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Patti RennerIn Perspective by Patti Renner

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Triumph Over Tragedy

Tire Review Editor Patti Renner discusses the inspiration behind the December cover story and the essential qualities of leadership.

Creating a Culture of Change

For the past six months, I’ve been lucky to travel across North America and spend time with tire dealers, distributors and manufacturers at various events and conferences. The theme I...

Exploring Your Options

Some say the proverbial dark clouds are forming on the horizon, heading this way fast. Consolidation within the industry, manufacturers selling direct and/or online, shrinking profit margins, rising employment costs,...

Kristen CriswellKC View by Kristen Criswell

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Embracing Online Sales

I’m experiencing déjà vu. Another tire manufacturer – Michelin North America – has entered the direct-to-consumer market. And no surprise, Tire Review’s website blew up with comments from tire dealers...

The Evolving Vehicle

Cars have come a long way since the first “production” vehicles made by Karl Benz. Power steering, automatic transmission, ABS systems and even TPMS, these technologies seem light years ahead...

Correcting Blind Spots

You tell yourself, you’re the best tire dealership in your area. But, how do you really know that’s true? Do you have basis for your opinion or is that something...

Take a Page Out of Walmart’s Playbook

Walmart is airing commercials urging customers to get the most fun out of their tax refund. The commercial features a man traveling via car non-stop for work and presumably wearing...

Jim SmithFirst Off by Jim Smith

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Year of the Tire Dealer

The long-term survival of independent tire distribution depends on dealers. The best ones are the smart businesspeople that build customer-first cultures, make finding and nurturing good employees a priority, and...

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Remembering Jim: Dedication to Safety

In life longtime Tire Review Editor Jim Smith was a dedicated advocate of automobile safety – not only how it affected tire dealers, but also the general population. Sometimes Jim’s...

Remembering Jim: A Publisher’s Perspective

Dear tire industry and Tire Review readers, We are still waiting for word from Jim’s family on final arrangements and will pass the information to you when it is available....

Remembering Jim: First Impressions

Due to the recent passing of longtime Tire Review Editor Jim Smith, we’d like to take a look back at Jim’s start with the magazine. Jim started working with Tire...

Remembering Jim: Ed Wagner Leadership Award

Longtime Tire Review Editor Jim Smith devoted his life to the tire and automotive industry and the people who worked in it. After nearly 30 years in the industry, Jim...