It seems autonomous vehicles continue to pique the interest of journalists everywhere, and that includes me. I have gone on record as saying they won't take over our highways anytime soon because there are too many obstacles to overcome first.
"If it's a sneak peek of the two new Firestone Destination tires, why don't you have pictures of them?" That's what Joy Kopcha, Modern Tire Dealer's senior editor, said to me when I wrote last week's blog.
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.
Tire retailers and wholesalers, big and small, have been targets of ransomware and cyberattacks. We've got eight preventive measures you can take to help guard your business.
Autonomous vehicles are a hotbed subject in our industry, as they should be. They potentially affect everyone, even non-drivers, and certainly tire dealers.
There are more than 29,000 independent tire dealerships in the U.S., and I like to think they all care about satisfying the customer. But every once in a while, I hear about a store manager taking advantage of a customer.
Would you consider Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. a domestic or foreign car company? The parent company is based in Japan. But Toyota has been manufacturing vehicles in the U.S. since 1972.
"Next they'll be selling tires. They sell almost everything else."
Can we expect tire prices to rise soon? It looks like the prices of at least two key raw materials in the tire building process may be on their way up.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Was 2017 a good year for Goodyear? That's a relative question. But the company, as Chairman, CEO and President Rich Kramer keeps saying, continues to follow its long-term strategy of embracing the revolutionary changes in technology (he calls them a "disruption"), catering to millennials, and “to work from the market back” to deliver the tires dealers demand the most, especially high value-added tires such as the Goodyear WeatherReady.
When Mike Erickson took over as president of the North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA), he did not do so as a figurehead. He wants to make a difference for the tire dealers in North Carolina. He said as much at the NCTDA Expo and Trade Show last March.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is testing a mobile tire installation program that appears to be similar to Michelin OnSite, which Michelin North America Inc. discontinued.