Topics: Trucking

A Look at Shortening Length of Hauls

A Look at Shortening Length of Hauls

The NATSO Foundation identified eight key trends expected to shape the truck stop and travel center industry in 2024. One trend with a big impact on the travel center industry is shorter lengths of haul.  For years, companies have been moving warehouses and fulfillment and distribution centers closer to consumers, affecting the average length of haul. The American Transportation Research Institute estimates that the average length of haul has decreased 37% since 2000 More

Ideas for Preventing Unsafe Emergency Roadside Repairs from Professional Drivers

Ideas for Preventing Unsafe Emergency Roadside Repairs from Professional Drivers

NATSO surveyed professional drivers to learn more about how they make maintenance decisions and the steps they take to keep drivers safe on the road. They shared several ideas. More

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Advances the REPAIR Act

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Data, Innovation and Commerce advanced the REPAIR Act, H.R. 906, by voice vote on Nov. 2. During the markup, lawmakers offered a series of amendments seeking to exclude commercial vehicles from the bill as well as strengthen language on cyber security, data privacy and intellectual property ownership. Ultimately all amendments were withdrawn, with Democrats and Republicans agreeing to work together to address all concerns before the bill moves to a full committee markup.   More

Four Best Practices for Keeping Roadside Technicians Safe

Four Best Practices for Keeping Roadside Technicians Safe

Jake Elovirta, director of compliance and enforcement programs for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, shared four areas to keep roadside service technicians safe on The Truck Stops Here podcast. More

Trucking Trends and Their Impact on Truckstops

Trucking Trends and Their Impact on Truckstops

Earlier in the year, Darren Schulte, vice president, membership at NATSO and Amy Toner, executive director of the NATSO Foundation, presented on trucking trends on truckstops at M-PACT. Schulte and Toner brought their trends information to the podcast. More

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Kitchen Innovation are Automating Tasks and Maximizing Labor for Travel Centers

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Kitchen Innovation are Automating Tasks and Maximizing Labor for Travel Centers

Automation and digitization are changing nearly every industry, including truckstops, travel plazas and convenience stores. New technology is helping companies automate tasks and re-direct labor to responsibilities that directly benefit customers. More

NATSO Foundation and HAAS Alert Partner to Improve Roadside Safety for Roadside Service Technicians

NATSO Foundation and HAAS Alert Partner to Improve Roadside Safety for Roadside Service Technicians

The NATSO Foundation has formed a strategic partnership with HAAS Alert, the leading innovator behind the digital alerting service and connected vehicle platform, Safety Cloud®. Tom Parbs, the Senior Director of Sales for HAAS Alert, joined the podcast to share about HAAS Alert. More

NATSO Foundation Partners With HAAS Alert to Enhance Roadside Safety for Roadside Service Technicians

NATSO Foundation Partners With HAAS Alert to Enhance Roadside Safety for Roadside Service Technicians

HAAS Alert and the NATSO Foundation team up to revolutionize road safety for mobile mechanics and roadside assistance providers servicing commercial vehicles across the nation. More

NATSO Foundation Launches New Toolkit on Top Truck Repair and Truck Washes Questions

NATSO Foundation Launches New Toolkit on Top Truck Repair and Truck Washes Questions

Truck repair and truck washes can be valuable profit centers that also meet professional drivers’ critical needs, but there are several key factors business owners must consider before expanding into the maintenance and truck wash business. To help operators answer this question and more, the NATSO Foundation worked with industry experts to answer frequently asked questions about these two profit centers in the newly launched 18 FAQs on Shop Repair & Truck Washes Toolkit. More

NATSO Foundation and the Tire Industry Association Create a Roadside Safety Showcase at NATSO Connect

NATSO Foundation and the Tire Industry Association Create a Roadside Safety Showcase at NATSO Connect

Safety is a top priority for travel center technicians providing truck repair, whether it is in a shop or on the roadside, and the NATSO Foundation has taken a multi-pronged approach to addressing critical issues involving truck repair providers. As part of its efforts, the foundation transformed its booth at NATSO Connect, March 7-10, into a Roadside Safety Showcase. More

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