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Nine Things to Pack for The NATSO Show

Posted in: Great Ideas, Truckstop Business, Leadership & Strategy

With The NATSO Show just weeks away, now is the time prepare to make sure you make the most of your time in Las Vegas.

Here are nine things you should have in your suitcase before you embark on your trip to The NATSO Show 2015.

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Managing the Challenge of Holiday Schedules at Your Truckstop

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail, Leadership & Strategy

The trucking business never sleeps, which means truckstops and travel plazas have to keep their doors open around the clock. That can create a challenge when scheduling employees, particularly around the holidays.

Learn how one NATSO member, Seth Miller, manager of Petro Travel Store #353 in Portage, Wisconsin, handles the issue.

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Sacramento 49er Does it Again, Serving More of Those Who Serve

Posted in: Great Ideas, Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail, Leadership & Strategy

In the July/August issue of Stop Watch, we told you about the awesome service Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza in Sacramento provided earlier this year to about 2,000 soldiers that were en route to an Army base in Washington State.

The location did it again over the summer, with 600 members of the military stopping in over a three-day period while they were on their way to training.

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Creating A Merchandising Strategy When Designing Or Redesigning A Truckstop: Part 2

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail, Leadership & Strategy

Part two of Creating A Merchandising Strategy When Designing Or Redesigning A Truckstop is just that—the layout and design. There are fundamental principles that apply to all retail locations, and it is important that these principles are discussed during your store layout and design process. Not heeding them can lead to future problems that can be very costly to correct.

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International Study Tour to Showcase Innovation and Business Acumen

Posted in: Truckstop Business, International, Leadership & Strategy

This year the NATSO Foundation is taking truckstop operators to Santiago, Chile September 7 - 11.

Attendees will tour facilities and meet with executives of Copec, one of Chile's most successful companies. Copec has maintained a 50 percent fuel market share in Chile over the past two decades, despite formidable competitors including Shell, PetroBras and others. Learn more about Copec on their website. (To translate, view the website using Google Chrome and select Translate at the top of the page.)

Other Copec highlights include:

Excellence in network planning, investment and innovation;
Self-serve food ordering kiosks and fuel dispensers that accept cash in addition to credit cards;
Sustainability initiatives such as wind energy and solar energy use; and
Innovative branded vending.

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Top Reasons The NATSO Show is a Great Idea for Independent Operators

Posted in: Great Ideas, Truckstop Business, Darren's Great Ideas for Independent Operators, The NATSO Show, Leadership & Strategy

When you attend The NATSO Show, engage and take back and implement at least one idea, product or service back, the investment you made in travel, time and dollars, is returned in spades. That is true for any trade show, not just NATSO’s. Using what you’ve learned and implementing and executing it 100 percent properly will bring a long-lasting return on your initial investment.

Winston Churchill said, “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.” I agree, and as an operator within our industry, you need to attend The NATSO Show. When you attend you need to try, and when you try, you will unlock your potential.

Here are the top reasons why The NATSO Show is a great idea for independent operators.

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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: July 3

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Leadership & Strategy

While we think the Biz Brief is a must-read every day, if you only read ten news articles this week, these ten most-clicked Biz Brief articles are the ten to read.

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