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Five Remarkable Keynote Presentations at The NATSO Show 2016

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Leadership & Strategy

Preparing for the future means focusing on innovation, uncovering industry trends, and building a known and reliable brand. This year at The NATSO Show, key industry leaders who are proven trendsetters in their fields addressed these themes while sharing insights to help truckstop and travel plaza operators improve their operations.

Did you catch the Live from The NATSO Show quick takes on each keynote? Read all five at the links below....

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NATSO Check-Link Driver 101: Checks Are Safe

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

As my final Check-Link Driver 101 blog post, let’s discuss the safety aspect of Check-Link. Why would it be safer to write a check than use a credit card?

Many people may not realize it, but checks are the safest form of payment after cash today.

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NATSO Check-Link Driver 101: Where Drivers Write Checks

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

Today let’s explore in the age of mobile payment methods, should drivers be concerned about finding places that will accept their checks if they participate in Check-Link?

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NATSO Check-Link Driver 101: Why Write Checks?

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

In the age of high credit card fees and fuel card fees, writing checks actually saves drivers money. Drivers pay very high processing fees to use credit cards or even fuel cards every time they fill their tank. In a lot of cases, those fees are hidden.

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NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship: Advice to Recommenders

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Human Resources

What quick bits of advice would you give to managers or other employment supervisors about writing strong recommendations for applicants, whether to the NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship or to other organizations?

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Gain a Deeper Understanding of Business Operations at Your Truckstop with These Four Calculations

Posted in: Truckstop Business, The NATSO Show, Operations

Business owners today have more information coming in from more places than ever before in history. There are a number of different ways owners and managers can look at the data to better understand their operations and their customers.

During The NATSO Show 2016, retail expert Tom Shay shared his insight into several key areas operators should look at, plus he offers 22 different calculations on his website, ProfitsPlus.org, that operators can use to dig into their data. “These calculators tell you what they mean and how the formula behind them,” he said.

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How to Categorize Your Truckstop’s Merchandise and Increase Your Turns

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Darren's Great Ideas for Independent Operators, Marketing & Retail

Here is some of my basic truckstop merchandise advice: categorize your merchandise carefully and pay attention to how fast it turns.

First, let’s chat categories.

Breaking your merchandise down into categories at a minimum is critical to understanding why, when, how and what your merchandising is doing. And if you have the resources, breaking it down further to sub categories will help you further understand your merchandise.

Detailed sales tracking helps good retailers learn more about their customers and their customers’ buying habits....

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NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship: Advice to Candidates

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Human Resources

Here are a few short hints about two parts of the Bill Moon Scholarship application from an interview we conducted with the Bill Moon Scholarship’s independent reviewer.

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Fleets Are On The Fast Track To Sustainability — You Can Help Them Get There

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

No matter where you are in the transportation fuel supply chain, you need to be aware of one of the fastest-growing trends in the industry: sustainability.

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The Survey Results Are In: The NATSO Show Is A Must Attend

Posted in: The NATSO Show, Leadership & Strategy

We’re not one of those companies that asks you to spend time filling out a survey and then does nothing with the information. So for those of you who responded to our attendee survey, thank you on behalf of everyone for helping making The NATSO Show better for all.

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