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Five Factors Affecting the Future of Freight Movement

June 30, 2015

Five Factors Affecting the Future of Freight Movement

The need to get items to consumers quickly coupled with concerns over aging infrastructure and supply chain disruptions is driving a growing number of retailers and shippers to position product regionally throughout the country

Understanding The Truckstop and Travel Plaza Customer

March 1, 2015

Understanding The Truckstop and Travel Plaza Customer

If there are four truckstops sitting on an intersection, it is possible that each location has a different type of customer. To understand and meet the needs of those customers, truckstop and travel plaza operators need to uncover who is shopping their store and when. 

The Changing Face Of The Truck Driver

March 1, 2015

The Changing Face Of The Truck Driver

The demographics among new truck drivers are beginning to shift, making way for a new generation of drivers that are more diverse. The industry is also working to attract a growing number of veterans and cater to drivers that are older than the average American worker.

Today's Driver At A Glance [Infographic]

March 1, 2015

Today's Driver At A Glance [Infographic]

The average driver's age is 46.5-four years above the medium for the workforce as a whole.

U.S. Diesel Demand Projected to Decline

February 17, 2015

U.S. Diesel Demand Projected to Decline

A number of factors are coming together that will reduce the demand for diesel fuel moving forward. As technology improves, vehicles become more efficient and their power sources evolve. Electric vehicles, hybrids and natural gas are all changing the country’s demand for diesel.

States Push Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Pay Fair Share

November 24, 2014

States Push Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Pay Fair Share

Several state legislatures are expected to take up the issue of whether to impose special fees on hybrid and electric vehicles in 2015 as a means of generating revenue for highway construction and maintenance, Bloomberg BNA reported.

Report Projects Decline of U.S. Diesel ​Demand After 2015

October 28, 2014

Report Projects Decline of U.S. Diesel ​Demand After 2015

A new report commissioned by the Fuels Institute with funding support from the NATSO Foundation projects that U.S. diesel demand will decline 12.5 percent to 3.5 million barrels per day (MMB/D) in 2030 from a near-term peak of about 4 million MMB/D in 2015.

EPA Sends Proposed Ozone Standard to White House

October 10, 2014

EPA Sends Proposed Ozone Standard to White House

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent a proposal for revising the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to the Office of Management and Budget.

DOT Rule Allows Out-of-Service Orders for Nonpayment of Civil Penalties

September 5, 2014

DOT Rule Allows Out-of-Service Orders for Nonpayment of Civil Penalties

Effective Sept. 8, fuel retailers who transport fuel in a commercial motor vehicle can be ordered to cease transportation operations for failure to pay civil penalties relating to violations of the Hazardous Materials Rules (HMR) or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).

NCWM Votes Down Diesel Dispenser Filter and DGE Proposals

July 21, 2014

NCWM Votes Down Diesel Dispenser Filter and DGE Proposals

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) took up several proposals of importance to truckstops and travel plazas at its annual meeting in Detroit, Mich., including items pertaining to diesel dispenser filter requirements and a proposal to create a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) method of sale for compressed and liquefied natural gas.

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

July 1, 2014

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

Sapp Bros.’ first location opened on June 7, 1971, in Omaha, Neb. Today there are 16 travel centers located in eight states. F rom the beginning, the company has always embraced new ideas and technology that would improve its offerings and better meet its customers’ needs. With this focus in mind, this year they added natural gas to one location in Lincoln, Neb., and are working on installing the second in Columbus, Neb. They are contemplating adding two more this year.

Multiple Markets and Suppliers Help Operators Get the Best Price on Fuel

July 1, 2014

Multiple Markets and Suppliers Help Operators Get the Best Price on Fuel

Diesel fuel and gasoline are the lifeblood of a truckstop and travel plaza. Not only are they high-priced items, there is little margin, so finding the best price on each load is crucial. Plus, operators need to keep a steady supply flowing and work to minimize disruptions during periods of peak demand or bad weather. Diesel fuel and gasoline are too important to truckstop and travel plaza operations to leave the purchasing up to chance. Operators said they are working with multiple suppliers, utilizing contracts and securing lines of credit to ensure they always have product available and are getting it at a good rate.

U.S. Economy Poised to Expand, Economist Says

June 19, 2014

U.S. Economy Poised to Expand, Economist Says

The U.S. economy is poised for significant expansion for the first time since the great recession, according to American Trucking Associations’ Chief Economist Bob Costello. But a growing economy could constrain truck capacity.

Sapp Bros. Travel Center in Columbus, Nebraska to Add Compressed Natural Gas

June 4, 2014

Sapp Bros. Travel Center in Columbus, Nebraska to Add Compressed Natural Gas

Sapp Bros. Travel Center on East 6th Avenue in Columbus, Nebraska will open a compressed natural gas station (CNG) in the fall of 2014. It will facilitate both large truck and automobile access.

DOT Requests Truck Parking Data

April 8, 2014

DOT Requests Truck Parking Data

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is requesting the truckstop and travel plaza industry’s help as it conducts a federally mandated survey of available truck parking across the United States.

FMCSA Issues Revised Electronic Logging Proposal

March 14, 2014

FMCSA Issues Revised Electronic Logging Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a revised regulatory proposal March 13 that would require commercial truck and bus companies to install electronic logging devices (ELD) to monitor compliance with hours-of-service rules.

Manufacturers, Shippers Turn to Regional Distribution

March 14, 2014

Manufacturers, Shippers Turn to Regional Distribution

Today’s retailers are striving to get goods to the market quickly, and a growing number of shippers are turning to regional distribution centers to ensure goods are closer to the consumer and can be picked and packed rapidly.

Industry Groups Criticize President's FY2015 Budget Proposal

March 7, 2014

Industry Groups Criticize President's FY2015 Budget Proposal

Despite significantly increasing federal spending for transportation, President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 came under fire from industry trade groups that said it lacked real funding solutions and took a misguided approach to transportation planning.

Carriers, Shippers Shift Routes and Expand Transportation Options to Boost Efficiency

March 1, 2014

Carriers, Shippers Shift Routes and Expand Transportation Options to Boost Efficiency

As carriers and shippers navigated the weak economy, they worked to increase efficiencies. For some this meant shifting distribution patterns, while for others it meant turning to inter- modal and private fleets.

Industry Wins Hot Fuels Litigation

February 12, 2014

Industry Wins Hot Fuels Litigation

Marking a major victory for fuel retailers in the 7-year-old “hot fuels” litigation, plaintiff’s lawyers dismissed claims against 15 of the defendants.

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