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What’s Treading with Tire Review brings you features the latest tire industry trends, issues, technology and shop management practices among dealers in the industry today.

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What’s Treading with Tire Review brings you features the latest tire industry trends, issues, technology and shop management practices among dealers in the industry today.

    Manufacturer's POV: Managing Today's Tire Supply Chain 'Growing Pains' & How Dealers Can Work Through Them

    Manufacturer's POV: Managing Today's Tire Supply Chain 'Growing Pains' & How Dealers Can Work Through Them

    It's no secret that the tire supply chain has been jolted by the coronavirus pandemic. Things are sort of a hot mess and there are so many factors playing a role – the price and availability of raw materials, shipping, and freight, changes in manufacturing, fluctuating supply and demand...the list goes on. Dealers are most likely seeing these supply chain challenges in the form of low fill rates and higher prices across the board.

    But how did we get here? And when will the supply chain get back to “normal?” To help us make sense of it all, we asked Sumitomo Rubber North America (SRNA) for help. In this episode, we speak with Ron Papcun, senior vice president of operations for SRNA, who is a supply chain veteran. We delve into:

    - Reasons for delays in shipping of imported goods, including tires, from Asia [2:01]

    - Conditions that are creating domestic shipping and freight challenges and how it’s impacted the tire industry [3:40]]

    - Why today's supply chain issues are “growing pains” to make way for the supply chain of the future [7:05]

    - How the growth of the U.S. supply chain is impacting the tire industry as well as other sectors in creating record sales growth [7:57]

    - The effect of tariffs and high demand on the tire supply chain for SRNA [10:05]

    - How COVID-19 created a gap in the tire supply chain and altered supply and demand trends [10:56]

    - The reasons for rising tire costs in the last year [13:41]

    - Actions SRNA has taken for the Falken Tire brand to address supply chain challenges [14:34]

    - Advice for dealers on ordering tires so that they can get the product when they need it [17:59]

    - When and how the tire supply chain will work itself out and return to a “new normal” [20:54]

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    • 23 min
    Q&A with Coats: Tire Changers & Wheel Balancers

    Q&A with Coats: Tire Changers & Wheel Balancers

    How do you know if you need a new tire changer? And what do you need to do to keep your wheel balancer in mint condition and working order?

    The industry has lots of questions about changing and balancing tires, and many of those revolve around tire service equipment. In this episode of What’s Treading with Tire Review, we talk with the experts from Hennessy Industries, manufacturers of Coats tire changers, wheel balancers and tire inspection equipment, as well as BADA wheel weights and Baseline products, and answer some of the industry's most asked questions.

    Hennessy Industries' Kyle Harris and Ryan Rouser, key account managers, dive into some topics around tire changers and wheel balancers most on tire dealers' minds. We discuss:

    - The wear and tear tire service equipment endures [1:25]

    - When to repair your tire equipment [2:12]

    - When to replace your tire equipment [3:23]

    - Changes in technology and tire service equipment [4:36]

    - Preventative maintenance to do on your tire service equipment [6:38]

    - What to do with old tire changers and wheel balancers [8:20]

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    • 10 min
    Tire Industry Association: Transitioning to Virtual Training & Upcoming Program Updates

    Tire Industry Association: Transitioning to Virtual Training & Upcoming Program Updates

    What do you do when the pandemic forces you to lose one of your primary sources of revenue?

    Well, that’s the predicament the Tire Industry Association found itself in around mid-March last year. When states started to go into lockdown, the association had to cancel its in-person, hands-on training sessions, which made up a majority of its training and a large chunk of its revenue.

    In this episode, we speak with Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training for the Tire Industry Association. We delve into:

    - Why TIA added retails sales management training [1:54 audio]

    - How COVID-19 affected TIA training and improved its training staff’s skills [4:44 audio]

    - How TIA transitioned into a virtual learning environment [5:21 audio]

    - Feedback and the origins behind adding Commercial Tire Service training in Spanish [9:09 audio]

    Updates to TIA training programs, including what to expect in the latest Automotive Tire Service program update [1:50 audio]

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    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-treading-with-tire-review/id1470309726

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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rYE1NOtnlw&list=PLVkqUUE022sdAVQ6DuHU8cxd3FS2ni9vA

    For information about Tire Industry Association training programs, go to tireindustry.org.

    • 20 min
    Private Equity and Your Business: What to Know if You Want to Sell

    Private Equity and Your Business: What to Know if You Want to Sell

    People have different opinions about private equity in the tire industry. Some detest PE firms, hearing stories about how they come in and strip down a business. Others reluctantly accept it, and some embrace it, knowing that outside capital is coming in hot, thanks to the resilience of our industry.

    Regardless of how you feel, private equity has offered a way for many shop owners to transition their business or expand with the backing of outside capital. In this episode of What's Treading with Tire Review, we dig into the process of how private equity firms work with shops and what they look for in an acquisition. In this episode:

    - We hear from a former independent tire dealer about his experience selling his business to private equity firm GB Auto Service (1:06)

    - Vic Tarasik, founder of Shop Owner Coach, and Frank Kneller, president of GB Auto, discuss what private equity firms look for when they acquire new stores. (4:13)

    - Tarasik advises what dealers should do to get their shops attractive and ready for sale. (6:32)

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    • 11 min
    K&M Tire: Capitalizing on Virtual Communication

    K&M Tire: Capitalizing on Virtual Communication

    We’re almost a year into the pandemic, and as a result, industry events like trade shows have been forced to go virtual. For many, there’s also been a change in the way they’re communicating with vendors and customers and serving their needs. One company in the industry that has experienced this is K&M Tire.

    As a tire distributor, K&M works with both tire manufacturers and dealers with a mission to serve dealers’ needs. In this episode, we talk with Dave Miller, Director of Marketing for K&M Tire, about the company’s adaptability during the pandemic and how it executed its first-ever virtual trade show. Dave speaks about:

    - Changes in communication K&M experienced as a result of the pandemic [2:20]

    - Planning K&M’s first-ever virtual trade show [4:31]

    - How K&M rose to the occasion in a changing pandemic environment [10:38]

    - How the pandemic has affected the tire industry [13:24]

    - K&M’s dealer-first approach to doing business [15:20]

    - Ways K&M stuck to its motto of continuous improvement in a difficult year [16:30]

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    • 18 min
    John Dow Industries: Adapting to Technology Trends in Tires & Service

    John Dow Industries: Adapting to Technology Trends in Tires & Service

    It’s no secret that vehicle technology is changing at a rapid pace. Tire dealers see it in their bays every day when performing both tire and service work. One company that is on the front lines of adapting to new vehicle technology – and understanding the needs of the technician- is JohnDow Industries.

    “New products and improving existing products... staying relevant and understanding what professional technicians need, that’s the lifeblood of our company,” says JohnDow President Robert Christy. “We spend a lot of time in the bays, understanding their needs and understanding how our products are performing and how they can be improved.”

    In this episode of What’s Treading with Tire Review, we talk with Christy and members of his team to understand how the company is adapting to technicians’ fluid and fuel extraction and TPMS needs. We delve into:

    -Market trends JohnDow saw in 2020 [2:14]

    -Product categories, both new and improved, for the company in 2021 [3:17]

    -The company’s focus on the heavy-duty market for its EuroVent exhaust extraction line [4:33]

    -Trends that could change the TPMS landscape that are on JohnDow’s radar [6:15]

    -Changes in oil and fluid handling in domestic and import vehicles at the shop level [8:46]

    -How JohnDow plans to stay ahead of the curve and adapt to new vehicle technology to serve customers [11:00]

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    • 13 min

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