As truckstop and travel plaza operators, one of our biggest advantages is our ability to learn from each other and industry thought leaders as we prepare for the future.
The pace of change in our operating environment is increasing exponentially, and major changes in technology and consumer demand are shaking up the retail industry, but not necessarily in a good way. Even though the economy has recovered from the Great Recession, retailers are filing for bankruptcy at the same rate as they did in 2009, and a record number of stores are closing.
Just as NATSO members are adapting the way they do business, NATSO is reinventing The NATSO Show to provide even more valuable knowledge and insight for today’s truckstop and travel plaza operators.
We are redesigning every element of our annual meeting, from the trade show to the keynotes to the name, with a single goal in mind: to create an event that will enable NATSO members to not just survive but thrive amidst ongoing disruption.
- In less than a decade, a new heavy-duty truck will consume 25 percent less diesel than today’s trucks due to federal requirements.
- During the last recession, shippers increased the efficiency of a trucking container by reducing product packaging and employing better packing techniques.
- Online sales growth means fewer long-haul truck deliveries to retail stores. These last-mile deliveries are handled instead by medium-sized trucks that deliver from warehouse directly to consumer.
- Retail stores could see a shift in their primary purpose, serving as showrooms and place for consumers to pick up packages ordered online.
As operators, we need to understand how these changes will affect us. Attendees at the NATSO Connect will leave the event armed with a better understanding of the disruptions we are facing and armed with strategies for meeting these new challenges. Visit www.natsoconnect.com for more information.
I hope to see you in Nashville Feb. 10–13!
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