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'Return to Normal?' Analyst John Healy Discusses Why The Tire Industry Will Move Forward - Not Backward - in 2021

As an analyst at Northcoast Research Holdings LLC, John Healy has a bird’s-eye view of the domestic tire industry. Healy, who also writes MTD’s monthly Your Marketplace column, calls 2020 “the most unpredictable and at the same time, the most surprising” year in recent memory. In this MTD exclusive, Healy explains why - and looks ahead to what 2021 will bring.


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Southern Tire Mart, Pilot Flying J Form Strategic Alliance

Southern Tire Mart, the largest independent commercial tire dealership in the U.S., and Pilot Co. have formed a strategic alliance, Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J, that "will leverage the strengths and conveniences of Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, as well as the tire and maintenance
expertise of Southern Tire Mart."

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Five Big Trends to Watch In the New Year

As 2020 draws to a close, the big question seems to be, “What will the new year bring?” Curtis Brison, vice president of passenger and light truck tire sales, Hankook Tire America Corp., recently shared his thoughts with me. Here are Brison’s top five predictions for 2021.

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Goodyear's Rich Kramer: Tire Dealers 'Keep the World Moving'

Tire dealers in need of a pep talk and a reminder of all they’ve encountered and adjusted to in 2020 need to look no further than Rich Kramer’s remarks that capped off the virtual conference hosted by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. “We’ve always known that each of you is essential to keep the world moving. Well, now everybody else knows, as well."

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Bridgestone Pilots Subscription-Based Service Platform

Would your customers pay a monthly fee for the delivery of tire and vehicle maintenance services? Bridgestone Americas Inc. is in the process of finding out. Since late-November, the company has been piloting what it calls a "subscription-based model" in Nashville, Tenn. In this interview, Riccardo Cichi, president and chief sales officer of Bridgestone’s Americas Tire Group, discusses the program and why he believes dealers will want to participate in it. 

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Full-Year U.S. Shipments to Total 298.3 Million, Says USTMA

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) projects U.S. tire shipments will total 298.3 million units by the end of 2020, compared to 332.7 million units in 2019. This forecast represents a significant improvement of nearly 19 million units from the 2020 volume that the USTMA forecasted in July.

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Dealers Target Last-Mile Delivery Fleets

How Dealers are Servicing This Fast-Growing Segment

Driven by e-commerce and the proliferation of distribution hubs, there are more last-mile delivery vans on the road than ever before, creating additional tire and service opportunities for enterprising tire dealers. Here's how two leading tire dealerships are pursuing this rapidly growing segment, as they share what's working for them.

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