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NATSO Blog: September 2013

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Sales Of E-Cigs Could Top $1 Billion; Get Your Truckstop In On The Action

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

Electronic cigarettes have entered the tobacco category with a bang. There is an estimated 2.5 million e-cig smokers currently in the U.S., and analysts are projecting that sales of e-cigs could top $1 billion within the next three years alone.

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

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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Dairy is a Booming Category – Is Your Truckstop Taking Advantage

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

As the economy continues to improve and consumer discretionary spending rebounds, products in dairy, deli and frozen doors will thrive. Our country’s march toward a healthier lifestyle, coupled with the explosion of Greek yogurt, has resulted in a booming dairy category—up an astounding 14.47% since 2011.

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{NATSO News Weekly} September 9, 2013

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Lawmakers Reiterate Concerns About HOS Field Study and more...

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Best of Darren's Great Ideas for Independent Operators

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

Summer time means popsicles on the front poor, a cool dip in the neighborhood pool and if we are lucky a trip out of town with family and friends. As Darren enjoys a much-desired vacation, I thought I'd guest host with a round-up of his most popular blog posts.

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Your Foodservice Sales Could Average $1,200 a Day

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

Foodservice may be a growing category, but the execution, sales and profitability of foodservice in retail outlets across the channel is extremely inconsistent. The top quartile of c-store foodservice sales averaged $1,200 per day in 2011, but the bottom quartile averaged only $135 in sales per day.

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

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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Best Practices for Communicating with Your Customers about Biodiesel

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

There are no requirements to label the fuel when offering up to B5 blends. However, it’s important to communicate to your customers that you are offering biodiesel blends. Biodiesel acts as a natural solvent and it has the ability to clean filters and engines that historically may have accumulated material associated with diesel fuel. So, it may be necessary for customers to change out the filters — once or twice — within the first few thousand miles of using biodiesel. Another area for communication is the cloud point. Depending on the biodiesel blend offered the cloud point of the blended fuel may change. This is especially important when switching to biodiesel for the first time. This communication can be as simple as using flyers, posters and banners throughout your travel center.

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Snack Sales Are Expected To Grow At Nearly Two Times The Population Rate Through The Year 2018, What Does This Mean For Your Truckstop?

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

Overall, the snack category is one of the fastest growing and evolving categories. It is expected to grow at nearly two times the population rate through the year 2018, and 22% of snack UPCs purchased are items didn’t exist just one year ago.

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