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As 2014 comes to a close, TTDA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of TTDA Today a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.

Can you afford to raise tire prices by 88 percent just to break even?
Modern Tire Dealer
From Aug. 6: The process of determining whether or not tariffs should be levied on consumer tire imports from China is well underway, and early reports out of Washington, D.C., are not promising — if you are against the tariffs. The United States International Trade Commission has determined the United Steelworkers International union, which claims Chinese companies are exporting passenger and light truck tires to the U.S. at less than fair market value, may have a case. Are the tires being sold at less than fair market value? And, if so, is this hurting the domestic tire industry? These are questions that the U.S. Department of Commerce is now trying to answer.
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TPMS tools: Turn a dash light into a profit center
Tire Review
From July 9: With profit margins on retail tires continuing to fall, many dealers have been casting about for ways to make up that loss. What about leveraging the sales and service of TPMS sensors and components as a legitimate profit center? While the replacement of service kits is undeniably a small-ticket item, it is also a remarkably consistent necessity, bringing in a constant flow of profit and helping build stronger, loyal relationships with customers. As well, sales of replacement sensors are poised to increase by orders of magnitude as the batteries in first-generation OE sensors reach the end of their lifetimes. You need to be poised to take advantage of these two trends.
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Marijuana legalization tests employer drug policies
Crain News Service via Tire Business
From May 14: Employers nationwide should keep close tabs on how recreational marijuana legalization affects employment law in Colorado. That's because marijuana is likely to be legalized by the federal government within the next five years, if not sooner, thanks to a grassroots effort by supporters of legal pot use. And depending on the outcome of a landmark case before the Colorado Supreme Court involving an employee challenging his termination after testing positive for legal off-duty use of medical marijuana, employers may find it expensive to enforce their own zero-tolerance drug use policies if employees assert similar wrongful termination claims.
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10 tax tips for new business owners
Fox Business
From Aug. 6: If you are a new business owner, you need all the help you can get to cut it in this highly competitive economy. Keeping your money for working capital rather than paying it out in taxes to Uncle Sam will give you an edge. Here are 10 tips to help you do just that.
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A 3-step approach to tire aging findings
Modern Tire Dealer
From July 16: Tire aging is an important issue, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, it does not need to be addressed with further legislation at this time. NHTSA recently released its 42-page report on tire aging and concluded that it is not necessary "for motor vehicle safety to add a tire aging requirement" to its light vehicle tire standard. Here's why.
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Finding ways to use big data to help small shops
The New York Times
From July 16: A wealth of information that some call big data is becoming increasingly available to small businesses. Such information was once available only to big corporations with vast computing power and deep information technology departments — and more recently to online start-up companies with data-mining capabilities. 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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Auto repair shops face off against insurers over payments
Orlando Sentinel
From Sept. 17: Auto repair shops across the United States are suing insurance companies, including the nation's largest — State Farm — in a series of lawsuits that will be heard in Orlando, Florida. The auto repair shops claim that the insurance companies don't pay enough to adequately repair cars.
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Old tires become material for new and improved roads
National Science Foundation
From April 23: Americans generate nearly 300 million scrap tires every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Historically, these worn tires often end up in landfills or, when illegally dumped, become breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and rodents. They also pose a potential fire hazard. In recent years, however, interest has been growing in finding new, beneficial and environmentally friendly uses for discarded tires.
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Michelin to support tire recycling initiative
Rubber News
From Feb. 5: Michelin is venturing further into the realm of recycling, funding two projects under the "TREC" umbrella that are working on ways to reclaim scrap tires mechanically and chemically. The TREC (tire recycling) initiative has a budget of $69 million over eight years, Michelin said, including up to $21 million from France's Agency for Environment and Energy Management.
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The state of the minimum wage
CNNMoney
From Feb. 5: President Barack Obama recently called on Congress, business owners and local representatives to take action to raise the wage floor across the country. He asked Congress to get on board with a Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum to $10.10 per hour. But he also urged everyone from companies to small businesses, mayors, governors and state legislators not to wait for Congress.
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