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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: December 25, 2013

In today’s information-overloaded business world, we often find ourselves deluged with literally hundreds of news items from dozens of sources. While it is likely impossible to read every article and remain productive, by not doing so we risk missing the one article that could change a key business practice or thought process. And that is where the NATSO Foundation’s newest publication, Biz Brief, provides assistance! The NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief is a daily collection of the most relevant business intelligence for truckstop and travel plaza operators. 

While we think the Biz Brief is a must-read every day, if you only read ten news articles this week, these ten most-clicked Biz Brief articles are the ten to read. 

  1. Hydrochloric Acid Spill Closes Truck Stop 
    A Hesperia, Calif. travel center was evacuated and closed when a truck carrying hydrochloric acid developed a leak. The driver of the vehicle discovered the leak and alerted the San Bernardino County Fire Department, which ordered the evacuation. Approximately 600 gallons of the chemical were spilled in the parking lot of the Hesperia Pilot Travel Center. Click here to read more >
  2. Diesel Demand To Grow 75% Over Next 3 Decades 
    Exxon Mobil is forecasting that global diesel demand will increase by 75 percent between 2014 and 2040. On the other hand, the major oil company is projecting that gasoline demand will be flat during that same time period. The company's "Outlook for Energy" report suggests that fuel efficiency improvements will provide a slowing effect but global commercial activity will result in sharp spikes in energy demand. Click here to read more >

  3. Now, That's A Restroom! 
    The top ranked restroom in all of Canada is in the Valleyview Shell Super Station truck stop 210 miles north of Edmonton. The restrooms feature solid alder wood stall doors, tiled walls with stone accents, granite counter tops, stainless steel automatic fixtures and Victorian-style semi-flush mount chandeliers. The Valleyview facility competed against hotels, lodges and fine-dining restaurants and was deemed the best restroom in all of Canada. Click here to read more >

  4. A Truck Stop Christmas 
    Travel center customers do not always make it home for Christmas. But one Florida family is trying to make sure that Christmas comes to truckers even when they are on the road. Since 2010, Lucas Beard, his wife and three children have spent each Christmas morning at truck stops around Florida spreading Christmas cheer to those drivers that were not able to get home. The Beards visit local travel centers carrying gift-wrapped presents, such as LED flashlights, to present to drivers laying over on Christmas Day. Click here to read more >

  5. "The hackers went through the physical checkout systems inside every Target store. That's nearly 2,000 stores:1,800 in the US and 124 in Canada. The hack focused on Target's point-of-sale, or POS system. As shoppers swiped or punched in their numbers on the checkout keypad, the hackers copied every single number."

    Tech security blogger Brian Krebs 
    Click here to read more >

  6. Love's Opens St. Louis Unit 
    Love's Travel Stops has opened its ninth Missouri location on Interstate 70 in St. Louis. When fully open the facility will include a tire care center and a McDonald's. Click here to read more >

  7. Wreaths Across America Honors 540,000 
    Wreaths Across America placed 540,000 remembrance wreaths on the headstones of fallen veterans throughout the nation. The wreaths were distributed in Arlington National Cemetery and at nearly 900 other cemeteries around the country. While this cause has been active for 22 years, this is the first year that Wreaths Across America also laid a special wreath at the Statue of Liberty. Click here to read more >

  8. Scoring States' Tax Practices 
    The Council on State Taxation regularly reports on the efficacy of the administrative taxation practices of the individual states. The council actually issues a scorecard that rates the procedural fairness of each state's tax practices and the appeals processes available to taxpayers of the state. Maine, Ohio, Alaska and Arizona topped the list of best state practices. On the other hand, California, Louisiana, Alabama and Colorado were ranked as the bottom states. Click here to read more >

  9. Inflation In Check For Third Straight Month 
    The Producer Price Index, which measures prices paid to U.S. producers, fell for the third consecutive month. An increase in the PPI normally indicates strong consumer demand, which results in an improved freight environment. Fortunately, a slowly rising price index also results in lower inflation. Click here to read more >

  10. New Interstate Coming To North Carolina 
    U.S. Route 64 between Raleigh and Rocky Mount, N.C. will soon become a part of the Interstate system. The state will need to widen the inside and outside shoulders of the road prior to it receiving the interstate designation. As soon as the necessary additions are made, the highway will become I-495. The interstate designation will enhance future economic development along the corridor. Click here to read more >

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Roger Cole

Roger Cole

Roger Cole serves as edior of the NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief. The Biz Brief is a daily e-newsletter created to provide readers with business intelligence tailored specifically for truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators. Cole shifts through hundreds of news sources daily, selects the most relevant and timely news and then editorially distills it into a must-read briefing.