Is Sears' latest oil change offer competitive or not?
November 20, 2014

Sears is offering big savings on oil changes
Back when Sears Holdings Corp. was more of an automotive service force with which to be reckoned, an advertised price from a Sears newspaper ad or flyer was noticed by retailers everywhere.

Michelin will make Tweel for real in the U.S.
Michelin North America Inc. has opened its $50 million Tweel Airless Radial Tire plant in Greenville, S.C.

OTR plant is Bridgestone's big U.S. investment
Mining companies in the Americas will have better access to the tires they need to outfit their heavy haul trucks now that Bridgestone Corp. has expanded the manufacturing of giant radial OTR tires to the United States.

Cooper will webcast financial presentation
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will webcast its financial presentation to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Leveraged Finance Conference on Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. EST.

Rotary Lift introduces Wheel Wing tire hangar
Rotary Lift has introduced Wheel Wing tire hangar, a car lift accessory designed to improve ergonomics and boost shop productivity by making it easier to remove wheels for tire rotations and brake and suspension work.

Mitchell 1 creates mobile system for service
Auto repair shops can extend their shop management systems into the driveway and service bays with Mobile ManagerPro, a wireless program that works with any Android tablet and is fully integrated with Mitchell 1's Manager SE.

SMP redesigns e-catalog with searches, filters
Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) introduces a new and improved e-catalog, featuring a redesigned interface and new search and filter tools. The e-catalog is mobile-optimized so it performs equally as well on the a desktop, tablet or mobile phone.

Federal celebrates 60 years in business
Federal Corp. ended a year of 60th anniversary celebrations in markets worldwide with a carnival in Taiwan attended by more than a thousand of its partners, customers and staff.

Network celebrates growth at AAPEX reception
The Automotive Distribution Network is growing. The group celebrated at a reception attended by more than 1,100 guests on the opening night of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) on Nov. 4 in Las Vegas.

Raybestos adds to Element3 brake pad line
Brake Parts Inc. LLC has added 100 part numbers to the Raybestos brand’s line of Element3 brake pads.

BKT unveils two tires, farming survey at EIMA
Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) and its Italian distributor Univergomma unveiled two tires and showcased additional products at the 2014 International Agricultural and Gardening Machinery Exhibition (EIMA) Nov. 12-16 in Bologna, Italy.

Lori’s Listening

People and process: My father. Myself. My son
I’ve written more than 50 articles for Modern Tire Dealer. What an experience it’s been working with the team at MTD and receiving many encouraging notes and emails from the industry.

Expect more P-metric light truck tires for CUVs
In our October issue, we outlined the state of the P-metric light truck tire market in plenty of detail. Executives from 13 tire manufacturers provided their insights into a market segment that, by nearly all accounts, is growing.

Volume trends remained positive for eighth consecutive month
According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained somewhat encouraging in September. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 1.2% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.1% increase in August and a 0.4% increase in July.

Rate these Sears oil change offers: good, bad or misleading?
Sears Auto Centers is offering "exclusive" deals on two of its high-end oil change options. And it is leveraging its partnerships with Ashland Inc. and NASCAR to do it.

SEMA Show aftermath: Who was there and who wasn't (and who wasn't allowed)
Every year, the SEMA Show, Global Tire Expo (GTE) and AAPEX draw thousands of people to Las Vegas. The list of attendees is always a veritable Who's Who of the tire industry.

Intense competition: Monro's growth curve is scary
John Van Heel, CEO and president of Monro Muffler Brake Inc., recently made the most cryptic statement many of you will read over the Halloween season.

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