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NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Michigan Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

May 21, 2019

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Michigan Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

The NATSO Foundation is inviting NATSO members to join the Office of the Michigan Attorney General, the Michigan Trucking Association, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Transportation and Truckers Against Trafficking May 30 for a regional meeting in Lansing, MI., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

U.S. DOT Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking Reviews Final Draft Report

May 17, 2019

U.S. DOT Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking Reviews Final Draft Report

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking held its third and final public hearing on May 16 to review its draft report “Combating Human Trafficking in the Transportation Sector.”

Bucky's #342 Makes a Splash in the Truckstop World

May 1, 2019

Bucky's #342 Makes a Splash in the Truckstop World

For five decades, Buchanan Energy has been offering the traveling public gasoline, convenience and a car wash. Steve Buchanan started the business in 1980 with a store in Omaha, Nebraska, where the company is headquartered and grew the business to today’s triple digit number of gas stations. They recently took the leap to the diesel side, buying and razing the former Wiedmaier’s Truck Stop in St. Joseph, Missouri, to create a brand-new Bucky's #342. Located just off Interstate 29, the location boasts a 11,500-square-foot store, a CAT Scale, B Fresh CafeĢ and car wash. The location also has 20 gasoline pumps and five diesel pumps.

Fun Run Raises Critical Funds for the NATSO Foundation

May 1, 2019

Fun Run Raises Critical Funds for the NATSO Foundation

The NATSO Foundation hosted a fun run during NATSO Connect 2019, and raised more than $40,000 in net profits for the foundation, which is the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO Inc.

How to Use Social Media to Attract Interstate Traffic to Your Truckstop

May 1, 2019

How to Use Social Media to Attract Interstate Traffic to Your Truckstop

Shoppers of all ages are active on social media, and truckstop and travel plaza operators need to have an online presence. There are several platforms operators can use to attract interstate traffic, including Yelp, Trip Advisor and Google.

Speed-of-Service = Customer Service at Truckstops [Infographic]

May 1, 2019

Speed-of-Service = Customer Service at Truckstops [Infographic]

Professional drivers, the traveling public and local shoppers are all looking to get in and out of locations even faster. Here are a handful of ways you can meet customers' needs by moving through your location quickly.

What Do the Latest Trends in Retail Mean for Truckstops?

May 1, 2019

What Do the Latest Trends in Retail Mean for Truckstops?

The retail industry has experienced significant change over the past decade, and the pace of change shows no signs of slowing down. While no retailer will be exempt from the changing face of retail, staying current on industry trends can help truckstop and travel plaza operators prepare for the future.

Advice for Truckstops: Best Practices for Addressing Marijuana in the Workplace

May 1, 2019

Advice for Truckstops: Best Practices for Addressing Marijuana in the Workplace

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana use with more states, including Illinois, New Jersey and New York, expected to follow suit. Shifts in state law have left several employers wondering how to address company drug use policies as well as drug testing procedures. Although decriminalization of marijuana is increasing, none of the medical or recreational marijuana laws require employers to allow employees to use, possess or be impaired by marijuana during work hours or in the workplace, even if for medicinal purposes.

Exchange New Ideas through Conversations

May 1, 2019

Exchange New Ideas through Conversations

Conversations. What does the word mean? A dictionary says it is a plural noun. This plural noun is a talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which new ideas are exchanged. We gathered at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in February for three-plus days of great events during NATSO Connect. There were 81 first-time attendees within the terrific group of operators who registered.

New York Times Letter Highlights Truckstop Industry Role in Combating Human Trafficking

April 15, 2019

New York Times Letter Highlights Truckstop Industry Role in Combating Human Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking underscored the critical role that truckstops and travel centers play in the fight against human trafficking in a recent Letter to the Editor published in the New York Times.

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Missouri Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

April 1, 2019

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Missouri Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

The NATSO Foundation is inviting NATSO members to join the Office of the Missouri Attorney General, the Missouri Trucking Association, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Truckers Against Trafficking April 23 for a regional meeting in Sedalia, Mo., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Louisiana Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

March 18, 2019

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Louisiana Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

The NATSO Foundation is inviting NATSO members to join the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General, the Louisiana Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking March 20 for a regional meeting in Baton Rouge on combating human trafficking.

NATSO Discusses Combating Human Trafficking with Midnight Trucking Radio

March 14, 2019

NATSO Discusses Combating Human Trafficking with Midnight Trucking Radio

NATSO Vice President of Public Affairs Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman recently highlighted the truckstop and travel plaza industry's fight to combat human trafficking during a recent interview on Midnight Trucking Radio.

Three Ways Port Auto Boosted Sales and Increased Efficiency Through a Fresh Look

March 1, 2019

Three Ways Port Auto Boosted Sales and Increased Efficiency Through a Fresh Look

Sean Momin, vice president of operations for Port Auto Truck Stop, has extensive experience in the truckstop and travel plaza industry, but he said bringing in a fresh set of eyes through NATSO’s retail review helped him see the business differently. As a result, he has made small, meaningful changes that have boosted sales and profits.

Jubitz Travel Center Stands Out As a Top Employer

March 1, 2019

Jubitz Travel Center Stands Out As a Top Employer

Focusing on employees is a top priority at Jubitz Travel Center in Portland, Oregon, and the company was rewarded for its efforts with a 2018 Top Workplaces honor from The Oregonian newspaper. NATSO sat down with Tom Faricy, director of people services at Jubitz Corp., to learn more about how the company keeps its employees front and center.

Appeal to Your Truckstop Customers From Abroad

March 1, 2019

Appeal to Your Truckstop Customers From Abroad

As ethnic populations continue to grow, demand for cultural foods within the Unite States will continue to increase. Shoppers’ ethnicities often dictate not only what they buy but also how they shop. Appealing to customers’ buying behavior will lead to greater success, but it is crucial for operators to understand who is truly stopping at their stores. Observing who is stopping, how often and what they are buying can create new opportunities for truckstop and travel plazas operators.

Truckstop Advice: How to Work with Local Government on Exit Closing & Road Changes

March 1, 2019

Truckstop Advice: How to Work with Local Government on Exit Closing & Road Changes

Highway repairs and road closures are often an inconvenience, but for truckstop and travel plaza operators, traffic detours or delays can result in a significant decrease in revenue. What’s more, changes to exits or traffic patterns can create long-term disruptions that can leave businesses at a permanent disadvantage. There are several steps operators can take to make the process easier, said David Fialkov, vice president of government relations and legislative and regulatory counsel for NATSO. “One thing you should always do is introduce yourself and get to know the local project manager who is going to be overseeing the operation and make sure that you get well acquainted with him or her,” he said. “That individual is the type of person who can make your life better or worse depending on the degree he or she agrees with you.”

Ideas for Private Labeling at Your Truckstop [Infographic]

March 1, 2019

Ideas for Private Labeling at Your Truckstop [Infographic]

Opportunities to private label products exist throughout a truckstop and travel plaza.

Reflections on a Successful NATSO Connect

March 1, 2019

Reflections on a Successful NATSO Connect

Exceptional is the word that I believe best describes NATSO Connect 2019. Lisa Mullings, NATSO’s CEO and president, and all of her staff have to be thrilled with the success of this year’s event. I would name everyone, but I might inadvertently leave someone out. Congratulations to all as NATSO Connect matures and improves.

Sales of EVs Grow, Diesel to Remain Dominant

February 13, 2019

Sales of EVs Grow, Diesel to Remain Dominant

During NATSO Connect 2019, John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, told attendees that although electric vehicles continue to make headlines, diesel will remain the dominant fuel into the future.

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