Shipping woes hit the industry in both tires and parts. Here are some tips to cope with the problem.
Back-orders of tires, which are nothing new, are becoming more frequent and deeper into SKUs.
With the proliferation of tiers of brands, you are likely to survive those instances in which your preferred brands are not available. But you can still help customers choose decent replacements for their vehicles.
Automotive parts and lubricants, on the other hand, are another story.
Hundreds of thousands of automotive parts are sitting off the California shore, waiting to be unloaded. But there are not enough dock workers to unload them. And even if there were, parts would sit idle, waiting for long-haul trucks to take them across the 48 contiguous states.