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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Errors and relative errors of other performance indicators are also important in analysis of trade-offs between average inventory levels and backorders, i.e.
Sarkar and Moon [18] extended Ouyang et al.'s [17] model with variable backorder rate.
In reality, it is often seen that all or part of the unsatisfied customers can wait for the demands to be replenished by the newsvendor soon afterwards, called backorder. For example, Corsten and Gruen [4] showed that about 15% of the unsatisfied customers are willing to accept the backorder invitations from the retailer in a stockout situation.
We assume c(t) = [D.sub.i]t - ([D.sub.i][gamma] x [t.sup.2.sub.2] /2) is the out-of-stock function of period [t.sub.2] and conduct integration of c(t) to obtain the area of out-of-stock in period [t.sub.2] (i.e., the total number of backorders), as shown below:
Effective immediately, once an order is received through semperdivina.com and processed, if Semper Divina must contact the customer and tell them that their item it is currently on backorder, they can either cancel their order or receive a $10 gift certificate for waiting.
If included in the model, sales, production, inventory, backorders, and regular time are considered at both the upper and lower levels.
The assumed model is a single level, multi-item, multi-period case of a capacitated lot sizing problem, with backorders and setup times considerations included.
This model is based on a deterministic policy such as constant demand and repetitive replenishment, in which backorder is not allowed.
And sales are brisk at the smaller, privately held manufacturers that comprise the bulk of the industry, with backorders and waiting lists being common.
This year's review will highlight new metalcasting technologies addressing the Defense Logistics Agency's procurement process to eliminate backorders, reduce procurement lead times, enhance part quality, and ensure a reliable U.S.
Twenty years ago when their backorders numbered 60,000 and they had a rude and cocky attitude toward customers and industry competition, I told them they would eventually pay for not building industry friendships.
The global market for wind equipment has risen 74 percent in the past two years, leading to long backorders for wind turbine equipment in much of the world.