What's More Important Than Consolidation and Wage Wars? Cash Flow

Tire dealers are feeling the heat. The big guys are growing bigger. Finding and keeping reliable technicians is getting more expensive. And technology is requiring more expensive shop upgrades. Doom and gloom? Dennis McCarron says no. "It’s not doom and gloom because this is awesome."

Ziegler Tire & Service in Akron, Ohio, promotes the use of run-flat tires at the sales counter.

Five must-follow technological trends

When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V8 motor, he chose to build an engine with all eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine block in one piece. Ford replied, “Produce it anyway.”


Google, Facebook and your customers

What does all the Google goop and Facebook fodder mean to an independent tire dealer? Modern Tire Dealer columnist Wayne Croswell says you may decide to ignore one or both, but the user communities won’t, especially if they have a bad experience.


Google vs. Facebook: The battle lines have been drawn

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Google”? Do you think, search engine? Did you know it’s the most widely used search engine on the Internet? It’s five-and-a-half times more popular than its closest rival, Bing. Maybe you think of it as a place to look up a business on Google+ Local or do you think of Google Gmail, which is a very popular free email service?


Technology: fast and furious

Sometimes it’s necessary to take a look back in time in order to see what lies ahead. As we say goodbye to the year 2012 — and the trend toward social media — let’s take a ride on the historical technology highway and look back at some of the significant events in the history of computer technology


Reaching the tech-savvy woman

What are you doing in your business to attract the tech-savvy woman? Did you know, according to Delia Passi, CEO of, 80% of all car maintenance decisions are made or influenced by women?


Will you marry me? Great! Now where's my cell?

"Martin proposed to Olivia!" squealed the woman sitting next to me at the airport. She held out her cell phone so her husband could read the text message. "Wait!" the woman said. "Let me check Martin's Facebook page. It says, "Olivia said yes!"

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