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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.

Carl Jonientz, owner of Tiny’s Tire Center Point S in Tacoma, Wash., was among the dealers who brought their families to the dealer meeting. Carlyn Jonientz, 10, walked the trade show floor with her dad.
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No Rest for Point S Dealers After Successful 2017

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%.

After another tire dealer closed in Baldwin City, Kan., Bill Leach bought the building and opened his second location, Mr. Tire of Baldwin. Leach plans to open three or four more locations in eastern Kansas. “At this point anything else I would build would be a Mr. Tire.”
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Program Groups Help Dealers Focus on Selling

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.

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