Drugstores Are Offering Increased Competition to Truckstops

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Today’s customers are seek­ing convenience, and more and more retailers are working to meet that need. Drugstores are among those that are offering more grab-and-go foods and many of them are even starting to locate close to the interstate.

“It is something I think we need to be aware of. They have similar offerings and a lot of them are putting in grab-and-go foods, coffee programs and fountain soda programs,” said Darren Schulte, vice president of membership for NATSO. “When NATSO mem­bers think about how they want to innovate to prepare for the fu­ture, this is a category to watch.” Operators on NATSO's Food and Fuel Tour in July visited Wal­greens to experience and learn about this trend...

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Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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