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Translating Trucking Trends Into Profitable Action Items At Your Truckstop

May 1, 2016

Translating Trucking Trends Into Profitable Action Items At Your Truckstop

The successes and challenges the trucking industry experiences have a significant effect on the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas, which means staying cur-rent on trucking trends is crucial for businesses that serve drivers. What’s more, successful truckstop and travel plaza operators know that trends often result in new opportunities.

15 Consumer Trends Shaping Retail Operations Today And in the Future from Coca Cola [Infographic]

March 1, 2016

15 Consumer Trends Shaping Retail Operations Today And in the Future from Coca Cola [Infographic]

Being in the retail business, consumer trends greatly shape the truckstop and travel plaza business. During NATSO’s fall board meeting, Coca-Cola shared these key consumer trends. Truckstop operators should read them and take note on how they will impact their business—both today and five years from now.

Navigating the Norms

June 30, 2015

Navigating the Norms

Being a successful business owner typically means operating within a certain set of norms. That certainly seems easy enough, but the challenge is that norms and the trends they are linked with can be ambiguous.

Six Trends in Leadership for Truckstop Operators to Watch

May 1, 2015

Six Trends in Leadership for Truckstop Operators to Watch

Staying ahead of leadership trends can help truckstop and travel plaza operators prepare for the future. Stop Watch has identified six leadership trends that could shape the year ahead.

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.

The Significance of Leadership At Your Truckstop

May 1, 2015

The Significance of Leadership At Your Truckstop

Leadership is the most important aspect in every facet of our lives—both individually and within our families, our businesses, our communities, our government and our society. Without effective leadership, we cannot grow!

American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist to Speak at The NATSO Show

October 17, 2014

American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist to Speak at The NATSO Show

Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at the American Trucking Associations, is back by popular demand to provide insight into the latest on the future of the trucking industry at The NATSO Show.

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.

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.

Repairs And Roast Beef Sandwich Sales Grow At Dodge City

September 1, 2013

Repairs And Roast Beef Sandwich Sales Grow At Dodge City

Petro Dodge City #397 is located in Hanceville, Ala., which is positioned perfectly between Birmingham and Huntsville. With a brand new truck repair shop and renovations in the works, they are also positioned to grow.

Biz Brief Reader Tip Sheet

September 1, 2013

Biz Brief Reader Tip Sheet

Biz Brief is the latest tool in the NATSO Foundation’s arsenal of programs and products aimed at strengthening travel plazas’ ability to meet the needs of the traveling public through improved operational performance and business planning. Delivered daily via email, Biz Brief is specifically designed to deliver daily business intelligence for the truckstop and travel plaza community of owners and operators. How can you best use the features that are provided each day in the Biz Brief? Here are editor Roger Cole’s tips for what to watch for to make the most of the newsletter's business intelligence.

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.

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.

Quick Facts and Figures Relevant to Truckstops, March 25

March 25, 2013

Quick Facts and Figures Relevant to Truckstops, March 25

Buoyed by booming shale plays in North Dakota and Texas, U.S. oil production will be 2 million barrels a day higher than imports by the end of 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Trends and Priorities Affecting the Truckstop and Travel Plaza Industry

March 24, 2013

Trends and Priorities Affecting the Truckstop and Travel Plaza Industry

During The NATSO Show in Savannah, Ga., trucking industry experts and truckstop operators said everything from driver health concerns and hours-of-service regulations to increased fuel efficiency and changes in the length of haul are changing the way they operate.

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.

Trends And Priorities Affecting The Truckstop And Travel Plaza Industry

March 1, 2013

Trends And Priorities Affecting The Truckstop And Travel Plaza Industry

History shows that the offerings and business operations at truckstops and travel plazas shift as their customers’ needs change, and the most successful operations work to stay

Travel Plaza and Truckstop Industry Convenience Product Trends

March 1, 2013

Travel Plaza and Truckstop Industry Convenience Product Trends

A dose of the quarterly analysis of weekly purchases of travel plaza and truckstops served by McLane.

Truck Tonnage Increases in January

February 25, 2013

Truck Tonnage Increases in January

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.9 percent in January after jumping 2.4 percent in December. Tonnage has surged at least 2.4 percent every month since November, gaining a total of 9.1 percent over that period. Seasonally adjusted data takes into account items such as weather, increased factory production for certain times of the year, harvests and back-to-school sales.

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.

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