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December 18, 2014

Oops: MTD editor can't blame the calculator

Even with a calculator, Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich wasn't able to do simple division in his last blog. His mistake "only" led to a difference of nearly 29 billion miles.

Tags: B.O.B., Gas prices, Miles driven

December 11, 2014

One dealer's key to customer service

How do you perpetuate customer loyalty? Will a coupon do the trick?

Tags: B.O.B., Customer service, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

November 24, 2014

Counterfeit tires make their way into the U.S.

What do fake Louis Vuitton handbags, Rolex watches, "vintage" Bordeaux wines and Pegasus Advanta SUV tires have in common? They are all counterfeit, according to Consumer Reports.

Tags: B.O.B., Consumer Reports, Gray market


November 13, 2014

Who attended the SEMA Show? Who did not?

Who attended the 2014 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show? Out of the estimated 140,000 people who registered, there were plenty of dignitaries.

Tags: 2014 Global Tire Expo, 2014 SEMA Show, B.O.B., Duck Dynasty, TBC Corp.

October 23, 2014

What does the U.S. have against Double Coin?

Wow. The United States Department of Commerce (DOC) wants to come down hard on Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and its domestic marketing arm, China Manufacturers Association LLC.

Tags: B.O.B., Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, tire tariffs

September 29, 2014

Is Chinese quality an oxymoron? Are comments just moronic? Let us know what you think

All we can say is, "Wow!" A recent blog about the quality of Chinese tires inspired opinions ranging in tone from loving to hateful.

Tags: B.O.B., Chinese imports, Consumer Reports


September 15, 2014

A new tariff would last longer than 3 years

Before you know it, a tariff will be placed on consumer tires being imported from China. But when will you "know" it? And how long will it last?

Tags: B.O.B., International Trade Commission, tire tariffs

August 14, 2014

Is business slow? Here are 4 ways to keep your employees active

January and February, traditionally the slowest months of the year for tire dealers, have come and gone. And it's summer! So business is booming, right?

Tags: B.O.B.

July 31, 2014

Tariffs and higher prices may be inevitable

The tariffs are coming. With them will be an increase in tire prices.

Tags: B.O.B., DOC, ITC, Tire pricing, tire tariffs


July 17, 2014

Where will Goodyear’s next plant be built?

Using clues from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Chairman, CEO and President Rich Kramer, quotes from a Latin American news agency, logistics, maps, tire industry knowledge and intuition, Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich attempts to pinpoint where Goodyear's next tire plant will be built.

Tags: B.O.B., Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich blog, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Tire plant

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