Joy Kopcha

Joy Kopcha

Senior Editor & Digital Projects Editor

After more than a dozen years working as a newspaper reporter in Kansas, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, Joy Kopcha joined Modern Tire Dealer as senior editor in 2014. She has covered murder trials, a prison riot and more city council, county commission, and school board meetings than she cares to remember.

ARTICLES

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‘Tier-Four Is In Total Chaos’

Shipping delays, price increases and the impact of new tariffs are all having a big effect on the U.S. tire market, but all three hitting the industry at once is creating an especially chaotic situation in the lower tiers. Executives from Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. broke down the chaos during their latest dealer forum.
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Monro's Next Stop: The Southwestern U.S.

Tire Dealer Says It Will Build If It Can't Buy
Monro Inc. has its eyes on the southwestern U.S., and the nation's third-largest tire dealer, which is known for its aggressive growth-by-acquisition strategy, now says it's ready to build stores from the ground up if it can't find properties to buy in this market.
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Software Systems Can Feed Growth

Optimize Your Dealership’s Performance With A Point-of-sale Investment

When tire dealers think about wanting to grow and increase their local market share, they often focus on attracting more customers, retaining the ones they have and providing consumers with services that also boost the business’ profitability. Upgrading a dealership’s point-of-sale (POS) system might not seem like a priority, but software providers say it should be.


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Pricing, Supply and Shipping Woes Stress Tire Dealers

Tire prices are going up. Supply issues continue. And tire dealers tell Modern Tire Dealer both are having an effect on what happens at the sales counter. Since nearly every major tire manufacturer has announced a price hike in recent months, MTD set out to find how that’s affecting sales and profitability. We checked in with six dealerships for a progress report as the first quarter comes to a close.


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7 Things to Know About the Goodyear-Cooper Deal

In an effort to assure its 10,000 global employees, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. answered some frequently asked questions as its potential acquisition by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. looms in the future. The FAQ, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, provides insights and answers for both companies’ tire dealers, too.


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Point S: 'Growing in the Year of the Pandemic'

Point S tire dealers in the U.S. had their best year ever in 2020. They sold 19% more tire units than the previous year and increased their overall sales by 20%. The cooperative added a record number of stores, expanded into five new states and bought its second wholesale operation in two years.


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Tariffs Won't Include ATV, UTV Tires

The U.S. Department of Commerce has agreed to narrow the scope of its tariff investigation into passenger and light truck tires, removing a few categories of tires from the weight of any tariffs for imports from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.


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Nokian Made Gains in North America in 2020

This year has delivered plenty of challenges, but for Nokian Tyres Inc., it’s also brought growth. “We gained market share every month,” said Tommi Heinonen, director of sales for North America. “That means our dealers were trusting us and giving a fair share of their business to us even when times were quite nasty.


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