Although tire manufacturers are making technological leaps in tire design and rubber compounding year after year, they all still face what they call the “target conflict” between mileage and rolling resistance. This means that improving one of these characteristics in the tire typically reduces performance in the other area. Is it possible to find a tire that’s the best of both worlds?
It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, how long you’ve been in business or how large of a business you run—to grow your sales, you have to find your “why.” That’s exactly what Danny Smith, owner of six Same Day Automotive Tire Pros stores in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area did.
Online entrepreneur Michael Welch launches Tirescanner.com, a new way US motorists can buy their car tires online. Positioned as ‘Uber of car tires,’ the company aims to offer same-day tire installation anywhere in the US at market leading prices by 2020.
The local car dealer was advertising “buy three get one free” tires. While researching the information on the tires, one listed brand and model had a recall notice posted on their website and another said the model has been discontinued over a year ago. The dealer told me that they wouldn’t be selling a recalled tire. The dealer was offering road hazard service in the package. Should I be concerned my free road hazard program would be useless if the model I bought was discontinued? I was told that tires sitting in warehouses for years is not a good thing.
Amid walls of red rocks hundreds of feet high and a peaceful Colorado River flowing behind them, about three dozen Kumho Tire USA dealers, wholesalers and distributors were invited to the Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa near Moab, Utah, to hear business updates during the company’s annual dealer meeting held Nov. 13-15. In addition, guests were introduced to Kumho’s new Road Venture MT71 tire – which will be available Jan. 1, 2020 – as part of the company’s first-ever tire launch event.
During the 2019 SEMA Show, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) hosted its annual “Tires at 2” seminar in which tire dealers shared their secrets to success.
Speaking to a full house, Alpio Barbara, 2019 Tire Review Top Shop winner and owner of Redwood General Tire in Redwood City, Calif., and Bob Kellogg, president of Warren Tire in upstate New York and Tire Business’ Tire Dealer Humanitarian of the Year, discussed ways their business has been successful and how other dealers can take advantage of opportunities in the industry and their communities.
Kevin Rolhwing, TIA’s vice president of training, moderated …
An avid auto enthusiast with a fondness for American muscle cars, Steve literally grew up in and around his family’s auto service business in Massachusetts. Today, he is the CEO and Trainer of Champions of Sale Away LLC. Steve has over 25 years of successful sales, sales management and sales training experience.
TOKYO — Makers of airless tires such as Japan’s Bridgestone Corp. hope driverless cars will herald a breakthrough for their niche technology, which is more than a decade old but underperforms standard tires in every way except resistance to puncture. Autonomous driving — and the eventual introduction of self-driving taxis — could mean greater demand for puncture-resistant tires as greater usage of vehicles exposes them to more flat tires.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. is planning to expand warehouse capacity at its U.S. passenger and light truck tire plants in Aiken County, S.C., and Wilson, N.C.
The Ontario Tire Dealers Association (OTDA) represents approximately 500 Ontario independent tire retailers.
The OTDA recently announced the appointment of the following board members:
President – Bob Bignell, Veritech Mfg. & Wholesale Inc
Vice President – Harold Boake, Steelcase Tire
Secretary – Rejean Murry, O.K. Tire Service (Val-Rita)
Treasurer – Glenn Warnica
Additionally, elected to the board:
Jim Taleporos – Midas Canada Inc.
Bruce Barnim – Tirecraft Ontario