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.
"We have 21 locations and we could probably use 21 more technicians.” Tire dealers all over the country can feel Matt Jensen’s pain.
Modern Tire Dealer is searching for the young bright minds who are shaping the next generation of the tire industry.
The 212 stores in Tire Factory Inc.’s network sold 6.5% more tires in 2017 than in 2016, and they increased overall sales by 8%. There was improvement in same-store sales — dealers who have rebranded to the Point S banner increased sales by 5.5%, and those who haven’t were up 3.5%.
Bill Leach had wanted to expand beyond his one-store tire business in Paola, Kan., for some time. So when he finally found the perfect location for a second store, about 30 miles away in Baldwin City, Kan., he was ready to roll. And one decision at least was an easy one.
Consumers are replacing their high performance sedans with high performance SUVs and CUVs.
Walt Holland comes from a family of miners and spent 30 years working in Nevada's gold, silver and copper mines. But he couldn't fight the urge to be his own boss, so in 2016 he became a tire dealer.
Are M/T tires for enthusiasts seeking adventures or their buttoned-down brethren chasing a certain look? Modern Tire Dealer asked manufacturers for details about the consumers they are targeting as well as their latest M/T tires.
On a scale of 1 to 10, what grade would you give commercial tire makers for the sales and service support they provide your dealership?
Michelin North America Inc. is targeting a fast-rising segment of the truck tire industry with its new Michelin X Multi D, a regional drive-position tire designed for trucks and fleets making shorter, more regional urban hauls.
Of the 19 tire manufacturers who responded to our questions, 11 have introduced new M/T tires since 2015. And at least three more new M/T tires are expected to be unveiled in the next 24 months. Nick Gutierrez, sales manager for Sentury Tire Americas, refers to it as a “flash flood.”
Five tire dealers have cracked the code for luring millennials into their businesses. The best part is, these tactics serve every customer who walks in the door, no matter what his or her age.
When it comes to medium truck tires, fuel efficiency and cost-per-mile considerations remain priorities, but there are other trends driving the segment as well.