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back order

1. noun An item that is not currently available for sale but can be ordered. No, that dress is sold out, but we can make it a back order for you.
2. verb To order an item that is not currently available for sale. No, that dress is sold out, but we can back order it for you.
See also: back, order

back-order something

[for a merchant] to order something that is not in stock and make delivery to the customer when the goods become available. The store didn't have the replacement part for my vacuum cleaner, so the manager back-ordered it for me. The shop had to back-order some of the items on my list.

back order

An item not currently in stock but to be sold or delivered when it becomes available, as in We don't have the shoes in white, but we can make them a back order. The verb back-order means "to obtain such an item," as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.
See also: back, order
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Expected back orders (EBO) is a quantity closely related to aircraft readiness.
Requests for dexamethasone went on back order in mid-April, and "we are down to five vials [of betamethasone] and no known replenishment coming from back orders," said Dr.
When you have a major back order, especially at the height of your season, it leaves you with a very difficult situation.
When back orders are filled, at some incremental cost, the company ships at the lowest possible price to the largest customer who bought at the largest discount.
Global expects this modernization to provide the company with the capacity to rapidly fulfill current back orders and future volume projected from recently reinvigorated oil and gas wells left stagnant in Libya since the mid-1980s.
1) The goal is to improve supply support by reducing customer back orders and wait time.
Since we put all that together, back orders have hit the lowest levels in DLA's history.
The break has not disrupted water deliveries throughout Southern California, though some local water suppliers have cut back orders and promoted conservation, Bunce said.
Back orders for Comptel's product-based business were up by over 17% on the previous year.
Requests for dexamethasone went on back order in mid-April, and "we are down to five vials [of be tamethasone] and no known replenishment coming from back orders," said Dr.
RADIO BEACON enables distributors and manufactures to dramatically improve inventory accuracy, keep real-time inventory by bin location, streamline warehouse operations, process back orders and improve overall customer satisfaction.
Mathematically, this product of demand rate and expected CWT is equivalent in definition to time-weighted expected back orders (EBO).
The all-new ordering and receiving inventory process allows the user to accept short or partial shipments, as well as back orders - while still tracking the status of all items on the purchase order - even when the bill hasn't arrived.
I think it's a matter of some back orders that haven't been filled and having to scramble and barter with other divisions,'' Garner said.
The readiness-based leveling system (RBL) integrates retail (base) and wholesale (depot) environments while determining the best base stockage levels and depot working levels to achieve the lowest expected worldwide base back orders.