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What Does Walmart's Advanced Vehicle Experience Mean for Truckstops?

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Darren's Great Ideas for Independent Operators, Fuel and Trucking

The trucking industry is buzzing with news of Walmart's Advanced Vehicle Experience. The truck prototype combines aerodynamics, mictroturbine-hybrid powertrain, electrification, advanced control systems, and cutting edge materials like carbon fiber all in one vehicle with the end goal of drastically improving fuel efficiency.

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ATA Top Economist & NATSO Show Speaker: Challenges within the Trucking Industry May Create Opportunities for Truckstops

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, The NATSO Show

The performance of the trucking industry has a direct influence on operations within truckstops and travel plazas, and Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at American Trucking Associations, told NATSO that two of the top challenges within the trucking industry are likely to create opportunities for truckstop and travel plaza owners.

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Truckstops Face New, Varied Competition

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Darren's Great Ideas for Independent Operators, Fuel and Trucking, Marketing & Retail

The truckstop and travel plaza industry is facing competition from a number of fronts. Last year in Stop Watch magazine, we covered some of those sources, including grocery stores and restaurants installing gas pumps and home improvement stores adding food offerings.

These and other forms of competition are becoming much more formidable as our customers continue to be starved for time and as vehicles improve their miles per gallon. Not only are drivers stopping less, now more than ever they are looking for the closest, most convenient one-stop shop. Retailers are responding by offering them more opportunities to stop, shop and fuel, which may mean less opportunities in our locations.

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Longtime Mechanic Sold On Benefits Of Biodiesel

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

For the past several years, biodiesel production and how engines respond to the fuel have been part of the curriculum.

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Which Items In The New UST Regulations Will Be Most "Expensive" For My Truckstop?

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking

NATSO recently prepared a memorandum summarizing the new Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations rules for NATSO members.

Several NATSO members have reached out to me as NATSO's Legislative and Regulatory Counsel with questions on the rule. Below is my answer to “Which items in the new UST regulations will be most expensive?”

Answer:
Which items in the new UST regulations will be most expensive will depend upon a number of factors (what type of equipment you have installed, what the status of your state regulations are, etc.) but at a high level, these are the five major takeaways from the final rule that we think equipment owners should be aware of:

1. Secondary Containment. New and replaced tanks and piping must be secondarily contained with interstitial monitoring systems, and new dispenser systems must be equipped w/ under-dispenser containment. The rule also includes secondary containment testing requirements.

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Diverse Fuel Company Turns To Biodiesel To Grow Business Even More

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

John Cook started his own business with one gas station in southern Oklahoma four decades ago. Today, Petroleum Wholesale, based in The Woodlands, Texas, distributes fuel in nine states to more than 150 branded locations, plus unbranded sites and governmental entities. It also operates 40 c-stores or travel centers and leases space to another 80.

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To Improve Sales, Review Overall Operation And Diversify Fuel Lineup

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Fuel is a major driver of your overall sales. Diesel car and SUV registrations are on the rise, and in 2023 U.S. drivers are expected to use 17.1 percent more diesel fuel than in 2012 while gasoline consumption decreases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Don’t Get Caught Unprepared For The Rise Of Diesel

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Low fuel prices have been a major story for several months now. But if history is a guide, prices will eventually rise to their previous levels and higher, and the cost to fill up will again be a major concern among drivers.

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Are Mobile Blinders Hurting Your Truckstop Sales?

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Marketing & Retail

Let’s face it. Smartphones have become a part of our everyday shopping experience. Apps, mobile couponing, and location-based offers are all examples of how mobile is playing a larger role in the retail environment. While mobile is certainly helping retailers promote their brand and drive traffic, it is also the prime suspect attributing to a drop in impulse purchases at the checkout lanes across the country.

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Five Fuel Trends You Need To Know About In 2015

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit with Denton Cinquegrana, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), to talk about the trends he’s expecting in the fuel industry in 2015 and what the impact will be on fuel retailers.

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