9 Words That Have a Different Meaning When You Work in Logistics

1. Booked

Typical meaning: Procuring a hotel room or being processed before entering prison.

Logistics meaning: When you take on the responsibility of moving a freight shipment for your customer. 

Use it in a sentence: “I just booked my first load; it’s from Clinton, AR to Albuquerque, NM!"

 

2. Covered

Typical meaning: To place over or upon something in the act of concealment.

Logistics meaning: Matching a truck to a load you’ve booked.

Use it in a sentence: “Hallelujah, I just covered my AR to NM load!”

 

3. Pick Up

Typical use: When a person uses a cheesy sentence to attract the attention of another person.

Logistics use: The location at which a shipment will be loaded onto a truck.

Use it in a sentence: “This load will pick up in Arkansas.”

 

4. Pick Up Number

Typical use: The number that is exchanged as the result of a successful pick up or a fake number given out after a failed pick up.

Logistics use: A number the driver needs in order for him or her to identify the load at a shipper’s facility.

Use it in a sentence: “This is the pick up number you will need to get loaded.”

 

5. Delivery

Typical use: The opposite of carry out and the easiest way to get a pizza.

Logistics use: The destination of a load you’ve booked.

Use it in a sentence: “Your delivery is in Albuquerque.”

 

6. Dropped

Typical use: To let go of something and let it fall.

Logistics use: When a load you've previously covered becomes available once again.

Use it in a sentence: “I was dropped on this load and it must be re-covered.”

 

7. Hot

Typical use: When the temperature of something is high.

Logistics use: Identifies a load of extreme importance or a load that must be covered very fast.

Use it in a sentence: “That AR to NM load is smokin’ hot, it needs to be covered today!”

 

8. Black Hole

Typical use: A scientific term used when referring to nothingness in outer space.

Logistics use: An area where not a lot of freight goes in and not a lot of freight goes out.

Use it in a sentence: “That place is like a black hole this time of year.”

 

9. Save

Typical use: When a person uses heroic measures to ensure the safety of another person.

Logistics use: When a person uses heroic measures to find a truck for a hot load that has been difficult to cover.

Use it in a sentence: “You found a truck for my NM load! Nice save, Rick!"



Contributing author, Jewel Jones was raised in the trucking industry. Her father started, Meadow Lark, a freight logistics and trucking company 30 years ago. Today, Jewel’s sister Mandy owns Meadow Lark Companies and together they founded the first and only work wear clothing line just for truck drivers, Over the Road Apparel. The goal of Over the Road Apparel is to improve the image of the American truck driver and to help drivers everywhere succeed and enhance their careers. Jewel can be reached at jeweljones@overtheroadapparel.com.