Comments(0)

December 31, 2013

Get in on TIA commercial training in 2014

If your tire business focuses mainly on consumer tires and you are looking to expand in 2014, consider commercial tire repair.

Tags: Commercial Tire Repair, Kevin Rohlwing, The Biss List, TIA CTS Tour

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Tuesday, December 31, 2013 11:37 AM | » Comments(0)

December 26, 2013

Could airless tires lead to fold-up cars?

One of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid was “The Jetsons.” I loved the robots, the flying cars and moving walkways.

Tags: IFlex, Morph Wheel, The Biss List, Tweel

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 8:44 AM | » Comments(1)

December 2, 2013

'Tis the season for Cyber Monday and other retail holidays

Thanksgiving weekend is turning into a cluster of retail holidays, and tire sales are part of the fuss. There’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Busiest Travel Day of the Year Sunday (I made that one up) and Cyber Monday.

Tags: Bob Bissler, Cyber Monday, Discount Tire, Sears Holdings Corp., The Biss List, The Tire Rack

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 7:39 AM | » Comments(0)

November 30, 2013

9 ways the SBA helps you on Small Business Saturday

Nov. 30, 2013 is Small Business Saturday, a day the Small Business Administration (SBA) says is to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

Tags: Bob Bissler, Small Business Administration, Small Business Saturday, The Biss List

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Saturday, November 30, 2013 11:17 AM | » Comments(1)

October 11, 2013

Has your business felt the impact of the shutdown?

I didn’t really feel the impact of the government shutdown when it started on Oct. 1, 2013. I knew government offices would close, but “critical services” like air traffic controllers and food inspectors would stay on the job.

Tags: Bob Bissler, EPA, Government Shutdown, NHTSA, OSHA, Roy Littlefield, SBA, The Biss List, TIA

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 7:04 AM | » Comments(0)

August 21, 2013

Consumer Reports: Michelin leads the pack

It’s time for the annual Consumer Reports tire test results, and once again (surprise!), Michelin ranks highly.

Tags: Consumer Reports, The Biss List, tire testing, UHP tires, Winter tires

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:04 PM | » Comments(0)

August 8, 2013

Publicity not so sunny for Goodyear in the Sunshine State

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has been in the headlines a lot lately. Last week the company announced an “outstanding” second quarter, and we also reported that the tire maker reached an agreement with the United Steelworkers.

Tags: Goodyear Blimp, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., The Biss List, Todd Hannum

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, August 8, 2013 8:02 AM | » Comments(5)

August 1, 2013

Is the EPA off base with its ethanol fuel mandate?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to see more ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. The state of Florida may be leading the charge away from ethanol.

Tags: E15 Gas, EPA, SEMA, Steve McDonald, The Biss List, U.S. Supreme Court

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 6:24 AM | » Comments(0)

May 23, 2013

What’s going on with tire legislation across the U.S.?

A lot of tire-related legislation has been rolling through state houses across the U.S.

Tags: Bob Bissler, The Biss List, TIA, Tire legislation

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:22 AM | » Comments(2)

January 22, 2013

Green tires go black

I support eco-friendly efforts, so I like the fact that people find many ways to recycle used tires.

Tags: Fendercare Marine, Paul Rowlands, Recycled Tires, The Biss List

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Tuesday, January 22, 2013 8:30 AM | » Comments(0)

January 7, 2013

New tech and new trends for 2013

How will this week’s Consumer Electronics Show affect tire buying?

Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. spends a lot time and energy determining current consumer trends. The biggest trend since the recession has been for consumers to keep their cars longer and longer, delay maintenance and delay buying tires.

Tags: CES, Consumer Trends, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc., Rick Brennan, The Biss List

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Monday, January 7, 2013 6:44 AM | » Comments(0)

December 27, 2012

Brand your reputation

TIA seminar teaches how to service customers, strengthen your brand

I recently attended the Tire Industry Association’s (TIA) “Tires at 2 - Making Customer Service Part of Your Brand” educational session during the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA). The session outlined brand reputation and what tire dealers can do to make their brand more reputable.

Tags: Brand Awareness, Kevin Rohlwing, SEMA, The Biss List, TIA

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 6:14 AM | » Comments(0)

November 8, 2012

Words of election wisdom from a tire industry pro

I’m glad the 2012 presidential election is over. A lot of people are. We were getting tired of the robo calls, TV commercials and mailbox flyers.

Tags: Chuck Sinclair, President Obama, The Biss List

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, November 8, 2012 6:38 AM | » Comments(0)

September 13, 2012

Life or death: Kumho helps teen drivers stay alive

The subject of teen driving safety is a critical one. Today’s kids have grown up online and many used a computer mouse before they could hold a crayon. They’re wired 24/7. They need to learn how to give their complete attention to the job of operating a vehicle – and not the hard way.

Tags: KeyBank, Kumho Key To Safe Teen Driving Tour, The Biss List

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, September 13, 2012 11:31 AM | » Comments(0)

August 9, 2012

Can the U.S. auto industry save the American jobs crisis?

President Obama has been in my hometown of Akron, Ohio, twice in the last few weeks as he continues a campaign tour of swing states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Tags: 2012 Presidential Election, Auto Industry Bailout, Biss List, Gary Silberg, KPMG LLP

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, August 9, 2012 9:04 AM | » Comments(2)

April 26, 2012

Welcome to the MTD Top 100 Retreaders

Jason Woolridge builds a retread truck tire at King Tire & Service, the first ContiLifeCycle

The April issue of Modern Tire Dealer includes the MTD “Top 100 Retreaders” list, our exclusive ranking of the nation’s most successful retreaders. We rated them by number of shops and millions of pounds of rubber they use annually.

Tags: Paul Williams, ContiLifeCycle, King Tire, Retread

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:36 PM | » Comments(1)

March 7, 2012

The 14 points of salesmanship ring true today

Any successful tire dealer today will tell you that one of the ways to sell a lot of tires is to have a lot of knowledge about them.

Tags: 14 Points of Salesmanship, Biss List, Tire Sales

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Wednesday, March 7, 2012 1:01 PM | » Comments(1)

February 9, 2012

The 3 top innovations from 1961: hit, hit and miss

Goodyear unveiled an experimental translucent tire in 1961, built without cord bodies and made from

I’ve always liked history. I’ve always believed that in order to understand what is happening now, you need to take a look at what’s happened before.

Tags: The Biss List, Mobile Phones, Translucent Tires, S

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:04 PM | » Comments(0)

December 20, 2011

Is Akron still the ‘Rubber Capital of the World’?

Akron, Ohio, is my hometown. My great grandmother came to Akron from Scotland and was a maid for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. founder Franklin Seiberling. I remember all the rubber factories, and the smell of rubber in the air.

Tags: Akron, Rubber Capitol of the World, Richard Kramer

Author: Bob Bissler | Posted @ Tuesday, December 20, 2011 8:48 AM | » Comments(2)

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