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NATSO Blog: October 2014

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More Best Practices on Shop Repair

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Operations

In the September/October issue of Stop Watch, we featured operators’ best practices on shop repair. Information continued to come in after we went to press, so we’re adding to the story with this online-only peek into service center best practices from AMBEST.

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Teamwork is the Key to Fourth Quarter Success

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

The fourth quarter is upon us. For most of us in the travel plaza and truckstop world, if history repeats itself, we will see a significant increase in fuel gallons and inside sales as we gear up for the holiday and winter season. As part of any successful operation, teamwork will play a critical role in executing a successful run this fourth quarter.

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Coffee Holiday Promotions

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

Throughout the month of October S&D Coffee & Tea shared coffee holiday promotional ideas.

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Pine Cone Travel Plaza's Sweet Tooth Heaven

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail, Operations, Truckstop Travels

NATSO’s President & CEO Lisa Mullings and I had the fortunate tasty treat opportunity to visit Pine Cone Travel Plaza earlier this year to learn about their operations and NATSO needs.

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{NATSO News} October 27, 2014

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Tolling Problems Widespread and more...

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Getting Started with an Online Presence for Your Truckstop

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail, Technology

As NATSO’s information technology director, one of the most frequently asked questions that trickles back to me is how to market your truckstop online effectively. The two most important places to start in managing your online presence are Yelp and Google, as they power the business listings on your customer's phone.

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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: October 22, 2014

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

Bulk DEF Prices Climb and more...

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Avoid Cloudy Fuel this Winter at Your Truckstop

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

When properly managed, high-quality biodiesel blended fuels are successful in the coldest of climates. Blends of 5 percent and below have virtually no impact on cold weather operability. But, just like No. 2 petroleum diesel, biodiesel can gel in very cold temperatures.

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{NATSO News} October 20, 2014

Fleets May Reconsider LNG as Diesel Falls and more...

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Steps to Prevent the Sale of Alcohol and Tobacco to Minors at Your Truckstop

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

During our most recent NATSO Show Bonus Workshop, I received several questions about tobacco and alcohol sales sold to under age consumers. If not handled correctly, these two areas can cost truckstop/travel center retailers tens of thousands of dollars in lost sales, embarrassment within the local community and significant costs in lost employees. However, there are some simple steps your operation should be taking to avoid selling these products to under age consumers. We’ll look at those procedures as part of a two-part series.

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