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Glossary of terms for phrases beginning with “P”

Packing List

List of packages for each shipment, showing individual breakdown in weights/measure and quantity.


Pallet

Wooden structure used to support cargo and ease movement by forklifts.


Partlow Chart

A chart that indicates the temperature reading in a reefer container.


Partnerships and Alliances

Shippers and providers who enter into agreements designed to benefit both parties.


Physical Distribution

All logistics activities from the production line to the final user, including traffic, packaging, materials handling, warehousing, order entry, customer service, inventory control etc.


Packing List

List of packages for each shipment, showing individual breakdown in weights/measure and quantity.


Pallet

Wooden structure used to support cargo and ease movement by forklifts.


Partlow Chart

A chart that indicates the temperature reading in a reefer container.


Partnerships and Alliances

Shippers and providers who enter into agreements designed to benefit both parties.


Per Diem

On a daily basis.


Physical Distribution

All logistics activities from the production line to the final user, including traffic, packaging, materials handling, warehousing, order entry, customer service, inventory control etc.


Pier

A structure built away from land and extending some distance over water, often used for docking boats.

Also known as a wharf.


Piggyback

The transportation of highway trailers or demountable trailer bodies on specially equipped rail flat cars.


Pilferage

Cargo stolen from the container, warehouse or terminal.


Plimsoll Mark

Depth to which a vessel may safely load. Identified by a circle on the vessel's side with a vertical line through and a number of small horizontal lines showing the max depth for summer and winter.


Positioning

The moving of empty equipment from surplus areas to deficit areas.


POSTNET

The POSTNET barcode is used on envelopes and postcards that are sent through the U.S. Postal Service. This barcode is placed in the lower right-hand corner of the envelope.


Purchase Order

Common grouping of orders for goods/services. Several SKU categories may be listed on one purchase order. Most customers group their orders in a particular way to facilitate distribution at the other end. For example, one purchase order for an apparel importer might encompass 2 dozen green sweaters and 2 dozen red sweaters. If those P.O.s originated from the same store, it is simple for the store to put all items under that P.O. onto the right truck.


Pre- Carriage

A structure built away from land and extending some distance over water, often used for docking boats.


Piggyback

The transportation of highway trailers or demountable trailer bodies on specially equipped rail flat cars.