What's an appropriate term for a "shopping cart" when you're adding things to the cart and then selling them as opposed to buying?

This is for a web app but to help explain what I mean, the context in a real world example would be a seller that has a warehouse full of inventory. They get an order and say they grab a box and put the things they're about to sell in that box. Then they ship the box.

Is there a more appropriate term for the items the seller is gathering; the subset of their inventory that is just about to be sold?

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    Please look at what you're asking. What relationship between buyer and seller might there be but a "shopping cart?" – Robbie Goodwin Jun 8 '18 at 19:00
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    maybe "showcase"? – wrymug Jun 8 '18 at 19:15
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    "order crate" or something. or just 'pending-order' or "working-order" if it is a list of things, not a physical collection of things being readied. ( generally I guess an 'order' is completed purchase ? but not always ) – Tom22 Jun 8 '18 at 19:25
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    I turned my comment into an answer. I'd note that I have a bit of an issue with work order that you mentioned as I think that is different from a working-order as I explain in my answer. – Tom22 Jun 8 '18 at 20:17
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    This is called a pick bin. Picking is what you do when filling an order. See any glossary of warehouse and material management terms. – Phil Sweet Jun 8 '18 at 20:33

From a sellers perspective the items in a buyers shopping cart are seen as progress toward an order. Often when someone looks into a shopping cart a sample 'order' is prepared for the customer, encouraging them to look at that prepared-order and complete the purchase.

Of course, usually an 'order', without qualification, is known to be a completed order.

.. the yet to be completed, potential order made of of the items in the card might be called -- (using my wording, not claiming these are industry jargon):

  • a 'pending-order' or
  • "working-order" or

  • potential order (although, this is often even more vague and even a look at an item or a marketing of an item before it makes it to a cart might be called a potential order internally - I would not recommend this as much)

In the comments to a comment I made before turning this into an answer he read work order however I am not sure that is right, because in many industries I have heard work order to mean a completed service based order (more like at a mechanic shop or repair visit, or an internal custom fabrication that needs to be performed as it has been confirmed and paid for)

After purchase but in the process of fulfilling the order for a customer:

If this were an order confirmed by customer but in the process of being filled other terms like 'order-crate' (like a basket in a warehouse being filled but not yet packed ?) or maybe a "order-in-progress" might work.

@Phil_Sweet , in a comment, mentions an industry term 'pick bin' which sounds like it might be the industry term for items being aggregated in a warehouse off the list of items on a completed order, prior to packing and delivery.

  • Thanks for elaborating and especially about working-order vs work-order. – Samuel Neff Jun 8 '18 at 20:31

I believe "inventory" would do it quite nicely.

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    Thanks, thought about that but inventory is everything that is available to sell, not what is up for the current sale. – Samuel Neff Jun 8 '18 at 18:55
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    @SamuelNeff - Things that are part of the current sale are currently on sale or on special. "They get an order" - that's an order; it should contain what's listed on the invoice. – Mazura Jun 8 '18 at 20:36

Catalog or showcase, maybe. I'm not sure I understood exactly what you need.

  • Thanks. I added more text to the question to help explain what I'm after. – Samuel Neff Jun 8 '18 at 19:30

The term for the [list of] items is an invoice.

in·voice /ˈinˌvois/ noun
1. a list of goods sent or services provided, with a statement of the sum due for these; a bill.


An invoice, bill or tab is a commercial document issued by a seller to a buyer, relating to a sale transaction and indicating the products, quantities, and agreed prices for products or services the seller had provided the buyer.

Payment terms are usually stated on the invoice. These may specify that the buyer has a maximum number of days in which to pay and is sometimes offered a discount if paid before the due date. The buyer could have already paid for the products or services listed on the invoice.

– Wiki

'When you're adding things to the cart to sell them' - that's consignment.

con·sign·ment /kənˈsīnmənt/ noun
a batch of goods destined for or delivered to someone.



If the goods are, in fact, being shipped, then shipment seems to be appropriate.  If you’re just putting together the purchases of a customer who is on the premises, then some of the other answers (notably “order”) may be better.

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