Michelin lets TNT handle distribution
GREENVILE, S.C.-Michelin North America Inc. has decided to outsource its distribution in the U.S. and Canada, signing a six-year, multi-million dollar agreement with TNT Logistics North America.
Starting in early August, TNT will take over operation of Michelin's 18 tire distribution centers-occupying a total of 7 million square feet of space-in the two countries.
The decision to outsource is expected to yield undisclosed savings for Michelin while offering improved services to customers, said Jim Micali, chairman of Michelin North America. ``Through this agreement, we will be better able to focus on our core tire business by having TNT provide its world-class logistics services to us.''
Falken leases new warehouse
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.-Falken Tire Corp. has signed a lease on a new warehouse being built in Lebanon, Tenn., to service the company's dealers in the eastern U.S.
The 300,000-sq.-ft. warehouse will be operational in the first quarter of 2003 and will be linked with the company's new order entry system, which was brought on line late last year. The facility will carry the entire Falken lineup.
Falken is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Ohtsu Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd.
Group unveils draft of poster
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-The Wheel Industry Council, an industry group of the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has developed a draft version of a wheel-and-tire installation guidelines poster.
The poster has been designed as a resource for tire and wheel dealers and installers, as well as consumers, and is intended for use in wheel-and-tire centers and auto repair shops. It also will be included with new wheels and products packaging.
The draft of the poster may be viewed at www.sema.org/wicposter. Questions regarding the poster should be directed to Frank Bohanan at (714) 255-0929.
Goodyear expands logistics pact
AKRON-Goodyear is expanding its logistics services agreement with the North American unit of Exel P.L.C., making the supply chain management company its lead logistics provider for North America.
Exel, a global leader in supply chain management, has worked with Goodyear since 1996, and today handles distribution activities for Goodyear at six of the firm's 18 warehouses-in York, Pa., Orlando, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, Memphis, Tenn., and Victorville, Calif.
The expanded agreement will make Exel a partner on the strategic and tactical level, a Goodyear spokesman said. The companies will work together to refine Goodyear's logistics strategies, both upstream and downstream, and redesign processes where necessary.
Crain acquires Workforce magazine
COSTA MESA, Calif.-Crain Communications Inc., owner of Tire Business, has acquired Workforce magazine from ACC Communications Inc., a family-owned business that has published the title for more than 40 years.
Published monthly, Workforce covers human resource news, trends, analysis for 47,000 human resource executives and 275,000 registered online subscribers. Other brand extensions include a weekly e-mail newsletter, Workforce Week; twice monthly newsletter, Dear Workforce, providing a forum for HR expert Q&A; and the Workforce Optimas Awards. Workforce is the leading information source in its field.
All of the publication's top management have been offered and accepted positions with Crain.