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Cover Story - October 2019

Acquisitions, Expansions Mark Year of Rapid Change for Top Commercial Tire Dealers

By: Ann Neal

It’s been a year of rapid change for commercial tire dealers as they continue to invest in acquisitions and expansions in the face of intensified competition.

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Here I am in the old ITRA Training Center teaching a commercial tire service class. Based on my waist and hairline, I’m guessing it’s around 1998.
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Retreads -- and Retreaders -- are Better Than Ever

This year marked my 37th in the tire industry. I started what seems like a century ago, at age 15, stacking tires when I wasn’t cleaning whitewalls at our family tire dealership. By the time I was 18, I was running road service calls all over the Chicagoland area.

Figure 5: Installation of a snap-in sensor/valve assembly.
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TPMS: Chevrolet HHR and Malibu, 2007-16

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on certain models of the Chevrolet HHR and Malibu (2007-2016) alerts the driver of a large tire pressure change in any of the four tires while the vehicle is being driven. The system also will display individual tire pressures and their locations on the driver information center (DIC).

In the past, European drivers wouldn’t go on summer vacation on all-season tires.
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Demand for All-Season Tires Grows in Europe

All over the world, people are talking about “climate change.” In Europe, this is hardly surprising, as over the last couple of years there has been some pretty erratic weather here.

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Four Factors That Enhance the Customer Experience

Matthew “Mack” Robinson was the older brother of baseball great Jackie Robinson. He was also a pretty good track and field athlete, and made the U.S. team that competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With no coach to help him and running in a worn-out pair of track shoes, Mack broke the world record in the 200-meter race. In fact, he not only broke the world record, he shattered it. And he finished in second place. The man who came in first place was named Jesse Owens.

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Impending New Tariff Puts Domestic Manufacturers in a Net Positive Position

Our recent conversations with dealers leave us with a view that retail sell-out trends showed strength in August with a notable pickup in momentum from July. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers reported they saw unit sales improve roughly 3% to 4% compared to the prior year’s period and came in notably above recent growth rates observed in our tire demand index.

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