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NATSO Connect Learning Labs Offer Transformative Ideas for Travel Center Business Growth

NATSO Connect Learning Labs Offer Transformative Ideas for Travel Center Business Growth


Eight Great Ideas from Truckstop Operators at NATSO Connect

Eight Great Ideas from Truckstop Operators at NATSO Connect

The Great Ideas! for Independent Operators Workshop is one of the most popular events at NATSO Connect, and the 2019 session continued the long tradition of open, thoughtful sharing among those within the industry. Operators from across the country brainstormed, collaborated and learned from their peers during the workshop. More

Volvo Embraces the Future with the Latest 18-Wheeler Technology Members Only Join or Login

How and when freight is delivered is changing and so are the vehicles that transport truckloads of goods. Old and new are coming together, and the Class 8 trucks of the future will combine automation, connectivity and electromobility while also becoming more integrated. Susan Alt, senior vice president of public affairs for Volvo Trucks, shared those insights with attendees at NATSO Connect 2019 during her keynote address. More

Truckstop Operators Prepare for the Vehicles and Customers of the Future

The customers of tomorrow, as well as the vehicles they drive, are changing, and during the closing keynote address at NATSO Connect, forward-thinking truckstop and travel plaza operators learned more about what lies ahead. During the session, Susan Alt, senior vice president of public affairs for Volvo Trucks, and Frank Beard, analyst of convenience store and retail trends at GasBuddy shared their insights into how truckstops can meet the changing needs of professional and four-wheel drivers. More

Executives Explore Changing Driver Needs

Hours-of-service requirements, electronic logging devices and e-commerce are all changing professional drivers’ operating environment, and the changing market dynamics are resulting in new opportunities for truckstop and travel plaza operators. During NATSO Connect, NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings sat down with Dave Manning, president of TCW Inc. and Immediate Past Chairman of the American Trucking Associations and Dan Murray, vice president of the American Transportation Research Institute, to discuss the latest trends among truck drivers. More

Thank You For The Opportunity To Serve As Your Chairman

For the past three years I have had the privilege of serving as chairman of NATSO’s board of directors, and I have so many thoughts and memories as my term comes to a close. I am grateful for the many relationships and connections I’ve made not only as chairman, but also as a NATSO member. I attended my first NATSO trade show in New Orleans 1989 and my affinity for the association and the members has continually increased since then. More

Nominate an Industry Leader for the NATSO Hall of Fame Award

NATSO is currently accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame award and is inviting all members to nominate their peers who have a long history of supporting the truckstop and travel plaza industry, their employees and their communities. More

Get Consumers to Travel Through Your Whole Truckstop Store

During the Good to Great Session at NATSO Connect, the other panelists and I shared our thoughts on what drives traffic through a location. What was interesting was that we all had slightly different ideas. That shows how important it is for operators to really understand who their current customers are and, if they are looking to attract different ones, find the solution that is best for that specific location. More

Expand Your Truckstop's Labor Pool with Non-Traditional Hires Members Only Join or Login

Finding and retaining employees is often a top concern of truckstop and travel plaza operators, and it can become even more challenging when unemployment levels drop. More

Finding and Fostering Great Ideas with NATSO 2

As both consumers and business owners and many of us have seen that the pace of change is accelerating. Technology is changing, the retail experience is changing and our customers are changing. That means we must observe the trends and innovate to remain relevant. Finding and applying great ideas has become so important, especially as our pool of competitors has grown. We’re not just competing with other truckstops for both customers and staff, we’re competing with every retail outlet. More

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