“Miles driven in the U.S. have been rising annually, and with more rubber hitting the road, tire sales have benefited, particularly in the e-commerce channel. Online dollar sales of tires grew by 34% in the 12 months ending December 2018, according to The NPD Group’s Checkout E-commerce Tracking. The tire category alone outpaced e-commerce growth for the total market of automotive products, which was up 33% for the year.”
“Winter is tough on tires: Road conditions can be brutal, and temperature swings can often mean your tires have become badly deflated, says Consumer Reports. As spring emerges, potholes often blossom and create their own risks to your tires. That makes this a great time to spend a few minutes checking your tires and making pressure corrections as needed.”
A highlight of the 49th annual Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue is its comprehensive look at distribution channels. This year, car dealerships (8%) and warehouse clubs (9%) gained market share at the expense of mass merchandisers (13%).