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Top Economists Share Their Outlook for the Years Ahead

The worsening driver shortage, an increasing supply of oil and fluctuating manufacturing levels will continue to heavily influence motor carrier costs, two leading economists told attendees of The NATSO Show 2016 Feb. 23 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. More

NATSO Foundation Kicks Off “How Truckstops Help People” Pledge Drive

The NATSO Foundation Feb. 22 kicked-off an industrywide pledge campaign aimed at solidifying the truckstop and travel plaza community’s response to requests for help from people in various life-threatening scenarios. The campaign urges truckstops and travel plazas to commit to training their employees using the NATSO Foundation’s new online training courses in the “How Truckstops Help People” series. The “How Truckstops More

NATSO Chairman Urges Members to Focus on Service, Embrace Change

Don Quinn, president of Sapp Bros. and NATSO’s 2016 chairman called on NATSO members to differentiate themselves through their service and embrace change, which is a necessary part of doing business. Quinn made his remarks during The NATSO Show 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. More

Compliance Corner: Stay Current on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Requirements

Many of the convenience stores within truckstop and travel plaza redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and those who accept SNAP will need to comply with forthcoming requirements that are designed to provide greater varieties of food and prohibit SNAP recipients from purchasing ineligible items. More

Biz Brief’s 2016 Predictions for the Truckstop Industry

It is time, once again, for the Nostradamus of nozzles to take some scintillating stabs at what 2016 and beyond might hold for our travel center industry. (For a walk down memory lane, see what the cystal ball held in 2015 and 2014.) First, the easy ones. States will keep up the steady drumbeat of tolling as they search for ways to fund infrastructure projects absent an increase in federal gasoline taxes. And speaking of taxes, many states will follow the lead of a dozen or more of their fellow taxing authorities in 2015 and raise motor fuel taxes in 2016. Little chance of that happening on a federal level, however. More

Gallup to Share Research During The NATSO Show 2016 That Shows Millennials Have Wants and Needs Similar to Other Generations

There are a lot of myths circulating about millennials in the workforce, and business owners are often left wondering how and if they should engage the millennial generation. “Business owners want to know,‘Do millennials work as hard? Do they stay attached to jobs and organizations for longer periods of time or not?’What our data shows is that millennials don’t look that different from other generations,” said Nate Dvorak, a consultant at Gallup. More

Looking Ahead to 2016

NATSO anticipates monitoring and advocating on more than a dozen public policy topics in 2016. Here’s a glimpse of some of the biggest issues facing NATSO members and what truckstop and travel plaza owners should prepare for as the 2016 Presidential race continues to heat up. More

Four Ways to Be a Truckstop Leader

Leaders inspire those around them to contribute and to become better versions of themselves, but becoming a strong leader can take work. During the November Operational Exchange call, NATSO members came together to discuss the qualities leaders embody. Here are four key ideas operators shared during the call. More

Congress Considers Major Spending Bill

Congress has until Dec. 11 to pass an omnibus spending bill to keep the government running. Congressional Republican and Democratic negotiators remain in private negotiations in an effort to reach an agreement on the omnibus bill and avert a government shutdown, but time is running short. Because the omnibus is a "must-pass" piece of legislation, policymakers are actively trying to insert unrelated policy riders into the package. This includes language pushing back against Obama Administration priorities that will adversely affect NATSO members. More

NATSO Promotes David Fialkov to Vice President, Government Relations

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings announced that David Fialkov has been promoted to Vice President, Government Relations. In this role, Fialkov will continue his role as NATSO's Legislative and Regulatory Counsel and also will lead the association’s legislative policy and lobbying efforts on behalf of the truckstop and travel plaza industry. More

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