Whether you’re renovating or constructing from the ground up, you’ll hear lingo you may not be familiar with. Below are some of the most common terms you’ll encounter when strategizing the logistics of your transition:
Assembly: Assembling furniture, fixtures, and equipment at the final location.
Asset Management: The tracking of a business’ assets and inventory throughout the supply chain.
Blanket Wrap Transportation: Items are covered in thick blankets to protect and cushion them during loading, transit, and unloading.
Case Goods: Furniture (such as bureaus or bookcases) that provides interior storage space; includes dining-room and bedroom furniture sold as sets.
Consolidation: Multiple shipments from various shippers are combined in one full container to save time and reduce costs.
Customs Clearance: The approval to transport goods from one fiscal zone to another after a commercial invoice, packing list, and/or additional documents have been provided.
Debris Removal: Removing packing materials and additional debris after delivered items have been unpacked and assembled.
FF&E: Abbreviation for furniture, fixtures and equipment; movable items that are not permanently connected to a building or utilities.
FF&E Installation Services: Unpacking, assembling, and installing furniture, fixtures, and equipment in a space; can include debris removal.
Freight Forwarding: The movement of goods from a manufacturer to the final destination; transportation options include ground, air, and ocean.
Liquidations: The amount of money owed to Customs based on duty rates and the value of the imported goods when importing items to the United States
Optimized Distribution: A distribution network – the supply chain’s group of storage facilities and transportation systems – that is designed to operate at its highest efficiency.
OS&E: Short for Operating Supplies and Equipment; includes the small equipment which is manufactured off site, and most of if it does not require any installation. Examples include glassware, minibars, room safes, bed sheets, and towels.
Transportation Management: A subset of the supply chain management that oversees the planning and execution of the movement of goods on the ground, in the air, or across the ocean.
Turn-Key Solution: A solution that can be easily implemented into a current process and immediately used.
Warehousing: A location used to store items and inventory that will be distributed to a site or sold at a later date.
White Glove Delivery: The highest level of care is used to handle fragile or important items; service includes packing, transporting, unpacking, and installation items within the shipment.