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NATSO Blog: January 2018

3 Ways Distilled Biodiesel Can Give Truckstops a Competitive Advantage

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Each year around this time, when temperatures are at their lowest, is when the number of questions I receive about biodiesel Cloud Point seem to hit their peak.

Cloud Point is the temperature at which wax crystals cause fuel to appear cloudy — and it’s commonly used to determine biodiesel’s cold performance properties.

When I get those questions — or when I hear concerns about a higher Cloud Point product — I use it as an opportunity to share with that person the advantages of biodiesel that has been purified using distillation.

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Grow Sales at Your Travel Center with an Apparel Program

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

Do you have an apparel program? If you do, are you doing all you can with it? If you don’t, it is time to get in this category. Apparel, when done correctly in our industry, can have margins of 50 to 100 percent profit depending on what types of products you’re selling and what you buy.

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Review Holiday Sales to Uncover New Opportunities at Your Truckstop

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

The fourth quarter and holiday season has come and gone, and now that the dust has settled, it is a great time to review how things went. Holiday sales at many retailers exceeded expectations. Was that the case for you? Were you prepared or are there things you wish you’d done differently?

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Let NATSO Connect Keynote Speakers Know What You Want to Learn

Posted in: The NATSO Show

The goal of NATSO Connect is to bring truckstop and travel plaza operators in direct contact with the thought leaders that can help them thrive in the future, and this year’s keynotes at have been re-engineered with a focus on truckstop input.

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Davis Travel Centers Meets the Community’s Needs

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

For Davis Travel Centers, which operates three locations in Virginia, meeting the needs of the traveling public and the community has always been a priority, and the location in Stony Creek offers everything from special treats for those traveling with pets to healthcare.

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Take a Deep Dive into Five Disruptive Trends During NATSO Connect

Posted in: Truckstop Business

The pace of change within the truckstop and travel plaza industry is increasing exponentially. E-commerce, the future of autonomous trucks, major changes in technology and consumer demand are shaking up the retail and trucking industries.

To help operators better understand how these changes will affect them and identify strategies to tackle the future, NATSO Connect, scheduled to be held Feb. 10-13, will present five keynote addresses that focus on key trends disrupting the industry.

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