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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.

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Trucking

April 10, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Trucking

Diesel fuel will remain the primary fuel the trucking industry uses for decades to come, according to a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at a range of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Addition of Compressed Natural Gas

March 11, 2013

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Addition of Compressed Natural Gas

Love’s Travel Stops announced the addition of fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability to service Class 8 trucks is underway at eight of its travel stops between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas.

Industry Vendors: We'll See You at the Show

January 25, 2013

Industry Vendors: We'll See You at the Show

In a matter of days, industry suppliers and truckstop operators will come together under one roof for The NATSO Show 2013. Take a look at our quick tips to help you make the most of your time at the show.

Freight Expected to Grow Slowly in 2013

January 7, 2013

Freight Expected to Grow Slowly in 2013

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said he expects truck tonnage to grow at a slower pace in 2013 than it did in 2012, adding that a stronger economic recovery could boost the industry in 2014 and 2015. Costello, who is a featured speaker at The NATSO Show, predicted a two percent increase in for-hire truck tonnage this year, slowing from the 2.7 percent increase he projected for 2012. Costello said tonnage growth had been slowing throughout 2012. Tonnage in October dropped 3.8 percent and marked the first year-over-year decrease since November 2009. In November, however, tonnage increased 3.7 percent, marking the first gain since July.

McLane-NATSO Foundation Index Reports Total Merchandise Purchases Down 1%

September 10, 2012

McLane-NATSO Foundation Index Reports Total Merchandise Purchases Down 1%

The McLane-NATSO Foundation Index is produced quarterly and offers NATSO members the opportunity to compare their weekly convenience store purchases with travel plazas and truckstops convenience stores served by McLane.