Logistics, Supply Chain Management & warehouse and distribution center terminology


  1. Warehouse and distribution center terminology 
  2. PROFESSIONAL ENGLISHFOR STUDENTSOF LOGISTICS 
  3. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT TERMS and GLOSSARY 
  4. Logistics Abbreviations

Abbreviation 

Definition 


Agile PC 

Agile Product Collaboration 

Agile PE 

Agile Program Execution 

AIM 

Assembly Instruction Manual 

ALARP 

As Low As Reasonably Practical 

ALT 

Accelerated Life Test 

AM 
Account Manager 

AML 

Approved Manufacturer List (Also called AVL - Approved Vendor List) 


AMT 

Advanced Manufacturing Technology 

ANSI / EIA 

American National Standards Institute / Electronic Industries Alliance 

AOI 

Automated Optical Inspection 

AP 

Accounts Payable 

AR 

Accounts Receivable 

ASIC 

Application-Specific Integrated Circuit 

ATG 

Advanced Technology Group 

ATP 

Available to Promise 

AVL 

Approved Vendor List (Also called AML - Approved Manufacturer List)


B / S 

Balance Sheet 

B2B 

Business to Business 

BaaN 

A Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) / Enterprise Resourse Planning (ERP) Software System 


BD 
BDM 

Business Development 
Business Development Manager

PMBP
Program Management Best Practice 
PMQA
Procured Material Quality Assurance
PMQE
Procured Material Quality Engineer
PMQI 
Procured Material Quality Insurance
PN
Part Number
PO
Purchase Order
PP & E
Property, Plants and Equipment
PPAP
Production Parts Approval Process
PPD
Production Process Development
PPO
Production to Phase-Out (FPLC gate)
PPS
Production Process Specification
PPV
Purchase Price Variance
PQS
Project Quality Specification
PR
Product Release, or Product / Process Release (FPLC gate)
PS
Prototype Sample also known as: Project Strategy
PSA
Electrical Parts Stress Analysis
PSS
Procurement / Supply Chain Specification
PTD
Production Test Development
PTH
Pin-Through-Hole (as in printed circuit board)
PTH
Plated-Through-Hole (as in printed circuit board)
PTR
Product Test Report
PTS
Production Test Specification
PV
Process Validation
QA
Quality Assurance
QBR
Quarterly Business Review
QC
Quoted Cost
QMS
Quality Management System
R & D
Research and Development
R & R
Repeatability and Reproducibility
RASCI
A guide to project ownership showing who is Responsible, Accountable, Supportive, Consulted and Informed.
RBD
Reliability Block Diagrams
RD
Reliability Demonstration
RDT
Reliability Demonstration Tests
Rep
Representative
RF
Radio Frequency
RFA
Request for Action
RFI
Radio Frequency Interference
RFP 
Request for Proposal
RFQ
Request for Quotation
RM
Raw Material
RMA
Return Material Authorization
RO
Resource Owner
RoHS
Restriction Of Hazardous Substances (in electrical and electronic equipment)
ROI 
Return on Investment
ROIC
Return on Invested Capital
ROITC
Return on Invested Tangible Capital
RPN 
Risk Priority Number
RS 
Receiving Site
RS-PM
Receiving Site Program Manager
RSO 
Return Sales Order
RTL 
Readiness to Launch
RTS 
Retail Technical Services (business unit), or Return to Supplier
RTV 
Return to Vendor
SA 
Supply Approval
SBLC 
Standby Letter of Credit
SBS 
Special Business Solutions (business unit)
SDS 
Software Design Specification
SFDC 
   Salesforce.com
SG & A
Sales, General and Administration (Cost of doing business)
SIP 
Supply Implementation Plan
SLA 
Sterolithography Aparatus also known as: Software License Agreement
SLS 
  Selective Laser Sintering
SME 
Subject Matter Expert
SMI 
Supplier Managed Inventory
SMT 
Surface Mount Technology
SOC 
System on Chip
SOD 
Sales Order Deliveries
SOP
Standard Operating Procedure
SOR 
Start of Ramp
SOW 
Statement of Work
SOX 
Sarbanes-Oxley Act / compliance program
SP 
Stable Production (FPLC gate)
SPC 
Statistical Process Control
SPJM
Sub-Project Manager
SPVR 
Serial Production Validation Run
SQA 
Supplier Quality Audit
SQAP 
Supplier Quality Assurance Plan
SRS 
Software Requirements Specification
SSA 
Specific Supply Agreement
SSCM
Strategic Supply Chain Manager
SW 
Software Development
TIM 
Test Inspection Manual
TIP 
Test Implementation Proposal
TL
Technical Lead
TL9000 
ISO 9000 Standard specific to the telecommunications sector
TM 
Trademark
TPI 
     Test Process Instructions
TPI 
Transfer Product Introduction
TQC 
Total Quality Control
TR 
Tooling Release
TTC 
Time To Customer
TTM 
Time To Market
UL 
Underwriters Laboratories (A certification agency in the United States)
UTL 
Upper Tolerance Limit
VA 
    Value Add
VAM 
Value Added Margin
VAT 
Value Added Tax
VI 
Vertical Integration
VP 
Vice President
VSM 
Value Stream Map
WBS
Work Breakdown Structure
WebGMT
Gate Management Tool (FPLC), also called GMT
WEEE 
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
WIP 
   Work in Process