Important Logistics Terms

3PL – The abbreviation stands for third-party logistics. This means the use of outsource services like public warehousing, contract warehousing, transportation management, distribution management, freight consolidation.

Bill of Lading (BL or BoL) – The official document by a carrier showing the details of the shipment like the type, destination, quantity etc.

Cross-dock – The product or order temporarily stored on the dock for a faster shipment.

Freight Forward - The agent who organizes the shipment for the shipper by liasing with carriers.

Intermodal – Using 2 or more way of transportation: rail, ship or truck.

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