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Find Qualified Job Candidates for Your Truckstop in Military Veterans

March 1, 2017

Find Qualified Job Candidates for Your Truckstop in Military Veterans

Truckstop and travel plaza operators looking for hard-working, motivated employees may want to consider turning to the nation’s veterans. Veterans not only know the meaning of hard work, but also understand the value of teamwork.

 At The NATSO Show Chairman Urges Members to Embrace Change, Collaborate on New Opportunities

January 22, 2017

At The NATSO Show Chairman Urges Members to Embrace Change, Collaborate on New Opportunities

Don Quinn, president of Sapp Bros. and NATSO’s 2017 chairman, said the truckstop and travel plaza is experiencing a period of drastic and rapid change and called on NATSO members to seek out the opportunities that exist within that change. Quinn made his remarks during The NATSO Show 2017 in Savannah, Ga.

Making Change Part of Your Truckstop's Culture

November 1, 2016

Making Change Part of Your Truckstop's Culture

The ability to evolve and change can strengthen a business and contribute to long-term success. Within the truckstop and travel plaza industry, shifts in consumer behavior coupled with increasing competition are driving the need for operators to explore and adopt new service offerings in order to stay competitive.

The Season of Giving

November 1, 2016

The Season of Giving

As we enter the Christmas season, I think we’re all filled with a spirit of giving. I know there are so many ways in which each of us, both personally and through our businesses, support those around us. Whether it is offering additional support to one of our employees who need it or giving to one of the many different national, regional or local philanthropic organizations, there are a number of ways to show we care.

Invest in Relationships at The NATSO Show

August 31, 2016

Invest in Relationships at The NATSO Show

If you haven’t already saved the date for The NATSO Show 2017, now is the per¬fect time to add it to your calendar. From Jan. 21st to the 24th, hundreds of operators, thought leaders and industry suppliers will join together in Savannah, Georgia, to share ideas, dig into key trends and learn from their peers.

Truckstops Becoming a Hub for Healthcare

June 30, 2016

Truckstops Becoming a Hub for Healthcare

Truckstop and travel plaza operators have always tried to meet the needs of those on the road, and now they’re taking service to a new level and offering a range of healthcare services for drivers as well as their local communities.

Focusing on Safety at Your Truckstop Boosts Employee Morale and Cuts Costs

June 30, 2016

Focusing on Safety at Your Truckstop Boosts Employee Morale and Cuts Costs

At Sapp Bros. safety starts with its safety mission that is hanging up in every location: Sustain zero accidents by providing a safe environment worked in by safety minded employees.

Make Your Voice Heard

June 29, 2016

Make Your Voice Heard

For centuries, people have used storytelling as a deeply human way of understanding abstract facts, figures and events. Taking the messages we want to convey and weaving them into narratives makes them more meaningful and gives the listener a greater understanding of what we are trying to say.

From Milkshakes to Motocycles: Truckstop Operators Get Creative in Their Parking Lots

May 1, 2016

From Milkshakes to Motocycles: Truckstop Operators Get Creative in Their Parking Lots

In today’s operating environment, truckstop and travel plaza operators are working to appeal to a wide range of customers. Several NATSO members are changing the way they use space within their parking lots, turning extra space into innovative profit centers.

Focus on Service, Embrace Change (Modified from Don Quinn’s Speech at The NATSO Show 2016)

May 1, 2016

Focus on Service, Embrace Change (Modified from Don Quinn’s Speech at The NATSO Show 2016)

Being a leader is more important today than it ever has been. We are living in a world where nearly everything has become commoditized. People can price check from our aisles. They see the price of the fuel well before they pull up to the pump. We’ve never had this multitude of opportunities to interact with our customers and our customers have never had more choices on where they choose to do business.

7 Ways Shoemaker’s Travel Center Builds A Strong Brand

March 1, 2016

7 Ways Shoemaker’s Travel Center Builds A Strong Brand

Situated an hour Southeast of Omaha, Nebraska, Shoemaker’s Travel Center has all the ordinary truckstop profit centers—restaurant, store, fuel/gas and truck repair shop—but they are far from ordinary. In fact, they have become a tourist attraction for Lincoln. During the study tour, owner Dave Shoemaker shared what makes them unique. From the Highway 6 branding seen throughout the truckstop to their low-flow toilets, their strong branding makes a big impact on the customer experience. Count the ways with me.

Hire Right At Your Truckstop

March 1, 2016

Hire Right At Your Truckstop

Hiring within any business can be a challenge. As Chairman, it is my pleasure to share a few things that are working well for us in hopes that it will help you in your efforts to recruit and retain top employees.

Great Ideas from Sapp Bros.

January 1, 2016

Great Ideas from Sapp Bros.

As the editor of Stop Watch, I attended the tour to gather the locations’ best ideas to share with Stop Watch readers. The first day of the tour was spent at two Sapp Bros.’ locations, which I’ll share about.

Industry Leader Bill Sapp Receives the Hall of Fame Award

May 1, 2015

Industry Leader Bill Sapp Receives the Hall of Fame Award

During The NATSO Show 2015 the NATSO Foundation presented the industry’s Hall of Fame Award to William (Bill) Sapp, the co-founder of Sapp Bros. Travel Centers Inc.

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

July 1, 2014

Sapp Bros. Adds Natural Gas

Sapp Bros.’ first location opened on June 7, 1971, in Omaha, Neb. Today there are 16 travel centers located in eight states. F rom the beginning, the company has always embraced new ideas and technology that would improve its offerings and better meet its customers’ needs. With this focus in mind, this year they added natural gas to one location in Lincoln, Neb., and are working on installing the second in Columbus, Neb. They are contemplating adding two more this year.

Sapp Bros. Travel Center in Columbus, Nebraska to Add Compressed Natural Gas

June 4, 2014

Sapp Bros. Travel Center in Columbus, Nebraska to Add Compressed Natural Gas

Sapp Bros. Travel Center on East 6th Avenue in Columbus, Nebraska will open a compressed natural gas station (CNG) in the fall of 2014. It will facilitate both large truck and automobile access.

Focusing on the Future: Truckstop Operators Look to Innovation and Advocacy

January 1, 2014

Focusing on the Future: Truckstop Operators Look to Innovation and Advocacy

Today's truckstops and travel plaza operators are navigating a mature industry. That means they must continue to innovate to maintain and grow sales. At the same time, they are also keeping tabs on government regulation that may change the way they do business and advocating for the future of the industry.

Truckstop Operators Get Creative To Find, Hire And Keep Top Employees

September 1, 2013

Truckstop Operators Get Creative To Find, Hire And Keep Top Employees

To find and keep top talent, operators are constantly looking for potential employees and are thinking out of the box during the interview to gain deeper insight into applicants. Once hired, training and engaging employees helps keep them onboard, benefitting both the business and the customers it serves. “Great organizations capitalize on their people,” said human resource expert Michelle Fenton who spoke during The NATSO Show 2013 in Savannah, Ga. “The only thing that makes me stop with you instead of your competitor 20 miles down the road is the people who are inside of your business. People are going to stop because of the people they’re interacting with, not just the product you’re selling.”

Rumble Rules: Idling Regulations

July 1, 2012

Rumble Rules: Idling Regulations

Throughout the country, local and state governments are continuing to adjust their idling laws, and in an effort to create greater uniformity for drivers, several states are embracing statewide regulations versus individual county or city regulations.

Risk Management for Truckstop Operators

July 1, 2012

Risk Management for Truckstop Operators

Successful businesses understand the importance of taking deliberate steps to minimize risk in all areas, both for customers and employees.

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