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Evaluate equipment upgrades
Tire Business
As every business owner and consumer knows, computers, smartphones and similar devices constantly need updating — whether for faster program-ming or for better-performing apps. The updates are vital to improving services and functionality and to keep computer and phone customers from becoming frustrated with outdated software — or from trading in their current product simply for one that looks more exciting or happens to be a competitors' latest offering. While the tire industry and independent tire dealerships never will be viewed in the same category as hi-tech firms such as Apple Inc. or Google Inc., many tire industry firms are making noticeable progress in this area.
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Will my business lose good applicants without health care?
Business Review USA
Small business owners face enough challenges, so when they are not able to offer healthcare to current or future employees, the job of running a small business becomes that much harder. Why are so many small businesses struggling with health care and is there a happy health care middle ground to be found?
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75,000-mile warranty backs General Altimax RT43
Modern Tire Dealer
The newest addition to the General Altimax tire line is the Altimax RT43. The all-season touring tire features two new technologies designed to help provide the consumer "impressive value," says the company. The new technologies are peak anti-slip sipe design technology and low surface abrasion technology. "Our tire engineers have combined several technologies to give the consumer an all-season touring tire that is a notable value," says Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire the Americas LLC.
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Honda recalls almost 46,000 Fits in US, Canada
Reuters via Automotive News
Honda Motor Co. is recalling almost 46,000 Fit small cars in the United States and Canada to fix a problem with the electronic stability control system software. The recall affects 2012 and 2013 model year Fit Sport cars. The cars may tilt too far during sharp turns, possibly leading to loss of tire traction and increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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The payments landscape: Credit card payments 2013 and beyond
Verizon Small Business Blog
The global payments landscape is constantly evolving and so is the way your customers pay for their purchases. Technologically savvy and constantly on the go, today's consumer is more likely to tap and go than to swipe and sign.

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Understanding tire sidewalls: Reading, writing and 'rithmetic
Modern Tire Dealer
A tire doesn't talk, but it still can tell you a lot about itself, especially its purpose in life. It's all written on the sidewall. Consider this a safety primer for the newbies learning how to sell or mount not just high performance tires but any tire.

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RMA motors forward with tire-related legislation
Rubber News
Like any good lobbying effort, it is a game that usually requires a lot of push and pull action — and the Rubber Manufacturers Association's efforts on behalf of state bills regulating the sale of used tires have not been an exception.

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Senate approves Internet sales tax proposal
The Senate recently approved a long-anticipated Internet sales tax proposal, moving the legislation one step closer to enactment and paving the way for shoppers to pay sales tax on the majority of online purchases. The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would allow the 45 states (and the District of Columbia) that currently charge sales taxes to require large online retailers to collect tax on purchases made by their residents. The law would only apply to online sellers that have sales of at least $1 million in states where they don't have physical operations, like a store or a warehouse.
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Let social media do good work for you
By Cindy Woudenberg
The amount of people using social media is on the rise, and it's going to continue to climb. It's essential to engage with these communities when building and maintaining connections for your business online. To optimize usage of the available current technology, here are some key items to consider when boosting how your online presence works.
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Ford revs up car-making with this company
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Throughout automotive history, the one component found on nearly all mass-produced cars that has remained constant is the wheel. Naturally it's been greatly improved upon — from the wood-spoked, iron-laden wagon wheels that graced the first motorized carriages to the pneumatic tires that we have today — but overall (and relative to all the other bits found on modern cars) the wheel has gone under little transformation. However, a partnership between Ford and German engineering firm Schaeffler has debuted a creation that rethinks how the wheel operates, and interacts with the vehicle it's mounted on.
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Scrap tire signs of the times: Weak new tire sales and balder scrap tires
American Recycler News
A sluggish economy continues to affect most everyone and everything, including the tire industry. The Rubber Manufacturers Association found that new tire shipments for 2012 were stagnant, unchanged from 2011 at approximately 284 million units. The reason — an increase in new vehicle tires was offset by a decrease in replacement tires sales. However, RMA, which represents U.S. tire manufacturers, sees a slight increase in vehicle miles traveled and anticipated economic growth, which they predict may result in perhaps a 2 percent increase in tire shipments for 2013, or approximately 6 million more units to a total of 290 million units for this year.
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