Sunday, February 5, 2012
My gut says this is important.... but why?
Saturday I stopped in at the local tire store to purchase new skins for the truck. This is a place I have dealt with for years, and the grouchy old fart who runs the place always ends up talking business with me. He knows what I do, and my background, so we have a common ground to speak on.
This Saturday, a new wrinkle entered the conversation. Amongst the 'Business could be a lot better' and 'No one has any money' and 'The help are idiots' stories.... something new.
Let me preface this next by explaining; This is a 'Tires-Only' retail outlet. They don't do anything else. Just sell, install, and repair tires.
He told me his biggest problem now is getting product.
A few questions on my part, and the details came out. Boil it down, and it comes to this: His company is only able to get about 60% of the tires they need to stock and sell. Six out of ten. He's had standard truck tire sizes backordered for three months now.
His company has nine locations, each able to move a truckload of units each week.
They can't get them.
Something in my gut is telling me this is important. I just can't figure out why yet.
(Peter shares his at Bayou Renaissance Man)