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Turning Paper to Profit

August 4th, 2010

Many tire dealers are still doing invoicing, inventory management and accounting without the use of a point of sale complete business management software solution.  Changing to a POS can be frightening and overwhelming; with the option to implement a POS not even considered due to the perception of a non revenue cost item. Based upon our customer input and the personal experience of the people on our staff, we know you can turn your paper into profit.

Consider this.  I believe the most important reason for you to invest in Tire Power, our complete business management software solution, is Control! With Tire Power you have complete control of your:

  • Invoicing (no missed transaction details $$$)
  • Inventory Management (know inventory levels instantly and create work orders in seconds $$$)
  • Accounting (real time GL transactions, receivables and payables $$$)

For many, justifying the cost of a point of sale software solution is shut down ...[more]

Customer Statements

July 30th, 2010

Running batch customer statements is easy in Tire Power.  Tire Power gives you many different options for printing your statements, allowing you to have the information on statements your customer’s desire.  Below is a list of the different options you have to choose from.

Customer Type

  • Specific Customer
  • All Customers
  • Or even by a specific Tax Group

Choose from different types of statements

  • You can print all unpaid items up to a particular end date
  • You can print a summary statement and choose your on date range

Choose from 3 different envelope styles.

Choose from 2 different printing styles.

  • Summary style – Which prints transactions in summary mode
  • Detailed style – Which prints not only the transaction but also all the detail lines on each transaction in a report style format

The big plus is that you can print additional transaction infor ...[more]

Basic Principles to Motivate Employees

July 29th, 2010

1. Motivating yourself will Motivate employees
Enthusiasm is contagious. If you enjoy your job, it helps others enjoy theirs too. If you do a good job of taking care of yourself and your own job, you will have much clearer perspective on how others are doing. You are setting an example for employees to follow.

2. Work to align goals of the organization with goals of employees
Frequent reviews and strategic goal setting sessions will help to ensure that company goals and personal goals are in alignment. Managers need to make the goals of the company very clear so an employee can be sure the goals they set will contribute to the success of the company. Employees will buy into the goals of the company when they are allowed to have input.  Goals should meet the SMART rule: Specific, Measureable, Action, Realistic and Time oriented.

3. Understand what motivates each employee
Start by evaluating what moti ...[more]

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Tradehsows = Better Business!

July 23rd, 2010

How many times has your company sent you to a tradeshow? Have you gone in the past only to return feeling it was a waste of time and money? Were you prepared to be an attendee? Getting the most from a trade show requires careful preparation. These simple steps will aid you in preparing to get the most from the shows you attend.

  1. Before the Show: Make a list of goals to achieve while at the show; both company and personal. Include in those goals the booths you want to visit and the appropriate time you will require at each booth. Then decide who will be visiting those booths if more than one of your employees will be attending the show.
  2. During the Show: On arrival to the show, re-plan and then stick to your plans. Did any exhibitors not show? Are there others there you did not originally know would be in attendance? Make time to visit them as well. Finding maps of the floor and knowing show hours will aid in achieving your goals ...[more]
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July 21st, 2010

It’s not too late to register for the Tennessee Tire Dealers Association’s annual Convention on August 6-7 at the Nashville Hilton Downtown.  This year’s convention will feature speaker Brian Dodge. Brian has spoken at a number of tire dealer events and is a fantastic inspirational speaker.  TCS has heard Bryan speak at a number of events and we are excited to hear him once again at the TTDA meeting.  Bryan’s message on professional growth and personal development focuses on three key areas:  First, he will show you how to have your best year ever.  Second, he will coach you on how to create a consistent upward growth in your life.  Third, he will train you on how to harness the power of personal energy and tap into its unlimited supply.  In addition to Bryan’s message, the convention will feature the Tennessee Scrap Tire Update by Joyce Dunlap of TN Division of Solid Waste, Risk Management ...[more]

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July 6th, 2010

(Cookeville, TN, July, 6 2010) TCS has expanded operations once again with new positions and hires in their continued commitment to top-notch service as a leading provider of technology to the Tire and Automotive Services Industry.  TCS’ scope of services and brand penetration has increased steadily in the past 12 months and new positions within the company have been filled to continue forging ahead with its growth.

The West Coast presence of TCS got a significant boost with the addition of Bill Williamson as Head of Regional Sales.  Bill joins TCS with 20+ years tire-industry experience; having risen from a junior technician to the owner of an independently operated tire store during his career.

“TCS is delighted with the addition of Mr. Williamson,” stated Barry Reese, President of TCS.  “Being a veteran tire guy himself, Bill has quickly made traction with both TCS customers and future customers. With having “been there” himself, Bill has already ...[more]

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June 22nd, 2010

(Cookeville, TN, 06-22-10) TCS, a TN based software and web products provider, and Social Butterfly.Pro have initiated a collaborative effort to produce a new brand of Social Media websites for tire dealers.  The importance of Social Media for brand recognition and visibility has mushroomed in the past 12 months, and this new cooperative effort is a powerful enhancement to TCS’ burgeoning array of products and services for the Tire and Automotive Services industry.

“We’ve been helping dealers utilize Social Media over the past two years now and it has become obvious to us that the websites in use today fall short in the tools necessary to fully take advantage of their internet presence,” stated Shawn McKenzie, President of Social Butterfly.Pro, a NH based Social Media support site for Tire dealers. “TCS already has a strong web product mix in place, we had the Social Media expertise, it made sense to work together.”

The biggest adva ...[more]

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Fan Appreciation – TCS Persona for Firefox

June 18th, 2010

Show your TCS appreciation this month with a Firefox persona! Wait … what is a persona, or Firefox for that matter? Well the answer to both is quite pleasing. Firefox is a free web browser alternative to Internet Explorer. It has outperformed Internet Explorer in all testing, including speed and security. For more information and a link to download the latest version of Firefox, click here.

Now on to a persona. Personas are free, easy-to-install, easy-to-use themes which change the look of your Firefox web browser. No more boring gray windows to look at … unless that is your thing. More importantly, if you are a fan of TCS, show it with your browser in style. Click here to use the TCS persona for Firefox inside your current or newly installed version of Firefox. We want this to eventually be a fan created theme so if you ...[more]

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Setting up Tire Estimator

June 16th, 2010

If selling tires is your job, then ‘Tire Estimator’ is the tool for you! ‘Tire Estimator’ was developed to allow the user to quickly scroll through data and check package pricing for tires without having to jump in and out of a quote for each price.

In Tire Power’s Front Counter, go to ‘Search Inventory’ and search for a tire. Then on the toolbar click the ‘Tire Estimator’ button and you will see the total “4 and out-the-door” package price for the tires. From inside ‘Tire Estimator’ you can also change the quantity, price class, tax group and included package to alter the price. So at this point you are thinking “ok this is nice”, but wait there is more! This window is designed like a toolbar, so you have the ability to go back to the search window in the background and select another tire without closing the ‘Tire Estimator’ window. This is a big time saver! Just move the ‘Tire Estimator’ window off to the side and continue searchin ...[more]

Making the Most of Your Tire Power Software – Know Your ‘Search Inventory’ Window

June 11th, 2010

One of the most commonly used windows, and most powerful in Tire Power, is the ‘Search Inventory’ window.  But do you truly know all of the things this window can do for you?  Did you know you can…

  • Sort any column, or columns, by simply double-clicking on the column name
  • Move the order of the columns by using the ‘Move Column’ feature
  • View available product images by clicking on the camera icon
  • You can click on any price level on the right which will update all prices displayed in the price column
  • When you highlight any item, its specifications will display over at the bottom right of the window
  • For multi-site customers, under the ‘Availability’ section, you can see in real-time your other stores current on-hand inventory
  • For PartnersXD® users, inventory from any source, including your wholesaler, is displayed in the ‘Availability’ section, in real-time
  • Print your inventory reports r ...[more]
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About TCS Technologies

TCS, an ARI company, develops and supports an innovative suite of point of sale and business management software, eCommerce websites, digital marketing services and data-as-a-service products designed exclusively for dealers, wholesalers, retreaders and manufacturers within the automotive repair, tire and wheel verticals. TCS is the industry's only complete technology provider, and our platform outperforms the competition through its seamless integration and superior functionality. For more than 20 years, we have provided our customers the best customer support in the industry, giving them the tools to build stronger, more loyal customers and ultimately a strong ROI. 

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