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NATSO Blog: December 2015

Biz Brief’s 2016 Predictions for the Truckstop Industry

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Leadership & Strategy

It is time, once again, for the Nostradamus of nozzles to take some scintillating stabs at what 2016 and beyond might hold for our travel center industry. (For a walk down memory lane, see what the cystal ball held in 2015 and 2014.)

First, the easy ones. States will keep up the steady drumbeat of tolling as they search for ways to fund infrastructure projects absent an increase in federal gasoline taxes. And speaking of taxes, many states will follow the lead of a dozen or more of their fellow taxing authorities in 2015 and raise motor fuel taxes in 2016. Little chance of that happening on a federal level, however.

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Gallup to Share Research During The NATSO Show 2016 That Shows Millennials Have Wants and Needs Similar to Other Generations

Posted in: Truckstop Business, The NATSO Show, Human Resources, Leadership & Strategy

There are a lot of myths circulating about millennials in the workforce, and business owners are often left wondering how and if they should engage the millennial generation.

“Business owners want to know,‘Do millennials work as hard? Do they stay attached to jobs and organizations for longer periods of time or not?’What our data shows is that millennials don’t look that different from other generations,” said Nate Dvorak, a consultant at Gallup.

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Coin: The Other Black Card

Posted in: Technology

I'd like to introduce you to Coin -- the first universal credit card in the U.S. This is the other black card -- one that stores multiple credit and loyalty cards in conjunction with a user's smart phone. With the push of a button, the user can swap from their Visa to their Amex and to their loyalty card for your business with another push.

There are very few better examples of modern technology integrating into everyday must carry items with the promise of making life just a little bit easier.

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Truckstop One-Day Sale: What to Do Day Before, Day of and Day After

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

One-day sales can be a great way to add excitement to a truckstop and travel plaza locations and spike sales. During the most recent Operational Exchange phone call we discussed the role one-day sales can play during seasonal and/or holiday special events. After the call I received a handful of follow-up questions asking for more details on the concept of a one-day sale, which made me realize operators could use some standard operating procedure guidelines to follow when creating such an event.

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Four Ways to Be a Truckstop Leader

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Leadership & Strategy

Leaders inspire those around them to contribute and to become better versions of themselves, but becoming a strong leader can take work. During the November Operational Exchange call, NATSO members came together to discuss the qualities leaders embody. Here are four key ideas operators shared during the call.

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