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SimpleTire ships tires to customers’ installers of their choice, places of work, and homes. And now customers can have tires shipped to, and picked up, at any of the nationwide FedEx Offices!
FedEx selected SimpleTire as a partner for this new program as a way to continue extending their pivotal role in the retail revolution with an ecommerce innovator.
This new option provides customers a useful way to receive their tires. Instead of tires being shipped to a home where waiting for a delivery is a hassle, or storage can be an issue, or leaving them on a doorstep might be a security concern, this provides a safe and convenient option.
Many of the 1,799+ nationwide locations FedEx locations are open extended hours and on Sundays. They will hold tires for up to five days until the customer is ready to come by t ...[more]Read More
SimpleTire adds Sean Wilson as Director of Supply Chain to the expanding team. He is working with suppliers to help them maximize the volume of orders SimpleTire sends their way.
Sean started his career in the tire wholesale industry working for Network Tire, and then moved to the retail side, working for United Tire & Service. Responsibilities included sales, brand development, customer service and store support. The skills he honed in those roles are well suited to working with SimpleTire suppliers.
Josh Chalofsky, SimpleTire’s COO, says, “Sean’s understanding of the industry, along with his business talents, are going to be of huge benefit to our supplier network. I am excited to see those relationships grow and expand.”
One particularly important element that Sean is focused on is having the fastest delivery in the industry. To enabl ...[more]Read More
The word “ubiquitous” might have been coined specifically for the Honda Civic. Civics are so common, such an everyday sight that you don’t even notice them anymore…until you actually pay attention and realize that there are a LOT of Honda Civics on the road.
On July 23, 2007, the six millionth Civic rolled off of Honda’s production lines; the Civic was introduced in 1972 and has been through numerous generations and nine separate design iterations along the way. The tiny two-door first-generation Civic couldn’t have come along at a better time; in ’72, the American auto industry was being shaken up by the first oil crunch as the Middle East turned off the spigot. Big, wasteful cars were suddenly on the outs, American companies were scrambling to introduce (very mediocre) small cars, and in no time the ...[more]Read More
Henry Ford wasn’t the first out of the gate with automobiles and the internal-combustion engine – Daimler had a jump on that in the late 19th century – but Ford was definitely the first to see the potential of mass production, mass marketing, and the economy of scale that could make cars affordable for the middle class.
On July 15, 1903, Ford Motor Company took its first order, for an $850 two-cylinder Model A with a “tonneau,” or back seat. Manufactured at Ford’s early Mack Street plant in Detroit, the car was delivered to its new owner, a Chicago dentist, about a week later.
Ford had been working as chief engineer at Detroit’s Edison Illuminating Company plant when he designed and built his first car, the Quadricycle, in 1896. By 1903, he had lined up the investors and financing to fo ...[more]Read More
Engineer/architect Buckminster Fuller was a true early-20th-century eccentric, perhaps best known for his geodesic dome and semi-prefab Dymaxion House, which could be assembled on-site almost anywhere.
In the 1920s, Fuller began drawing up his Dymaxion Car (the name is a mashup of “dynamic,” “maximum” and “ion”). The first sketches were pure left-field stuff, with a teardrop design, a single tail fin and a third wheel that was intended to lift off the ground at speed. After some redesigns, Fuller set up a production facility for the Dymaxion in an old Locomobile automotive factory in Connecticut. The first Dymaxion was produced on July 12, 1933, with a steel frame and a body made of curved ash wood panels with an aluminum skin and painted canvas roof.
The Dymaxion was projected to to ...[more]Read More
If you’ve ever seen pictures of collisions from the 40s or 50s, you might have been surprised at how well the cars would hold up in a fairly serious accident. Even with collisions at 30 or 40 mph, the cars would look only slightly banged-up…the passengers, on the other hand, usually fared much worse. In those days before ‘crumple zone’ designs, the passengers would be the ones absorbing the energy of an impact. In fact, the prevailing wisdom in those days was that a passenger’s chances were much better if he was “thrown clear” of the wreck.
Today, of course, we know better.
By the mid 50s, padded dashboards were starting to appear in some cars, dashboards were being redesigned to get rid of protruding knobs and switches, safety glass was improving and so ...[more]Read More