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NATSO Blog: December 2013

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Toilet Room Doors without Proper Maneuvering Clearances

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Americans with Disabilities Act

When reviewing the 2010 ADA Standards regarding accessible toilet rooms the biggest change is the acknowledgement that toilet rooms need to be reconfigured to make it easier for side transfer. This will allow the ability to access the toilet and sink and still maneuver on and off the toilet and in and out of the toilet room with ease.

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Take Advantage of Growing Frozen Yogurt Sales

Posted in: Great Ideas, Truckstop Business, Darren's Great Ideas for Independent Operators, Operations

As truckstops and travel plazas undergo change, many are finding themselves with empty offices and under utilized t.v. rooms and video arcade rooms. There are a number of ways you can use that space, but have you noticed the explosion of frozen yogurt? Crafted fresh frozen yogurt shops are popping up as quickly as Starbucks once did. You see them everywhere. Some of the more popular ones are Menchies, Red Mango, Pink Berry, Yogurt Land, Orange Leaf, Sweet Frog and of course TCBY—an old standard which has been given a new breath of life thanks to the craze.

The statistics back it up. Take a gander at some of these statics from a recent research paper from Mintel. For the 2011-2013 period, frozen yogurt saw a whopping 74 percent increase in sales, growing to $486 million in 2013 from $279 million in 2011.

“The expanding array of snack options, as well as a lack of product innovation, contributed to this performance," said Beth Bloom a food and drink analyst at the consumer research firm Mintel. "In contrast, the frozen yogurt segment has benefitted from a perfect storm of factors, including the growing popularity of yogurt among U.S consumers, the growing acceptance of frozen yogurt as a snack, and a perception of a higher health profile that coincides with increased attention placed on better-for-you products."

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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: December 11, 2013

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

In today’s information-overloaded business world, we often find ourselves deluged with literally hundreds of news items from dozens of sources. While it is likely impossible to read every article and remain productive, by not doing so we risk missing the one article that could change a key business practice or thought process. And that is where the NATSO Foundation’s newest publication, Biz Brief, provides assistance! The NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief is a daily collection of the most relevant business intelligence for truckstop and travel plaza operators.

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{NATSO News Weekly} December 9, 2013

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

As the intermediate editor of NATSO News Weekly (NNW), NATSO's electronic newsletter, I invite you to join me in consuming this week's updates on government and business issues affecting the truckstop and travel plaza industry. This week, we wrote about:

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The NATSO Show Magazine: December Issue 2013

Posted in: The NATSO Show

The December issue of The NATSO Show magazine is out! For two and half days, the industry gathers to find knowledge, solutions and connections at The NATSO Show. Just like The NATSO Show, The NATSO Show Magazine is your source for solutions to improve your travel plaza business operations and for information on trends affecting the industry to help you make future-focused business decisions.

Each month The NATSO Show magazine brings you exclusive interviews, great ideas, location highlights and tips for how best to take advantage of The NATSO Show.

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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: December 4, 2013

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

In today’s information-overloaded business world, we often find ourselves deluged with literally hundreds of news items from dozens of sources. While it is likely impossible to read every article and remain productive, by not doing so we risk missing the one article that could change a key business practice or thought process. And that is where the NATSO Foundation’s newest publication, Biz Brief, provides assistance! The NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief is a daily collection of the most relevant business intelligence for truckstop and travel plaza operators.

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Travel Plazas And Truckstops Can Bolster Sales With Biodiesel

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Biodiesel is well-chronicled as a clean-burning and environmentally friendly fuel, but as it permeates the marketplace and incentives are implemented across the United States, biodiesel’s economic advantages grow. In 2010, biodiesel sales were approximately 300 million gallons, but have jumped to more than 1.5 billion gallons in 2013.

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Biz Brief’s 2014 Predictions for the Truckstop Industry

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

The following are just a few subjects that you can expect to read about in next year’s Biz Brief articles.

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{NATSO News Weekly} December 2, 2013

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Key Freight Highways

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