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In December on NATSO's Blog

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

In December, we had some fantastic content on NATSO's blog...

In his Darren's Great Ideas! for Independent Operators blog series, Darren Schulte discussed:

How to Take Advantage of Holiday Traffic at Your TruckstopIn this month’s first blog post, Schulte encourages readers to take advantage of any additional traffic this time of year. Read the blog post to learn his ideas to execute as part of your Christmas plan.

One Dozen Ideas to Reduce Shrink at Your Truckstop ImmediatelyIn his second post of the month, Schulte says to not wait for your January retail audit results to take action on preventing shrink loss. Read the blog post to learn a dozen things you can do immediately to reduce your shrink loss. 

Read December's posts and join the conversation! Darren will respond to comments and take requests for future articles in the comments sections. 


NATSO Truckstop Operator Guest Post


In November, NATSO staff paused to appreciate our travel plaza and truckstop members for whom we are deeply thankful. This month, we asked a few of NATSO's Chairman’s Circle members, vendor partners who support NATSO and the industry at the highest level, to extend their thank you. Read their holiday thank you here.



This month we had three guest blog posts from NATSO member Thought Leaders.

Accessible Routes at Truckstops: Cross Slopes and Running SlopesIn the second post in our new blog series on the Top 20 ADA Compliance Issues Seen in Truckstops and Travel Plazas, guest post contributor Brad Gaskins of The McIntosh Group discussed accessible routes.
Read the blog post here to gather his tips on how to measure cross slopes and running slopes along accessible routes from parking spaces and public right-of-ways.

Be Prepared for EmergenciesNate Oland of Federated Insurance offers ideas for how operators can plan ahead to help protect their business, their employees, and their community from the aftermath of disaster. Read his full post here.  

Need a Drop-In Sustainability Solution For Your Customers? Choose Biodiesel Blends:Jon Scharingson of Renewable Energy Group offered several reasons truckstop operators should offer biodiesel. Read his full post here.


Schulte also writes regularly on timely subjects. This month he explored the growing need to market to your local customers in Customers: Are the Locals Loyal to Your Truckstop.



The NATSO Show is top of mind in the NATSO office these days and we had a lot of show news to share. Amy Toner reminded truckstop and travel plazas to register for the show at the early-bird rate and made sure readers knew the December issue of The NATSO Show magazine was out.

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Amy Toner

Amy Toner

Toner markets NATSO products, services and meetings. She is the content editor of NATSO's core websites, Stop Watch magazine and Highway Business Matters biweekly articles. In addition, she provides creative services across all departments. Toner joined NATSO in 2006. Prior to joining the association, she served as director of membership services at an association for ambulatory surgery centers. Toner lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son.

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