With nearly 30 years at the helm of Tire Source, an independent tire dealership that has six locations throughout northeastern Ohio, Tom White has dealt with just about every tire retailing scenario that you can imagine.
Typically the managers from every VIP Tires & Service store gather for an end-of-the-fiscal-year meeting. That meeting couldn’t happen like normal in 2020, but company leaders and employees dropped plenty of inspiration into a couple of videos for the team.
Tire demand around the world was “severely depressed” during the first six months of 2020 - that’s how the Michelin Group put it. And as the industry tries to turn things around in the second half of the year, I thought it would be good to review Michelin’s current take on things.
Few Modern Tire Dealer exclusives are more anticipated than the MTD 100, our in-depth look at the 100 largest independent tire dealerships in the United States. The 2020 version of the MTD 100 appears in our July issue – and I promise you, it’s a can’t-miss.
You managed to hire several young, motivated, skilled auto service technicians before COVID-19 hit. How are you planning to retain their services after the economy reopens and there’s more work to go around?
The coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic fall-out have created extra layers of complexity – and uncertainty – that didn’t exist even eight weeks ago. But retreaders will find a way to survive and thrive. They always do.
Forget the negative stereotypes about younger generations. The livelihoods of today’s independent tire dealers depend on the work, talent, and technical intuition of the next generation. Modern Tire Dealer is launching a program to celebrate those young leaders.