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NATSO Blog: July 2014

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International Study Tour to Showcase Innovation and Business Acumen

Posted in: Truckstop Business, International, Leadership & Strategy

This year the NATSO Foundation is taking truckstop operators to Santiago, Chile September 7 - 11.

Attendees will tour facilities and meet with executives of Copec, one of Chile's most successful companies. Copec has maintained a 50 percent fuel market share in Chile over the past two decades, despite formidable competitors including Shell, PetroBras and others. Learn more about Copec on their website. (To translate, view the website using Google Chrome and select Translate at the top of the page.)

Other Copec highlights include:

Excellence in network planning, investment and innovation;
Self-serve food ordering kiosks and fuel dispensers that accept cash in addition to credit cards;
Sustainability initiatives such as wind energy and solar energy use; and
Innovative branded vending.

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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: July 16, 2014

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

Pilot Flying J Reaches Agreement With Federal Government and more...

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{NATSO News} July 13, 2014

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

House and Senate Committees Pass Transportation Funding Patches and more...

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Five Tips for Selling Gifts and Themed Apparel

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

In today’s economy, gift programs in many locations do not sell like they used to. Travelers and over-the-road drivers have significantly less disposable dollars, which means they’re more selective about the items they buy.

While they may be purchasing less, gift items are still an important category for truckstop and travel plaza operators, so it is important to utilize the space and inventory you dedicate to gift items.

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{NATSO News} July 7, 2014

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

DOT Prepares to Delay State Reimbursements and more...

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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: July 1, 2014

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

Truckstop Cashier Helps Rescue Kidnapping Victim and more...

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