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Hurricane Michael Preparations Continue as Landfall Approaches

October 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael Preparations Continue as Landfall Approaches

Hurricane Michael is scheduled to make landfall today in the Florida panhandle as a category 4 hurricane. Nineteen percent of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been halted in preparation for Hurricane Michael, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

June 12, 2018

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

NATSO Inc. on June 12 launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com) to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings.

The Omnibus Spending Bill: Reading the Fine Print for Truckstops

May 1, 2018

The Omnibus Spending Bill: Reading the Fine Print for Truckstops

In late March, Congress passed and President Trump signed a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill. The 2,232-page piece of legislation contained a plethora of policy changes that are important to fuel marketers. There were also a number of policy changes that were not included in the legislation that would have impacted the marketing community.

Find Success at Your Truckstop with Multiple Fuel Buying Techniques

March 1, 2018

Find Success at Your Truckstop with Multiple Fuel Buying Techniques

Fuel buying has continued to get more sophisticated, and the current combination of demand, supply, terminal operating status and rack price rules have created a complicated equation for truckstop and travel plazas to navigate. To be successful, operators have to stay current on prices and trends and combine fuel buying techniques, many of which may be different than they’ve used in the past.

Economic Activity, Freight Levels Paint Strong Picture for the Trucking Industry

February 12, 2018

Economic Activity, Freight Levels Paint Strong Picture for the Trucking Industry

The economy is accelerating, consumer spending is strong, freight volumes are increasing and the country is undergoing the third longest economic expansion in history, all of which is boding well for the trucking industry, Bob Costello, chief economist for American Trucking Associations, told attendees of NATSO Connect.

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam

November 1, 2017

Autonomous Trucking Technologies Gain Steam

Autonomous technologies are advancing rapidly, and traditional equipment manufacturers as well as new players entering the market are working to bring new capabilities to equipment that could improve safety and productivity.

Hurricane Update: Irma Downgraded But Continues to Impact Fuels Market

September 11, 2017

Hurricane Update: Irma Downgraded But Continues to Impact Fuels Market

Hurricane Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, though it is still battering Florida and Georgia, sending residual effects to states up the coast and in the south and mid-west. In Florida, about 65 percent of gas stations are reported to be out of gas, though prices have begun falling as the hurricane begins to wane. In the oil market, prices have fluctuated as the storm hit over the weekend. MarketWatch reports that the market has started to recover, though demand remains low and some refineries on the Gulf Coast are still closed.

Hurricane Update: DOT, EPA, States Continue to Lift Restrictions to Aid Emergency Response

September 6, 2017

Hurricane Update: DOT, EPA, States Continue to Lift Restrictions to Aid Emergency Response

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sept. 5 suspended all tolls across the State of Florida to allow people to more easily prepare for the storm or evacuate when necessary. Gov. Scott said ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is the top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared.

Florida Declares State of Emergency

September 5, 2017

Florida Declares State of Emergency

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sept. 4 declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the state in response to Hurricane Irma.

NATSO Hurricane Harvey Update

September 1, 2017

NATSO Hurricane Harvey Update

Federal agencies have continued to waive fuel and trucking restrictions in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. NATSO has been in close contact with EPA officials and has been aggressively pushing for fuel waivers to enable product to get to where it is needed. NATSO is also working with the Department of Homeland Security in pursuit of a Jones Act waiver to allow foreign-flagged vessels to carry cargo between U.S. ports. This would also help enable product to get to where it is needed.

Fleet Analytics Change the Way Carriers, Truckstops Operate

September 1, 2017

Fleet Analytics Change the Way Carriers, Truckstops Operate

Today’s fleets have information coming at them from all direc­tions. What they find could change the way truckstop and travel plaza operators do business, according to those within the industry.

ATRI’s Driver Diaries Give Real-World Perspective to Truck Parking Concerns

June 30, 2017

ATRI’s Driver Diaries Give Real-World Perspective to Truck Parking Concerns

To tap into first-hand accounts of professional truck drivers and gain insight into their daily parking needs, the American Transportation Research Institute launched its Truck Parking Diary project in March 2016, document­ing the experiences of drivers as they find safe, available truck parking.

ELDS Bring Changes to Fleets, Truckstops

April 30, 2017

ELDS Bring Changes to Fleets, Truckstops

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will take effect later this year, changing the way millions of drivers on the road operate. The new regulation will bring changes to both the trucking and truckstop industries alike, and those within the industry expect to see drivers that are more starved for time as well as productivity losses for fleets.

INCREASED COMPETITION: Keeping an Eye on Truck Terminals And Dealerships

March 1, 2017

INCREASED COMPETITION: Keeping an Eye on Truck Terminals And Dealerships

Trucking companies are constantly working to attract and retain drivers, and many are focusing on their terminals and offerings as ways to improve the driver experience, which could decrease the number of services drivers seek out on the road.

Southeast States Declare Emergencies in Advance of Hurricane, Suspending Driver HOS Rules, Triggering Price Gouging Laws

October 6, 2016

Southeast States Declare Emergencies in Advance of Hurricane, Suspending Driver HOS Rules, Triggering Price Gouging Laws

The governors of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have declared states of emergencies in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to hit the east coast of Florida on Friday.

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

August 31, 2016

Truckstop Operators Respond To The Changing Fuel Efficiency Landscape

It is well known that higher productivity vehicles and fuel efficiency standards for trucks are gradually reducing the per-vehicle demand for diesel, which is likely to change operations at truckstop and travel plaza locations across the country.

The Economics of RINs for Truckstops

June 30, 2016

The Economics of RINs for Truckstops

For more than a decade, the federal government has had a program in place that savvy fuel retailers can take advantage of to sell fuel at a lower price and realize greater margins on sales.

Translating Trucking Trends Into Profitable Action Items At Your Truckstop

May 1, 2016

Translating Trucking Trends Into Profitable Action Items At Your Truckstop

The successes and challenges the trucking industry experiences have a significant effect on the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas, which means staying cur-rent on trucking trends is crucial for businesses that serve drivers. What’s more, successful truckstop and travel plaza operators know that trends often result in new opportunities.

Trucks Of The Future Will Take Some Decision Making Away From Drivers

March 1, 2016

Trucks Of The Future Will Take Some Decision Making Away From Drivers

Advances in technology are changing everything from how we interact with friends and family to products we buy. Technology is also bringing significant changes to Class 8 trucks, and the trucks of the future are likely to use autonomous technologies, such as adaptive cruise control systems, self-steering technology and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Those advances will take decisions out of the hands of drivers and leave them to the vehicle and could, potentially, make driverless trucks a thing of the future.

Top Economist Shares His Outlook for the Year Ahead

January 1, 2016

Top Economist Shares His Outlook for the Year Ahead

At this year’s NATSO show, Bob Costello, senior vice president and chief economist at American Trucking Associations will share his insights during a keynote address, offering predictions on the economy, the trucking industry.

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