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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.

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.

Regulatory, Legislative Decisions Shape Truckstop Operators’ Future

February 12, 2019

Regulatory, Legislative Decisions Shape Truckstop Operators’ Future

Government decisions are shaping the way truckstop and travel plaza operators will do business in the future, and operators and vendors need to work together to advance the industry’s shared advocacy goals. During a government affairs town hall meeting at NATSO Connect, David Fialkov, NATSO vice president of government relations and legislative and regulatory counsel, provided an inside-the-beltway scoop on some of the biggest government affairs issues facing the industry today.

Executives Explore Changing Driver Needs

February 12, 2019

Executives Explore Changing Driver Needs

Hours-of-service requirements, electronic logging devices and e-commerce are all changing professional drivers’ operating environment, and the changing market dynamics are resulting in new opportunities for truckstop and travel plaza operators. During NATSO Connect, NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings sat down with Dave Manning, president of TCW Inc. and Immediate Past Chairman of the American Trucking Associations and Dan Murray, vice president of the American Transportation Research Institute, to discuss the latest trends among truck drivers.

NATSO Connect Keynote Explores Changes Going on Throughout the Retail Marketplace

February 11, 2019

NATSO Connect Keynote Explores Changes Going on Throughout the Retail Marketplace

There is tremendous change going on throughout the retail marketplace, and no retailer will be exempt from its effects. As a result, retail channels must find an appropriate value proposition for their customers to remain successful, according to Michael Sansolo, research director for two of the Coca-Cola Research Councils.

NATSO Connect Kicks Off in Orlando

February 11, 2019

NATSO Connect Kicks Off in Orlando

NATSO kicks off NATSO Connect in Orlando, Fla., today with hundreds of the nation’s truckstops, travel plazas, fuel retailers and their industry partners gathering here for three days of professional connection, networking and education.

NATSO 2019 Chairman Welcomes Operators, Industry Supplier to Orlando

February 10, 2019

NATSO 2019 Chairman Welcomes Operators, Industry Supplier to Orlando

Bob Wollenman, NATSO’s 2019 chairman of the board and the owner of Deluxe Truck Stop in St. Joseph, Missouri, welcomed truckstop and travel plaza operators and industry suppliers to NATSO Connect in Orlando.

NATSO Foundation Helps Alabama Fight Human Trafficking

January 22, 2019

NATSO Foundation Helps Alabama Fight Human Trafficking

The NATSO Foundation will join the Alabama Attorney General, the Alabama Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking Feb. 12 in sponsoring a coalition meeting in Montgomery, Ala., aimed at coordinating ways to fight human trafficking within the state.

DOT Kicks Off First Human Trafficking Advisory Committee Meeting; NATSO Serves on Subcommittee

December 19, 2018

DOT Kicks Off First Human Trafficking Advisory Committee Meeting; NATSO Serves on Subcommittee

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently kicked off the first meeting of its Human Trafficking Advisory Committee, which aims to develop strategies that state agencies and local transportation stakeholders can utilize to implement anti-human trafficking initiatives.

Meet the 2018 Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship Recipients

November 1, 2018

Meet the 2018 Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship Recipients

The NATSO Foundation’s Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship program is continuing to change lives, and this year, five hardworking students received scholarships they can use to advance their education. The Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship is awarded to industry employees and their children based on academic merit, financial need, community activities and a short essay. The recipients said the $5,000 awards will help pay for tuition, but are even more meaningful because they came from the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Build Effective Displays at Your Truckstop [Infographic]

November 1, 2018

Build Effective Displays at Your Truckstop [Infographic]

The right displays at your truckstop can drive retail sales, create convenience and contribute to a location's atmosphere.

 Women in the Truckstop Industry: Creating a Destination for Drivers

November 1, 2018

Women in the Truckstop Industry: Creating a Destination for Drivers

The truckstop and travel plaza industry is full of outstanding operators who continually make life easier for their customers. Throughout 2018, Stop Watch would like to highlight a handful of the women who make the industry great.

Six Ways to Set Your Truckstop Apart Using Today’s Food Trends

November 1, 2018

Six Ways to Set Your Truckstop Apart Using Today’s Food Trends

Food sales continue to be a hot area for truckstops and travel plazas, and a lot of operators are turning to food service to drive incremental sales and profitability. Consumer demand is proving that not only is there is a place for food service within retail operations but also that it can drive inside traffic. “The ultimate challenge for truckstop operators and convenience-store operators, is elevating their food and creating a point of difference,” said David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at Technomic, a consulting firm that specializes in food service. “You have to think about who you are appealing to and how you’re driving them into the store. If you’re really focused on making your location a destination or bringing local consumers in as well as the truck drivers or travelers, then you have to do something different.” Stop Watch sat down with Henkes, to learn more about the food service industry and how operators can use food to differentiate themselves. Henkes shared five tips operators can embrace to set themselves apart with today’s food trends.

How to Create an Apparel Program at Your Truckstop

November 1, 2018

How to Create an Apparel Program at Your Truckstop

Apparel is a category that does well in truckstops and travel plazas if operators understand who their customers are and purchase and present merchandise in the right way. “A strong apparel program is an opportunity to increase profits,” said Darren Schulte, vice president of membership for NATSO. “When done correctly in our industry, apparel can have margins of 50 to 100 percent profit depending on what types of products you’re selling and what you buy.”

Thank You For The Opportunity To Serve As Your Chairman

November 1, 2018

Thank You For The Opportunity To Serve As Your Chairman

For the past three years I have had the privilege of serving as chairman of NATSO’s board of directors, and I have so many thoughts and memories as my term comes to a close. I am grateful for the many relationships and connections I’ve made not only as chairman, but also as a NATSO member. I attended my first NATSO trade show in New Orleans 1989 and my affinity for the association and the members has continually increased since then.

Foundation Brings Fun Run to NATSO Connect 2019

October 26, 2018

Foundation Brings Fun Run to NATSO Connect 2019

Pack your running shoes for NATSO Connect 2019! New this year, the NATSO Foundation is bringing a Fun Run to NATSO Connect 2019 as the yeary fundraiser. The NATSO Foundation Fun Run will be Monday, February 11 at 7:00 a.m.

NATSO CEO Featured in USA TODAY Truck Driver Special

September 7, 2018

NATSO CEO Featured in USA TODAY Truck Driver Special

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings was featured in the ‘Empowering Our Female Truck Drivers' campaign, published in the Sept. 7 issue of USA Today, in which industry leaders highlighted the improvements that have been made for women within the industry.

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