Eclectic Offerings, Amazing Design Spur Sales at Slovacek’s Truckstop

During the Good to Great Session at NATSO Connect, Mike Lawshe, president of Paragon Solutions and a fellow panelist, told us about one of his favorite locations, Slovacek’s, a market, café and fuel stop in West Texas. More

Bonus for Not Using Sick Time Okay?

Today Federated Insurance is sharing one of our “HR Questions of the Month” regarding employment-related practices liability issues. Question: We currently have a policy that provides that in the event an employee maintains the maximum accumulation of sick leave of 240 hours and does not use any sick leave during the calendar year, that employee shall receive a $200 bonus payable at the end of the year. Is this a concern for employment practices? We do not intend to discourage sick employees from using their time, rather to reward employees who do not abuse the current sick leave policy and have been healthy enough to accumulate their sick time, which they are allowed to use if they incur an injury but cannot get paid out (for unused hours) upon separation. More

Coffee Cup Fuel Stops/Travel Plazas Offers Warm Smiles and Seating

Coffee Cup Fuel Stops has several great locations, and their Vermillion stop is no different. The location is warm and welcoming and has great signage and encourages customers to make their way from the fuel islands to the inside. More

How Biodiesel Can Help Increase Your Fuel Margins

Winter is finally in the rearview mirror and the busy summer travel season is almost here. This is the time of year many of the travel centers REG works with increase their biodiesel blend levels to take advantage of the economic benefits the renewable fuel brings. More

Finding and Fostering Great Ideas with NATSO

Technology is changing, the retail experience is changing and customers needs are changing. That means NATSO members must observe the trends and innovate to remain relevant. Finding and applying great ideas has become so important. The good news is NATSO provides many ways to gather ideas. More

Stop and See ‘The Thing’ at Bowlin Travel Center

Bowlin Travel Centers operates ten locations in New Mexico and Arizona, and the Arizona location on I-10 and exit 322, 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson, excels at marketing. The location is famous for ‘The Thing,’ a roadside attraction that it touts on billboards up and down the interstate. More

There is Something for Everyone at Quicklee’s

Quicklee’s Travel Center in Avon, New York, is another great example of a beautiful location. The location is highly recognized on sites, such as Trucker Path. The location is 19,000 square feet and sits on nearly 10 acres. Inside there is something for everyone. Like every modern travel center, there are the traditional c-store snacks, candy and beverages, and electronics and truck accessories. The store colors, use of different materials, and the layout and design make this operation POP from a visual standpoint. More

See How Sunrise Pilot Travel Center #880 Meets its Customers’ Needs

Sunrise, Pilot Travel Center #880 in Port Jervis (Montague), New Jersey, which is owned by the Awad Family Corp., is another example of the great things NATSO members are doing. More

3 Reasons To Care About The Cold Coffee Category from S&D Coffee & Tea

Iced coffee. Cold brew coffee. Frozen coffee. These aren’t just variations on a theme; each is a distinct member of a larger beverage category that is gaining prominence: cold coffee. When it comes to the cold coffee category, operators need to pay attention. Here are three reasons to care about the cold coffee category. More

Take in the COPEC Truckstop Experience

During the Good to Great Session at NATSO Connect, the other panelists and I shared some of our favorite examples of locations that are doing things well. I took the opportunity to highlight COPEC, a Chilean energy company with a chain of fueling stations throughout Chile. More

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