“I used to be a bullfighter.” Jose Rios told me that on a business trip to China in 2010. That trip ranks as my favorite during my 34-year career at Modern Tire Dealer.
Tire dealerships face a range of challenges, such as the temptation to drop prices on services when the economy slows. Past Tire Dealer of the Year Award winners share their approach to problems that can derail any business.
Face-to-face interaction between buyer and seller is the cornerstone of a successful tire dealership. Here are eight qualities that help people sell tires and automotive services.
There have been nine editors of Modern Tire Dealer in its 100-year history. Nine. Not even double figures in editors. Must be a great job!
While we were planning our year-long coverage of our 100th anniversary, there was one thing Publisher Greg Smith insisted we run at some time: the hot dog story.
Is it a technological breakthrough? Hardly. But we did see Ford Motor Co. play up tires in a press release, so clearly the vehicle maker sees a marketing opportunity.
The joining of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone Americas Inc. in the form of TireHub LLC is a potentially momentous move with far-reaching consequences. It also might be much ado about nothing.
There is one major reason autonomous vehicles will not take over our nation’s highways, as opposed to our roadways, in the foreseeable future: the need for speed. There are too many people who get their thrill on by going fast.
Remember when our industry’s anchor brands were a big part of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show? No? You are not alone. Bridgestone, Michelin and Goodyear tires were hard to find in the Las Vegas Convention Center last year.
My wife, Tris, likes cars. Always has. As a kid she used to help her father work on his vehicles because, as she says, “I had little hands and could get into spaces he couldn’t.”
The legislative landscape is unpredictable, to say the least. There are too many political agendas being promoted to forecast what will and won’t get done on your behalf, at least on the national level.
More than nine months have passed since I outlined what incoming President Donald Trump said he would do to help small businesses and their workers. In his Contract with the American Voter, he listed seven actions he would take to protect American workers within his first 100 days in office.
This year, in order to meet consumers’ changing needs, we will offer another way to purchase Goodyear consumer tires, and this is... online.” With those words, Andy Traicoff, vice president of consumer sales and customer development for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., set in motion what was thought to be a paradigm shift in the tire industry.
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