Ford Motor Co. is adding a new level of rewards to its Ford Professional Service Network (PSN) wholesale parts program for independent repair facilities.
Dealer Tire LLC continues to evolve as one of the largest tire wholesalers in the U.S. Its recent investment in Simple Tire LLC, dba SimpleTire.com, is one sign of that.
As Dealer Tire CEO Scott Mueller said when the partnership was announced, “We’ve built our business by consistently driving innovation in the tire distribution business and by providing automotive dealers with the tools and services they need to be successful selling tires. While our core business remains focused on supporting the dealer channel and our OEM customers, our investment in SimpleTire is part of our effort to continue bringing innovation and technology to the tire industry.”
The phrase “core business” is interesting, because it implies Dealer Tire also is involved in other businesses to some extent. Will that soon include shipping tires for SimpleTire, the online tire retailer known for its innovative e-commerce platform? SimpleTire already has a network of more than 10,000 independent tire dealers and over 3,000 independent supply points.
On Dealer Tire’s website, the company is all about helping auto manufacturers and franchised automobile dealerships “grow their tire and light maintenance business. Period.” That’s a pretty emphatic way of saying it will not be shipping tires to non-car dealerships.
However, Mueller also said the following:
“We’ve developed strong core expertise in logistics, technology, merchandising, marketing and more. We will leverage our expertise and SimpleTire’s capabilities to create new opportunities for both companies.”
As for its relationship with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone Americas Inc. following the creation of TireHub LLC, here is a quote from Jill Marcotte, partner and chief supply chain officer for Dealer Tire: “We enjoy an exceptional working relationship with Bridgestone and Goodyear. They have assured us that they value our partnership and that they will continue to fully support our business model. It’s an exciting time to be in the tire business, and we’re looking forward to continuing to adapt and evolve in an ever-changing landscape.”
Dealer Tire buys Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly from Goodyear, and Bridgestone and Firestone from Bridgestone. It also offers Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Continental, General, Hankook, Kumho, Nexen, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama tires to car dealerships. Only Kelly and Uniroyal are non-OE brands.
The company says it serves the following vehicle brands: Audi, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. Notably absent is Chrysler/Fiat (FCA), which was listed as a preferred vendor last year.
Dealer Tire evolved from the Mueller family’s retail business, which began in 1918. A company doesn’t survive 100 years without being able to change with the times, and that could include a change in its customer base down the road.
Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) gave Bauma 2019 trade show attendees the first look at its new Earthmax SR46 as well as its range of radial tires for dump trucks, wheel loaders, dozers, graders and some multi-purpose vehicles.
Miami, Fla.-based wholesaler Tire Group International LLC (TGI) has added four patterns in 36 sizes to its private label Cosmo brand.
Telle Tire & Auto Service Inc. has acquired its 10th location, and owner Aaron Telle says his tire dealership will spend 2019 improving operations, creating and implementing a new point-of-sale system and adjusting to the company's new five-day workweek.
CEMB USA/BL Systems Inc. has added the McCourt Marketing Group to its growing roster of independent representatives.
GCommerce Inc., a provider of cloud-based automation solutions, has named the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc. to its GCommerce Hall of Fame.
In less than a decade, Tire Discounters Inc. has more than doubled the number of stores it operates. In the last year it has upgraded its digital platforms from the warehouse to the sales counter. And the company has recently reorganized its leadership team with an eye on even more growth.
Occasionally a death notice slips by without, well, notice. In this case there were two of them. And both men made their mark in the tire industry.
The Carlstar Group LLC has redesigned the ITP 30x10R-14 Ultra Cross R Spec tire to increase traction and provide more precise steering in challenging environments on high horsepower applications.
The new Solar 12-volt digital battery and electrical systems tester with an integrated printer, model no. BA227, offers a complete testing solution for 12-volt batteries and systems.
VIP Inc. dba VIP Tires & Service has opened its fourth store in Massachusetts, and 59th location overall.
VDO OEM Direct Parts (OEMDP) Fuel Modules from Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket are identical in fit, form, and function to the original part.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will post its first quarter results on April 26, 2019.
Felix Canestri has moved from one top-10 tire dealer to another. Canestri has joined Belle Tire Distributors Inc. as director of procurement.
It’s almost time to reveal Modern Tire Dealer’s latest edition of the Top Retreaders list. In that spirit, we've compiled an overview of the retreading industry from 2018, covering everything from the double-digit change in overall sales to the average cost of a casing.