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Mark Your Calendars Now — TTDA Convention, April 23-25, 2014


Texas Tire Dealers are pleased to announce the 2014 Convention will be held at the Marriott in Sugar Land, Texas. The dates will be April 23-26, 2014. Below is a tentative schedule. Program speakers and details will be available on the TTDA website in January 2014.




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Automotive aftermarket experts make 2014 predictions
Tire Business
As the automobile industry recovers from the Great Recession and vehicles on the road continue to age, the automotive aftermarket faces some opportunities as well as challenges this year. These trends — along with a changing vehicle mix and expanding OEM globalization and technology — are among five major trends for 2014 that IHS Automotive/Polk identified during the recent AAPEX in Las Vegas.
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Be a better manager in 2014
Forbes
When it comes to management, some are big believers in fundamentals rather than fancy. Sure, there's nothing at all wrong with, say, presentation skills that spellbind an audience of thousands, but when it comes to operational effectiveness, chances are that will be determined by how well you execute fundamentals day in and day out. In that spirit, the following are six fundamentals that can make you a better manager in 2014.
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Farm tires: Expect another flat year
Modern Tire Dealer
Farm tire dealers know that when it comes to farming, nature always has the last word. In 2012 the United States had the largest drought in 56 years, when 55 percent of the country experienced drought conditions. Many farmers lost their crops. Farm tire sales suffered and dealers ended up with overstock at the end of the year.
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Food for thought: Exercise your optimism muscle
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If you routinely hear phrases like "Why are you so negative?" coming from people who know you well — your spouse, practice partner, office manager or even your children — it may be time to work on building up your optimism muscle.

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States look to alternative fuel vehicles for efficiencies
The Washington Post
States interested in squeezing every last efficiency out of their budgets are increasingly turning to vehicles that run on alternative fuels or use less gas, initiatives officials say could end up saving millions of dollars over the long run — while helping to spur an emerging industry.

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Small businesses get creative to cut health cost
USA Today
Small businesses have come up with creative ways to encourage their employees to become healthier. The Affordable Care Act creates new incentives to promote employer wellness programs and encourage employers to take more opportunities to support healthier workplaces.

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Made-in-America gets better as price drives better car sales
Bloomberg Businessweek
Here is the challenge for remade American automakers in 2014: They are fielding their best cars in a generation while they are saddled with an image for building poor-quality models. To dealers, the solution is simple — cut prices. Yet GM, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC have promised not to sacrifice their growing profitability by falling into old habits of deep discounting. This year, though, the Detroit Three and their retailers may meet in the middle, which could propel U.S. auto sales to what some analysts forecast to be the highest level since 2006.
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Online marketing New Year's resolutions for tire dealers
Tire Review
It's that time of year when thoughts turn to personal goals such as exercising more and business goals like improving your customer service. Online marketing is playing such an essential role for tire dealers these days; you may want to add it to your New Year's resolution list.
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New laws in Texas eliminate small business 'tax cliff'
Austin American-Statesman via CPA Practice Advisor
Thousands of small-business owners in Texas have faced a year-end dilemma since 2006: Try to stay under $1 million in gross receipts or see their state franchise tax bill go overnight from zero to thousands of dollars. The Legislature last year created a new deduction allowing businesses to deduct $1 million from their gross receipts for the franchise tax. The state's smallest businesses, those with less than $1 million in gross receipts, remain exempt from the tax. But eliminating the cliff gives the tax a more phased-in impact on companies making between $1 million and $3.3 million in gross receipts.
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Michelin Tweel airless tire wins innovation award
Equipment World
The tire market is a precise, refined, mature market that has, for the most part, relied on pneumatic tires for more than a century. Despite the vulnerability associated with air loss, pneumatic tires became the dominant technology thanks to several performance advantages. So, when Michelin's engineers were asked to replicate the basic characteristics of a pneumatic tire without the potential for pressure loss and rapid failure, they asked themselves one question. How do we get rid of the air? The answer was the Tweel, a single, non-pneumatic radial tire and wheel assembly, which replaces the traditional pneumatic tire and wheel assembly.
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Customer experience is more important than advertising
Business 2 Community
Fewer and fewer customers are trusting advertising as the source of information for products and services. Word of mouth carries a big, heavy stick when it comes to the reputation of your business products and services. Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and other social media and reviews sites help to amplify to voice of the customer. With the power that a single bad customer service experience can have at creating future business opportunities, it's critical that you focus on investing in customer service.
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Automakers' switch to new refrigerant will accelerate
Automotive News
A customer checking out the new Jeep Cherokee might be more intrigued by the novel nine-speed transmission than by what's inside the air conditioner compressor. But the refrigerant flowing through the veins of the Cherokee's air conditioner, a formulation called 1234yf, might be just as crucial as the gearbox to Chrysler's strategy for satisfying strict new environmental rules in the United States and Europe.
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