Published on 13 Dec 2012
"We have already seen immediate returns. We were able to achieve a 70% savings in our technology deployment and we are already seeing anywhere between a 10% to 15% jump in our retail sales. " - Stephen R. Smith, senior vice president and chief information officer, TBC Corporation
Founded in 1956, TBC Corporation is one of the largest vertically integrated sellers of tires for the automotive replacement market. A wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation in Japan, TBC is better known by the brands it owns, including Midas, National Tire & Battery (NTB), Tire Kingdom, Merchants Tire and Big O Tires. TBC markets on a wholesale basis to regional tire chains and distributors serving independent tire dealers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
TBC Corporation wanted to shift its focus from tire sales to automotive services and provide more Internet benefits for its customers. To do so, it needed a new technology platform.
TBC worked with IBM Software Services for IBM® WebSphere® to create a service-oriented architecture (SOA) to support solutions for data, the cloud and mobility.
The company gained valuable insight into its customers and inventory, helping provide a 10 percent to 15 percent increase in retail sales.
TBC works with IBM Software Services for IBM® WebSphere® to create a service-oriented architecture (SOA) to support solutions for data, the cloud and mobility.
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50, WebSphere eXtreme Scale, WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52, WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Message Broker, WebSphere DataPower Appliances, IBM Operational Decision Manager