Where can I see a list of terms used by Amplifier?

involves many moving parts, some with less than household names.

    • 3PL - Third-Party Logistics, so named because there are three distinct entities involved. (Amplifier, the Client and the End Customer.)
    • Accessorial: An often infrequent or exceptional activity that Amplifier or a Freight Carrier may provide. Accessorials prove necessary to ensure delivery and are normally billable under agreed upon terms. (e.g. If/when a freight carrier detects an erroneous shipping address has been supplied by a customer, they will sometimes correct it in transit and apply an "Address Correction fee" to the shipment which is preferable to a non-deliverable order.)
    • Advanced Shipping Notification (ASN): An ASN provides Amplifier with forewarning of impending deliveries to our Warehouse. ASNs detail the number of inbound SKUs, their Quantities, the Number of Boxes & Pallets used to Deliver them, as well as the Carrier and Delivery Date.
    • Assembly: Department within Amplifier responsible for performing various kinds of inventory-related value added services. Sample activities include kitting, bundling, debundling, dekitting, and so on.
    • Allocation: The process of reserving specific inventory for a shipment to prevent subsequent orders from consuming it.
    • Bar Code: Laser-readable label that enables instant identification of key warehouse objects (e.g. A Location, Item, ASNs, LOT ID, etc.) The numbering system assigned is usually driven by Amplifier but can sometimes include Client assigned numbers such as a UPC Barcode.
    • Batch Packing: Batch packing involves packing a large number of orders that consist of the exact same components, all at the same time and readying them for shipment in bulk.
    • Batch Picking: Batch picking is the process of obtaining inventory for a large number of orders containing the same merchandise all at the same time. Batch picked items are generally picked in bulk quantities from the warehouse storage locations and not the forward pick locations.
    • Bill of Lading (BOL): Bills of Lading are official, legal documents exchanged between a shipper of an item (often the manufacturer) and the carrier of that item which explicitly detail that delivery's contents.
    • Bulk Storage: Where majority of client inventory is stored over long terms. Usually stored on pallets and stacked in vertical racks, this inventory is periodically drawn upon to "replenish" Forward Pick Locations.
    • Client: The entity which directly contracts Amplifier for services. Clients are distinct from "Customers" or "End Customers" who, though interacting with Amplifier, usually remain unaware of Amplifier's existence.
    • Container: A large box in which inventory is carried. This internationally standardize object is usually attached to trucks, stacked en masse on oceangoing vessels or lined up back-to-back on a freight train.
    • Containerization: The dynamic selection of a shipping container based on the IUMs of each SKU inside a particular order.
    • Containment Picking: For B2B (Business to Business) shipments, or convention shipments, there will often be a large number of different SKUs all on the same order. Containment picking is picking these items from warehouse and forward pick positions, bagging each SKU individually, tagging them, and putting them into a large box for a single shipment.
    • Cycle Count: A system generated inventory confirmation activity. Cycle counting will verify whether or not a particular location is empty or not and, if not, the physical count of inventory at the location.
    • Dead SKUs/Dead Stock: Inventory that no longer moves or is ordered after a long period of time.
    • Discharge: An chemical applied link ink during the screen printing process which extracts the color of the actual product blank (e.g. T-Shirt) from the desired area. By discharging the color in the garment itself, Amplifier is able to avoid laying down a thick white "base" ink which results in superior printing with a lighter "hand."
    • Dock: The primary delivery doorway into the warehouse through which shipments are unloaded or loaded.
    • Dock High: Usually between 48-52", which allows for delivery trucks to be loaded and unloaded at a level usually even to Amplifier's warehouse floor.
    • Dunnage: Anything used to secure the contents of a shipment from breakage (often paper or even inflatable bags.)
    • EDI: EDI stands for Electronic Data Exchange. EDI is a universally-recognized format for exchanging virtually all key supply-chain information between computer systems. (ASNs, POs, Invoices, and other essential trade objects are standardized within EDI)
    • Flash: A quick, temperature-based cure of an ink during the screen printing process. This is done to dry a layer of ink before another layer is deposited near, or on top of, the previous layer.
    • Floor Loaded: A suboptimal form of delivery wherein inventory is not stacked to a pallet and thus must be unloaded by hand (not a more efficient method such as a pallet jack or forklift.)
    • Flow Rack: A storage method which uses gravity to bring additional inventory forward when the frontmost inventory is consumed. (Not unlike bottles in a refrigerated storage at the convenience store.)
    • Forklift: A battery or propane powered miniature truck designed to allow a human to move significant amounts or weights of inventory at one time.
    • Fulfillment: Picking, packing and processing orders.
    • Gaylord Container: A giant reinforced corrugated box that perfectly fits on a pallet, used often to convey large quantities of non-stackable shipments (e.g. bagged shipments)
    • Hazardous Materials ("Hazmat"): Goods possessing characteristics which necessitate special handling/labelling.
    • Inventory (Available): Inventory state showing how many units are currently sellable. For most Clients, Available is really the most important of all Inventory values because, as its name suggests, it's really what you have left to sell. (Calculated by subtracting Quantity Committed from the Quantity On Hand.)
    • Inventory (On Hand): Inventory state showing the number of actual units which are physically in Amplifier's warehouse. This is a useful number (e.g. when we are performing a physical audit) but since this number does not factor units have already been claimed by orders but not yet shipped, it's less important than Available.
    • Inventory (Committed): Inventory state showing number of items "claimed" by current orders. The Items in each new Order "commit" one or more units of your Available Inventory to someone. In so doing, they lower the remaining units that are Available. Ordered Items move from Available to Committed to denote their unavailability. This is done to keep subsequent Orders from mistakenly claiming an Item that has already sold to another customer (a.k.a. "backorders".)
    • Inventory (Expected): Inventory state showing the number of units that you've told us is inbound via an ASN or by an Order of Bulk Inventory from Amplifier.
    • Inventory Quality Control (IQC): The internal 'lost and found', so to speak, where items found in the wrong location or around the warehouse are brought to have their SKU confirmed as well as to be relocated.
    • Item Unit of Measure (IUM): The length, width, height and weight of a particular SKU. Acquired by volumetrically scanning the SKU and used for important calculations such as "containerization","putaway" and more.
    • Lot ID - An individualized barcode appended to a personalized product to enable its distinct tracking (as opposed to a SKU ID which is the same for all units of inventory)
    • Less than Truckload ("LTL") : Mode of transportation that is usually one or more pallets (larger than traditional "Ground" shipments) that fills up less than an entire truckload.
    • Location: A place where product(s) can be placed. Almost always barcoded to ensure we can track where everything is.
    • Make Ready: Manual work performed to convert an item into a Shippable State.
    • Manifest: Paperwork documenting everything that is being shipped during a particular pickup.
    • Order Management System (OMS): Software system used for Order entry and processing.    
    • Order Picker: A lift truck that lifts a securely-harnassed driver up along with the tongs/pallet, enabling the operator to pull boxes by hand onto the pallet from heights well above the floor.
    • Packing Slip: Paperwork generated to denote the exact contents of an order.
    • Pallet: Usually the wooden based that Amplifier stacks inventory or orders on for conveyance.
    • Picking: process of physically obtaining the inventory for a given order and transitioning the inventory to the shipping department.
    • Plastisol: Plastisol is a commonly used printing ink that is comprised of a suspension of PVC particles in a liquid plasticizer.
    • POD: Print-on-Demand, a type of inventory made when an End Customer places an order.
    • Private Label: Work that is performed by one company under the brand and auspices of another. Amplifier provides "private label" fulfillment, which means that our Clients' Customers usually believe that are interacting directly with the Client. Also known as "white label."
    • Putaway: The act of transporting delivered (or found) inventory to its destination.
    • Receiving: Receiving is the process of receiving items and shipments from suppliers into our inventory and making them available for fulfillment.
    • Replenishment: The process of moving inventory from pallette warehouse locations to forward pick locations.
    • Reverse Logistics: Returns management.
    • RF Gun: Handheld computer/scanner used to scan items/locations to ensure continuous knowledge of activities to our WMS.
    • System of Record: Denotes any system that maintains authoritative information.  Amplifier's WMS is the system of record for all inventory numbers and routinely updates external systems like online stores with the latest inventory counts.
    • Stock Keeping Unit (SKU): A SKU code is a unique identifier given to a product based on multiple variables including type of unit, size of unit, color of unit, artwork, etc.
    • XREF Identifier: An external barcode not created/assigned by Amplifier. Usually XREFs are assigned by a Client to enable a product to be sold within a traditional physical retailer. The most popular examples of XREFs are UPC and ISBN barcodes.
    • Warehouse Management System (WMS):  A software application that supports the day-to-day operations of a warehouse. Our WMS tracks everything from inventory levels and stock locations to worker productivity and volumetric material flow through our plant.