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Logo Droppers Gives Away Custom Guitar at NATSO Connect 2018

May 9, 2018

Logo Droppers Gives Away Custom Guitar at NATSO Connect 2018

On March 6th Logo Droppers delivered a custom guitar to the Busy Bee chain of convenience stores and truck stop based in Florida. Elizabeth Waring, president of Busy Bee, won the custom guitar as part of a give away at NATSO Connect, which ran Feb. 10-13.

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Minnesota Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

March 27, 2018

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Minnesota Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

The NATSO Foundation is inviting NATSO members to join the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigations Task Force, the Minnesota Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking April 17 for a regional meeting in St. Paul, Minn., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state. This private event is scheduled to be held April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.

Trucking Execs Discuss Autonomous Technology, Electric Trucks and Hours of Service

February 11, 2018

Trucking Execs Discuss Autonomous Technology, Electric Trucks and Hours of Service

Advances in Class 8 autonomous and electric truck technologies continue to make headlines, but executives from two major trucking companies said they don’t expect the new technology to bring major changes to the long-haul trucking industry any time soon. However, hours-of-service and electronic logging device mandates are bringing changes that have made the speed of service at truckstops and travel plazas even more important.

E-Commerce Creates Challenges, Opportunities for Truckstops and Travel Plazas

February 11, 2018

E-Commerce Creates Challenges, Opportunities for Truckstops and Travel Plazas

E-commerce is a $300 billion industry disrupting the face of retail and continues to grow within the United States. During NATSO Connect, Ken Cassar, a principal analyst at Slice Intelligence, told attendees that online sales are impacting their businesses, but there are ways truckstop and travel plaza operators can tap into the trend to offer convenience to their customers.

Operators Share Three Sources for Great Ideas during NATSO Connect

February 11, 2018

Operators Share Three Sources for Great Ideas during NATSO Connect

In today’s retail landscape, truckstop and travel plaza operators are not only competing with each other, but also with other highly competent retailers, making innovation even more important. During NATSO Connect, operators came together in The Great Ideas! Session to learn more about what is working for their peers, get inspiration from both inside and outside of the industry and think through how they can adapt ideas to work for them.

NATSO Connect Digs Into Trends Shaping the Future of the Industry

February 10, 2018

NATSO Connect Digs Into Trends Shaping the Future of the Industry

E-commerce, the driver shortage and shifts in consumer demands are changing the operating environment for truckstops and travel plazas and shaking up the retail industry. During the kickoff keynote address at NATSO Connect, four executives addressed the latest trends disrupting the industry, ranging from the trucking industry’s length of haul to the number of consumer trips to the store, giving operators insights to help prepare for the future.

NATSO Briefs House Homeland Security Committee on Industry Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

January 17, 2018

NATSO Briefs House Homeland Security Committee on Industry Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

NATSO Foundation President Lisa Mullings today told members of the House Committee on Homeland Security that the truckstop and travel plaza industry plays a vital role in combating human trafficking that takes place along the nation’s Interstate Highway System. NATSO was invited to participate as an example of the positive role that the private sector can play in the fight against human trafficking.

Five Ways To Fight Human Trafficking in 2018

January 11, 2018

Five Ways To Fight Human Trafficking in 2018

January marks National Human Trafficking Awareness month. As we reflect on goals for the year or renew commitments to existing resolutions, NATSO members are encouraged to keep in mind the critical role that they can play in helping to stop human trafficking along the nation’s Interstate Highways.

House Approves Legislation to Prevent Human Trafficking in Transportation

January 2, 2018

House Approves Legislation to Prevent Human Trafficking in Transportation

Two pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at preventing human trafficking in transportation have been presented to the President for his signature after they passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Invest in Yourself in 2018

January 1, 2018

Invest in Yourself in 2018

Every new year brings a fresh start and new opportunity, and I hope you are as excited as I am for a promising year ahead.

Broadway Flying J President Dan Alsaker Supports the Salvation Army

December 19, 2017

Broadway Flying J President Dan Alsaker Supports the Salvation Army

Salvation Army bell ringers and the red buckets they stand next to are a staple during the holidays, but the non-profit’s fundraising efforts run much deeper. Dan Alsaker, a former NATSO chairman and president of Broadway Flying J, is a long-time Salvation Army supporter, and he recently helped the Salvation Army raise money during its annual Christmas luncheon.

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in Eagle Ford, Texas

November 15, 2017

NATSO Foundation Invites Truckstops to Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in Eagle Ford, Texas

The NATSO Foundation, along with Truckers Against Trafficking, the Texas Attorney General, Texas Trucking Association and ConocoPhillips, will co-host a regional coalition meeting aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state on Nov. 29.

Start Now to Create a Promotion Calendar for Your Truckstop for 2018 [Infographic]

November 1, 2017

Start Now to Create a Promotion Calendar for Your Truckstop for 2018 [Infographic]

Seasonal promotions can be a great way to create a theme that can draw attention to products, boost sales and make customers feel good. Operators can create a seasonal promotional calendar now to bring excitement and fun to their locations throughout 2018.

Five Students Honored with Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship Awards

November 1, 2017

Five Students Honored with Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship Awards

The legacy of the Bill Moon Scholarship continued in 2017 when The NATSO Foundation presented five students with ties to the truckstop and travel plaza industry $5,000 each to put towards their studies. The Bill Moon Scholarship Program has been changing lives for more than 20 years, awarding more than $300,000 in scholarships to date.

6 Ways The Internet of Things is Changing Truckstop and Travel Plaza Operations

November 1, 2017

6 Ways The Internet of Things is Changing Truckstop and Travel Plaza Operations

Equipment and devices are becoming increasingly connected to each other as part of the Internet of Things (IoT)—a massive network of connected systems, devices and people—and the ability to access and transmit data quickly and automatically is changing the way businesses operate.

The Key to Truckstop Retail Success: Experience Matters

November 1, 2017

The Key to Truckstop Retail Success: Experience Matters

Great truckstop operators know that no shortcuts exist to retail success. The closest failsafe is to know your truckstop and then build a customer experience using what you know. The best way to do that is to know and engage your customers, crunch the numbers and use your data, and curate an experience.

Compliance Corner: Trump Administration Reviewing Overtime Pay Requirements

November 1, 2017

Compliance Corner: Trump Administration Reviewing Overtime Pay Requirements

One of the cornerstones of the Obama Administration’s labor agenda was a multi-year push to expand the number of employees who are required to receive overtime pay (1.5 times the regular rate of pay) for time worked in excess of 40 hours per week. The Obama Administration’s final regulation was delayed before taking effect, and was recently struck down by a federal court. It is unlikely to ever take effect.

Join Together to Help the Industry Thrive

November 1, 2017

Join Together to Help the Industry Thrive

As truckstop and travel plaza operators, one of our biggest advantages is our ability to learn from each other and industry thought leaders as we prepare for the future.

Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking in Transportation

September 19, 2017

Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Human Trafficking in Transportation

The Senate passed two bills introduced by U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) aimed at preventing human trafficking in transportation.

7 Ways to Know Your Truckstop Customers [Infographic]

September 1, 2017

7 Ways to Know Your Truckstop Customers [Infographic]

“There is nothing wrong with just standing in the store and observing during different shifts. It is unbelievable how much information you can glean for 20 minutes, three times a day different days of the week.” — Darren Schulte, NATSO’s vice president of membership.

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