Further theory on temporal market boundaries

Temporal segmentation of markets is common for service products (e.g. peak hours and night hours in electricity consumption, rush hours in traffic and telecommunication, seasons in the tourist industry). For physical goods, markets are generally only segmented temporally when adequate supply or storage capacity is missing, either due to the nature of the product (e.g. food products), or due to immature or unstable markets (e.g. some recycled materials). This temporal segmentation should be distinguished from the fact that markets generally develop in time, e.g. governed by developments in fashion and technology, and that both geographical and temporal segmentation and customer segmentation therefore may change over time.

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