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Holiday Retail Sales are Important: Nine Ideas for What Your Truckstop Could Stock for the Holidays

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

As I type this we have 56 days until Christmas. If you have not ordered your LED Christmas Lights for drivers to hang on their trucks you may already be out of luck. What about that bag with a handful of charcoal briquettes inside strategically placed on the counter and sold for a buck or so? Everyone loves to get a bag of coal for Christmas. If you do not have Christmas and other holiday gifts and products in the store already, get on the phone now and get them ordered.

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Holiday Retail Sales Are Important at Truckstops Too

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

I had the pleasure in the past three weeks to visit with owners and managers of a combination of 18 new and current member locations. I saw awesome stores with a lot of exciting happenings. I was, however, surprised to see how few of the operations had yet to prepare for the Halloween holiday let alone Christmas. We will talk Christmas on the next blog.

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Trail's Travel Center is Poised to Capture Holiday Sales

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

Holiday sales can add up to big profits, and Trail's Travel Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is ready to take advantage of seasonal opportunities.

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Inspiration from Ireland's Travel Plazas

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

I always love the opportunity to learn from our fellow operators abroad. A few years back, NATSO members had the chance to visit Irish travel centers during a European Study Tour. Recently, Tim Dumler, who is building a travel center in Castle Rock, Colorado, visited some travel plaza locations in Ireland for inspiration on his new build.

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Golden Oil’s Truckstops Focus on Food and Cleanliness

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

Paul Bhardwaj, CEO and founder of Golden Oil, which operates four truckstops and is in the process of building its fifth, has been in the truckstop industry for more than 30 years. During that time, he has seen amenities and driver preferences change, and the locations do a fantastic job of staying current and remaining relevant.

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It’s Time to Think About Your Winter Fuel Blends

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Most of us probably don’t want to hear it, but winter is around the corner. That means truck stops, travel centers and fleets in cold-weather regions need to start thinking about their winter fuel usage.

It’s also a good time to talk about one of the lingering misperceptions about biodiesel: that it doesn’t perform well in cold weather.

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Directional Signs at Jubitz Travel Center are Fun and Informative

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

With all of the cars and heavy-duty trucks coming and going at a truckstop or travel plaza, it is important drivers know where to go. Jubitz Travel Center in Portland, Oregon, has done a fantastic job with its directional signage, which provides customers with important information, improves the customer experience and increases safety.

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Route 66 Food n Fuel Joliet Keeps Customers Moving

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

The Route 66 Food n Fuel location in Joliet, Illinois, is incredibly busy, and it can move through thousands of customers each day, especially during large events at the Chicagoland Speedway, which is adjacent to the location.

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Customers Take Center Stage at Food N Fuel Travel Center in Elwood

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

If you haven’t been to Food N Fuel in Elwood, Illinois, you’re missing out. The location is full of dozens of great ideas that add to the overall experience for local customers and professional drivers alike.

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Space Age Travel Center’s Focus on Food and Cleanliness Keeps Customers Coming Back

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

Space Age Travel Center, which is located off of Interstate 84 in Hermiston, Oregon, welcomes customers in with its excellent design, thorough offerings, and bright, open layout. I visited the location a little over a year ago, but it is always great to return to a location to see what is new.

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