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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

June 19, 2014

Monro and Pep Boys: the battle of the titans

What do the latest fiscal year financial reports for Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack and Monro Muffler Brake Inc. reveal about these two aggressive automotive retailers?

Tags: B.O.B., Bob Ulrich, Moe & Jack, Monro Muffler Brake, Pep Boys-Manny

June 5, 2014

Good publicity, courtesy of Yokohama and Kumho

It seems like the tire industry is always blasted by the media. Here, however, is some good publicity.

Tags: B.O.B., NBA, Sports marketing

May 22, 2014

Big Brother is investigating tire aging (and voluntary tire registration)

The sensationalism and bias aside, ABC's recent reports on tire aging and the tire recall system indicate how close our industry may be to great change.

Tags: ABC News, B.O.B., National Transportation Safety Board, recalls, Tire aging


May 12, 2014

ATD's reputation: Bad karma or bad rap?

As it gets bigger, American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) is always in the crosshairs. Why is that? Isn't big always better?

Tags: ATD, B.O.B., New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association, New York Tire Dealers Association, Terry's Tire Town


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