Glossary of Terms

for Third Party Logistics, Supply Chain Management & Fulfillment Operations

Many of the terms used in the world of third-party logistics do not appear in a standard dictionary, nor is there a dictionary of fulfillment or warehouse management definitions. We offer this glossary to help you better understand our business. If you have a term you would like defined, or have a definition that you would like to share with us, please send us an e-mail.

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- hand insertion
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hand insertion
the process of picking and packing shipments (or combining multiple products) by manual, human-driven processes. Hand insertion is largely utilized when fulfilling complex product combinations with variable sizes, weights, or shipping configurations.

hand truck
A two-wheeled device consisting of a vertical metal framework with handles at the top and a perpendicular shelf at the base to carry the load, usually of boxes, crates, or a heavy object. The device is tilted backward, to balance it, then manually pushed or pulled to its destination.

handling
Labor involved in moving goods, receiving the goods at a warehouse, verifying its cargo, moving the product to its storage location, then the subsequent labor in picking, packing, and preparing the products for outbound shipment.

high-density storage
refers to palletized storage in which the pallets of materials are stored more than one-pallet deep from the aisle in a warehouse. High-density storage is best suited for long-term storage of relatively inactive merchandise.