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Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the evolution of your jobs since you began working:

If your ‘career has its ups and downs’ , it has good moments and bad moments.

  • My career has had its ups and downs but I’m doing very well at the moment.
  • His career has its ups and downs but he remains as enthusiastic as ever.

If your ‘career has blossomed’, it has done very well.

  • She started out as an office junior but since then her career has blossomed .
  • Since I improved the level of my English, my career has blossomed.

If you have had a ‘brilliant career’, you  have a very good one.

  • She’s had a brilliant career with top jobs in several Wall Street firms.
  • When you look back on your brilliant career, you must be very proud.

If you have had a ‘colorful career’, it has been interesting and exciting.

  • His colorful career has taken him to many exciting locations.
  • As an accountant, you won’t have a very colorful career.

A ‘demanding career’ is one which takes a lot of effort and/or time.

  • He has had a very demanding career in finance with little time to spend with his family.
  • I don’t want a very demanding career. I want plenty of time for my hobbies.

A ‘distinguished career’, is one which is respected for its extremely high standard.

  • He had a distinguished career in the Ministry of Finance before moving to the private sector.
  • You haven’t had a very distinguished career so far, have you?

If you spend your ‘entire career’ doing something, that is all you have done.

  • I have spent my entire career working for the one company.
  • I don’t want to spend my entire career doing nothing but research.

If you have a ‘flourishing career’, it  has grown and developed successfully.

  • She has had a flourishing career as a designer of children’s clothes.
  • I don’t seem to be having much of a flourishing career in this company.

A ‘glittering career’ is one which causes excitement and admiration.

  • His glittering career as an actor has brought him wealth and fame.
  • The boss began her glittering career with the firm as a humble receptionist.

A ‘modest career’ is one where there are no notable achievements.

  • He has had a very modest career in our auditing office with no real successes or failures.
  • You’ve had a very modest career so far with very little in the way of achievements.

(Notice though that to ‘be modest about your career’ means that there are notable achievements but that you tend not to talk about them.)

A ‘promising career’ is one which promises great success in the future.

  • She has started a very promising career in the City and we are sure she is going to do well.
  • I seemed to have such a promising career when I was starting out but it has all gone badly wrong.

If you have a ‘varied career’, you have done lots of different jobs.

  • I’ve had a varied career so far, from policeman to actor.
  • We’re looking for a candidate with a varied career as this job requires a range of skills.

Let us exercise what we have learnt well or not!

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4



Factory Gate Pricing (FGP)

Factory Gate Pricing (FGP) is an approach to purchasing goods, under which (low) ex-works purchasing prices are agreed for products, and the buyer is responsible for arranging the transportation of the product from the supplier to the delivery points. Typically, the customer is also responsible for insuring the products against damage during transit.

FGP requires and leverages efficient transport systems of (large) buyers (alternately a large 3PL can also be used). This is why Factory Gate Pricing is popular in retail and automotive environments. Big retailers and car assemblers can combine primary Less Than Truckloads shipments from several suppliers into Full Truck Loads. Such primary distribution can even be combined with secondary distribution (shipments from distribution centers or assembly plants to retail outlets). This combination is called “Backhauling“.

The main benefits of Factory Gate Pricing are:

  • Lower distribution costs (through efficient combined transportations, better control and coordination, centralized information).
  • Increased supply chain visibility for retailers.
  • Enables lower inventory levels and improved availability (Just-in-time, Efficient Consumer Response).
  • Vertical Integration.
  • Increases barriers to entry for new entrants through being more efficient.
  • Decreases the bargaining power of suppliers through decomposing the product price.
  • Transport Economies of Scale through backhauling. Better Capacity Utilization.
  • Lower prices for the end consumer.
  • Environmental benefits through lower emissions of full trucks.

Just as Vendor Managed Inventory, the Factory Gate Pricing concepts is centralizing the responsibility for stock levels to reduce supply chain costs and realize lower prices for end consumers.

Factory pricing is also referred to as supplier collection or ex-works pricing.



English for Logistics Services

Logistics uses lots of acronyms. How many do you know? Test your-self by writing these ones out.

  • FCL  =                                   Full container Load
  • 3PL  =                                   Third Party Logistics
  • HGV  =                                 Heavy Goods Vehicle
  • DC   =                                    Distribution Center
  • LCL  =                                   Less than Container Load
  • EDI  =                                   Electronic Data Interchange
  • VAS  =                                  Value Added Service
  • RFID =                                  Radio Frequency Identification
  • ISO  =                                    International Standard Organization
  • GPS  =                                   Global Positioning System

Exercise 1.

Match the following words (1-8) with their definitions (a-h) below:

  1. transshipment
  2. break-bulk
  3. ordrer picking
  4. reverse logistics
  5. tracking and tracing
  6. warehousing
  7. collection

a. direct flow of goods from recipt at warehouse to shipping,  bypassing storage

b. collecting and handling of used or damaged goods or of resusable transit equipment

c. loading goodes from one means of carriage onto another

d. selecting and assembling items from  stock for shipments

e. packing goods in small sepratable units

f. picking of goods at a named place

g. receiving and storing goods

h. locating items in transit

Exercise 2.

Look at these from exercise and use your dictionary (if necessary) to complete the table. As these are the words wich are regularly used in English Language in Logistics Section of Business.

        Verb                                                               Noun

1.    Receive                                                           ??

2.   ??                                                                       equipment

3.   Carry                                                               ??

4.   ??                                                                      assembly

5.   ??                                                                      location

Exercise 3.

You have to download this vedio primarily, as we are in progress to help you more in Learning.

so, copythe link and paste it to another browser window or tab…

Ovserve the video where three logisctics providers presenting their services. Complete the table provided in the video.

Exercise 4.

Ovserve the video where three logisctics providers presenting their services. Complete the sentences provided in the video.

Exercise 5.

Ovserve the video where three logisctics providers presenting their services. Complete the sentences with the words provided in the video.

When describing a company’s services or  portfolio, we often use the following expressions:

We can offer you a wide range of …

we can provide (you with) customized/tailor-made logistics solutions for …

we specialize in …

As a specialist for/in … we can …

with our many years of experience …

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 6.

Complete the list with your own company’s services. Then present it to your partner using pharases from this unit.

1.  range of products or services     ___ ___ ___

2.  Specialist in                                    ___ ___ ___

3.  experience                                       ___ ___ ___

4.  extra services for customers      ___ ___ ____

Exercise 7.

Now, Present the company’s services to your partner. Use phrases from this unit.

Exercise 8.

Read the following text from a logistics company magazine about new trends in third-party logistics. Then label the paragraphs with the correct headings from the list.



Exercise 9

Now, say which of these statements are true or false

in the past, companies used to outsource only segments of their logistics operations.      _ _

Manufacturers found out that outsourcing to 3pl providers is not efficient.                              _ _

In the past few years many 3PL providers have increased their profit margins.                     _ _

Customers today are demanding more complex logistics solutions.                                       _ _

Super-3PLs provide comprehensive solutions to logistics problems.                                      _ _

Exercise 10

Match the words (1-6) from the text with correct definition (a-f).

  1. Outsourcing
  2. comprehensive
  3. consolidation
  4. requirements
  5. demand
  6. competition

a. including a wide range of services.

b. details of what is expected and needed

c. the need for particular goods or services

d. companies trying to sell the same or similar products to customers

e. the grouping of small shipments into one container.

f. contracting functions out to third-party providers

Exercise 1

Look at the three website advertisements for value added services. Then complete the tables:





Exercise 12

Now listen to two short presentation about online logistics services. Then say which of the statements are true or false.

Express Logistics Online Shipping:

1.  … helps you book pick-price and track shipments.                            _ _

2.  … you can log on by selecting your country                                       _ _

3.  … you can check shipment records for up to 60 days.                     _ _

Inercargo E-Shipping

4.  … allows you to make price enquiries                                                   _ _

5.  … you can cancel orders.                                                                          _ _

6.  … you can download pdf documents.                                                    _ _

Explaining Online Services

When describing online functions or tools, you can use the following phrases and expressions:

The price request tool allows you to obtain prices for shipments.

E-Shipping helps you prepare/print/track/select …. online .

To …….. (just) sign up/register for/log on to ….

For price requests, please use …

To access shipment details, Click …


Exercise 13.

Match the beginnings of the sentences (1-6) with the endings (a-f) to make sentences from the recording.

  1. with Quick Shipping you can find
  2. This online tool allows you
  3. To use QOS, simply log on
  4. After registering with E-Shipping, you can make
  5. Yor can also
  6. With a mouse click you can also
  • to plan shipments, book collections and delivers.
  • price requests, schedule transport, and obtain real-time shipment information.
  • track pick-ups and deliveries.
  • download commercial documents in pdf format.
  • by selling your town or region from the drop-down menu on the left.
  • the right service to suit your shipping needs


Exercise 14.

Three People describes how IT has changed their jobs. Complete their statements with words from the box.

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Activity-based modelling

Concept used to ‘test’ a variety of alternative activity strategies using varying quantitative information.



Active inventory

An inventory from which items are currently being drawn or will be drawn within a short space of time.




Model designation for Mercedes medium-weight truck range.


Act of Parliament

Document setting out Parliamentary law following debate and voting on a Bill by both Houses of Parliament (ie the Commons and the Lords) which then receives the Royal Assent. Acts are enabling legislation which detail new law or give relevant government Secretaries of State powers to create subordinate legislation in the form of regulations published in Statutory Instruments or Statutory Orders.

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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Dictionary of Logistics