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Cover Story - November 2017

‘I’m Tired of My Supplier Competing Against Me’: Online Sales Remain a Sore Point

By: Bob Ulrich

Last year, U.S. consumers purchased 14.1 million passenger and light truck tires online. The total represents 6% of all aftermarket tire sales at the retail level.

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European tire shows are reaching a crisis point! Here we have Germany’s Reiffen Essen trade show, the Autopromotec in Italy and the Tire Technology Expo in Germany.
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Saturation Point Danger for Tire Shows in Europe

With the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show due to take place this month in Las Vegas, which has to be one of (if not the) largest of its kind in the world, I thought it was the perfect time to take a step back and get an overall picture of what is currently happening in the tire show arena in Europe.

In addition to warning its employees on the dangers of texting and driving, Ramona Tire promotes that message to the public with its “Please make it home safe today” digital billboard on I-215 west of Hemet, Calif. (see sidebar).
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How Is the ‘Health’ of Your Business Insurance Coverage?

Many of us make it a point to see our doctor for regular checkups. Doing so gives the physician the opportunity to assess the current condition of our health, and gives us a chance to ask questions about medical issues or concerns. A thorough exam can help to diagnose early symptoms and gives the doctor an opportunity to offer recommendations and advice for a healthier lifestyle.

Department of Labor audit outcomes in the automotive service industry.
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Wage and Hour Regulations: You Probably Are Not in Compliance

Owners and operators of tire dealerships and automotive service shops, no matter how large or small, are being targeted by the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. This is the federal agency that enforces minimum wage, record keeping and overtime rules.

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Pinpointing the Modern M/T Tire Customer

Are M/T tires for enthusiasts seeking adventures or their buttoned-down brethren chasing a certain look? Modern Tire Dealer asked manufacturers for details about the consumers they are targeting as well as their latest M/T tires.

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Going From 'Surviving' to 'Much Improved'

Situation: Milt Average, owner of Middleroad Tire, grew increasingly disappointed in the performance of his company. His five-store dealership had produced profits in the 2% to 4% range five years in row. But the most recent year showed a profit below 2%, creating real concern. Milt was determined to go from “fair” to much better results.

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