Supply Chain Management
Goods or aggregation of goods bundled together for distribution and logistics purposes. May include an individual item in a carton, combined items on pallets and skids, or items transferred in independently identified containers, such as ocean containers, rail cars or trucking trailers.
[vgl. academic1.csuohio.edu/gartner/research/ras/88600/88697/88697.html, Supply Chain Management Glossary 1.0 (23.05.2000), URL]