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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.

Adapt To Stay Competitive

March 1, 2017

Adapt To Stay Competitive

The truckstop and travel plaza industry has changed significantly since our early predecessors opened the first Interstate highway-based fuel stops, and we are in the midst of changes that are going to once again re-shape our industry.

Top Trucking Economist Predicts Improved Year in 2017

January 24, 2017

Top Trucking Economist Predicts Improved Year in 2017

Low unemployment rates, steady manufacturing and increased home construction will contribute to improved freight levels within the trucking industry for the year ahead.

Delving Into the Election Results: What it Means for Travel Plazas -- State Ballot Initiatives

November 22, 2016

Delving Into the Election Results: What it Means for Travel Plazas -- State Ballot Initiatives

NATSO has planned a detailed post-election analysis and preview of the next Congress and Presidential Administration for lunch on Monday, January 23, 2017, during The NATSO Show.

Delving Into the Election Results: What it Means for Travel Plazas – How the Winners Won

November 17, 2016

Delving Into the Election Results: What it Means for Travel Plazas – How the Winners Won

I plan to deliver a detailed post-election analysis and preview of the next Congress and Presidential Administration at The NATSO Show on Monday, January 23, 2017. In the coming weeks before the detailed analysis in Savannah, NATSO will be taking a “deep dive” into the 2016 election results, examining what they mean for the various public policy issues that affect the truckstop and travel plaza industry. Today, NATSO examines how the election results alter the national political landscape.

10 Reasons to Attend The NATSO Show

August 31, 2016

10 Reasons to Attend The NATSO Show

Learn 10 reasons truckstop and travel plaza owners, managers, buyers and staff who want to increase their industry knowledge, grow their business contacts and buy new products should attend The NATSO Show.

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

August 31, 2016

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

It is well known that higher productivity vehicles and fuel efficiency standards for trucks are gradually reducing the per-vehicle demand for diesel, which is likely to change operations at truckstop and travel plaza locations across the country.

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.

Food Service is About More Than Food

May 1, 2016

Food Service is About More Than Food

When it comes to food service, today’s consumers are looking for much more than food. By tapping into their customers’ true needs and wants, truckstop and travel plaza operators can attract more people and dig deeper into their wallets when they come in the door.

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.

8 Tips for Success from Entrepreneurial Leader Bill Taylor

January 1, 2016

8 Tips for Success from Entrepreneurial Leader Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor is an expert on how owners can thrive in today’s competitive market and not only will he be sharing his expertise as a keynote speaker at The NATSO Show.

Top Economist Shares His Outlook for the Year Ahead

January 1, 2016

Top Economist Shares His Outlook for the Year Ahead

At this year’s NATSO show, Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at American Trucking Associations will share his insights during a keynote address, offering predictions on the economy, the trucking industry.

Truckstop Leadership: Effective Leaders = Improved Profits

May 1, 2015

Truckstop Leadership: Effective Leaders = Improved Profits

Great leadership not only improves the energy and atmosphere of a business, it can improve the bottom line. Research from the Gallup Organization shows that committed workgroups are 44 percent more profitable, 50 percent more productive and have 50 percent higher degrees of customer loyalty.

Freight Volumes, Driver Pay on the Rise

February 18, 2015

Freight Volumes, Driver Pay on the Rise

Freight volumes and driver pay will continue on an upward swing as the economy grows, Bob Costello, vice president and chief economist at the American Trucking Associations told NATSO Show attendees Feb. 18.

Customer Engagement Key to Dominating the Marketplace

February 18, 2015

Customer Engagement Key to Dominating the Marketplace

During The NATSO Show, Ken Schmidt, former director of communications strategy for Harley-Davidson Motor Co., told attendees that engaging with customers is the key to success, and a lack of engagement nearly led to Harley-Davidson’s failure.

Driving Growth Through Innovation

February 17, 2015

Driving Growth Through Innovation

When Seth Goldman, president and chief executive officer of the beverage company Honest Tea, set out to enter the beverage market, he was met with a number of challenges, making innovation crucial.

U.S. Diesel Demand Projected to Decline

February 17, 2015

U.S. Diesel Demand Projected to Decline

A number of factors are coming together that will reduce the demand for diesel fuel moving forward. As technology improves, vehicles become more efficient and their power sources evolve. Electric vehicles, hybrids and natural gas are all changing the country’s demand for diesel.

Creating a Culture and Building a Brand Grows Customers and Sales

February 16, 2015

Creating a Culture and Building a Brand Grows Customers and Sales

For business owners, branding is one of the best ways to stand apart from the competition, but creating a brand isn’t always easy. During The NATSO Show, Doug Rauch, an expert on branding and the former chief executive officer of the national grocery chain Trader Joe’s, told attendees that building a brand starts with culture.

Operators Slice And Dice Data for Business Insights

July 1, 2014

Operators Slice And Dice Data for Business Insights

Information is everywhere and the number of sources producing information is constantly increasing. Big data—a popular term used to describe the growth and availability of both structured and unstructured information—is changing the way many companies operate. Today’s operators are relying on insights from their customers, internal processes and business operations to uncover new opportunities for growth. The challenge with any data set is converting it into useable information by identifying patterns and deviations from those patterns. By analyzing both internal and external sources of data, operators are able to better understand their customers, identify trends and predict sales.

Independent Operators Share Ideas For Growth And Cutting Costs During The NATSO Show

July 1, 2014

Independent Operators Share Ideas For Growth And Cutting Costs During The NATSO Show

Independent truckstop and travel plaza operators are constantly seeking out new products, great ideas and the latest business innovations. But NATSO members aren’t just in search of new ideas, they’re more than willing to share them with their peers.

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