The online tyre price comparison and booking platform TyreRunner.com has today announced the appointment of tyre industry veteran – Gavin Marshall to its board of directors. Marshall joins just weeks after TyreRunner.com revealed plans to double headcount following an 800% growth in usage of its platform.
Marshall was previously the CEO of Middlesbrough-based North Eastern Tyres & Exhausts (NETE) which he successfully sold to Stapleton’s tyres, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Itochu corporation of Japan, parent company to Kwik-fit. Commenting on his new appointment Marshall said; “I’m delighted to be joining TyreRunner.com at such a pivotal point in their journey. Online tyre sales have historically been a niche sales channel for retailers but it feels like the tide is firmly turning on in 2021 and TyreRunner.com is poised to really accelerate that for retailers large and small”.
Launched in 2019, Edinburgh based TyreRunner.com has quickly gained traction as consumers increasingly choose to shop online. While ten years ago online tyre sales accounted for less than 3% of total sales in the UK, by the end of 2021 it’s expected that online sales will account for more than 15 – 20% of the tyre market, spurred further by the effects of the pandemic.
Bryan MacMillan, CEO of TyreRunner.com, added “Gavin has worked in every corner of the tyre industry from manufacture, to wholesale distribution and retail tyre and autocare; his expertise will be invaluable to help steer our growth in the years ahead.
“Our aim for TyreRunner.com is to expand our same-day online booking facility so that every town in the UK has a same-day mobile or in-centre fitting option available to them within a 5-mile radius; Gavin’s deep knowledge of the retail and wholesale supply chains will be key to us achieving that ambition.”
“An equal and fair marketplace platform for tyre sales, not another internet tyre retailer!”
Bryan continued “Being independent of retailers, wholesalers, vehicle and tyre manufacturers allows TyreRunner.com to provide truly independent and unbiased advice when booking your tyre replacement and we promise to keep it jargon free. Tyre Runner is not another internet tyre retailer, but a platform that provides equal and fair tyre retailing opportunities to internet, independent, regional and national tyre business, letting retailers differentiate themselves based on service, reliability, reviews, availability of both tyres and booking appointments rather than just price alone”.
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