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NATSO, Truckstop and Travel Plaza Operators Mourn the Loss of Carolyn Moon, an Industry Icon

September 1, 2017

NATSO, Truckstop and Travel Plaza Operators Mourn the Loss of Carolyn Moon, an Industry Icon

The truckstop industry mourned the loss and re­membered the significant contribu­tions Carolyn Moon made to the industry, including serving as a co-founder of NATSO and supporting the NAT­SO Foundation.

NATSO Facilitates Two Congressional Visits with Key Lawmakers

October 14, 2016

NATSO Facilitates Two Congressional Visits with Key Lawmakers

NATSO‘s government affairs team helped orchestrate two congressional visits in October, helping put truckstop and travel plaza members in direct contact with congressional leaders.

Ten Ways to Promote the Bill Moon Scholarship to Your Truckstop Staff

March 1, 2016

Ten Ways to Promote the Bill Moon Scholarship to Your Truckstop Staff

Each year the NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship program distributes thousands of dollars to students to pursue their educational goals. In 2016, the foundation will award five, $5,000 scholarships to truckstop and travel plaza employees and/or their legal dependents. Here are 10 ways you can promote the scholarship to your staff.

Tap Into Retail Trends To Shape Renovations at Your Truckstop

March 1, 2016

Tap Into Retail Trends To Shape Renovations at Your Truckstop

A remodel or renovation can give a location a face-lift and improve its aesthetics, but to be truly effective, changes should also strive to improve the store layout, offerings and merchandising in ways that reflect the latest sales trends. When done right, remodels can help operators increase sales and attract new customers.

Joplin 44 Petro Lifts Spirits and Boosts Sales with Christmas Lights

December 22, 2014

Joplin 44 Petro Lifts Spirits and Boosts Sales with Christmas Lights

At Petro Truck Stop in Joplin, Missouri, it is the Christmas lights on the inside of the store that have everyone talking. Store manager Chris Quattlebaum has transformed the location’s light wall into an engaging light show that times the flashing lights with the beats in a handful of Christmas songs.

Iowa 80 Truckstop Hosts 35th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree

July 2, 2014

Iowa 80 Truckstop Hosts 35th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree

Iowa 80 Truckstop’s 35th Anniversary Walcott Truckers Jamboree, to be held at Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, will kick off July 10.

What Is Your Favorite Business Book?

July 1, 2014

What Is Your Favorite Business Book?

NATSO operators share their favorite business book.

Iowa 80/CAT Scale Announces Award Grants

June 27, 2014

Iowa 80/CAT Scale Announces Award Grants

Iowa 80 and CAT Scales announced a series of award grants to local causes.

Iowa 80 Celebrates 50 Years with Menu Prices from 1964

June 2, 2014

Iowa 80 Celebrates 50 Years with Menu Prices from 1964

Iowa 80 Kitchen, the 300-seat full service restaurant in the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, is celebrating 50 years in business on June 4. As part of its celebration, the restaurant is offering customers an opportunity to order from a special menu featuring food items priced as they were on opening day in 1964.

The Bill Moon Scholarship: Changing Lives One at a Time

January 1, 2014

The Bill Moon Scholarship: Changing Lives One at a Time

The legacy of the Bill Moon Scholarship continued again in 2013 when five students received $5,000 each to put towards their studies.

Truckstop and Travel Plaza Operators Give Back

October 25, 2013

Truckstop and Travel Plaza Operators Give Back

Not only do truckstop and travel plaza operators serve profes­sional drivers and the traveling public, they serve their communities as well. Each year, operators donate their time, money and resources to charitable organizations, churches and schools in their community.

Help Operators Take Advantage of Holiday Sales

September 27, 2013

Help Operators Take Advantage of Holiday Sales

Like all retailers, truckstop and travel plaza operators know that the holidays mean increased opportunities for sales. Not only do locations see an increase in the number of four-wheeler passengers stopping in as they travel to be with friends and family, professional drivers are often on the look out for gifts for loved ones while they’re out on the road.

Take Advantage of Holiday Sales

September 1, 2013

Take Advantage of Holiday Sales

The winter holidays bring additional sales opportunities for truckstops and travel plazas. Not only do locations see an increase in the number of four-wheeler passengers stopping in as they travel to be with friends and family, professional drivers are often on the look out for gifts for loved ones while they’re out on the road. And while Thanksgiving and Christmas are still a couple months away, now is the time to create sales strategies that will increase sales and profits.

New Ideas and Trends in Food Service

June 20, 2013

New Ideas and Trends in Food Service

For truckstops and travel plazas, restaurants are among the most important profit centers at the locations. Sit-down and quick-service restaurants alike attract four-wheeler traffic, professional drivers and locals. Even better, restaurant and foodservice sales are expected to reach a record high of $660.5 billion this year, the National Restaurant Association reported. That’s a 3.8 percent increase from 2012.

FHWA Kicks Off Truck Size and Weight Study with Public Listening Session

June 3, 2013

FHWA Kicks Off Truck Size and Weight Study with Public Listening Session

NATSO representatives attended the Federal Highway Administration's first public session of its truck size and weight study, ordered by Congress in the transportation reauthorization bill enacted last year.

Final Week to Apply for Bill Moon Scholarship

April 22, 2013

Final Week to Apply for Bill Moon Scholarship

The NATSO Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Bill Moon Scholarship until next Wednesday, May 1. All truckstop and travel plaza owner/operators, their employees and their families are eligible.

Iowa 80 Kitchen, Johnson's Corner and Lee Hi Travel Plaza on Travel Channel's Show

March 25, 2013

Iowa 80 Kitchen, Johnson's Corner and Lee Hi Travel Plaza on Travel Channel's Show

Iowa 80 Kitchen, Johnson's Corner and Lee Hi Travel Plaza are scheduled to be featured on the Travel Channel's Show Food Paradise, being renamed Truck Stop Paradise, for this episode, on March 27. The episode will feature food at truckstops, and the film crew spoke with customers about their favorite dishes as well as why they keep coming back. The episode airs at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Bill Moon Scholarship Awards Raised to $5,000

March 18, 2013

Bill Moon Scholarship Awards Raised to $5,000

The NATSO Foundation Bill Moon Scholarships have been increased to $5,000. Five $5,000 scholarships now will be awarded this year.

Connecting with Truckstop Customers

March 1, 2013

Connecting with Truckstop Customers

To better understand their customers, truckstop and travel plaza operators are relying on old-fashioned, face-to- face customer service while also embracing technology to initiate conversations and engage with a customer base that is constantly on the move.

NATSO Members Take to Capitol Hill

March 1, 2013

NATSO Members Take to Capitol Hill

In May, NATSO members from across the country will assemble on Capitol Hill and meet face-to-face with their lawmakers to discuss the key issues facing the truckstop and travel plaza industry and protect the businesses they’ve spent years building.

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