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Terminology, etiquette, and conventions used when doing business in English.

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Help me understand this phrase: growing base yield royalties over a long period

That phrase is the heading of a short section from The Invincible Company by Alex Osterwalder et al. (The book is about managing, updating and optimizing your business model and constantly reinventing ...
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Thanking and Addressing multiple people including the reader in an email

Let's say I am writing a business email, starting by thanking a bunch of people who helped me in the past project. Those people include: Aaron: Person of importance who helped me (in a high position, ...
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What do you call someone or something that generates insights?

What is the appropriate word for someone (or something) that gives you insights? Example sentences for context: Ann is our best ???. She always provides us with amazing insights. This software is a ...
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Term for Market Expansion (growing the Entire Market Size) via Signifincant Price Reduction

I am looking for the business term for market expansion (growing the entire market size) via significant price reduction. For example, ~20 years ago, enterprise grade CRM used to be exclusively in the ...
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What do you call a logo panel with many signs of many companies?

I can't find the word for this... Imagine you enter a coworking centre and there is a wall with little plaques where they display their customer's names and/or logos. How would you call that? In ...
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Rearrange the sentence in a specific order [closed]

Sentence: Developers from 10+ countries are using our service. I want to rearrange this sentence so that it starts with "10+ countries". But keep the meaning of the sentence the same. I ...
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Is there a word meaning "the customer of the customer"?

In my work we often talk about our customer's customer. For example, we might sell a widget to Acme, and they then provide widget-related services to Globex Corporation. I've been looking for a ...
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I need to know whether my sentence tone is correct for a Software Product [closed]

You recently made an offline purchase, and the payment methods associated with that subscription have been dissociated. So update your payment method in our Payment portal. This is the statement I am ...
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Why are corporate food outlets called stores?

For some years now I've heard fast-food locations referred to as "stores" and that strikes me as odd. A burger joint might not be everyone's idea of a restaurant but why call it a store? ...
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Could you please find below details VS Please find below details [closed]

I am writing a business email providing details that customer has requested... Below are two versions... Please find below attached details. Could you please find below attached details. Could ...
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A first line of a business email when you don't know the name nor gender of a person you write to (and time-agnostic too) [duplicate]

"Greetings," and "hello there" are not businessy enough, are they? "Dear Sir or Madam," sounds a bit too pompous. "Good time of a day" sounds strange. Are there ...
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A word for a business that makes supporting products for another, specific business?

Is there a business term for a company's whose products and services are entirely in support of another company's product or service? For example Companies that sell door fronts, door pulls and couch ...
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Suitable substitute for "edge" in business terminology

I am doing a translation on global integration among entrepreneurs. There is one sentence that makes me very confused: Talk about the outside of the topic before going straight to the main idea. I ...
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I was asked by my boss to 'have them do sth', is that rude or not?

I was asked by my boss to 'have them arrange to do this' (where "them" is an external client) - I felt like this not the nicest form to ask an employee to do something, but I'm not native ...
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A word to describe an industry where personal growth depends on insider knowledge

I am trying to come up with a word that describes an industry where your growth as a professional depends on learning from others, not from books or research. Example: It's difficult for young people ...
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"Good night", "sleep well", which one is more formal, which one is more intimate? [closed]

"Good night", "sleep well", which one is more formal, which one is more intimate?
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A period of at least thirty (30) continuous days from the date

One of the conditions in a contract is mentioning: The hydro power plants to be built to have been completed, commissioned, in operation and successfully generating power for a period of at least ...
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Term for staggered delivery approach (delivering service before total completion of the project)

If you go to a restaurant and tell them to bring whatever is ready first, what would be the business term for that? Given a project, you are completing documents as you go - your client has asked you ...
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"I take on board your thoughts" in a formal setting

I was recently chatting with a prospective business partner (UK) and in the email exchange, mentioned a potential activity I will be engaging in, let's say X, in relation to a previously discussed ...
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Please is polite but can adding it seem impolite or impatient

Example: I send my boss or co-worked the following message without please: I need my [some specific company] software updated. In an effort to be polite, I'll add please: I need my [some specific ...
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What do you call a client who is one of the most important for your business? [closed]

We are a small company and we treat this as an advantage. We work with a very limited number of clients, so each and every one of them is super important for us. We can't afford to screw anything up ...
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Collective term for nontechnical staff at a company?

I am looking for a term which would refer to all of the nontechnical staff at a technical company. For example, if it is a software firm, the term would refer to, say, all HR, education, travel and ...
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Correct use of the terms "posting" and "booking" in accounting

When translating phrases for a commercial software system, I encountered a few uncertainties with accounting terms (my native language, as well as the system's source language, is German.) I know that ...
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Antonym of operational in the sense of larger scope, and non-recurrence but not military

I'm looking for a word in that is an antonym of operational in something other than "does it function" and the online dictionary/thesaurus don't have it. Can you help me find the word, and ...
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Different words for incoming and outgoing delivery

In German there are different words for Incoming Delivery and Outgoing Delivery (Anlieferung and Auslieferung). Are there some words in English that have similar distinction? The closest match I could ...
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What is the term for a special service a firm provides to secure a sale?

Is there a standard word to describe something a seller does to secure a sale, particularly an add-on service or package? Like when a car dealer adds a package for new wheels or detailing or a ...
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Is there a word for centering the English language that is disconnected from England?

I am looking to describe the centering of the English language (in a US-based but global business culture). The company itself is based in California, and what I'm seeing is an intersection of US-...
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responsible person, person in charge or designated person?

I am looking for a term that is commonly used in business reports to indicate the responsible person or person in charge of certain activities(for example, person who performed product inspection to ...
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What is an expression for finishing up work on a newspaper/magazine issue?

Suppose your team is working on a newspaper issue of which the deadline is approaching. Therefore, final touches must be put to it before sending it to the printers. What expression do you use to ...
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Do I have to put ,Inc. every time I mention our company in a single article?

I write blogs for our company website, often commenting on what services our company provides, so I will usually mention our company name a few times in the article. It is a local company, but it is ...
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Is there a word or words to describe a workplace where employees end up managing managers?

I'm looking for a way to describe a workplace where the employees end up having to manage their own manager. This takes the form of employees having to ask for work, constantly check work has been ...
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What to say when someone's answer is not related to our question or at least we think it's not? [duplicate]

I would say: "How's that related to my question ?" Please answer for both formal and informal cases
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"Please be informed that we have sent back" [closed]

Is it correct to write: "Please be informed that we have sent back"
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Business Language for "Good looking out"

I am looking for a business language alternative to the slang "good looking out" meaning something similar to "thanks for looking out for me" but with a more familiar tone ...
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Meaning of "to achieve the setup of a disaster recovery plan" (business language)

From a document I'm translating: Business Continuity A. Managers shall ensure that procedures within their area of responsibility are carried out correctly to achieve the setup of a disaster recovery ...
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What is "authorized signature competence"? (business language)

From a document I'm translating. The document lays down requirements for a company to comply with in order to pass certification: Authorized Signature A list of authorized signatures shall be kept ...
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Term for actively opting out of a requirement to see if it is truly required

There was a term or phrase I encountered years ago which encompassed the idea of not doing an action to see if there is any blowback. If no blowback occurs then it is considered an efficiency ...
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"It's a great thing" in a formal letter? [closed]

Is it ok to say "it's a great thing that your company does this and that because..." in a business letter or is there another way to say it ?
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Is there a word or phrase for a third-party contractor of a third-party entity?

Consider the following: I represent Company A Company A has a contractor that they offload work to, called Company B Company B has a contractor that they offload Company A's work to, called Company C ...
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What is the best word to describe business travel? [closed]

If my company sent me to another city to carry out some duties for the company there and return after a while (e.g., 1 week or less), then what is the best word to describe this business travel? Can I ...
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What do you call a person who's more focused on appearing busy than doing meaningful work?

One might think of boondoggle/boondoggling but I'm looking for something a bit different: rather than trying to appear busy without actually being so, I'm trying to find a word or expression to ...
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variations on overview: from fifty thousand feet?

To follow-up on an excellent related question, what are the varying distinctions between: From x feet x foot view where x is commonly and variously between ten and fifty thousand.
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What is the best translation for the German word "Bündler", meaning an intermediary merchant for agricultural goods and produce?

I'm looking for a good translation of the German word "Bündler" which in our context is an intermediary merchant for agricultural goods and produce. DeepL offered me the word "bundler&...
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What is the proper way to use commas when addressing two or more people by placing their names at the start of the sentence?

I frequently need to address multiple people in writing at work. This is usually done in a way that makes it convenient to at them all at once. E.g. @dale, @emily, please take a look at this and, if ...
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Accompanying person in corporate environment

International customers attend the training center of a company for training purposes. Sometimes those customers are accompanied by translators or salespersons. I am looking for a short noun to name ...
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How did 'knight' semantically specialise to mean acquirer of a target company?

From my research on chess, I know that the knight jumps to the opposite corner of a 2x3 rectangle, and is the only piece that can jump over all other pieces. But measured in points, the knight isn't ...
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Is there a formal way of stating "to be appointed"?

I am currently writing the annual report for a charity. There are trustees which will be appointed, but not at the date of the report. Is there a formal way of stating Trustee "to be appointed&...
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What is another way of saying "we cannot guarantee"?

1. Summarize the problem I work for an IT solutions provider and we always try to get the customer anything they inquire. We also want to avoid negative connotations with our brand, so we avoid ...
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Term for"getting out of a business deal"

Is there a legal/business term for "getting out of a [business] deal"? The context is say somebody has done everything he/she was supposed to do, and handed over all his/her responsibilities ...
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What does POC mean?

I'm mailing with someone to purchase a product. At the end of one of the emails that I received there's a word, "POC". I'm struggling to find the meaning of this word and the meaning of it ...
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