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Wawa Great Idea: Coffee and Cream and Sugar Stations

August 31, 2016

Wawa Great Idea: Coffee and Cream and Sugar Stations

Wawa coffee is a proprietary, private-label blend available only at Wawa stores. Wawa’s coffee station includes at least eight different varieties. In 2010 they changed their coffee from glass pots to thermals, and in 2012, Wawa began offering a full-service specialty beverage area where customers can order hand-made varieties of lattes, hot chocolates and more via touch screens. Since the year 2000, Wawa has served more than one billion cups of coffee.

Flags and Family at Ports to Plains

August 31, 2016

Flags and Family at Ports to Plains

If you drove up to Ports to Plains truckstop, located in Lamar, Colorado, the first thing you’d probably notice is their big American flag. “We have a 20-foot by 30-foot American flag out front and a dozen American flags around the facility,” said owner Jim Miller.

Petro Dodge City #397's Great Idea: Historic Outhouse

June 30, 2016

Petro Dodge City #397's Great Idea: Historic Outhouse

One of the ways Petro Dodge City #397 in Hanceville, Alabama, sets itself apart from its competition is by having an historic outhouse in its truckstop.

Where: Fuel King Napoleon Travel Center - Great Idea: Clothing Donation Dropoff

May 1, 2016

Where: Fuel King Napoleon Travel Center - Great Idea: Clothing Donation Dropoff

At their location in Napoleon, Ohio, owners Jack and Paul Grewal had heard from drivers looking to donate jackets at the end of the season so they could avoid hauling them around for an entire year. The drivers didn’t want to simply throw away the jackets, and the Grewals wanted to help facilitate drivers’ generosity.

Lancaster Travel Plaza, LLC's Great Idea: Solar Panel Farm

March 1, 2016

Lancaster Travel Plaza, LLC's Great Idea: Solar Panel Farm

Using federal and state grants, Lancaster Travel Plaza in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, added a solar panel farm to greatly reduce their energy bill. It will take six to seven years to recoup the cost of the equipment. After that, their electricity needs will be completely supported by the solar farm. Adding the solar farm took about four to five months. It involved applying for the grants, working with their electric company, getting approval from the town and installing the panels.

Where: White Petro Stopping Center

January 1, 2016

Where: White Petro Stopping Center

In the fall of 2015 White’s Petro Stopping Center in Raphine, Virginia, added a number of new amenities including a pharmacy. Owner Bobby Berkstresser first began thinking about adding the pharmacy when they added a doctors’ clinic in 2012.

Great Ideas from Sapp Bros.

January 1, 2016

Great Ideas from Sapp Bros.

As the editor of Stop Watch, I attended the tour to gather the locations’ best ideas to share with Stop Watch readers. The first day of the tour was spent at two Sapp Bros.’ locations, which I’ll share about.

Dedicated Pump for Rv Traffic at Anew Travel Center

November 1, 2015

Dedicated Pump for Rv Traffic at Anew Travel Center

Anew Travel Center, which is located in Zeeland, Michigan, is a family-ownedand-operated company with more than 65 years in the transportation industry. The Meeuwsen family decided to build their truckstop in 2013 to offer renewable energy sources, including ethanol and biodiesel blends, to end consumers.

Great Ideas in Action at Donna's Travel Center

June 30, 2015

Great Ideas in Action at Donna's Travel Center

In 2013, Donna’s Travel Center in Marysville, Washington, added a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine that allows customers to choose from more than 40 Coca-Cola products to create their own special drink.

Great Ideas in Action at Petro Fargo Truckstop

May 1, 2015

Great Ideas in Action at Petro Fargo Truckstop

This brand translates into not just a better shopping experience, but also a strong employee base that is proud of its high quality employer.

Driving Growth Through Innovation

February 17, 2015

Driving Growth Through Innovation

When Seth Goldman, president and chief executive officer of the beverage company Honest Tea, set out to enter the beverage market, he was met with a number of challenges, making innovation crucial.

Innovation at Fontana Truck Stop Center

January 1, 2015

Innovation at Fontana Truck Stop Center

Located in one of the most popular trucking corridors in the U.S., Fontana Truck Stop Center is primed for success.

Great Ideas From Independent Truckstop Operators

January 1, 2015

Great Ideas From Independent Truckstop Operators

A great ideas issue would not be complete without some GREAT IDEAS directly from independent operators.

Wawa's Great Truckstop Ideas

January 1, 2015

Wawa's Great Truckstop Ideas

At the convenience store chain Wawa, ideas abound. Not only are management and frontline employees constantly brainstorming, the company has a 30,000-square-foot innovation design center where it mocks up new store designs, tests new materials and perfects new recipes in the test kitchen.

November 1, 2014

Ten Ways to Increase Your ROI at Networking Events

All opportunities come from people, and networking is one of the best ways business owners can discover new contacts, increase their knowledge and find new opportunities. While everyone seems to under¬stand the power of relationships both in business and their personal lives, the topic of networking continues to be confusing and complicated.

CSP Taps into NATSO Data

October 23, 2014

CSP Taps into NATSO Data

A new infographic from CSP Magazine provides a helpful, at-a-glance insight into the truckstop industry and much of the information came from NATSO.

Independent Operators Share Ideas For Growth And Cutting Costs During The NATSO Show

July 1, 2014

Independent Operators Share Ideas For Growth And Cutting Costs During The NATSO Show

Independent truckstop and travel plaza operators are constantly seeking out new products, great ideas and the latest business innovations. But NATSO members aren’t just in search of new ideas, they’re more than willing to share them with their peers.

Space Age Travel Center Focuses on Ease and Convenience

January 1, 2014

Space Age Travel Center Focuses on Ease and Convenience

Space Age Travel Center located off of Interstate 84 in Hermiston, Ore., sets itself apart by offering interesting merchandise, aggressive pricing, a variety of amenities and friendly employees. The mix works, and the location does over 50,000 diesel transactions and serves over 750,000 gas and c-store customers eachyear.

Nine Tips for Tradeshow Success

July 3, 2013

Nine Tips for Tradeshow Success

Tradeshows are a significant investment for attendees and exhibitors alike. When you’re investing both time and money, you want to make sure you make the most of the event. Throw in the fact that tradeshows are one of the only places you get to meet face-to-face with business owners, managers and buyers under one roof and maximizing your presence is key.

Broadway Flying J Celebrates 50 Years of Extra Mile Service

May 13, 2013

Broadway Flying J Celebrates 50 Years of Extra Mile Service

In 1963 Don and Bernice Alsaker took a chance and opened a fueling station on the newly constructed Interstate 90. Today, Broadway Flying J has grown from the original location on I-90 to seven travel plazas in Washington, Montana and Nevada. For the past 50 years, Broadway has served highway travelers, local residents and professional drivers and has always gone the extra mile.

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