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How Do Gulf Area Truckstops View the Spill?

July 15, 2010

How Do Gulf Area Truckstops View the Spill?

As the impact of the Gulf oil spill continues to hold the nation's interest, Highway Business Matters recently talked to truckstop and travel plaza managers in the region to understand their views on the situation.

Four Things Tank Truck Drivers Need on the Road

July 1, 2010

Four Things Tank Truck Drivers Need on the Road

"When a tanker driver needs to rest, there are only certain areas they can park their equipment. This is to protect the public," said Danny Hansen, Sinclair's trucking manager.

Four Things Travel Store Managers Want

June 1, 2010

Four Things Travel Store Managers Want

Truckstop operators know drivers are going to stop for food and fuel, but additional sales within the location's travel store can help boost profits while meeting drivers' other needs.

 Shop Operators Share Insights, Opportunities

May 15, 2010

Shop Operators Share Insights, Opportunities

Offering variety can also increase the amount and types of products customers buy. "You have so many facets of customers coming through and they want different things," Gay said. "You can't just carry one brand of something."

 Truckstop Restaurants Dish Out Opportunities to Suppliers

May 1, 2010

Truckstop Restaurants Dish Out Opportunities to Suppliers

Professional drivers, the traveling public and locals alike all frequent the restaurants at the nation's truckstops and travel plazas.

 CSA 2010 May Increase Drivers’ Needs at Truckstops and Travel Plazas

April 15, 2010

CSA 2010 May Increase Drivers’ Needs at Truckstops and Travel Plazas

Motor carriers, the primary customer base of truckstops and travel plazas nationwide, are preparing for the new safety protocol Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010).

Motor Carriers, Professional Drivers Face New Safety Protocols

April 1, 2010

Motor Carriers, Professional Drivers Face New Safety Protocols

In business it is a given that you need to know your customer, but taking it a step further and getting to know your customer’s customer proves you are committed to truly meeting all parties’ needs.

 Convenience Foods Are Hot

March 15, 2010

Convenience Foods Are Hot

A tight economy has everyone looking for a bargain and professional drivers and the traveling public is no different. Low price points and convenience are driving sales of hot foods within the convenience and trucker stores at several truckstops and travel plazas.

The NATSO Show 2010 is Underway!

March 1, 2010

The NATSO Show 2010 is Underway!

We’re creating the future at the NATSO Show 2010!

 Truck Stop Operators Divulge How To Earn and Close a Sale at a Trade Show

February 15, 2010

Truck Stop Operators Divulge How To Earn and Close a Sale at a Trade Show

Trade shows are one of the few times when a company’s key prospects and current customers are gathered together under one roof, and smart exhibitors know that opportunities to connect with show attendees are not limited to the show floor.

Operators Describe What Helps Them Buy At Trade Shows

February 1, 2010

Operators Describe What Helps Them Buy At Trade Shows

Trade shows are an investment of both time and money. Knowing how to get the most out of any show can help exhibitors see the return on investment they were hoping for when they filled out their registration form.

Operators Seek Pre-Trade Show Outreach, Information

January 15, 2010

Operators Seek Pre-Trade Show Outreach, Information

When it comes to connecting with customers before a trade show, personal contact is the key.

Discover Top-Selling Truckstop Products

December 31, 2009

Discover Top-Selling Truckstop Products

Industry suppliers looking to introduce a product or target a new customer can get on the inside track by hearing directly from truckstop owners and operators who shared their top-selling items with NATSO.

Generate Buzz Among Truckstops and Travel Plazas

December 15, 2009

Generate Buzz Among Truckstops and Travel Plazas

Enthusiastic customers can often do more for a supplier than even the splashiest ad. When you factor in that they target the exact market you’re seeking and they come at a much lower cost, encouraging customers to talk is a no-brainer.

NATSO Launches Highway Business Matters

December 1, 2009

NATSO Launches Highway Business Matters

Welcome to NATSO's first edition of Highway Business Matters — a brief semimonthly newsletter created exclusively for companies that provide products or services to the truckstop and travel plaza industry!

November 1, 2009

A European Approach to Tackling Cargo Theft

The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates cargo theft costs the U.S. more than $30 billion each year. Europe, too, faces the challenge of tackling this crime.

Europe on Six Truckstops a Day

November 1, 2009

Europe on Six Truckstops a Day

In today’s global economy, the search for new ideas doesn’t stop at the water’s edge.

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