TTDA Today
Feb. 5, 2014

Michelin to support tire recycling initiative
Rubber News
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.More

The state of the minimum wage
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. More

Hey techs, keep your opinions to yourself
Tire Business
Undoubtedly, technicians' opinions on many topics are vital to the success of businesses that perform automotive maintenance and repairs. However, voicing these opinions in front of customers and prospects may be counterproductive — perhaps even harmful to the business' reputation.More

Share your expertise with others
In an effort to enhance the overall content of TTDA Today, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TTDA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. The only true stipulation we have is that you don't promote a specific product or service. It's not to say that you can't mention new technology or a new procedure associated with a specific company, but the article can't be an advertorial. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics. More

6 simple habits that can save you hours
Fast Company
From shortcuts and life hacks to proven productivity methods, we're all looking to save time and get more done. If you want to be even more successful, it's time to tap into your super powers: your habits.More

Industry trade groups sign R2R info agreement
Tire Business
Four major auto and aftermarket associations have signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure reasonable access to auto repair and diagnostic information to all independent repair shops and do-it-yourself vehicle owners nationwide.More

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 23-25, 2014. Program info and Registration will be available soon. More

The car as you know it is dead
Fast Company
The tech world has been abuzz about the developments of the self-driving car, visions that are supplanting the earlier visions that would have filled the sky with flying cars. But beyond the hype and the promise, how will autonomous vehicles — and their accompanying technologies — really enter our lives?More

Consumer spending rises
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Despite flat incomes, Americans increased their spending over November and December by 0.6 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. During the same time period, income rose 0.2 percent in November. Economists are hoping that stronger economic growth will promote stronger employment and income gains this year. More

Goodyear sets 6 new tires for 2014
Tire Review
Goodyear dealers recently got a look at three new consumer tires and three new medium truck radials at the 2014 Goodyear Dealer Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The biggest news is the Goodyear Assurance All-Season, which will launch later this year with 41 sizes. Goodyear said the tire is for those "consumers looking for confident all-season traction, long tread wear and great value," and was designed in concert with a group of Goodyear dealers.More

Obama promotes natural-gas fueling stations in State of the Union address
Green Car Reports
Once again, President Barack Obama used the recent State of the Union address to raise the issue of natural gas vehicles as a way of promoting energy independence and cutting the impact of climate change. In his talk, Obama urged the U.S. Congress to support the construction of natural-gas fueling stations around the country, as well as the production of natural gas vehicles themselves.More