European Tyre Enterprises Ltd (ETEL) CIO and commercial director, Steve Parker is to leave the company. Parker, who has been with the business for over 30 years (first at Stapleton’s and latterly at ETEL), is taking a break from the industry to “spend time with his family and pursue other interests”.
Leading national wholesaler Stapleton’s Tyre Services reports that, while the company stocks all the best known brands, in recent years “some excellent alternatives of HP and UHP have been introduced into Stapleton’s stable”. This applies across all price point, but – say company representatives – retailers’ wishes steers the development of the company’s UHP tyre offering.
Leading wholesaler offers multiple SUV/4×4 options Stapleton’s is offering to help retailers get up to speed for what the wholesaler believes will be an “SUV/4×4 tyres bonanza”. Their optimism is based on the fact that, after the turn of the New Year, the British motor industry announced that it is accelerating towards an all-time record […]
Stapleton’s has restated its commitment to the constant development of its passenger car tyre offering. “What we’re incessantly asking ourselves is ‘who exactly are we doing all this for?’” says Nigel O’Hara, Stapleton’s wholesale director. “And the answer is, that everything we do is for our retail partners first and foremost – and by extension […]
Stapleton’s says its own extensive delivery fleet has informed its approach to the van and light commercial vehicle market; from the large fleet manager to the man in a van, a van off the road is a van that is losing money. The tyre wholesaler states that the cost and potential damage to customer relations of a van being out of action means the retailer needs to offer the right tyre quickly.
Puns aside, 1 November 2014 was a significant day for the UK tyre industry – and indeed for everyone who uses the roads – as it brought with it the legal requirement for all new vehicles produced and sold in Europe to be fitted with a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System). And although these systems are hardly new – Stapleton’s suggests this legislation “heralds a quiet revolution that’s sure to have a dramatic impact on tyre retail and indeed the motor vehicle industry as a whole”.
Maxxis UK managing director offers 2015 market insights, looks forward to 2016 “For retailers it is about selling something,” Maxxis UK managing director Derek McMartin told Tyres & Accessories during an interview in October. But what? The point is that, in the present market situation we are all currently experiencing, dealers are forever in a […]
The Maxxis Premitra HP5 was named ‘Tyre of the Year’ at the 2015 Motor Trend magazine award ceremony in Shanghai in August. The new tyre is not available in the UK yet, but is expected to arrive on these shores in the first quarter of 2016 when it will be exclusively distributed by Stapleton’s. Maxxis reports that it made the decision to initially launch the HP5 tyre in China in May due to the size and therefore importance of the Chinese market.
Winning the National Tyre Distributors Association Wholesaler of the year award in 2015 was “an extra special achievement”, according to leading tyre wholesaler Stapleton’s. This is said to have especially been the case as it was the first year in the awards history that all the awards were judged by a panel of independent adjudicators from the wider tyre and automoteive industry community.
Stapleton’s investment in recent years has been focused on its nationwide distribution operation – including new regional hubs and a larger delivery fleet – the wholesaler said. “It’s all been in response to the retailers’ needs – and we’re gratified by their response to the flexible and responsive operation we’ve created, with faster and more frequent deliveries,” comments Nigel O’Hara, Stapleton’s wholesale director. Retailer feedback has confirmed Stapleton’s customers want to stock a variety of tyre solutions at every price point, but especially in the fiercely competitive mid-market sector. The wholesaler has a range of exclusive brands in this segment, including Maxxis, Nexen, Matador, Event and Riken.
The winners of the 2015 Tyre Industry Awards were announced during the 86th NTDA Annual Dinner on 1 October following the new one-day Tyre Industry Conference at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham. Attendance at the dinner set a new record, with 60 tables sold out. The speaker and presenter of the awards was former England Rugby Union international, amateur dancer and current television pundit, Austin Healey, who added some trademark irreverence to proceedings. The Awards were also live-tweeted as they were announced on the @Tyrepress Twitter feed. The awards were sponsored this year by Sailun Tyres.
The expansion of the four-wheel drive market has resulted in an increased choice of tyres, as manufacturers launch products to service the needs of retailers and consumers across the UK, wholesaler Stapleton’s states. This creates a window of opportunity as well as a challenge for the tyre retailer: a fast-growing market for high quality replacement tyres, and a wider breadth of stock required to cope with the specialist sector. This, Stapleton’s says, is where the wholesaler comes in.
County Tyres is the latest dealership to have had a complete makeover courtesy of Maxxis, after demonstrating its commitment to the tyre manufacturer. The Newport Centre of Excellence will now have all of its external signage updated courtesy of the tyre maker and Stapleton’s.
High performance cars call for high performance tyres – and understandably motorists who have invested in an expensive vehicle are among the most discerning of customers. Reluctant to compromise performance or safety, they have tended to favour major global brands such as Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Pirelli and Michelin – but over the years Stapleton’s have been developing and introducing a range of alternatives from their own stable of exclusive brands.
Over 40 years since it opened, Scotts Tyres was recently given a complete overhaul courtesy of Maxxis and Stapletons. Scotts Tyres is now a Maxxis Centre of Excellence dealership. The Northamptonshire-based fitting centre has had its internal and external paintwork refreshed, new signage throughout and point-of-sale items updated.