Topics: Great Ideas

Key Customer Considerations at Your Truckstop

What I continue to be amazed by is the need for our industry to differentiate itself from one another. Too often in the areas of food, truck supply, and convenience we replicate what the other person down the street is doing rather than figuring out exactly who are our customers is and why are they pulling in from the street. We all certainly agree that fuel price plays the biggest draw but from that point on, are there other reasons and do you understand those reasons? Furthermore, are you capitalizing on them? More

Boost Sales, Build a Brand and Grow Traffic with a Remodel Members Only Join or Login

About two years ago Mike Sibley, president of LaPlace Travel Center, had to remodel the Huddle House restaurant at his location as part of his contract. Following the restaurant renovation, the location saw a 15 to 20 percent sustained increase in sales, which made him realize what a worthwhile investment a remodel or renovation can be. More

Spur Impulse Buys with the Right Product Placement and Mix at Your Truckstop

Everyone is starved for times these days, but customers at truckstops and travel plazas are in even more of a hurry than most. They are looking to get in and out of the location quickly and aren’t hanging around to shop. That means last-minute purchases are a key component of truckstop and travel plaza sales. There are several ways store operators can drive impulse buys. More

Creativity and Innovation Lead the Way at Mach 1

At Mach 1 innovation is key, and Alan Meyer, chief operations officer for the company, said he is always willing to try something new, even if it ultimately fails. More

Great Things are Happening at Travel Centers: From Unique Offerings to Strong Signage

One of the top benefits of being a NATSO member is the huge amount of peer-to-peer learning that takes place throughout the year. With that learning goal in mind, NATSO's blog is full of great ideas and best practices provided directly from truckstops and travel centers. No matter what solution you’re looking for, the odds are, someone has faced a similar challenge or shared a solution. Here are some of the great ideas in action at NATSO member locations across the country. More

Truckstop Operators Fill The Room with Great Ideas at NATSO's Conference

The sharing took place during the Great Ideas! for Independent Operators Workshop during The NATSO Show 2017, and operators tackled everything from food service to point-of-sale technology. More

Giant Lollipops and Much, Much More at Busy Bee

Busy Bee is headquartered in Madison, Florida, and includes two truckstops and 16 convenience stores located primarily in Florida. Busy Bee #14 in Jasper, Florida, has ten full-time employees and a leased Huddle House. Busy Bee #25 in Live Oaks, Florida, is a bustling 22,000 square feet. More

Great Ideas in Action at Frog City Travel Plaza & Casino, Shreveport, La

During a recent remodel, the Frog City Travel Plaza & Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, added a giant ceiling fan to reduce power bills. “I saw one when I was gathering ideas for our remodel and knew it would be a good fit for our space,” said Greg Barro, owner. More

Add Fidget Spinners to Your Truckstop

Fidget spinners have taken the world by storm, and Cash Magic Truck Plaza and Casino, which operated 22 locations in Louisiana is cashing in on the trend. The company originall put a box of 36 in each of its stores right on the checkout counter and sold out within a couple of days. More

Pop-Up Fitting Room

Target has developed a fitting room that could be placed in an existing space or built-in as part of new construction. More

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