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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.

A Fresh Look And Unique Offerings Bring In Customers At Frog City

March 1, 2018

A Fresh Look And Unique Offerings Bring In Customers At Frog City

Frog City Travel Plaza in Rayne, Louisiana, is a favorite destination stop for truckers, travelers and locals, and it is drawing them in with multiple food offerings, unique items and its local flair. Grego Barro, owner and operator of the location, is keeping Frog City fresh and beautiful with a recent c-store renovation and new gas pumps, and he focuses on customer service.

Attract Truckstop Customers Through Signage

March 1, 2018

Attract Truckstop Customers Through Signage

Signage is one of the most important tools to connect with customers. It not only attracts customers from the street and draws them into the location, but also communicates sales or promotions, spurs point-of-sale purchases and directs customers where to go.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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