The U.S. Supreme Court on June 21, 2018, ruled that states can collect sales tax on purchases of products made over the Internet. That includes online tire sales.
How much are consumer tire-buying habits being affected by online buying opportunities? Results from a recent proprietary survey by Tire Consultants Group LLC (TCG) shed some light on the relationship.
Online tire retailer Simple Tire LLC has added another tool for consumers onto its website — the ability to schedule an installation appointment with a local service center.
"Next they'll be selling tires. They sell almost everything else."
Selling tires online is a growing trend, with more online-only players making names for themselves each year. The relative newcomers compete against not only brick-and-mortar retailers, but also each other, and cannibalize sales from leading online tire companies like the Tire Rack Inc. and Discount Tire Direct.
Beginning in early 2018 Sears Holdings Corp. will offer its DieHard-brand tires and automotive batteries on Amazon.com.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is testing a mobile tire installation program that appears to be similar to Michelin OnSite, which Michelin North America Inc. discontinued.
Count Simple Tire LLC as one of the big winners on Cyber Monday. During a single, mid-day hour on Nov. 27 the online tire retailer recorded a quarter-of-a-million dollars in revenue.
I just noticed one of Modern Tire Dealer’s charts from my “Online sales remain a sore point based on survey results” story in the November issue is not clear and is being interpreted incorrectly. As Deputy Barney Fife was fond of saying, we need to “Nip it in the bud!”
Matt Thomas calls eBay Motors the biggest marketplace for parts and accessories in the industry, and says it offers a "holistic experience" for automotive consumers. Thus, it only makes sense for the online platform to add tire installation to its services.
Simple Tire LLC has expanded its free shipping service to every tire it sells. And it doesn't matter where the tires are delivered — at home, at work, or to a local installer.
Brett Ponton, the new CEO and president of Monro Inc., acknowledges store traffic “has been a challenge” in recent years, but he believes there is “real potential to strengthen our in-store execution, and by doing so, drive traffic back into our stores.”
Another online seller has launched a tire installation network in the U.S. — eBay Motors.