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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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The number of unfilled demands, or back orders, provides another snapshot of supply performance, again at a particular location or desired aggregation.
With US$24.84 million of back orders, Taiwan Takisawa's production lines will be filled throughout the third quarter.
So far only five million French people have received the drug and last month Spain and Germany said they would scale back orders. They are also looking at selling on doses to other countries.
The company said that orders for the vaccine that it received through early- to mid-September will continue to be filled on a 6- to 7-week back order, but orders that are received after mid-September will not be available for shipment until near the end of the first quarter of 2008.
"It is very frustrating when we do find a resource that has the contemporary styling we need and then they get caught up in back orders and quality control issues," Brogna said.
South Shields-born Lesley Carr, 53, Gladys Carlisle, 53, and Susan Carr, 46, have started up their own workwear business, CCC Manufacturing, and are determined to take back orders and jobs lost to firms abroad.
This increased capacity will enable us to fill back orders and deliver product to our co-venture partners...."
As a result, there was no way to directly notify that person about back orders or other problems that needed attention.
The site will also track appliances in transit and generate automatic e-mail alerts about back orders and shipments.
Businesses were forced to cut back orders for imported capital goods last year and during the first half of this year as the impact of the 2002 currency devaluation trickled down.
Vassalli eventually hopes to restore the second factory's international market, but for now he's too busy helping his main operation fill all those back orders. "We've recovered our family's name," Vasalli says.
As department store aisles in major cities like Beijing and Guangzhou emptied out during the second quarter of this year, their purchasing departments cut back orders by about 30 percent.
Inevitably, some form of an inventory turnover measurement, becomes appropriate (inventory turnover rate, number of back orders per sales order, for example).
The company releases the next version of its high-end disk array product, Symmetrix early next year, and many customers are likely to hold back orders till this becomes available.
* MRP-Through TMM's material requirements' planning functionality, plastic processors can project the requirements for all materials based on scheduled production, sales orders, and back orders, according to DTR.