What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: June 11, 2014

Truckstops Hit With $1.7 Million Scam and more...

In today’s information-overloaded business world, we often find ourselves deluged with literally hundreds of news items from dozens of sources. While it is likely impossible to read every article and remain productive, by not doing so we risk missing the one article that could change a key business practice or thought process. And that is where the NATSO Foundation’s publication, Biz Brief, provides assistance! The NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief is a daily collection of the most relevant business intelligence for truckstop and travel plaza operators. 

While we think the Biz Brief is a must-read every day, if you only read ten news articles this week, these ten most-clicked Biz Brief articles are the ten to read. 

  1. Truckstops Hit With $1.7 Million Scam 
    Dilshod Sidikov of Brooklyn, N.Y., was found guilty of wire fraud and money laundering and sentenced to 37-months in prison after he and co-conspirators defrauded a number of truckstop companies of more than $1.7 million in a scheme involving stolen money transfer codes. The group used the codes to steal large sums using electronic payment and transfer companies such as Comdata, FleetOne and TCH. Click here to read more >

  2. Petro Stopping Center Renamed 
    The Petro Stopping Center in North Las Vegas, Nev., has been renamed the Bob and Linda Caffee Stopping Center. The Caffees, who have been co-drivers for FedEx for the last 10 years, were recent recipients of TravelCenters of America's Citizen Driver Award. The couple selected the Nevada Petro because it is their favorite travel center location. Click here to read more >

  3. U.S. Class 8 Fleet Largest on Record 
    The number of registered Class 8 vehicles in the U.S. now sits at 3.66 million. The previous peak of Class 8 tractors occurred near the end of 2008 when registered Class 8 vehicles sat at 3.65 million units. Click here to read more >

  4. Pegasus Buys TripPak 
    Pegasus TransTech has acquired TripPak Services and ACS Advertising from Xerox. The acquisition will add 500 truckstop locations to Pegasus' network and will bring the company's fleet-served total to 3,000. Pegasus provides document capture and transmission, billing, collections, payroll, and other revenue cycle processes for the transportation industry. The company said it serves more than 900 travel centers in North America, 42 of the top-50 truckload carriers, and 17 of the top-30 freight brokers, and over 350,000 drivers. Click here to read more >

  5. Iowa 80 Revisits 1964 
    The Iowa 80 Truckstop on June 4 observed its 50th anniversary, and the Iowa 80 Kitchen joined in the celebration by rolling back the clock. The Peel family, who has operated the Iowa 80 Kitchen since 1964, marked the special day by pricing certain menu items at their original fare. Coffee was priced at 10 cents. Cheeseburger and fries were just 55 cents and 2 eggs, breakfast potatoes and meat was priced at 95 cents. Congratulations to all involved in the past 50 years of a landmark. Click here to read more >

  6. "Due to the lack of applicants with the right technical competencies, experience and soft skills, one out of three employers struggle to fill open roles."
    Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup CEO, commenting on the most difficult jobs to fill, which listed restaurant staff as the second hardest. 
    Click here to read more >
  7. I-81 Diversions Considered 
    According to Freight Analysis Framework data, Interstate 81 carries on average 11,000 trucks per day. Because of limited capacity on the route, trucks often face significant delays. Consequently, the I-81 Corridor Coalition has been created to develop a system to better connect truck drivers with information. One of the proposals includes a system that connects drivers with alternate routes when an accident or poor weather is ahead. The study will determine the best way to get that information to truck drivers. Click here to read more >

  8. Large Distribution Center Coming to Milwaukee 
    Industrial packing material distributor Uline Inc. announced the commencement of construction on a 1 million square-foot distribution center outside of Milwaukee, Wisc. The $100 million facility is situated along Interstate 94 and is part of a corporate office campus expansion at the same site. Click here to read more >

  9. Sapp Bros. to Open Nebraska CNG Facility
    The Sapp Bros. Travel Center in Columbus, Neb., will be the site of a new CNG pumping station. The travel center is partnering with Strik Compressed Natural Gas and Frontier Cooperative to build and open the pumping station in the fall of 2014. Frontier Cooperative will bring initial fleet customers from the grain and feed transport industries. Click here to read more >

  10. How to Generate Consistent Results 
    William Blake once said that execution is the chariot of genius. Jim Sullivan, CEO of corporate consulting firm Sullivision, agrees and shares four tips that can generate more consistent results. Quality hiring must be a priority. Focus on important, not urgent, items. Have specific, measurable goals. And communicate those goals to your entire team. According to Sullivan, "Ideas are easy, execution is hard." Click here to read more >


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