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New Goodyear airship named 'Wingfoot One'
Modern Tire Dealer
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that Wingfoot One is the name of the company's newest airship, a semi-rigid, Zeppelin model LZ N07-101 assembled at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake airship hangar and unveiled in March. Wingfoot One was selected from nearly 15,000 names submitted in an online public contest that started four months ago. A panel of Goodyear judges narrowed the submissions to 10 finalists before a final round of public voting determined the name of the newest addition to the Goodyear fleet of airships.
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Most 'gas pains' usually self-inflicted
Tire Business
Prudent service personnel should be cautious when discussing fuel-consumption issues with customers. Ultimately, the root causes of customers' complaints about their vehicles' gas mileage may be beyond the control of a tire dealer and/or service shop operator. Some service writers and technicians have handled the questions very effectively and represented the business very well. However, others bungled badly by making assumptions and taking a customer's pronouncements as facts. Please consider the following factors and observations. If nothing else, they may save you from overpromising and under-delivering gas mileage numbers to customers.
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Replacing wheels and drums
Tire Review
Is there any fleet manager who isn't interested in minimizing his fleet's operating costs but doesn't understand that he needs to utilize every bit of service life out of his equipment that's economically possible? That's true, of course, for trucks, tractors and trailers, but it's also true for the parts that make up a fleet's rolling assets. Some parts are designed to wear as they deliver service – think of brake shoes and drums. Other parts, while not actually designed to wear away, can be expected to deteriorate with age and will need to be replaced periodically. Determining just when and with what to replace these parts is the job of fleet managers and technicians. Making good "just when and with what" decisions will result in those items delivering their maximum service before replacement is needed.
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Fuel prices are spiking — 2 simple changes could bring them back down
Forbes
The current spike cycle in oil prices, driven by recent events in Iraq, may take a long while to run its course. With so many unknowns, the prospect of ever higher oil prices is likely. With the western countries weariness over the newest, latest chapter in the region, all too many are simply shrugging their shoulders, hunkering down, ready to endure whatever comes their way regarding oil prices and supply insecurity.
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Autonomous vehicles driving the future of transportation
By Preston Keefe
Over the next decade, federal, state and local transportation agencies may need to rethink their business plans as a result of a major innovation in technology. Autonomous vehicles — sometimes known as automated vehicles, smart cars, driverless cars or intelligent vehicles — are capable of providing significant independent driving assistance. The advent of autonomous vehicles could have a tremendous impact on the transportation planning and design industry.

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5 tricks to lower credit card processing fees
Business News Daily
Credit card processing fees don't seem like a lot at first. But those few cents here and there and the small percentage cuts processors take for every transaction quickly add up. Combine those costs with minimum, statement, gateway and other monthly fees, and the next thing you know, you're staring at your monthly credit card processing bill in utter sticker shock. Sound familiar? The bad news is that these credit card processing expenses are unavoidable. The good news is that there are several things merchants can do to take control and save up to hundreds of dollars every month.

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Finding ways to use big data to help small shops
The New York Times
In 2010, just 1.7 percent of small businesses were using business intelligence software, according to a survey of companies with fewer than 100 employees conducted by IDC. By last year, 9.2 percent had adopted such tools. Tools that help small businesses address customer feedback — not just by pooling and parsing emails to customer service reps but also by monitoring Facebook feeds, Twitter comments and Yelp posts to help quell brush fires promptly.

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Cybersecurity for your auto repair business
Tire Review
Password: fluffy1234. One of our clients asked us to use this for setting up his email, telling us it was the name of his wife's cat. "Admin" was another client's request for a username, and he wanted his password to be 1234. Nope! No way, no how! We vigorously refuse to put unsecure passwords in place. "But they're hard to remember, I have so many of them," said one business owner. "I just keep them all the same, it makes it easier to keep it all straight," said another. And that makes it easier for thieves to make life a living nightmare. And if they aren't thieves, they are, at the very least, vandals.
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End of the road: Tire pressure monitors on older cars could be ready to give out
The Post and Courier
An automotive gizmo with a limited lifespan could become a potential headache for many vehicle owners. Tire pressure monitoring systems have been mandatory in new cars manufactured in the United States since fall 2007, meaning that the first of these cars now have reached the ripe old age of seven - and the battery-powered devices are designed to last somewhere between seven to 10 years, according to AAA Carolinas.
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DOT heads urge Congress to act on highway funding
Tire Business
Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and 11 former secretaries of Transportation are urging legislators to reach consensus on a long-term transportation funding measure. The dozen secretaries voiced their opinions in a jointly issued letter to Congress, just as the Senate was preparing to take up a stop-gap transportation bill similar to the one the House of Representatives passed July 15. The House bill would transfer $9.9 billion from the general fund and $1 billion from a separate trust fund into the Highway Trust Fund, to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from becoming totally depleted in August.
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