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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.

Three Generations of Women Create Success at Coffee Cup Fuel Stops

July 1, 2018

Three Generations of Women Create Success at Coffee Cup Fuel Stops

Jane Heinz started her journey into the truckstop and travel plaza industry when she married into it 36 years ago. Since then, she has worked side-by-side with her husband, Tom, to open new Coffee Cup Fuel Stops stores and train people to run them. She also has done everything from serving as general manager to handling the merchandising, and together she and Tom have created a thriving business that now includes their children and grandchildren.

Nominate an Industry Leader for the NATSO Hall of Fame Award

July 1, 2018

Nominate an Industry Leader for the NATSO Hall of Fame Award

NATSO is currently accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame award and is inviting all members to nominate their peers who have a long history of supporting the truckstop and travel plaza industry, their employees and their communities.

Three Ways Truckstop Operators Are Using Partnerships to Grow Business

July 1, 2018

Three Ways Truckstop Operators Are Using Partnerships to Grow Business

More and more retailers are joining together to form creative partnerships, which allows them to reach customers in new ways and spur sales. When brands join forces, it can help them create a better in-store customer experience and make a more memorable impression on customers.

Taking the NATSO Foundation's Pulse

July 1, 2018

Taking the NATSO Foundation's Pulse

As we cross into the second half of the year, now is a great time to stop and reflect on all that the NATSO Foundation is doing in 2018 to help advance the educational needs of the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Strategic Plans Help Us Stay Focused And Move Forward

May 1, 2018

Strategic Plans Help Us Stay Focused And Move Forward

As an association, NATSO is tasked with bringing value to our members and our partners, and to ensure we continue to do that, NATSO’s board of directors and staff have been working together on the association’s long-term strategic plan.

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.

Five Trends Shaping the Future of the Truckstop Industry

March 1, 2018

Five Trends Shaping the Future of the Truckstop Industry

The truckstop and travel plaza industry as well as the retail world continues to evolve, and major changes in technology and consumer demand are shaking up the future for operators. During the Opening Keynote of NATSO Connect, Feb. 10–13 in Nashville, Tenn., attendees learned about five key trends that are shaping the future of the industry.

Get to Know Women Leading the Way in the Travel Plaza Industry

March 1, 2018

Get to Know Women Leading the Way in the Travel Plaza Industry

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. “We have amazing women involved in the truckstop and travel plaza industry,” said Darren Schulte, vice president of membership for NATSO. “They provide valuable leadership and very often the key issues they’re concerned about and the little touches they bring to their locations are what make them stand out.”

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 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.

Behind the Numbers: Top Trucking Economist to Share Key Facts & Figures

January 1, 2018

Behind the Numbers: Top Trucking Economist to Share Key Facts & Figures

Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Associations, has valuable insights into the economy and the trucking industry that can help truckstop and travel plaza operators prepare for the future.

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.

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.

Adapt Your Truckstop Business To Thrive

September 1, 2017

Adapt Your Truckstop Business To Thrive

Those of us in the industry know that it is important to innovate to stay relevant. We also know that innovation comes in wide array of shapes and sizes. Sometimes it involves introducing a completely new offering and other times it is about making small, meaningful improvements to our existing operations.

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