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Published on March 3, 1997


Go for the Net The Internet provides a vastly more efficient method of providing and obtaining information than the world has ever known.

With the potential to be more powerful than the telephone and fax machine combined, cyberspace is a medium tire wholesalers and retailers should not pass up.

No longer do dealers need to use a phone or fax

machine to receive inventory and pricing information from their supplier.

No longer do consumers need to set foot in a dealership to learn about or buy tires.

A growing number of dealers already are using the Internet's affordable, 24-hour-per-day connection with buyers to establish their companies as progressive information sources on tire and automotive services.

As the technology advances, those dealers will be able to offer more Internet services to a rapidly growing number of computer-owning consumers.

Dealers not using the Internet will find it increasingly difficult to keep their customers from finding those who are. It's time to give the Internet serious consideration.

Keeping workers safe

Safety is easily forgotten by workers hurrying to mount and demount tires. Typically, those performing such potentially hazardous tasks are the tire shop's least experienced workers and prone to shortcut safety procedures in order to save time.

We applaud Hennessy Industries' new R.I.M. safety program, which reminds service personnel to follow such practices by means of a special decal—installed right on the tire changing machines where employees work.

R.I.M. stands for: Read the size of the tire and wheel, making certain they match. Inspect the wheel for rust and other defects. Mount the tire in a safe manner, never placing any body part over it during inflation.

The $60 kit also includes a video training tape, a booklet of tire service guidelines and other materials.

With worker injuries on the rise, it's a bargain!


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