The Truck Stops Here Podcast

It is a disruptive time in the fuel business, but The Truck Stops Here podcast is packed with critical analysis on what to expect as well as ideas to propel your travel center business into the future.

You'll hear from experts on and off the NATSO staff and directly from NATSO members on what techniques they use to excel.

Pull up, grab the fuel nozzle and get ready to fuel up. The Truck Stops Here is brought to you by the NATSO Foundation, the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO, Inc. 

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Episode #1Experiential Elements in Spades at Oasis Travel Center in Robertsdale, Alabama

Episode #2 – Biodiesel Basics with NATSO's Alternative Fuels Council

Episode #3 – How Truckstops and Travel Centers Can Remain Relevant Within a Rapidly Changing Retail Environment

Episode #4 – Fuel Buying Basics for Travel Centers with NATSO

Episode #5 – How to Upgrade to Meet the October 2020 EMV Shift

Episode #6 – Truckstop and Travel Center State of Industry: Who are the Players and What Do Customers Expect in 2020

Episode #7 – Truckstop and Travel Center Industry Trends

Episode #8 – Truckstop and Travel Center Design Trends with Paragon Solutions

Episode #9 – COVID-19 Relief Legislation: What Do Truckstops and Travel Centers Need to Know

Episode #10 – What Might the Truckstop and Travel Center Business Keep from the Pandemic?

Episode #11 – Maximize Truckstop Profits Through Parking Lot Innovation

Episode #12 – Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Professional Drivers

Episode #13 – Five Consumer Trends That Will Stay with Coca Cola

Episode #14 – Road Ranger Welcomes Their 40th Store to Brinkley, Ark.

Episode #15 – Truckstop Technology for Today and Tomorrow

Episode #16 – Truckstop and Travel Center Layout and Merchandising in the Time of COVID-19

Episode #17 – From Staffing to Diesel Pumps: Ideas to Grow Your Travel Center Business

Episode #18 – Mobile App and Web Ordering at Truckstops and Travel Centers with Smooth Commerce

Episode #19 – Liberty Travel Plazas Unveils New Brand Name of Onvo and Playful Identity

Episode #20 – Positioning Your Diesel Fuel Lanes for the Future

Episode #21 – What Truckstops and Travel Centers Should Watch for on Election Night

Episode #22 – Jiffy Trip Locations Are Big, Bright and Breaking the Travel Center Mold

Episode #23 – What Products Should Truckstops and Travel Centers Carry?

Episode #24 – Box Trucks, Speed of Service and Diesel Lanes for Four-Wheelers with NATSO's CEO

Episode #25 – Biodiesel Fundamentals for Truckstops with the Alternative Fuels Council

Episode #26 – Convenience Retailing During the Pandemic with the Hosts of the In-Convenience Podcast

Episode #27 – Touchless Self Checkout Systems Are the Future

Episode #28 – Truckstop and Travel Center Industry 2021 Government Affairs Priorities

Episode #29 – Port Fuel Center Set to Offer Speed in Savannah

Episode #30 – Pats Travel Center, the Friendliest Travel Center in Texas

Episode #31 – Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza President Shares How the NATSO Foundation Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship Changes Lives

Episode #32 – A Look at What Makes the Magic at Fred’s Fuel N Food

Episode #33 –  Everyone is Welcome at Florida 595 Truck Stop

Episode #34 –  Gifts, Apparel and Pet Services Stand Out at Dukes Mount Vernon TA Express

Episode #35 – Truckstop and Travel Center Employee Retention

Episode #36 – How to Get Customers into Your Truckstop from the Fuel Island

Episode #37 – TA Express White Hills, AZ Explodes on the Truckstop Scene

Episode #38 – Four-Wheel Travel is Up: Ideas to Make Sure Your Truckstop is Prepared for the Increased Traffic

Episode #39 – Electric Vehicle Charging: What Equipment, Which Grants and Investment Projections

Episode #40 – NATSO Government Affairs Update

Episode #41 Creating an Experience in Your Travel Plaza

Episode #42 – Blending Renewable Fuels with NATSO’s Alternative Fuel Council

Episode #43 – A Fresh Perspective on Technology, Speed-of-Service and Food Service with 3B's Truck & Auto Plaza's Ben Khatirine

Episode #44 – Big Boys Truckstop Celebrates 30 Years

Episode #45 – Behind the Scenes of Bustling Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza

Epsiode #46 – Answers to Truckstop and Travel Center Questions About OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

Episode #47 – Delia Meier, NATSO's 2020 and 2021 Chairman, Looks Back at Her NATSO Chairmanship

Episode #48 – Thorntons Rewards Professional Drivers with New Loyalty Program

Episode #49 – Take a Peek Inside Jimmie's Truck Plaza

Episode #50 – Meet ExxonMobil Synergy Diesel Efficient, Title Sponsor for NATSO Connect 2022

Episode #51 – Refresh Travel Plaza Offers EV Charging and New Indian Quick-Serve Concept in Madera, California

Episode #52 – Meet New NATSO Board Member Raina Shoemaker, Shoemaker’s Travel Centers Co-Owner 

Episode #53 – Meet Matt Mildenberger, Mitten Inc.'s President/CEO, and New NATSO Board Member

Episode #54 – You Don’t Want To Miss All the Experiences at Racine Petro

Episode #55 – Automated Retail: What Is It and How Will It Impact Truckstops?

Episode #56 – Solar Panels Can Help Travel Center Operators Cut Energy Costs

Episode #57 – Biodiesel Blending with Broco Energy

Epsiode #58 – TravelCenters of America Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Epsiode #59 – Fresh Products, Best Value and Best Service at Lone Star Markets

Epsiode #60 – Everything Travel Centers Need To Know About Convenience Services

Epsiode #61 – What Is Needed for the Growth of the Nation’s Electric Vehicle Charging Network?

Episode #62 – Truckstop and Travel Center Takeaways From ACT Expo 2022

Episode #64 – Travel Center Guidance on Navigating Funding From the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program

Episode #65 – Alternative Fuels Outlook With the North American Council for Freight Efficiency

Episode #66 – Casey’s Grows Its Fleet Fuel Card Offerings​

Episode #67 – Meet Andrew Evans, NATSO's New Vice President, Marketing and Branding on NATSO's Podcast

Episode #68 – AI-Driven Checkout-Free Technology

Episode #69 Information To Keep Roadside Service Technicians Safe From the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Episode #70 – January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month: The NATSO Foundation Looks Back at 10 Years Fighting Human Trafficking

Episode #71 – Sustainability Ideas for Inside and Outside Your Travel Center

Episode #72 – Powering Electric Vehicle Chargers With Scale Microgrids

Episode #73 – Get the Scoop on NATSO Connect 2023

Episode #74 – What's New in the Truckstop and Travel Center World

Episode #75 – Community, Loyalty and Great Food at Cubby's

Episode #76 – NATSO Foundation and the Tire Industry Association Creates a Roadside Safety Showcase at NATSO Connect

Episode #77 – A Look at JJ’s Travel Plaza, Family Owned and Operated Since 1980

Episode #78 – Creating a Strong Brand for Your Travel Center with Stephanie Stuckey, CEO of Stuckey's Corporation

Episode #79 – NATSO Foundation Offers TIA's Road Service Safety Training Video 

Episode #80 – What Innovative Retail Technology Travel Centers Should Embrace Now?

Episode #81 – Survivor Fund: Providing Financial Support to Families of Roadside Operators Who Lose Their Lives

Episode #82 – Great Ideas from Travel Centers in Ireland

Episode #83 – NATSO Foundation and HAAS Alert Partner to Improve Roadside Safety for Roadside Service Technicians

Episode #84 – Trucking Trends and Their Impact on Truckstops

Episode #85 – Technology and Data Needed for Travel Centers to Thrive with PDI Technologies

Episode #86 – NATSO Foundation Podcast Explores Opportunities at Travel Centers To Grow Wallet Share From Professional Drivers

Episode #87 – Digital Innovation at Retail With Digit7

Episode #88 – Grow Wallet Share With the Right Food Offerings at Your Travel Center

Episode #89 – Get the Scoop on NATSO Connect 2024

Episode #90 – Sprint Mart’s New Travel Center Is Extra Special

Episode #91 –  Meet Cyclum Renewables, LLC Truck Stops, NATSO Connect 2024's Title Sponsor

Episode #92 – Travel Center New Year’s Resolutions With the NATSO Foundation

Episode #93 – NATSO Has a New Dynamic Logo

Episode #94 – Iowa 80 Celebrates 60 Years of Serving the Professional Driver

Episode #95 – What Is In and What Is Out for Travel Center Design

Episode #96 – FRANdata Research: How Truck Stops and Travel Centers Can Grow Their Business with Franchise Partners

Episode #97 – NATSO's Day on Capitol Hill 2024

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