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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: July 22

Posted in: Industry Trends & News


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. How Far Down the Road Are Driverless Trucks? 
    While high technology costs make it unlikely that driverless systems are viable for individual passenger cars, commercial trucking could be a different story because of trucking's high labor costs. This means the future of driverless vehicles is not far away, according to technology experts. Click here to read more >

  2. Is a Casino Mentality at Play in Oil Markets? 
    Growing inventories, limited supply risks and stable demand would suggest a decline in global oil prices. The Suez Canal seems unlikely to experience traffic impediments. U.S. crude inventories are at a 20-year high, and China is experiencing a decline in crude oil imports. So why are prices rising? Click here to read more >

  3. Woman Charged in Embezzlement from Missoula Truck Stop 
    Police have charged a Missoula, Montana, women with the theft of over $11,000 from the Crossroads Truck Stop and Travel Plaza. The employee had been voiding cash sales and taking the cash over a four-month period. Click here to read more >
  4. Hours of Service Questions Abound 
    The hours-of-service rule changes that became effective July 1 continue to cause confusion. Fleets and drivers have questions regarding the mandatory 30-minute break, timing of necessary restarts and the need to include 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. restarts. Regional carriers have concerns about drivers being stranded away from home without hours, and long-haul drivers are concerned about possible parking shortages. Click here to read more >

  5. Love's DEF Installation is Complete 
    Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores has completed installation of diesel exhaust fluid dispensers at all 245 of its locations. Love's says it is the first retail chain in the country to offer both DEF at the dispenser and RFID technology at its total nationwide network. Click here to read more > 

  6. Diesel to Remain Primary Source for Freight Transportation 
    The Congressional Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation concluded that diesel would remain the predominant power source fueling the growth of the global transportation economy. The panel was created by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is chaired by U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr. Click here to read more >

  7. Michelin Recalls 100,000 Truck Tires 
    Michelin has announced the recall of approximately 100,000 tires due to sidewall perforation issues. The majority of the recalled tires serve light-duty truck applications. Click here to read more > 

  8. U.S. Natural Gas Production to Rise 44% 
    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects natural gas production in the country will increase by 44 percent between 2011 and 2040. Shale gas production will provide the majority of the growth as it is expected to increase by 113 percent during that period. 
    Click here to read more >

  9. Love's Travel Stops Opens in Lenoir City, Tenn. 
    Love's Travel Stops has opened a new facility on Interstate 40 in Tennessee. The location features a McDonald's and Subway restaurants, a Love's Truck Tire Care Center, DEF at all pumps and 95 truck parking spaces. Click here to read more >
  10. Communication Traits of The Great Leader 
    While it is important for a leader to communicate often and to say the right thing, it is often how things are said that makes a truly successful leader. Genuine, direct communication spoken from the heart makes a strong and lasting impression that is much more effective than most of today's non-offensive politically correct communications. 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.