Retail Sellout Shows Weakness

Inflation, Price Hikes Continue to Impact Demand

Our recent check-ins with tire dealers leave us with the view that retail sellout trends continue to show weakness and are lower on a year-over-year basis versus the same period in 2021.

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Why Virginia Tire Wants to Hire More Women

Dealership Hired 31 Women Last Year, Campaigns For More

"I’ve been in the business for over a decade now and of course, I can’t help but notice that not many people look like me,” says Julie Holmes, co-CEO of Virginia Tire & Auto LLC, a 17-store dealership based in Fairfax, Va. She wants to change this.

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Van's Tire Founder Wayne Vanaman Dies

Van's Tire & Service founder L. Wayne Vanaman recently died at the age of 79. Vanaman started the company in the 1970s by selling tires out of the back of his van in the Akron, Ohio area. Van's Tire eventually grew into a multi-outlet operation.

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Look Beyond the Basics to Attract Top Talent

Is the Proposition You're Selling Worth Buying?

The question usually comes to me in the form of “How do I find more help?” or “What’s the secret to finding employees these days?” These questions have been a part of almost every conversation I’ve had with tire dealers for quite some time.

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Is Your Business Recession-Ready? Dealers Share Tips

Economic indicators point to the possibility of a general downturn - if not a full-fledged recession - taking place in the United States sometime next year. How can you prepare for a possible dip and the impact it could have on your profitability? Fellow dealers share their advice in this MTD exclusive.

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Retail Sellout Continues to Decline

On the Bright Side, Inventory Levels Are Starting to Rebound

Recent dealer commentary suggests that consumer demand for passenger and light truck tires continues to drop. Demand fell on a net basis this past June versus the same month in 2021. 

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TIA Provides Update on Build Back Better Again

“Coming off the July 4 recess, Democrats were projecting cautious optimism about their ability to pass a broad economic package, colloquially being referred to as Build Back Better Again, before the August 8 recess," say Tire Industry Association officials.

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Bridgestone, USW Reach Tentative Agreement

Bridgestone Americas Inc. and the United Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement covering Bridgestone plants in Bloomington, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Warren County, Tenn.; LaVergne, Tenn.; Akron, Ohio; and Russellville, Ark.

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Mac's Tire Service Offers Convenience, 'Comfort'

24/7 Service, Female Employees Set Washington D.C. Dealership Apart

Pam Konde remembers a time before she was the owner of Mac’s Tire Service in Washington, D.C. She recalls working for her father, Percy Pettaway, at the single-location dealership during her summer breaks from high school and making $3 an hour operating the cash register. 

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MTD 100: Fast Facts From This Year’s List

A Snapshot of Facilities, Brands and Locations
The MTD 100, featured in the July 2022 issue of MTD, is the most in-depth look at the largest independent tire dealerships in the U.S. that you will find anywhere. Here are some fast facts about some of this year’s MTD 100 dealerships.
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