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NATSO Blog: February 2015

With Coffee Cup Size, Live Large

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

Size matters in coffee cup sales, so promote your large. In America, nearly two-thirds of coffee in the away from home market is consumed at breakfast, and the majority of breakfast sales are either take out or drive through. The most common three coffee cup sizes by volume are 12 ounces (small), 16 ounces (medium) and 20 ounces (large). Have you ever stopped to deconstruct the reasoning behind these sizes?

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Don't Forget Annual EPCRA Tier II Reports Are Due March 1

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Truckstops and travel plazas are reminded that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) Tier II reports must be filed with local or state emergency response authorities no later than March 1, 2015.

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Davis Travel Centers Gives Back

Posted in: Great Ideas, Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail, Truckstops Give Back

For Davis Travel Centers, which operates three locations in Virginia, community ties run deep. Every year, the staff and owners support a number of causes to benefit the local hospitals and schools.

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Seven Tips to Maintain Sales Amid Growing Competition

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

I think it is fair to say that our industry is seeing many ‘X factor’ locations begin to take shape in our fuel and retail environment. New entries to our industry as well as those that may be returning to the market after some absence are beginning to dot the interstate landscape. They are staking their claim to the interstate customer and most are performing well, taking market share from here and there.

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Make the Most of The NATSO Show 2015

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Leadership & Strategy

In a matter of days, industry suppliers and truckstop operators will come together under one roof for The NATSO Show 2015. Take a look at our quick tips to help you make the most of your time at the show.

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Minimize Losses by Donating Expired Foods

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Operations

For Doug Rauch, former president of the Trader Joe’s grocery chain and an upcoming speaker at The NATSO Show, food waste is a top concern. Not only is underutilizing food wasting our country’s resources, business owners that aren’t donating food that is past its use-by date or produce that isn’t at its best are losing money.

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{NATSO News} February 9, 2015

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Lawmakers Indicate Another Highway Patch Possible and more...

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Guidelines For Pro-Rating Pay For An Exempt Employee Upon Separation

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Thought Leader, Operations

Chairman's Circle Federated Insurances answers the question, "We have an exempt employee that separated in the middle of a workweek. We prorated his salary that week to reflect only the days he worked. He is coming back now stating that he had worked 40 hours that week before he left. Does that have any bearing on the pay, or are we ok with leaving it as is?"

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Why To Include Healthy Soups and Salads At Your Truckstop

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

Most locations are now offering some type of salad offering which has been a positive for sales and profitability. If you have not considered soups as part of your fresh food offering, it is time to do so. When it comes to soups it is important to keep a very open mind to what may sell in the ever changing food environment. Ongoing emphasis on healthful eating along with the rise of the fast-casual segment and retail prepared foods are both creating greater demand for soups and salads. The research firm Technomic reports that 54 percent of consumers purchase soup from a dining establishment at least once a week.

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{NATSO News} February 2, 2015

Posted in: Our Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Senate Kicks Off Highway Bill Debate and more...

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