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Ideas for Private Labeling at Your Truckstop [Infographic]

Opportunities to private label products exist throughout a truckstop and travel plaza. More

Three Ways Port Auto Boosted Sales and Increased Efficiency Through a Fresh Look

Sean Momin, vice president of operations for Port Auto Truck Stop, has extensive experience in the truckstop and travel plaza industry, but he said bringing in a fresh set of eyes through NATSO’s retail review helped him see the business differently. As a result, he has made small, meaningful changes that have boosted sales and profits. More

Change Is Always an Opportunity, but in 2018, it Became a Benchmark at NATSO

NATSO’s 2018 was certainly one of great opportunity. NATSO Connect came to Nashville with a blaze of success. Exhibitors, attendees and guest presenters were presented with an all new format that will lead us into the next decade. Many times during the event, people mentioned new access to exhibitors and attendees. Many thanks to the planning group leading this effort. More

8 Tips to Foster New-Hire Success for Truckstops [Infographic]

Employees are at the heart of every trickstop and travel plaza operation, but finding and keeping quality staff can be a time-consuming and challenging process. Maximize the human resources you need to run your travel plazas successfully with these tips. More

Build Effective Displays at Your Truckstop [Infographic]

Build Effective Displays at Your Truckstop [Infographic]

The right displays at your truckstop can drive retail sales, create convenience and contribute to a location's atmosphere. 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

Meet the 2018 Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship Recipients

The NATSO Foundation’s Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship program is continuing to change lives, and this year, five hardworking students received scholarships they can use to advance their education. The Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship is awarded to industry employees and their children based on academic merit, financial need, community activities and a short essay. The recipients said the $5,000 awards will help pay for tuition, but are even more meaningful because they came from the truckstop and travel plaza industry. More

13 Great Ideas from NATSO Connect

In this issue of Stop Watch, we’re featuring not one, but 13 outstanding ideas operators have shared. Operators shared their insights and best practices during the Great Ideas! Session at NATSO Connect 2018. The annual meeting is one of the highlights of NATSO’s annual gathering, and operators were able to swap ideas and learn more about what is working for their peers, get inspiration from both inside and outside of the industry and think through how they can adapt ideas to make them work for them. While ideas filled the room, here are 13 that stood out. More


How to Create an Apparel Program at Your Truckstop Members Only Join or Login

Apparel is a category that does well in truckstops and travel plazas if operators understand who their customers are and purchase and present merchandise in the right way. “A strong apparel program is an opportunity to increase profits,” said Darren Schulte, vice president of membership for NATSO. “When done correctly in our industry, apparel can have margins of 50 to 100 percent profit depending on what types of products you’re selling and what you buy.” More

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