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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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We define service level as the proportion of time that no back orders exist; that is, the ratio of the time with no back orders to the total time.
1) The goal is to improve supply support by reducing customer back orders and wait time.
At its core then, COLT's objective of minimizing demand-weighted CWT is identical to the goal of readiness-based leveling: to minimize expected back orders.
Only 64 percent of the back orders from depot customers could be tied to an RO hole, and only 75 percent of the RO holes from depot customers could be tied to a back order.
In addition, there were back orders of nearly 1,000 units for those types.
These included a record low for back orders, the lowest cost-recovery rate in agency history, and a 90 percent customer satisfaction rate.
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.
Inevitably, some form of an inventory turnover measurement, becomes appropriate (inventory turnover rate, number of back orders per sales order, for example).
The objectives being pursued are back orders against direct requisitioning procedures cases (BB/DRP), cooperative logistics supply support arrangement investment, repair reporting, performance based logistics, allowance development, and enterprise resource planning.
There would be no shortage of sweet liquor, no lack of second-hand smoke, and no back orders on bar room babes.
That meant we had to find another supplier and trying to deal with the back orders and at the same time keep up with requests for parts as they came in was very difficult.
At the end of 2001 Comptel's back orders were EUR30.
Inventory status for all sizes across all warehouses can be displayed and the user has the option to accept back orders from their default warehouse or to select items from other warehouses.
After the desired items are scanned, the order is then sent directly to the facility's computer, where it can be reviewed for back orders or substitution suggestions, and then sent for processing.
Most e-commerce sites offer various shipping options including next-clay or second-day air, although some back orders may take extra time to reach you (or your recipient's) door.