Another giant is entering the online tire sales game
May 21, 2015

Monro plans online tire sales for fleets
Monro Muffler Brake Inc.’s CEO and President John Van Heel outlined initiatives to improve comparable store sales, including online tire sales for commercial customers and more digital marketing and high-value consumer promotions to boost retail store traffic.

The next tire retailer to sell out will be...
Does anyone want to go back to the late 1980s, when Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and whoever actually sang those Milli Vanilli songs ruled the airwaves? There were a lot of U.S.-based tire manufacturers who ended up being purchased at the time, and slightly afterward.

Monro earns 13% more in fiscal 2015
Monro Muffler Brake Inc. reported net income of $61.8 million on net sales of $894.5 million for its fiscal year ended March 28, 2015. That compares to income of $54.5 million on sales of $831.4 million for its previous fiscal year.

A landmark tire: The Uniroyal giant tire is 50
A landmark of a Detroit suburb celebrated its 50th anniversary this week. The giant Uniroyal tire located adjacent to I-94 in Allen Park, Mich., is billed as the largest tire model ever built.

Shandong recalls 5,068 LT tires
Shandong Jinyu Industrial Co. Ltd. is recalling 5,068 Evergreen and Jinyu tires manufactured between April 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2014.

Aeolus hosts customers at Volvo Ocean Race
Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd. recently hosted some of its biggest U.S. tire buyers and distributors at the Volvo Ocean Race stopover at the Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I

Hotwire will return after Memorial Day
Modern Tire Dealer will not publish Hotwire on Monday, May 25, 2015, due to the Memorial Day holiday. Look for the next edition on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Lori’s Listening

Wheel fasteners
Wheel fasteners are arguably the most important components on any vehicle, responsible for securing the wheels to the vehicle, yet are often the least understood and appreciated. This brief article offers a basic overview of the often overlooked threaded wheel fastener — how to identify it and how to handle it.

Continental’s ExtremeContact DWS06
"Don’t screw it up.” That was the mantra among the Continental dealers who loved the ExtremeContact DWS. And engineers at Continental listened.

An insight into tomorrow’s tires
It has certainly been a period of “show time” in Europe in the past couple of months with the internationally prestigious Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, following February’s Tire Technology Expo in Germany (which I reported on in the March edition of MTD).

25 years later, it's takeover time again! Is Pep Boys next?
Remember the late 1980s? Debbie Gibson and Milli Vanilli were top music acts. The late Peter Jennings anchored the ABC evening news. George Bush the First was president. And foreign tire manufacturers were buying up their U.S. counterparts left and right.

Goodyear drops in brand ranking from 150 to 301. Why?
Brand Finance plc refers to itself as "the world's leading brand valuation and strategy consultancy." Its recent "Top 500 U.S. brands" list leaves something to be desired, particularly with how it treats Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Paul Zurcher leaves behind a legacy from which you can benefit
Because of the spelling of his name, the late Paul Zurcher, who died last Thursday after a brief illness, probably found himself at the end of many a line during his 90 years on this earth.

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