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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Walmart, for short) is at it again. By June, the world's largest retailer is expected to have a new program in place nationwide that will allow online tire buyers to pick up their tires within hours of their purchase.

To the independent tire dealers out there, who keep plenty of tires on hand -- and their own hands on the ready to call wholesale distributors if they don't have the tires -- this may seem like an "Oh yeah, well, we already do it" moment.

But anything that improves Wal-Mart's tire availability and customer service is an attack on your bottom line.

To find out what the new program is all about, check out Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich's new blog, "Walmart: always playing catch-up, but always trying." And let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

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