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Exercise 3 Read about the services logistics firms may provide with their short definitions
Exercise 2 Match the definitions with the words in the box.
B) Make a list of the different areas of logistics mentioned in a).
Exercise 1 a) Read and translate five definitions of logistics.
1. Logistics means that you manage the procurement and movement of goods and the storage of inventory. 2. It means the delivery of the goods the customer needs at the right time, in the right place, and of the right quality. 3. Logistics is the activity of planning, organizing, and managing operations that provide services and goods. 4. Logistics is the purchasing, maintenance, distribution, and replacement of material and staff. 5. Logistics is the planning and support of operations such as warehousing, inventory, transport, procurement, supply, and maintenance.
carrier ▪ freight forwarder ▪ supplier
haulage contractor/haulier ▪ courier ▪ consignee
1. company which carrier goods by road; 2. person or firm named in a freight contract to whom goods have been shipped or turned over for care; 3. company that specializes in the speedy and secure delivery of small goods and packages; 4. company that transports or conveys goods; 5. company which supplies parts or services to another company; also called vendor; 6. person or business that arranges documentation and travel facilities for companies dispatching goods to customers.
Transsipment is loading goods from one means of carriage onto another. Break-bulk is packing goods in small, separable units. Cross-docking is direct flow of goods from receipt at warehouse to shipping, bypassing storage. Order picking is selecting and assembling items from stock for shipments. Reverse logistics is collecting and handling of used or damaged goods or of reusable transit equipment. Tracking and tracing is locating items in transit. Warehousing is receiving and storing goods. Collection is picking up goods at a named place.
b) Describe your company’s logistics services to the customer using the information from a) and the following expressions:
We can offer you a wide range of …
We can provide you with tailor-made logistics solutions for …
We specialize in …
As a specialist for/in … we can …
We have experience and expertise in providing …
Our team will be happy to handle/assist you …
With our dedicated team of logistics experts we can …
Exercise 4 Logistics uses lots of acronyms. How many do you know? Find the right variants.
FCL ▪ 3PL ▪ HGV ▪ DC ▪ LCL ▪ EDI ▪ RFID ▪ ISO ▪ GPS ▪ VAS
a less than container load; b global positioning system; c full container load; d radio frequency identification; e third-party logistics; f international standard organization; gelectronic data interchange; h value-added service; i heavy goods vehicle; j distribution centre.
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