Welcome

Practical insights from business, e-commerce and culture.

Making sense of the jargon of e-commerce

E-commerce · 5 min read

E-commerce jargon buster

Struggling to tell the difference between your Ad Valorem and your Phytosanitary Certificate? You’re not alone. Commerce and industry use their own specialized language. Otherwise known as jargon.

Thankfully, help is at hand. To help you better understand some commonly used phrases and words, we’ve created a handy jargon buster at the bottom of this page. This is our easy-to-use, plain English guide for some commonly used logistics and commercial terminology. 

"Do you speak Logistics?"

These phrases and terminology are in our language, often thanks to tradition. How else would we still be using Latin? For instance, Ad Valorem relates to how taxes on goods are calculated. It literally means ‘according to value’. And it goes back centuries. As these words and phrases are used, they enter common parlance for employees. They are often time-saving shorthands and they’re easy to understand if you’re in the know. Really annoying if you’re not.

Sign up for Free Membership

Register to access the latest downloads, exclusive videos and expert advice from the world of business, e-commerce and culture.

Please read our Privacy Notice to find out more how your email will be used.

Setting a password gives you free unrestricted access to the whole site.

  • lower and upper case
  • special character
  • number
  • 8+ characters

Already have an account? Login

Similar stories

"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."

Salvador Dali, artist