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Bobby Martens — Associate Professor of Supply Chain

Bobby Martens is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain at the Iowa State University College of Business. Before earning his Ph.D., Martens worked as an account manager at Schneider Logistics.

Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates

Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates

End of Quarter Transportation

Do month-end or quarter-end surges still affect your transportation costs? Well, you’re certainly not alone if you’re asking this age-old question! Those familiar with transportation know that month-end or quarter-end freight surges commonly occur, maybe in your company, or maybe in other organizations, and that your routing guide may not work as well as it usually does at those times. Our research at Iowa State University shows that transportation costs don’t actually rise during end-of-month surges. But they increase significantly near the end of a quarter in some regions.
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