Heavy Duty Trucking

JUL 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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72 HDT • JULY 2014 www.truckinginfo.com I magine the frustration of a retread tire vendor. He or she has proven money-saving products, yet half the industry won't even look at them because of a bad experience they had 20 years ago with maybe a poor qual- ity and probably poorly maintained retreaded tire. What if some of the largest and most sophisticated fleets in the country took that approach? Can you imagine UPS or Ryder, for example, not using retreads? Scott Perry, vice president of supply management and fleet management solutions at Ryder System, says the company has about 1.25 million tires on the road on any given day, Perry has probably had a few bad experiences with retreads over the years, but the same could be said for new tires. For him, the reliability and value of retreads are no longer in question. "We have a vested interest in providing our customer with reliable tires," he says. "We're careful not to undermine those objectives with questionable tires. We don't take any and a significant portion of those are retreads. "In a full-service lease, we carry the burden of all the maintenance costs including the tires," Perry says. "It's our call all the way, so we try to opti- mize uptime and reliability as well as the best possible operating expense so we can be as competitive as possible in the marketplace. Retreads allow us to do that in the right application." Boutique tread choices: New tread designs and compounds allow fleets to spec retreads for specific wheel positions and applications. Retread Your Way to Prosperity Jim Park • Equipment Editor Retreading may not guarantee financial success, but it will lower your costs and improve your bottom line.

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