Articles by Joy Kopcha

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How Life at the Car Dealership Is Affecting Tire Dealers

As automakers over the past year have been playing whack-a-mole — attacking everything from COVID-19 production shutdowns, part and microchip shortages, and supply chain problems — it means there have been plenty of disruptions at the neighborhood car dealership. And that presents tire dealers with opportunity, but also some fresh challenges.
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Best-One of Indy Continues Growth With Eye on Commercial

When Indy Tire Centers Inc. dba Best-One of Indy acquired two R&T Tire stores this spring, it was the latest evidence of the company’s growth. But just as important, it was another entry point into Indiana’s farming economy. “We’ve always provided ag and OTR and truck tire services, but as we expand out of the major metropolitan area of Indianapolis, it’s definitely an emphasis on ag,” says Scott McKenzie, vice president of commercial for Best-One of Indy.
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Podcast: MTD Editors Break Down The Top Tire Industry Stories of 2021

Join the editors of Modern Tire Dealer for The Modern Tire Dealer Show, a weekly podcast covering everything that’s important to tire dealers. In this episode, editors Mike Manges, Ron Ledgard and Joy Kopcha analyze the biggest tire industry stories of the last several months - from mergers and acquisitions to tire supply and the ongoing shipping crisis - and what they mean for you.


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‘Tier-Four Is In Total Chaos’

Shipping delays, price increases and the impact of new tariffs are all having a big effect on the U.S. tire market, but all three hitting the industry at once is creating an especially chaotic situation in the lower tiers. Executives from Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. broke down the chaos during their latest dealer forum.
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Monro's Next Stop: The Southwestern U.S.

Tire Dealer Says It Will Build If It Can't Buy
Monro Inc. has its eyes on the southwestern U.S., and the nation's third-largest tire dealer, which is known for its aggressive growth-by-acquisition strategy, now says it's ready to build stores from the ground up if it can't find properties to buy in this market.
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Software Systems Can Feed Growth

Optimize Your Dealership’s Performance With A Point-of-sale Investment

When tire dealers think about wanting to grow and increase their local market share, they often focus on attracting more customers, retaining the ones they have and providing consumers with services that also boost the business’ profitability. Upgrading a dealership’s point-of-sale (POS) system might not seem like a priority, but software providers say it should be.


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Pricing, Supply and Shipping Woes Stress Tire Dealers

Tire prices are going up. Supply issues continue. And tire dealers tell Modern Tire Dealer both are having an effect on what happens at the sales counter. Since nearly every major tire manufacturer has announced a price hike in recent months, MTD set out to find how that’s affecting sales and profitability. We checked in with six dealerships for a progress report as the first quarter comes to a close.


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