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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: July 31, 2013

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. Part-Time Employment Hits Record High 
    The number of part-time workers in the U.S. rose by 360,000 in June to its highest level on record. Difficult economic conditions are thought to be the primary cause of the shift from full-time to part-time, although the health care reform act also is cited as a contributing factor. Click here to read more >

  2. U.S. Oil Use at Lowest Level in 16 Years 
    Refined product deliveries have dropped to 18.7 million barrels per day, the lowest level since 1997. At the same time, U.S. oil production rose 16 percent for the month of June. The petroleum delivery report tends to mirror the current economic uncertainty that the country is experiencing. Click here to read more >

  3. Can Cell Phones Help Your Restaurant Business? 
    Leading restaurants are encouraging the use of cell phones to snap pictures of their meals to post on social media. Restaurants are using perks and reward points to lure customers who are feeding mid-meal photos to Instagram. Click here to read more >
  4. Love's to Continue CNG Expansion 
    Love's Travel Stops opened 12 compressed natural gas installations in 2012 and has plans to continue its CNG expansion into 2013. The company said that growing demand justifies its investment in the new fuels segment. Click here to read more >

  5. Pilot Travel Centers Opens New Unit on I-77 in Canton, Ohio 
    Pilot has opened a facility at the site of the former Gulliver's 77 Truck Stop on I-77. The location provides Subway and Cinnabon food offerings. The unit represents Pilot's 33rd in Ohio and brings its network count to 663. Click here to read more >

  6. Flying J Opens in Primm Valley, Nevada 
    Flying J has opened a facility at Whiskey Pete's Casino in Primm Valley on the Nevada-California border on Interstate 15. The location features Subway, Starbucks, Q’doba Mexican Grill and Dairy Queen restaurants. Click here to read more >

  7. Fuel Margin Management Top Priority in 2013 
    At a recent conference 140 leaders of retail, distribution, supply and transportation companies discussed trends and challenges facing their industries. Surveys taken during the conference revealed that fuel margin management was a key strategic priority for this year. Concerns over the impact of more intense tropical storms were also a major point of discussion. Click here to read more >

  8. Potential Legislation Could Increase Trucking Insurance 600% 
    A bill moving through the House seeks to increase the minimum insurance required from trucking companies from the current level of $750,000 to $4,422,000. The legislation is in response to a recent study that suggested more than 50 percent of settlements paid between 2005 and 2011 exceeded the $750,000 minimum. OOIDA and ATA deny the accuracy of the study. Click here to read more >

  9. Will Health Care Reform Reduce Employment? 
    A recent study by the nonpartisan Center for Economic and Policy Research states that there is no evidence that the Affordable Care Act will significantly reduce employment levels. The number of employees working 26-29 hours actually decreased slightly in the first four months of 2013 despite the fact that employers assumed the employer mandate would take effect in 2014. Click here to read more >
  10. As Highway Trust Fund Hits Insolvency, Lawmakers Discuss Gas Tax Increase 
    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Highway Trust Fund will be unable to meet its obligations by late next year, driving lawmakers to discuss an increase in the gasoline tax. 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.