CHICAGO- The industry task force studying the possibility of consolidating the industry's two national trade shows planned to meet March 4 in the Hilton Hotel at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The gathering marks the third formal meeting between the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and the American Retreaders Association since the task force met in November. The second meeting was held in December.
Task Force Chairman James Faught of Northwest Tire & Service in Flint, Mich., declined to elaborate on the group's progress, but said he's been ``very encouraged'' by the dialogue.
Big A stores to offer Money Express card
HOUSTON- APS Holding Corp. will begin offering its version of the Money Express Credit Card program through an alliance with the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and Bank One, Dayton, N.A.
APS will offer the card through its Big A Service Pro Program, a package of professional services and support materials that focus on the needs of the independent service dealer.
The alliance ``will put more marketing power behind the program, leading to greater acceptance by consumers nationwide,'' said NTDRA Executive Vice President Philip Friedlander Jr.
APS owns 200 Big A auto parts stores and sells to another 1,300-plus associated stores.
NTDRA to research finance management
WASHINGTON- The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association plans to research members' financial management and marketing activities and present the results during its annual convention in Atlanta, Sept. 5-7.
The financial study will examine such areas as key operating ratios, profitability measures, employee productivity, inventory and accounts payable management and expense allocations.
The marketing study will focus on case studies that examine growth of sales categories, advertising and promotion budgeting and allocation, credit cards and service activities. All NTDRA members are invited to participate in the research.
Convention sessions will explain how tire dealers can use the research results to evaluate their own operations and improve their profits, the NTDRA said.
ARA show launches worldwide promotion
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders Association is intensifying communication with the international tire, transportation and recycling industries in an effort to increase international attendance at its ARA World Tire Conference & Exhibition, April 17-20, in Louisville.
The ARA said it has been developing a database on tire dealers and retreaders all around the world and mailing promotional materials translated into the primary language of each respective country.
Hankook tells dealers shortfalls remedied
HACKENSACK, N.J.Hankook Tire America Corp. assured dealers attending the company's annual meeting in Acapulco, Mexico, Feb. 1-4, that the tire maker's delivery and inventory shortfalls last year are ``definitely a thing of the past.''
``We're making improvements delivering more tires to more dealers in more places than ever before,'' said Bill Finn, vice president of sales.
Hankook also discussed with dealers its ``Vision 2000,'' a strategy to double its business in the next five years and become a global industry leader by 2000.
Rubber Workers get new union leader
AKRON- Former United Rubber Workers leader Kenneth L. Coss, 60, retired March 1, turning the reins over to John Sellers, one of the union's chief Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. negotiating coordinators.
The United Steelworkers of America international executive board appointed Mr. Sellers executive vice president of the Rubber and Plastics Industry Conference of the USW, which represents members of the former URW.
But he will face ``stiff'' opposition at the Rubber Workers Sept. 24-26 convention in Pittsburgh, union sources said, where three well-established Rubber Workers leaders will be gunning for his post.