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NATSO Blog: September 2013

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{NATSO News Weekly} September 30, 2013

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

EPA Delays Tier 3 Rule and more...

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Lunchtime Links: Energy Drinks Aren't Just for Males, Frozen Yogurt is for Everyone

Posted in: Industry Trends & News, Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

We know e-cigarette sales are set to hit records and dairy sales are booming, but these three foodservice trends recently reported on Convenience Store News could surprise truckstop operators.

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Truckstop Training: How to Have the Cleanest Restrooms on the Interstate

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Human Resources, Operations

Clean restrooms are often the top reason a customer chooses to stop at a truckstop, so keeping restrooms tidy is key. There are three types of cleaning—courtesy checks, routine cleaning and deep cleaning.

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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: September 25, 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.

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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{NATSO News Weekly} September 23, 2013

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

As the editor of NATSO News, 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.

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Eight Tips to Prevent Robbery at Your Truckstop

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

As the busiest time of the year in our industry approaches, it is imperative that we keep in mind safety. While we’ve written about retail and shrink preparation, today we are talking about robbery prevention and preparation.

While in general robberies within our industry are few and far between, they do happen. No one can guarantee that a robber will not come into your store. Even in the best operations robberies and thefts will and do take place.

Keeping the potential of a robbery in mind constantly, especially during the busy season, will help improve the safety of your operation, your customers and your employees.

Data collected over many years within the c-store industry points to some key items you can do to help reduce the possibility of a robbery. Many of these items will also drive your sales and profitability.

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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: September 18, 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.

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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The NATSO Show Magazine: September Issue

Posted in: Great Ideas, Truckstop Business

The September 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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{NATSO News Weekly} September 16, 2013

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

NATSO Dismisses Tolling Claims in Reason Foundation Study and more...

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Condiments Not Within Required Reach Ranges

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Americans with Disabilities Act

Making sure all your customers can reach the ketchup and mustard is important. We’ve found that condiments that are not within the required reach ranges is one of the top Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance issues seen in truck stops and travel plazas.

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