Drew Howlett says Falken’s OE success means dealers can expect to see more crossover owners seeking Falken brand replacement tires. The company continues to beef up its product mix, and in the fourth quarter it will launch the pictured WildPeak A/T Trail tire, an all-terrain tire specifically designed for crossovers.
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Keeping Pace With CUV and SUV Tires

Modern Tire Dealer broke down the CUV and SUV tire segments by asking three all-important questions covering the forecast for the next five years, product mix, and where there’s the greatest growth. Nineteen tire makers weighed in.

As opposed to other tire makers that have created their own direct-to-consumer tire websites, Jeremy Burt says, “I love the approach Bridgestone/Firestone has taken. I think wholesalers love this model because it’s empowering. Even the smallest dealer can afford to be on TireConnect.” He says dealers are “crazy” not to participate.
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The Many Ways to Sell Tires Online

It was more than two years ago when two tire dealers, in completely different markets more than 1,000 miles apart, made the same decision. Both were ready to boost their online presence.

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A Look at Online Tire Prices

As tire dealers all over the country work to adapt to the pressures of online tire sales, the looming question about Amazon.com Inc. in the market is price.

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The Influence of Amazon: Tire Tiers, Tire Brands and Tire Prices

It’s been a year since Amazon.com Inc. added tire installation to the check-out process for tire-buying consumers. Since then, it’s partnered with three retailers to build a nationwide network of installation options: Monro Inc., Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack, and Sears Auto Centers.

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Wanted: Tire Industry Leaders of the Future

There’s plenty to be said about the institutional knowledge of our industry’s long-time leaders. But more and more, young people are on the front lines pushing the tire industry into the future. Modern Tire Dealer is on the hunt for those young trailblazers.

Maliyah Ramsey is a high school junior in Akron, Ohio, studying automotive technology at East Community Learning Center. Akron Public Schools is creating specific career-minded academies at each of its high schools, and it’s received a boost from Bridgestone Americas Inc. The tire maker sponsors the Bridgestone Academy of Applied Engineering and Technology, which includes an automotive curriculum, as well as electrical engineering, interactive media and welding classes.
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The Hunt for Technicians

"We have 21 locations and we could probably use 21 more technicians.” Tire dealers all over the country can feel Matt Jensen’s pain.

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