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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.
If a customer places an order when all capacity has been committed, then the manager asks customers to back order, i.e., to return the next period for service.
Meanwhile, back orders are also piling up for Merck and Co.'s brand name formulation of dexamethasone, Decadron.
Therefore, bases must keep more on the shelf to reduce the chance of a back order. Inaccuracy with demand variability can drastically affect the number of back orders.
"If the dealer ordered 12 units, he may be able to get six and have six on back order," says Seyfert.
The aircraft are reportedly made by Eclipse Aviation, which has said that it has 2,350 on back order. The company expects Federal Aviation Administration certification for the aircraft by June and the first E500 aircraft, taking less than five days to make, would be delivered only ten days later.
We have probably all heard it (and maybe even said it once or twice): "I would have been able to produce if only I had the parts" or "It isn't my fault the aircraft isn't on schedule, supply is out of the washers I need, and the supplier is on back order as well." Oftentimes, these types of comments seem like finger pointing, but the numbers indicate they are rooted in truth.
Making things still worse, requests for Schering Plough's brand name formulation of betamethasone, Celestone, a well-studied alternative to dexamethasone, are also on back order, according to a company spokesperson.
In a pickup that comes four months after the network unveiled a full programming revamp at its upfront presentation in April, TruTV has quietly given a 13-episode back order to one of its major series, Hardcore Pawn.
According to the company, customers can order ZOSTAVAX, but the product is currently on back order. It will continue to release doses of ZOSTAVAX as supply becomes available, but as inventory is building, back orders will still occur.
The wholesale back order targets study determines the planned number of wholesale back orders inherent in the AFMC requirements computation system; that is, how many back orders can be expected based on the aircraft availability targets supplied by Air Staff and the forecasted pipeline times and demand rates?
Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that manufacturers electronics from Apple, Huawei, Sony, Nokia, Xiaomi, has axed several Huawei production lines after Huawei cut back orders, SCMP reports, citing sources at Foxconn.
USS Ross (DDG 71) participated in the U.K.-led, multinational exercise Joint Warrior 18-1, that exercises interoperability and cooperation in all applicable warfare areas,--photo by MC1 Kyle Steckler reduction of back orders for repair parts, a 57 percent reduction in consumable part back orders, a 62 percent reduction in the average number of back orders, and avoided retail outfitting costs in excess of $114 million.
Analysts expect Iranian crude exports to fall by between 500,000 and 1.3 million barrels per day, with buyers in Japan, South Korea and India already dialing back orders. The reduction will depend on whether buyers of Iranian oil receive waivers that would allow some imports.
Mehtab Ahmed Abbasi, a notable from Murree said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had a while back ordered to deploy the Dolphin Force in Murree, which he said needs to be deployed in the area which is infested by criminal gangs of robbers from evening till dawn daily.