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White House Meeting on Infrastructure Reignites Debate Over Pay-Fors

The meeting between Congressional Democrats and the White House on the potential for a $2 trillion infrastructure deal earlier this week reignited bipartisan arguments over just how to pay for an infrastructure measure – further calling into question the viability of anything moving forward in the near term. More

How to Use Social Media to Attract Interstate Traffic to Your Truckstop

How to Use Social Media to Attract Interstate Traffic to Your Truckstop Members Only Join or Login

Shoppers of all ages are active on social media, and truckstop and travel plaza operators need to have an online presence. There are several platforms operators can use to attract interstate traffic, including Yelp, Trip Advisor and Google. More

Exchange New Ideas through Conversations

Conversations. What does the word mean? A dictionary says it is a plural noun. This plural noun is a talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which new ideas are exchanged. We gathered at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in February for three-plus days of great events during NATSO Connect. There were 81 first-time attendees within the terrific group of operators who registered. More

Advice for Truckstops: Best Practices for Addressing Marijuana in the Workplace Members Only Join or Login

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana use with more states, including Illinois, New Jersey and New York, expected to follow suit. Shifts in state law have left several employers wondering how to address company drug use policies as well as drug testing procedures. Although decriminalization of marijuana is increasing, none of the medical or recreational marijuana laws require employers to allow employees to use, possess or be impaired by marijuana during work hours or in the workplace, even if for medicinal purposes. More

What Do the Latest Trends in Retail Mean for Truckstops? Members Only Join or Login

The retail industry has experienced significant change over the past decade, and the pace of change shows no signs of slowing down. While no retailer will be exempt from the changing face of retail, staying current on industry trends can help truckstop and travel plaza operators prepare for the future. More

Speed-of-Service = Customer Service at Truckstops [Infographic]

Professional drivers, the traveling public and local shoppers are all looking to get in and out of locations even faster. Here are a handful of ways you can meet customers' needs by moving through your location quickly. More

Volvo Embraces the Future with the Latest 18-Wheeler Technology Members Only Join or Login

How and when freight is delivered is changing and so are the vehicles that transport truckloads of goods. Old and new are coming together, and the Class 8 trucks of the future will combine automation, connectivity and electromobility while also becoming more integrated. Susan Alt, senior vice president of public affairs for Volvo Trucks, shared those insights with attendees at NATSO Connect 2019 during her keynote address. More

Fun Run Raises Critical Funds for the NATSO Foundation

The NATSO Foundation hosted a fun run during NATSO Connect 2019, and raised more than $40,000 in net profits for the foundation, which is the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO Inc. More

Bucky's #342 Makes a Splash in the Truckstop World

For five decades, Buchanan Energy has been offering the traveling public gasoline, convenience and a car wash. Steve Buchanan started the business in 1980 with a store in Omaha, Nebraska, where the company is headquartered and grew the business to today’s triple digit number of gas stations. They recently took the leap to the diesel side, buying and razing the former Wiedmaier’s Truck Stop in St. Joseph, Missouri, to create a brand-new Bucky's #342. Located just off Interstate 29, the location boasts a 11,500-square-foot store, a CAT Scale, B Fresh Café and car wash. The location also has 20 gasoline pumps and five diesel pumps. More

The Tennessean Travel Stop Adds an Outdoor Ice Cream Shop

The Tennessean Travel Stop in Cornersville, Tenn., recently opened an ice cream shop with outdoor access. It offers a menu of staple shakes and ice cream along with specialty flavors. The ice cream shop can be accessed from a window outside the location. More

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