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A study was initiated at the University of Maine to investigate various transportation alternatives available to marketers of fresh blueberries and similar fresh-market enterprises to determine economies of size in shipping. Several methods of economic analysis, including partial budgeting and break-even analysis, were used to assess the feasibility of several transportation alternatives. The alternatives analyzed were (1) contract shipping services, while using various percentages of truck capacity, (2) purchase of a truck and large trailer (20,000 Ibs capacity), and (3) purchase of a truck and smaller trailer (10,000 Ibs capacity).
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Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
Hoelper, A.L., and M.C. Marra. 1989. Transporting fresh blueberries from Maine to the Boston market: A look at the economic alternatives. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 823