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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- ID (indentification)
- indicia
- intermodal
- inventory accuracy
- item number
- invisible backroom


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ID (indentification, or identification number)
a third party fulfillment operation that communicates so well with its client that it is as if it were an invisible backroom operation. (See virtual vendor and virtual client). a unique name or code within a database to identify an order, customer, transaction, package, or logistical unit (LU). With a relational database, once the ID in entered into a search, other data pertaining to that ID can be retrieved from one or more files. An ID unique to just one product is a serial number.

indicia
an imprinted designation (such as a postal permit) on a piece of mail that indicates postage payment. It can be used in place of a stamp or meter mark

intermodal
when applied to shipping, this is the process wherein two or more transportation methods are used, such as any combination of trucks, seagoing ships, piloted airplanes, drones, and rail transport.

inventory accuracy
the degree to which inventory quantities in the computer database agree with the actual physical inventory in the supply chain.

item number
t he identification number assigned to an item. Also called the part number, product number SKU number, or SKU.

invisible backroom
a third party fulfillment operation that communicates so well with its client that it is as if it were an invisible backroom operation. (See virtual vendor and virtual client).