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Do markets dream of electric cars?

Do markets dream of electric cars?

9th January 2019 | 0 Comments

Phillip K Dick may well have been thinking far further into the future than the current popularisation of electric cars when he wrote his famous novella “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, however the rise of big data alongside electric and autonomous vehicles means the most advanced cars of today have an increasing amount in common with the artificial intelligence in the source material for the film Blade Runner.

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Mopar connects with Amazon Marketplace

Mopar connects with Amazon Marketplace

9th January 2019 | 0 Comments

Mopar, Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA)’s spares, parts and service operation, has announced that it will be selling its products online on Amazon Marketplace. Mopar will be the first Automaker in Italy to sell its products through this platform. According to the company, it is a new way to respond to the needs of increasingly more technological and digitised customers.

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New research from CarNext.com reveals love-hate relationship with cars

8th January 2019 | 0 Comments

New research conducted to coincide with the launch of CarNext.com, a new digital high-quality used car platform powered by LeasePlan, revealed how strong Britons’ love affair with their motors is. The research revealed that cars (72 per cent) rank second only to their partners (74 per cent) in importance to everyday life. It turns out, cars are prioritised over jobs (52 per cent), television (43 per cent) and jewellery (18 per cent).

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Delphi partners TomTom on driverless technology

4th January 2019 | 0 Comments

Delphi Technologies PLC has announced a collaboration with TomTom, known for its satnav products. According to the two companies, the partners will collaborate on “electronic and software applications designed to further optimize vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions through the use of real-time mapping data”.

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Pirelli Cyber Fleet available in UK from Q1 2019

Pirelli Cyber Fleet available in UK from Q1 2019

18th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Back in September 2018 Pirelli announced that the system it had developed for the monitoring and management of tyres had been renewed. As a result, the company launched two technological solutions at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover - Cyber Fleet Smart and Cyber Fleet Gate – both of which represent the company’s latest engagement with the digital revolution.

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Motokiki tyre price comparison site launches

Motokiki tyre price comparison site launches

12th December 2018 | 0 Comments

A new online tyre price comparison service has launched, aiming to provide UK motorists with an online tool to choose their tyres quickly and easily, and bringing together products from a wide variety of retail businesses. Motokiki’s comparison engine is designed to offer an impartial whole of market price comparison of tyres from a broad range of suppliers, as well as tyre label result comparison, and the location in which they can be fitted. The company initially comprises 20 staff in offices a short walk from Port Talbot railway station, working on the technical development and marketing of the website, with other aspects of the business outsourced to teams around the country, such as its London-based communications agency, FWD Consulting. Tyres & Accessories travelled to south Wales in late November to attend the launch, with Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) and the Development Bank of Wales, which have collectively made an equity investment of £3 million in the company, also represented.

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Michelin acquires Tablet

3rd December 2018 | 0 Comments

Michelin has bought Tablet, an online travel agency specializing in boutique and luxury hotels. Headquartered in New York, Tablet was founded in 2000 by Laurent Vernhes and Michael Davis to provide a high-quality selection of unique hotel experiences to millions of travellers, and an associated booking platform. The purchase of The Tablet follows Michelin’s earlier purchase of Bookatable.com in January 2016 and Restaurantes.com in December 2016.

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Blackcircles.com entrepreneur launches online portal for US tyre retailers

Blackcircles.com entrepreneur launches online portal for US tyre retailers

28th November 2018 | 0 Comments

Mike Welch, the founder of Blackcircles.com has founded Tirescanner.com, a new online portal designed for North American tyre retailers. Initially investing more than $1million in the venture, Welch claims it will be “North America’s first online portal for brick and mortar tyre retailers.” Welch sold UK “click and fit” tyre retailer, Blackcircles to Michelin three years ago, and will bring his online experience to the world’s largest tyre retail market in the US, where replacement tyre sales reached $39.6 billion in 2017. Earlier in 2018, Welch became strategic adviser and shareholder of Indian e-commerce venture Tyremarket.com, while he joined the board of US player Simpletire.com in 2017, prior to US distributor Dealer Tires, itself currently in the process of being acquired by Bain Capital, making an investment in the company this year.

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Service training and online presence key profits, Irish Michelin dealers told

Service training and online presence key profits, Irish Michelin dealers told

27th November 2018 | 0 Comments

Developing an online identity and regular customer service training for staff are key to boosting profits, Michelin’s Republic of Ireland partner dealers have been told at an annual event. Delegates at the full-day session at Langton House Hotel in Kilkenny were given advice on developing their digital offering through websites and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Will Amazon buy ATD?

Will Amazon buy ATD?

17th October 2018 | 0 Comments

October has been a tumultuous month for US tyre distribution. First ATD filed for Chapter 11 during the first week of the month. Then, less than two week’s later Sears, which includes Sears Autocentres (itself one just two major tyre installation partners for Amazon), also applied for bankruptcy protection. Now market analysts are asking if Amazon is planning to buy ATD.

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Sears enters Chapter 11

17th October 2018 | 0 Comments

On Monday 15 October 2018 Sears Holdings Corporation, the 132-year-old US retailer known for selling everything to everyone, filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Southern District of New York.

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ATD enter bankruptcy proceedings

17th October 2018 | 0 Comments

A month after its credit rating was downgraded, American Tire Distributors, Inc. (ATD), the largest tyre wholesaler not only in the USA, but in the entire NAFTA region, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the District of Delaware on 4 October. At the time, the company announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with approximately 75 per cent of its bondholders on the terms of a recapitalization that would reduce the company's debt by approximately $1.1 billion and increase its financial flexibility as it continues its ongoing transformation

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Mobox: Flat rate tyre subscriptions a la Bridgestone

15th October 2018 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone has introduced an all-inclusive monthly subscription service for tyres called Mobox. According to the company, Mobox subscription offers “new tyres, full warranty and other premium vehicle-related services, and all at an affordable price per month”.

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Goodyear introduces “Roll by Goodyear” integrated tyre retail programme

Goodyear introduces “Roll by Goodyear” integrated tyre retail programme

15th October 2018 | 0 Comments

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has introduced a new tyre retail process that integrates online purchases with real-life fitment. “Roll by Goodyear”, as the new approach has been named, will start out in the Washington, DC, metro area where Roll by Goodyear showrooms and the multiple installation options will be available. The goal is to offer consumers the chance to purchase interchangeably between online and in-store, according to the company.

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Tyres On The Drive offers self- scheduling with Descartes

Tyres On The Drive offers self- scheduling with Descartes

10th October 2018 | 0 Comments

Tyres on the Drive now offers delivery appointment self-scheduling online using Descartes’ dynamic appointment scheduling and route planning solution. The offering provides a differentiated customer experience while improving the productivity of Tyres On The Drive’s fleet and technicians.

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