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"Reship" and "Reshipping" – What These Terms Mean and What They Refer To

"Reship" and "Reshipping" – What These Terms Mean and What They Refer To

Reship (or reshipping) is a term you don’t hear often, but because of the word’s prefix of re and the rest of the word, ship, it is easy to assume that the term means to ship something again or repeat the act of shipping. This assumed definition is fundamentally correct in the general sense, with more specific application.

The practical application of this term is related to what is referred to in the abbreviated form of forwarding and more specifically to that of parcel forwarding or mail forwarding.

Reshipping (service gerund) is basically synonymous with parcel or mail forwarding. Both of these terms refer to personal specialty shopping and shipping services used primarily by global shippers to get their purchases from US-based stores shipped to them.

Parcel forwarding is a service used to ship a parcel from one location on to another. Mail forwarding refers to shipping paper mail primarily from one location on to another, but it should be understood that this service can also include, in lesser occurrence, the forwarding of parcels as well.

So, how does repeating the act of shipping (reship, reshipping) equate to the act of forwarding (shipping parcels or paper mail from one location on to another)? As it would not make sense for something to be shipped back to its originating location, we can assume that reshipping implies it will be shipped again but to a different location. To ship something (something meaning mail or parcels) from one location to another location fits the definition of forwarding. Thus, these terms are essentially the same.

The term, itself, does not identify whether it is a parcel (package) or paper mail that is being shipped again, so to use the term most accurately, it is important to designate this by using the identifying item before or after the term. For example, parcel reship. That way, the object subject to the service is clear.

Also, the term in and of itself does not let us know where it is being reshipped from or where it is being reshipped to. So again, it is important to clarify this by adding a word to identify this either before or after the term. For example, USA to Australia reship.

In summary, reship is a term that means to ship again. It is synonymous with parcel or mail forwarding, which is a service for shipping parcels or mail from one location to that of another. And it is important to indicate from where it is being reshipped and where it is to be received, which is done by adding the pertinent sending location and destination.


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