In this Business English Pod episode, we’ll be focusing on the language of taking an order and discussing standard terms, such as delivery time, payment method, and so on.
The listening takes us back to the Foxtrot showroom in Las Vegas. As you’ll recall, Foxtrot is the American distributor for Viva, an Italian clothing, or Apparel, manufacturer. Bill is a buyer for a chain of department stores, who has now decided to purchase from Viva. Foxtrot representative Adrianne and her Viva partner, Mario, discuss Bill’s order with him.
By “we operate on a narrow window for deliveries,” Bill means that deliveries must be made on time: There is a narrow window, i.e. a short range of time in which deliveries can be made. This means goods should not be delivered too early or too late.
Bill says his company is quite strict on chargebacks for late deliveries, which means he expects a partial refund if the goods are delivered late.
Bill is “shooting for,” that is he is hoping for or would like a delivery by June 15, which is a little earlier than the usual delivery for a fall clothing line. Bill says his company will want to get the product “out on the floor” â€“ that is, in the shop â€“ a little early since itâ€™s new and customers are unfamiliar with it.