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2024 Trend: Travel Center Face Increased Competition

2024 Trend: Travel Center Face Increased Competition

Truck stop and travel center operators face competition from a wide range of industries, including traditional convenience stores that are now focusing on truck traffic, grocery stores and restaurants that are installing fuel pumps, and big-box stores that are adding quick-service food offerings. More

Manufacturers, Fleets Partner to Test Hydrogen in Class 8 Tractors

Manufacturers, Fleets Partner to Test Hydrogen in Class 8 Tractors

Hydrogen trucks offer long driving range and fast refueling, which can make them an attractive option for heavy-duty trucking operations. Manufacturers are working on Class 8 hydrogen tractors, and several are already testing the technology on the road. “Engine manufacturers and Class 8 manufacturers are looking at hydrogen and getting in the game,” said Randy Gard, chief operating officer of Bosselman Enterprises. More

Great Ideas in Action: Shelf Lights at Travel Centers Make Products Pop

Great Ideas in Action: Shelf Lights at Travel Centers Make Products Pop

The right lighting can enhance the in-store experience, boost sales and spur loyalty. Cameron Cloeter, founder and president of Lighting for Impact, has seen the addition of shelf lighting boost sales by anywhere from 3% to 40% because it entices customers to shop and draws their attention to the products. More

20 Million Americans are Planning a RV Holiday Vacation: Take Advantage of the Traffic at Your Travel Center

20 Million Americans are Planning a RV Holiday Vacation: Take Advantage of the Traffic at Your Travel Center

RVers, like truckers, need fuel, food and parking near major highways. Darren Schulte, NATSO’s vice president of membership, said RV travelers are often an untapped customer base. “If RVers aren’t on your radar, they should be,” he said. “Locations offering dump stations, fresh water, laundry and propane have unknowingly already done the hard work to attract RVers, so be sure to capitalize on it,” he said. More

Seven Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer This Season at Your Travel Center

Seven Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer This Season at Your Travel Center

Darren Schulte, vice president of membership for NATSO, said drivers often look for fun and unique gift items when they stop at a NATSO member location. Holiday promotions and seasonal items can do well. Trail's Travel Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota, for example, has created beautiful displays to take advantage of seasonal opportunities. More

Is Hydrogen Emerging as One Of The Most Viable, Long-Term Alternative Fuels For the Long-Haul Trucking Industry?

Is Hydrogen Emerging as One Of The Most Viable, Long-Term Alternative Fuels For the Long-Haul Trucking Industry? Members Only Join or Login

“Is it hydrogen going to be the entire heavy-duty trucking market? No, certainly not. Electric trucks, diesel, biodiesel and others will play a role for a very long time, but hydrogen’s time has come.” 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

Technology is Helping Travel Centers Manage Challenges, Understand Customers and Prepare for the Future

Technology is Helping Travel Centers Manage Challenges, Understand Customers and Prepare for the Future

The right systems enable real-time and automated inventory management while also helping retailers identify shifts in purchasing patterns, balance what consumers are buying with what is available in the supply chain, and optimize employees’ time. More

Get to Know NATSO Member Isaiah Britt of Donna’s Truck Stop

Get to Know NATSO Member Isaiah Britt of Donna’s Truck Stop

Isaiah Britt’s job title at Donna’s Truck Stop is merchandising manager, but he is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades at the Marysville, Washington, location. “I also am the stock maintenance supervisor. I run the tills. I do fuel inspections, and I have an underground storage tank license, so I service the dispensers once a month. I also run security,” he said. More

Travel Center Critical Considerations for Your Next Point-of-Sale (POS) Investment

Travel Center Critical Considerations for Your Next Point-of-Sale (POS) Investment

Different technology boasts different features, and there are several factors travel center operators should consider when determining which point-of-sale (POS) system to use. More

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