We’ve explored a number of concepts and used terms throughout this volume that may or may not be familiar to you. When we introduced what may have been a new concept, those terms were italicized, and we included an explanation of either the word or the concept.
We also used terminology that is often used by logistics practitioners in their day-to-day operations. When we did so, we did not break up our discussion by specifically defining fundamental logistics terms.
That said, the following terms and definitions are listed for your quick reference. Included are not only those terms that were defined in the chapters, but also some of the more fundamental logistics terms and concepts that were not specially defined. The list is not meant to be all-inclusive of either all functional aspects of the logistics enterprise, or business administration and management. Rather, it is a compilation of the terms and concepts underlying the conduct of global logistics.
Note: Generally, most of the definitions we’ve provided are those in general use and commonly understood: Those are not attributed. However, where we’ve included a definition that was developed by a particular agency or “functional proponent,” we’ve included attribution in parentheses at the end of the definition: for example, (The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition).